Kerry

Standout 5-star hotels in Kerry for a memorable weekend away

Get ready to be treated like loyalty and check out the most gorgeous 5-star hotels in the Kingdom.

Splash out on one of these luxury 5-star hotels in County Kerry to make your special weekend away one you’ll never forget. Whether you’re heading on a romantic getaway with your other half, treating mum for her birthday, or off on a girly mini-break, our selection of hotels offer top-class service, luxury amenities and stunning settings.

Explore mountain ranges and glistening lakes before returning to an evening of fine dining, or relax and rejuvenate at a luxury spa. At these 5-star hotels in Kerry, you’ll find delicious local produce in the restaurants, luxe toiletries in your bathroom and even four-poster beds in top suites, all making for your dream break.

The Europe Hotel & Resort: a chic 5-star hotel in Kerry in a lakeside setting

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Make memories to last a lifetime at this luxury hotel and spa, overlooking Killarney’s serene Loch Lein. Located opposite the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, a stay here means you can spend your weekend hiking in nature and taking in gorgeous views, or go boating out on the lake. Indoors, you’ll find the luxurious ESPA spa with a heated pool and thermal rooms. Gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at the panoramic views of the lake and feel everyday stress evaporate. Want to switch off completely? Try a treatment like ESPA’s holistic total body ritual, which relaxes your body with hot stones and essential oils, or go for a healthy glow with a complexion-boosting face and scalp treatment.

After a day of walking or whiling away the hours, whet your appetite for dinner with a glass of prosecco in the traditional wood-panelled bar, before heading to the Brasserie. Take a seat here and watch the hotel’s award-winning chefs cook juicy flame-grilled steaks right in front of you. Or book a table at the aptly named Panorama Restaurant with its views of the water, mountains and the hotel’s elegant gardens. The simple dark wood decor complements the beauty of the landscape outside and with a focus on Irish cuisine, the locally sourced seafood is a menu highlight. Order tempting dishes like wild Atlantic Turbot with smoked oyster fritter, leeks and black garlic.

Round off your day with a nightcap on the private balcony of your Superior Lakeview room, taking in views the lake below. If the night air gets a little chilly, your room – with its sophisticated, earthy toned furnishings, seating area, king-size bed and handy Nespresso machine – is a comfortable and cosy retreat.

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The Europe Hotel & Resort

Top rated
Killarney, 4.3 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
9.3 Excellent (1548 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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Sheen Falls Lodge: an elegant 5-star hotel in Kerry in serene countryside

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Head to the Kenmare countryside to celebrate a special occasion with loved ones at Sheen Falls Lodge, known for its 2 AA rosette restaurant the Falls. The atmospheric dining room, with its plush leather seating and fine art-adorned walls, offers contemporary Irish fare with a twist. With most ingredients sourced locally, food here includes succulent Kerry lamb, fresh mussels from Kenmare Bay, or even smoked salmon caught and cured on the estate. Treat your mum to the three-tiered afternoon tea in the bright and airy yellow Sun Lounge and admire the Sheen Falls through the large Victorian windows. Tuck into delicious finger sandwiches and sweet cakes and pastries that taste even better with a flute of fizz.

Heading for a stay with a group? Go for one of the charming thatched cottages, complete with kitchenette, cosy lounge, and terrace with views over the bay, providing you with all the space you’ll need for a fun girls’ weekend. Otherwise, check in to a classic room or treat yourself and your partner to Suite Falls View, which has a homely sitting room, master bedroom and bathroom, all spread over 800 sq ft. Relax on your king-sized bed and watch the sun set through the tall windows, peeking through the surrounding woodland. The calming decor mirrors the beauty of the outdoors, with floral curtains, botanical-print cushions, and moss-toned blanketing.

If peace and quiet is on the agenda, visit the serene Easanna Spa, housed in a bright and light, wood-clad conservatory. Sink into the steaming Jacuzzi after a few laps of the heated pool, or unwind in the sauna and steam rooms. You can also indulge in a holistic Swedish massage, or pamper yourself with a French manicure, leaving you feeling tip-top.

