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The Best Hotels and Resorts in the World

By Condé Nast Traveler - 2013-10-18T16:40:19Z

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20. Lodge at Doonberg, County Clare

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Readers' Choice Rating: 97.3

Rooms: 100

Service: 96.4

Food: 98.2

Location: 92.9

Design: 100

Activities: 96.4

What appears to be an aristocrat's stately nineteenth-century seaside manor was in fact built in 2006 by the developers of South Carolina's Kiawah Island and designed entirely by Americans. But what is very real about Doonbeg (and all that really matters) is its stunning setting on a remote whitecapped bay in west County Clare, the perfection of its every detail, and staff who are easily among the most welcoming in Ireland. Accommodations are in one- to four-bedroom suites with high ceilings, gas fireplaces, kitchens, and sumptuous beds. The centerpiece of the resort is the Greg Norman–designed course mowed through the rolling marram grass dunes.

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