Sydney has undergone some pretty drastic changes in the last ten years. As house prices continue to skyrocket, a new, trendier Sydney has emerged, defined by fashionable new spaces where young, moneyed millennials can feel at home. Nowhere is this more evident than in the hotel space. Once upon a time, the city’s hotels mirrored those of any other big – but not Big – city: the standard luxury set, as defined by the Hiltons and Four Seasons of the world, and a middle set of affordable, basic accommodations that stood somewhere between hotel and motel.
Sydney has certainly stepped up its hotel game since then, welcoming a number of luxurious, thoughtfully designed spaces, each with a host of quirky touches that seem to call out to the young in particular. Here are three of the best….Click Here To Keep Reading
Ireland’s most exclusive 5-star hotel is at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains about an hour north of Dublin. The history and beauty within the demesne is beyond compare. Built in the 1820’s by Sir Charles Coote, it was sold in 1928 to a Roman Catholic teaching order where it served as a school for 80 years. An extensive restoration project began in 2002 and opened it’s doors as a neoclassical country house hotel in 2011.
With a gateway that opens to 600 acres of private park and woodland, you find a mile-long drive that overlooks a 28-acre ornamental lake. Eventually, you will find Ireland’s most lavish Regency mansion and you will not be disappointed.
There are 20 rooms in the house that are individually designed to mirror the original style of the original house. You’ll be treated to marble bathrooms, gilded mirrors, elegant bedrooms, 300 thread-count bed linens and luxurious toiletries.
The hotel antiques, paintings, and furniture are museum caliber. They also have a classically styled indoor pool with two treatment rooms.
Taking a walk through the grounds, you come across beautiful gardens, grottoes, a private lake, and plenty more to see.