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Sheen Falls Lodge

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (666 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Park Kenmare: a 5-star hotel in Kerry steeped in history

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Dating back to 1897, the grand Hotel Park Kenmare combines a sense of history with luxury amenities and stellar service. It has a Victorian design scheme throughout with original open fireplaces, Renaissance artworks and antique furniture lending a charming, old-world feel. Check in to a Deluxe room for peaceful views over the lake. There you can take a long soak in your bath with luxury Floris toiletries before sinking into your plush four-poster bed for the night. Rivolta Carmignani linens, pure goose down pillows and the rich fabrics provide complete comfort.
 
One of the hotel’s highlights is its lavish SAMAS spa. Spend a morning in the heated outdoor pool with its views over the surrounding woodland and water, before relaxing mind and body with a thermal and holistic treatment. These are specially designed using techniques from both the Himalayas and Kenmare Bay, so whether you opt for a full body massage, facial, or scrub, you’ll be left feeling rejuvenated. The hotel’s location in Kenmare means lots of opportunities for outdoor pursuits. Put on your hiking boots and head out for a long walk around the Beara Peninsula, where you really can get away from it all. If you’re a keen golfer, the Kenmare Golf Club adjoins the property, while the Ring of Kerry Golf & Country club is just a 10 minute drive away.
 
Having won Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland in 2018, the restaurant here is an experience not to be missed. At dinner, sample the five or seven-course tasting menu that uses delicious locally sourced produce. Plates change weekly but expect dishes like crab with pickled Kohl Rabi and apple dashi, and rump lamb with heritage carrots and sea buckthorn.
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Park Kenmare

Top rated
8.9 Excellent (255 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens: a tranquil 5-star hotel in Kerry set in vast gardens

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Set in a 64 acre estate, the picturesque Dunloe Hotel & Gardens overlooks the famous glacial Gap of Dunloe and the river Laune. Spend a carefree morning strolling through the grounds, and discover the atmospheric ruins of a 12th-century castle. After your walk, make a beeline for the indoor swimming pool for a few lengths, before relaxing in the balmy sauna to completely unwind.
 
After a day of exploring, freshen up in your Superior room, taking in scenic views of the countryside surrounding the hotel from your private balcony. Slip into the bath before relaxing in your fluffy bathrobe with a book and a mug of cocoa. The tranquil setting is reflected in the room decor – think soft neutrals alongside navy blue and moss green furnishings – while French doors let in lots of natural light. As dogs are allowed to stay in the hotel, your beloved pooch can be part of your weekend away, too.
 
The Killarney hotel bar is a warm and cosy space where you can enjoy a pre-dinner tipple – sip a Guinness while watching live music acts. The modern Grill Restaurant makes for a memorable evening where you’ll experience artistic cuisine produced from the top-notch local produce. Try dishes like pan-fried scallops with grapefruit and butter, followed by crispy pork belly with tiger prawns, washed down with a glass (or two) of Malbec. The restaurant’s chic design comprises high floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as sparkling chandeliers that scatter light across the room. With its elegant grey colour scheme, this place is a photo-ready environment for indulgence, especially with puddings such as strawberry gateaux with vanilla ice cream and strawberry curd.
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The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

Top rated
Killarney, 8.2 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
9.2 Excellent (579 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa: a sumptuous 5-star hotel in Kerry with a gothic spa

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The exceptional spa at the Muckross hotel – think Gothic-inspired decor with a vault-like pool space, tall columns and arched windows – makes for a luxurious and relaxing stay. Make the most out of the thermal area and large vitality pool before winding down in the herbal sauna or outdoor hot tub. To really relax, treat yourself and your partner to an Organic Pharmacy massage, or a Pevonia exfoliation, then freshen up under the Tropical Rainshower before exploring the rest of the hotel and local area. Located in the heart of the Killarney National Park, vast mountains and lakeside trails are within a few minutes’ walk, while Killarney town is just a 15 minute drive away. With impressive surroundings, and in such a secluded position, Muckross is an ideal choice when you want to escape everyday life and relax with a loved one.
 
