Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan, County Cavan $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
At first glance, this comely country house appears not to have changed in the 300 years it has stood on this site. Its presence, however, is a bit of trompe l'oeil: Behind the facade is a bright, thoroughly modern lobby and a newly constructed wing. The focus here is on health and relaxation, centered around the 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art spa, including a stimulating menthol aromatherapy chamber. The 150 rooms in the new wing are compact, comfortable, and handsomely appointed in natural woods, while the eight in the original house are gloriously large, quiet, and decorated with a tastefully restrained hand. An 18-hole championship golf course is set to open next year; until then, guests can get their fill of Ireland's green on the resort's four miles of walking trails.2007 Hot List
When to go: Year-round. Mild winters allow golf throughout most of the year. Any in the original house for the best views, the most space, and a stately feel.
Amenities: 24-hour Room Service, Bar/lounge, Gym, Pool, SpaSubscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›