Fodor's Expert Review Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites
Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland Fodor's Choice
A remote, luxurious restaurant-hotel with sweeping sea views and a minimalist interior, Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites offers a unique, modern-monastic retreat in a stunning, low-lying stone and glass building that blends with the stonescape of the island. Marie-Thérèse and Ruairí de Blacam's five much-in-demand suites are free of all modern distractions such as TVs or other electronics, featuring a simple, natural blend of stone, wood, and wool and a private terrace so that the focus is directed outward to the exceptional sea and island views, and indirectly inward, as quiet reflection and contemplation is unavoidable in such a private setting. A packed lunch (with homemade soup in a thermos) along with the Inis Meáin Exploration Kit in each suite–-island-customized bicycles, binoculars, baited fishing rod, ash walking sticks, beach towels, maps, guides–-facilitate exploration of the island.
- excellent restaurant has a cult following
- exquisite views
- private and peaceful
- off-the-grid feel not for everyone
- two-night minimum stay
- books up far in advance and no waitlist
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–late Mar.