Start saving up for a weekend stay at one of the world's top hotels and hop in the car to Laois, because Ballyfin Demense has just been named as the AA Hotel of the Year 2018, a prestigious prize in the Irish hospitality industry.
Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, Ballyfin Demense is a five-star hotel that focuses on fine dining and pure luxury.
The AA inspection team was impressed with the warmth and welcome from all the team, which the AA’s head inspector describing a stay at Ballyfin as akin to “being in a private home, with the atmosphere of a period Irish house with all the facilities of a five star resort. With 20 rooms and suites, it is a very special place that has won many international awards in its short history.”
“Cuisine is an important element of the Ballyfin experience, with daily created menus together with suggested wine pairings, many featuring the Bordeaux estates of the Irish 'Wine Geese' who fled following the Battle of Kinsale.”
Just LOOK how utterly out of the world this place is...
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross, TD presented the award to General Manager Damien Bastiat and said:
“Ballyfin Demense has, in its short history, become one of the finest hotels in Ireland, and perhaps one of the finest hotels in the world, a fact which only serves to highlight the impressive nature of the hospitality industry in Ireland.”
With rooms starting at €950, it's defo a once in a lifetime stay...