Being close to the beach is usually at the top of my wish list when I have to choose a hotel at home or abroad. With that in mind, I've selected 25 beach hotels in Ireland to enjoy the best sea swims or beach walks.
1. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Corcho
The award-winning Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a wonderful choice for a romantic or family holiday. It is located on a stunning Blue Flag beach, which Tripadvisor has voted as the best beach in Ireland for the past three years. The spa offers unique seawater therapies and has been named the best spa in Ireland seven times at the World Travel Awards! So it's no surprise that Inchydoney Island Lodge Hotel is considered one of the best beach hotels in Ireland.
2. Hotel Dingle Skellig, Kerry
Dingle Skellig Hotel is fantastically situated overlooking Dingle Bay. You can swim in the sea or choose from many of the other nearby beaches. The hotel also has a leisure club, swimming pool, spa and outdoor hot tub, so if you just want to relax, you can do that too! excellent rating onTripAdvisorThis is one of the best places to stay in Dingle.
3. Acantilado House Hotel, Waterford
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I stayed at The Cliff House Hotel last year and loved it. It is considered by many to be one of the best hotels in Ireland and I couldn't agree more. This five-star boutique hotel is set on a cliff overlooking the beach in the small fishing village of Ardmore. I think it's the ultimate romantic getaway. My advice would be to go kayaking in the Irish Sea before trying the delicious food on offer at the hotel.
4. Renvyle House Hotel, Galway
Renvyle House Hotel is fantastically located along the Wild Atlantic Way. It has its own private lake as well as 1 km of beach, forests and gardens. Fishing, swimming and boating are popular outdoor activities, while the heated indoor pool is popular in the winter months.
5. Slieve Donard Hotel, nedenunder
I have been lucky enough to stay at the fantastic Slieve Donard Hotel on a couple of occasions as the Northern Ireland Travel Industry Awards are held there each year. Despite the cold November breeze, I do not miss the opportunity to walk along its golden sandy beach. As well as having a fantastic seafront location, it borders the Royal County Down Golf Links course and the city of Newcastle. It also has an award-winning spa on site.
6. Quality Hotel Youghal, Corcho
Quality Hotel Youghal offers seafront rooms, apartments and villas right on Blue Flag Redbarn Beach. There are two-bedroom apartments that sleep five, as well as holiday homes that sleep seven. They are very affordable and allow you to enjoy all the facilities of a hotel while staying in spacious rooms with kitchens. With a gym, spa and pool on site, you'll be spoiled for choice. This is one of Ireland's most popular beach hotels for families.
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7. Playa Seafront Inn Inch, Kerry
The Seafront Inn offers a selection of hotel rooms, apartments and even hostel-style dormitories. Its stunning cliff-top location overlooking one of Ireland's finest beaches, together with a lively bar and restaurant, makes it an ideal choice for couples looking for a beach holiday with a relaxed atmosphere.
8. Shandon Hotel & Spa, Donegal
Located on the waterfront on the Wild Atlantic Way, this relatively new hotel (opened in 2016) offers stunning ocean views. The leisure center has a swimming pool, dry and steam sauna, hot tub and spa with balneotherapy bathtub with 190 water jets. Combine this spa break with a visit tosieve League Cliffs,Donegal's answer to the Cliffs of Moher, and one of the highest and finest sea cliffs in Europe.
9. Galway Bay Hotel, Galway
Located in Salthill, overlooking the famous Galway Bay, this hotel was named one of the top 20 resorts in Europe by the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast. You can choose to stay on site and enjoy the Cuan Atlantic Beauty Spa, gym and 15 meter swimming pool, or venture into Galway City which is only a five minute drive away. This is one of Ireland's best value beach hotels.
10. Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford
If you're looking for a luxury beach hotel in Ireland that's perfect for families, look no further than Kelly's Resort Hotel in Wexford. We stayed here a few years ago and it reminded me of a Mediterranean hotel, it has a real "resort" feel to it. Most people book the full board package and tend not to leave the hotel: with five miles of beach, award-winning cuisine and plenty of activities for children, it's not hard to see why. Read my review to find out more.
Read: Is Kelly's the best family hotel in Ireland?
