If there's anyone you can trust to point you in the direction of absolute luxury - it's Gwyneth Paltrow.
Her lifestyle website, Goop, is unashamedly "aspirational" - translate: you can't afford anything on it.
Still, we were delighted to stumble upon our own little national treasure, Adare Manor, listed as one of Goop's favourite European Hotels.
Set on an 840-acre estate, Adare Manor in Co. Limerick is one of Ireland's leading five star castle properties, and re-opened in November 2017 following an extensive restoration, refurbishment and expansion programme over a 21 month period.
Goop describes it as "reason alone to travel to Ireland’s verdant southwest (although the dozens of nearby historical sites, lively pubs, and quaint villages don’t hurt, either)."
'Each individually designed room is palatial in size, decked out with authentic mahogany Georgian-era furniture, sumptuous fabrics, nineteenth-century artwork, and a roaring open fireplace to ward off the inevitable Irish chill.'
'The La Mer spa is a tranquil space to indulge and unwind after a long day, accompanied by the comforting scent of autumnal fig that pervades the entire property.'
The largest restoration project of its kind in Ireland, the renovation and expansion honours the building's architectural heritage as a Neo-Gothic masterpiece while incorporating the latest in contemporary luxury.
Most notably, the expansion included a new 42-bedroom wing, increasing accommodations to a total of 104 guest rooms, and a ballroom which can host up to 350 guests.
The riverside demesne is also home to Ireland and the UK’s 1st and only La Mer Spa (mentioned in the review above), elegant fine dining facilities including the luxury Oak Room restaurant, a championship golf course redesigned by award-winning designer Tom Fazio, trout fishing on the River Maigue and a host of other estate activities, including falconry, archery, and clay pigeon shooting, which will intrigue even the most experienced travellers.
It's not the first time the hotel has received a shout-out of note. It has been named one of the Best New Hotels in the World in Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List, was placed among the top ten new hotels in Elite Traveler among many, many more.