A Laois hotel has been named the second best in Ireland and the UK by a prestigious travel magazine.
Ballyfin Demesne, located on the grounds of the old Ballyfin school, was recognised by the hugely popular US travel magazine, Travel + Leisure.
In all, eight luxury Irish hotels made it onto the ‘top 10’ list – with Ashford Castle coming in at number one and Ballyfin Demesne, Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Sheen Falls Lodge, the K Club, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Dromoland Castle and Adare Manor also featuring.
Every year, Travel + Leisure asks its almost 5 million readers to weigh in on their favourite hotels, cities, travel providers and more, in its annual World’s Best Awards.
The magazine has unveiled the results of its 2020 survey, including its list of the top resort hotels in the UK and Ireland.
Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see eight of our fantastic resort hotels appear in the prestigious Travel + Leisure readers’ survey.
“I would like to congratulate all eight properties – it is truly another well-deserved accolade.
“Our industry has been one of the hardest hit by COVID-19, so this accolade is extremely welcome, as we look to the future and plan for the recovery of overseas tourism.”
While Ballyfin Demesne also posted their delight at the accolade on Facebook.
They said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been voted as one of the Top 10 Resort Hotels in the UK and Ireland by the lovely readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine.
“A massive thank you to all those who voted and to our amazing team who make it all possible.
“We are very proud to be in such good company along with all the other hotels who feature, congratulations all.”