Five Hotels for a Stay by the Sea

Clear away the winter cobwebs with a stay in a beachside hotel, where you can go walking and watch the sea, maybe even have a swim. There is nothing like the sea air and the constant movement of the waves to encourage a sense of peacefulness. Come around the coast of Ireland and along the Wild Atlantic Way with travel2ireland and visit our favourite seaside hotels. 

Five Hotels for a Stay by the Sea

Connemara Coast Hotel, Furbo, County Galway 

This lovely hotel is not far from Galway city and sits in it own grounds with access to the coast. This four-star hotel is a comfortable and lovely place to stay. It is also an ideal location for exploring some of the Connemara’s famous Wild Atlantic Way beaches. There are lots of activities both indoor and outdoor and there is a lovely leisure centre with a big pool, for the non-sea swimmers, see here.

Garryvoe Hotel, East Cork 

East Cork is sometimes overshadowed by West Cork, however it does have some really lovely places to stay and see. The Garryvoe Hotel is facing an eight-kilometre long sandy beach and it is ideal for walkers and kiddies. There has been a hotel here since the early 1900s; though the Garryvoe is the modern version and very comfortable. As a four-star family owned-hotel they know how to make you feel welcome. If you are looking for things to do, the list in East Cork is endless. As they say in Garryvoe, “it’s better by the sea,” see here.

The View from the Garryvoe Hotel

Parknasilla Resort, County Kerry 

The Parknasilla is such a queen of a hotel, standing stately on the Ring of Kerry. The Parknasilla is not just a hotel, but also a resort with lots for everyone to do both on land and on water. There is a variety of accommodations available from self-catering to grand suites. As well as getting that seaside air and walks overlooking Kenmare Bay you will see amazing sunsets over the coast here. Surrounded by nature you will feel the restorative power of Parknasilla, see here.

Atlantic Hotel, Lahinch, County Clare 

If you have been inspired by the scenery of County Clare, in Smother, the RTE television series; then the Atlantic Hotel in Lahinch is the place to go. The hotel is overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way, and you will have first class views of the daring surfers while enjoying the comfort of the hotel. Nearby you can explore the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Seaworld Aquarium Lahinch, it is great fun for the children. The famous golf links at Lahinch are nearby, see here.

Portmarnock Hotel and Golf, County Dublin

Dublin as a city is surrounded by beaches and most are easily accessible, within 30-40 minutes. The beach at Portmarnock is on one of the loveliest. This beach is also known as the Velvet Strand, because it is so smooth. The Portmarnock Hotel is literally on the beach. It has a links golf course and a fabulous spa. There is a leisure centre for relaxing in too, see here.

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Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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