Ballyfin named Ireland’s best hotel by Condé Nast Traveller

  • Ballyfin was runner-up in Condé Nast Traveller Awards – October 2018
  • Voted No 2 in world in the Best Hotels in the World – July 2018
  • Named hotel of the year at AA Hospitality Awards – April 2018
  • Travel + Leisure Awards – top resort in Europe 2018

Ballyfin has been named Ireland’s best hotel in Condé Nast Traveller’s The Gold List 2019, featuring its editors’ all-time favourite hotels across the world.

It joins other hotels across the world, including Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, St Regis New York and plenty to choose from in far-flung destinations, including Playa Grande Beach Club, Rio San Juan in Dominican Republic.

Condé Nast gold list 2019

It’s the latest award for the Co Laois hotel, arguably Ireland’s most exclusive five-star property, with just 20 bedrooms. It was voted second-best hotel in the world by the Best Hotels in the World and Travel + Leisure this year, and named Ireland’s hotel of the year at the AA Hospitality Awards.

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Although the latest awards are dominated by hotels in the United States, Ireland has the same number of entrants – one – as larger tourism countries such as Australia and Greece.

For the first time, all of the properties featured on The Gold List can be booked directly through the Condé Nast Traveller website via its partnership with Expedia.

Full list:


Claridge’s, London, Covent Garden Hotel, London, The Kensington, London, Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire, Lucknam Park, near Bath, Heckfield Place, Hampshire.

Europe – France

Hôtel de Crillon, Paris, La Réserve Paris, Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, Les Fermes de Marie, Megève


Aman Venice, Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Le Sirenuse, Positano, JK Place Capri, Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda, Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany, Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany

Spain: Soho House Barcelona, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, Palma de Mallorca,

Greece: Perivolas, Santorini

Cyprus: Anassa Hotel

Denmark:  Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen

Sweden: Ett Hem, Stockholm

Iceland: Deplar Farm

Norway: The Thief, Oslo


MOROCCO: La Mamounia, Marrakech, L’Hôtel Marrakech

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TANZANIA: Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti

SOUTH AFRICA: Ellerman House, Cape Town

KENYA: &Beyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara

BOTSWANA: Jack’s Camp

MALDIVES: Amilla Fushi, Soneva Fushi

MAURITIUS: One&Only Le Saint Géran

SEYCHELLES: Six Senses Zil Pasyon


OMAN: Six Senses Zighy Bay

DUBAI: Bulgari Resort Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah


INDIA: Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, The Leela Palace New Delhi

JAPAN: Aman Tokyo

THAILAND: Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, The Siam, Bangkok

CAMBODIA: Song Saa Private Island

CHINA: The Upper House, Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Opposite House, Beijing


NEW ZEALAND: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island

AUSTRALIA: Halcyon House, New South Wales



BRAZIL: Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso, Hotel Unique, São Paulo

CHILE: Awasi Atacama

ARGENTINA: Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

MEXICO: Chablé, Yucatan, Hotel Esencia, Quintana Roo


USA: The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York, The St. Regis New York, The Carlyle, New York, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii, Amangiri, Utah, Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami, Hotel Bel-Air, LA, Sunset Tower Hotel, LA, The Dewberry, Charleston, The Robey Chicago, Farmhouse Inn Sonoma, Wynn Las Vegas, The Peninsula Chicago

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CANADA: Clayoquot, Vancouver Island


GoldenEye, Jamaica, Playa Grande Beach Club, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic, The Cotton House, Mustique, COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, Bahama House, Harbour Island



The full list and additional information on each hotel can be found online at: A curated list is featured in Condé Nast Traveller January/February 2019 issue, on newsstands now.

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