Set on 614 acres at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Ireland, Ballyfin may be the most elegantly appointed place I’ve ever stayed. It’s the kind of setting where no ottoman or pillow goes unfringed, you’ll encounter a full suit of armor on the staircase and the 20 bedrooms have names, not numbers.
Ballyfin earned a place in our first annual The Travel 100 Top 10 Hotels and Resorts issue. Other properties include resorts on the Pacific and the Atlantic, the 1000 Islands in New York, one on an exclusive Bahamian island and one at the base of Machu Picchu. Every one is a delight.
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– Jan Schroder, Editor-in-chief