This article originally appeared on wanderwithwonder.com.
County Kerry is an enchanting part of Ireland’s southwest region. Its landscape features miles of rugged coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way, picturesque mountains that are both captivating and haunting, and a lush green countryside with farmlands, grazing sheep, and historic ruins. Many of its small towns and villages weave along the famous 111-mile Ring of Kerry driving route.
In these towns, you’ll find Irish pubs, quaint shops, bakeries and a mix of charming bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, boutique, and luxury accommodations. During my 10-day solo trip touring the Ring of Kerry, I discovered there are plenty of ways for a luxury traveler to stay in style.
Travelers will not want to miss driving Ireland’s scenic Ring of Kerry. Photo by Lara Dunning
Luxury Stay at Butler Arms Hotel
This boutique luxury hotel in County Kerry is along Ballinskelligs Bay in Waterville. It has been in operation for over 130 years and managed by fourth generation hoteliers. The Butler Arms Hotel has seen its share of famous guests, such as Walt Disney, JP Morgan, the cast of Star Wars, and Charlie Chaplin who vacationed in this seaside town with his family for over ten years.
The Butler Arms Hotel is one of the regions top hotels. Photo courtesy of the Butler Arms Hotel
The 36-room hotel features elegantly decorated standard and executive rooms with a garden or Atlantic view. For guests wanting the full experience, I suggest reserving an executive room with an Atlantic view. These spacious guestrooms have a large granite bathroom with heated floors and towel rails, a soaking tub and a shower, a cozy sitting area with a desk, and a window nook with view of the Atlantic.
Guests may choose rooms with views of the coastline. Photo courtesy of the Butler Arms Hotel
Luxury Amenities You’ll Love at Butler Arms Hotel
For dining, there are three on-site options, Charlie’s Restaurant, Charlie’s Lounge, and Fisherman’s Bar, which specialize in fresh local seafood and meats. For a traditional Irish pub experience, head to Fisherman’s Bar. Specialty dishes include their Quinlan’s award-winning smoked salmon sandwich and Daly’s seafood sizzling crab claws. To quench your thirst, order a Guinness or their signature beer from a family recipe, the Huggard Pale Ale.
The pub’s signature beer, the Huggard Pale Ale, is from a recipe by Great Grandfather Martin Huggard. Photo courtesy of the Butler Arms Hotel
From the hotel, guests can easily walk to shops, eateries and the waterfront. Nearby activities include two premier golf courses, fishing, the Skelling Ring drive, and tours to the Skellig Islands.