Dig out your outdoor gear for a stay here. This modern, yet elegantly appointed hotel is set amid the historic estate of 400-year-old Westport House. For adventure seekers, there’s 162ha (400 acres) of grounds to explore from your doorstep. After a day of soaking up all that the outdoors has to offer, the 129-room hotel makes for a comfortable basecamp with elegant interiors – think splashes of golds and reds and swathes of velvet – and a good range of amenities. Highlights include a restaurant commanding views of the Carrowbeg River, a spa and a leisure centre complete with a pool and gym.