Spend a long lunch or dinner at the 2 AA rosette Yew Tree restaurant for modern Irish fare with locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood and seasonal produce. Start with a dish like the Atlantic seafood selection of Dingle Bay crab, marinated cod and Tobiko caviar, before trying the succulent Ring of Kerry venison. Treat yourself to the decadent chocolate ganache with milk chocolate Chantilly and white chocolate crumble, before rounding off with a warming tot of port.
 
Wind down for the evening in your tasteful Victorian-style room where you’ll find thoughtful touches such as Orla Kiely toiletries and a Nespresso machine. Celebrating? Opt for an opulent suite, complete with four-poster bed and plush fabrics of satin and velvet. Freshen up under your large walk-in power shower, before opening a bottle of complimentary wine (accompanied by complimentary chocolates) to create your own romantic atmosphere.
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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Killarney, 4.8 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
8.9 Excellent (768 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa: a 5-star hotel in Kerry with a luxurious spa

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If there’s one thing that will stay with you following a stay at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, it’s memories of the excellent level of service. Staff go above and beyond to ensure your stay is exceptional, and with facilities including a luxury spa, fine-dining restaurants and even a 3,000 sq ft penthouse suite, it’s ideal for a special occasion.
 
The hotel’s tranquil spa is a relaxing and stress-free environment, boasting a team of award-winning therapists ready to recharge your mind and body. Select from a range of treatments including scrubs and wraps, facials, massages and reflexology. If you’re looking for quality time with your partner, head to the dedicated couples treatment room. Afterwards, drop into the Thermal Suite to see how four different heat areas, all with aromatic scents, stir the senses. Situated 20km from Killarney airport, the hotel benefits from mountain and lake views, and is just a 15 minute drive from Killarney National Park, which offers walks, trails and cycle routes spread over 25,000 acres.
 
Order a bellini and watch the sun set from the Terrace bar with its views of the Killarney lakes before heading to dinner in the contemporary Lake Room restaurant. You’ll find artisanal, locally sourced cuisine, such as Spillane’s Mackerel with cucumber, sesame and seaweed, and Cordal goat’s cheese with Irish beetroot and rooster potato. As evening draws to an end, head to your Deluxe Lake View room with panoramic views of the Killarney Lakes and MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Make yourself a zingy gin and tonic from your mini-bar, and relax in the bath before snuggling down in your cosy king-sized bed.
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Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Top rated
Killarney, 3.5 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
9.2 Excellent (1010 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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The Killarney Park: a luxurious 5-star hotel in Kerry with an elegant spa and outdoor hot tub

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Spoil your other half with an indulgent weekend away to the Killarney Park Hotel, which has one of the most luxurious spas in Killarney. This wellness space has eight treatment rooms, a nail bar, a relaxation room and a hot plunge bath, to enable you to completely de-stress. Before your Elemis back and shoulder massage, head to the 20 metre heated pool for a few leisurely lengths, take a spell in the steam room and unwind in the outdoor hot tub.

Situated in the heart of Killarney town, you’re just a 5 minute walk to nearby shops and malls like the Killarney Outlet Centre, and around a 7 minute drive to Lough Leane and lush countryside walks. When the weather’s good, head to the outdoor Terrace and the barbecue pit for succulent steaks and burgers – a laidback lunch spot with friends. The covered heated section overlooks the elegant hotel gardens, so relax with a glass of champagne on the comfortable rattan furniture and breathe in the fresh air. For a special occasion, take afternoon tea in the elegant drawing room, and sample snacks like roast beef on grilled ciabatta with red onion marmalade, horseradish prawn cocktail with Avruga caviar, and sweet treats like lavender and poppy seed macaroons, passion fruit tart and freshly baked scones.

The hotel design mixes traditional period features with contemporary touches – you’ll see open fireplaces, sweeping staircases, and bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling mirrors and luxe velvet upholstered beds. Get some rest in a spacious premium room featuring a king-sized bed, a cosy fireplace and open-plan sitting area. Brew yourself a Nespresso coffee and relax with the papers on deep velvet chairs in a room decorated in calming neutral tones – heaven!

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The Killarney Park

Top rated
Killarney, 0.9 km to Fitzgerald Stadium
9.6 Excellent (536 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.6 / 10
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