11. Sandhouse Hotel, Donegal
The 4-star Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa overlooks Donegal Bay and beautiful Rossnowlagh Beach. With award-winning cuisine and a marine spa specializing in Irish-sourced organic seaweed (Voya), it offers a relaxing escape on the off-peak Wild Atlantic Way, while the summer months attract families and surfers looking for an active holiday.
12. Mulranny Park Hotel, maj
Mulranny Park Hotel enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and is also located on the most scenic part of the Great Western Greenway. Guests can swim at Blue Flag Mulranny Beach, cycle along the Greenway or enjoy the hotel's indoor leisure centre. Apart from the standard and deluxe rooms, it also has two-bedroom apartments, which are popular with families.
13. Hotel Armada, Spanish Point, Clare
With the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran and Burren Islands on the doorstep, as well as Johnny Burke's traditional Irish pub on site, it's no surprise that the Armada Hotel is one of Clare's most popular hotels. Check out their magnificent Seascape Suites (pictured above) for the ultimate Wild Atlantic Way experience.
14. Connemara Sands Hotel & Spa, Galway
With private access to Blue Flag Mannin Bay beach, the Connemara Sands Hotel is one of Ireland's finest beach hotels. With crystal clear water, great food and a Voya seaweed spa, it's no wonder it's got rave reviews on TripAdvisor.
15. Hotel Majestic, Tramore, Waterford
The Majestic Hotel is located in the seaside town of Tramore. It overlooks Tramore Bay and is just a short walk from its stunning 5km golden beach. It is also close to the city of Waterford and the Waterford Greenway, making it an ideal location for families looking for an active Irish holiday.
16. Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, Sligo
Located in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of the best beaches in Ireland, the location couldn't be better. kids will love itwater point water parkwhich is only a few minutes' walk away, and there are family rooms, as well as two- and three-bedroom apartments that can accommodate larger families.
17. Strand Inn, Dunmore Este, Waterford
The Strand Inn is located in one of Ireland's most beautiful towns, Dunmore East. This small hotel with only fifteen rooms has a relaxed beach style. Its panoramic ocean views and proximity to the beach have made it a favorite among repeat guests.
18. Hotel Salthouse, Ballycastle, Antrim
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Ballycastle is the perfect place to stay if you want to explore the Causeway Coast. We stayed in this charming seaside town a few years ago and loved it. The Giant's Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle are a short drive away, and the town also offers some great dining options. The eco-friendly Salthouse Hotel offers magnificent sea views; however, unlike other beach hotels in Ireland I have chosen, the Salthouse hotel is a 20 minute walk from Ballycastle beach.
Read: Some magical days on the Costa de la Calzada
19. Portmarnock Hotel, Dublin
If you want to combine a visit to Dublin with a beach hotel, Portmarnock is an ideal choice. Located just 20km from the city centre, easily accessible by train, this beach hotel also boasts an award-winning golf course and luxury spa.
21. Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo
Enniscrone Blue Flag beach is known as one of the safest beaches on the west coast of Ireland. Its golden sand stretches for 5 km, making it popular with families and water sports enthusiasts.
Diamond Coast Hotel is a short walk from Enniscrone Beach and is very popular with couples and families alike. There is a choice of dining options and spacious rooms with children's facilities for families.
22. Connemara Coast Hotel, Galway
offers spectacularviewsOverlooking the Atlantic Ocean but only 10 minutes' drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The leisure club has a 19-metre pool, jacuzzi, steam bath, fitness room and treatment room. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, what more could you need?
23Redcastle Hotel Golf & Spa, Donegal
The Redcastle Hotel on the Inishowen Peninsula is an excellent choice for exploring the Donegal coast. But with its fantastic seafront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it hard to leave.
24. Hotel Garryvoe, Cork
The beachfront Garryvoe Hotel is a favorite with families and couples alike. There is a health club with a gym, jacuzzi, sauna and outdoor hot tub, as well as a 25-metre swimming pool and watercourse. The hotel is tastefully decorated in a modern style with sea views from all public areas and a selection of dining options.
25. Red Cliff Lodge, Spanish Point, Clare
Red Cliff Lodge is a charming thatched property overlooking Spanish Point Beach. The six sea view suites are particularly popular with families as they are laid out on a terrace and have a kitchenette. With the Isles of Moher, Aran and the Burren close by, this is an ideal base for discovering the Wild Atlantic Way.
I hope this post on beach hotels in Ireland will help you plan your next stay soon. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no extra cost to you.