The K Club – Straffan, Co. Kildare
While Ireland is home to many breath-taking luxury properties, The K Club was the first to be awarded the coveted 5 AA Red Star rating, opening in 1991 and reinforcing its reputation as one of the most opulent destinations in the country ever since.
Modelled on an 18th Century French Chateau, The K Club is a breath-taking venue fit for royalty. Versaille-like grandeur comes as standard, with manicured gardens and 550 acres of parkland providing a stunning backdrop for the palatial splendour of the hotel itself.
The five star resort is a must-visit destination for fine dining lovers, golf enthusiasts, active families and those seeking a relaxing spa getaway as The K Club is home to no less than five restaurants, two bars, two Championship golf courses, a state of the art spa and an extensive offering of estate activities from archery to horse riding.
The K Club,
T: +353 1 6017 200
Deluxe Rooms - Deluxe Rooms offer that extra bit of room, with spacious bathrooms and generous windows which mean you can wake up to a view of the magnificent manicured gardens.
The Liffey Deluxe Rooms - Offering splendid views of the River Liffey and surrounding woodlands, the new Liffey Deluxe Rooms are beautifully appointed and a feast for the eyes.
Liffey Suites- Liffey Suites offer sumptuous four poster beds looking out over the Liffey, extended living space and French Chateau inspired decor, accented with the finest Irish fabrics.
Barton Suites- Another new addition to The K Club, the generous Barton Suites feature the same beauty and elegance of a Liffey Deluxe Room but also offer a spacious living room and two bathrooms - a luxurious home from home.
The K Club is a culinary playground for lovers of fine food, with five distinct dining options catering for every taste, meal time and occassion.
The show-stopping Byerly Turk Restaurant is central to the fine dining offering at The K Club, with a jaw-dropping dining room steeped in opulent reds, crystal chandeliers and historical artwork. In these beautiful surroundings you will be treated to a menu driven by a passion for Irish seasonal produce, with artisans across the country represented in contemporary and expertly crafted dishes.
Utilising Irish produce at its finest, expect dishes like Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella with Bloody Mary Jelly and Risotto of Tralee Bay Crab with Lambay Island Claw. Dinner at the Bryerly Turk is an occasion to be savoured, and it is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the country.
This dedication to fostering long-standing relationships with small Irish producers as the ethos underpinning the dining experience at The K Club is epitomised by "The K Club Cookbook: Producer to Plate". This stunning tome details the artisan suppliers who ensure every dish served in the Byerly Turk sings of provenance.
For a more casual dining experience, Legends Bistro is a light and airy space with fantastic views across The Ryder Cup Golf Course. Serving breakfast, lunch, bites and dinner, this is the perfect venue to grab something to eat at any time of day. Simply Seared Fillets of Sea Bass, comforting Chicken Curry and Handmade Pizzas are all on offer, so there is something for the whole family at Legends.
If you fancy something a little exotic, you may be surprised to learn that the K Club is home to its own authentic Asian restaurant - K Thai. This beautifully appointed restaurant offers fusion meals, mixing the best of Thai & Asian recipes with Irish produce to create delicious light and healthy dishes.
Afternoon Tea in the Chinese Drawing Room or Yeat's Lounge is a reason to venture to Kildare in itself. Expertly crafted baked goods, French patisserie worthy of its luxurious surroundings and classic finger sandwiches make for a towering offering of indulgence overlooking the spectacular gardens. The perfect way to spoil yourself, this Afternoon Tea experience is a must.
Inspired by the breath-taking woodland surroundings of the resort, The K Spa draws on nature as the focal point for its range of luxurious treatments. Designed to be an oasis of calm to magically transport you away from the woes of every day life, this 20,000 square foot, state of the art facility offers seven treatment rooms and two private suites, perfect for couples.
Indulge yourself with a VOYA or Carita treatment, from facials to massages to bespoke body wraps before immersing yourself in the Wellness Suite, with a Hamam, Hydro or Balneotherapy and a Rasul Arabic bath.The luxurious K Spa is complimented by a deluxe health centre, with a 16.5 metre pool, pilates studio, outdoor hot tub, juice bar and fully equipped gym, so all your luxury leisure needs are catered to.
The K Club is home to two Arnold Palmer designed Championship Golf Courses - The Ryder Cup Course and The Smurfit Course. With a reputation as one of the world's finest golf resorts, The K Club was the venue of choice for the Ryder Cup 2006 and Irish Open 2016 and also played host to the European Open from 1995 to 2007.
For an unforgettable wedding day, it would be impossible not to feel like a King or Queen taking over The K Club for your celebration.
There are numerous banqueting options, from the sprawling gold-gilded Legacy Suite to the more petite Arnold Palmer Room. Located in the old house, the John Jefferson Smurfit Room is achingly elegant, reflecting the K Club's rich heritage in it's opulent decor. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful spot for an intimate ceremony or reception, with sweeping views of the gardens and the River Liffey.
As well as being a luxurious hideaway and oasis of relaxation, for guests who would rather not put their feet up there is an unrivaled offering of activities to avail of on the grounds. Make lasting memories fishing for trout with dedicated ghillies or spend the day exploring the grounds on horseback, with over 40 horses to cater to the needs of the first timer to the experienced rider.
Indulge your competitive side with the ancient art of archery and test your accuracy with air-rifle shooting. Soak up the great outdoors with a spot of clay pigeon shooting or try your hand at falconry, with hawks, owls and a magnificent golden eagle.