A coastal resort since the 60’s, the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links begins 2017 as a newly refurbished hotel and golf links thanks to a significant investment by its new owners, Kennedy Wilson.
Stately and elegant, this historic property offers an incomparable coastal setting perched above the pristine five-mile Velvet Strand and overlooking its fabled golf links course designed in 1995 by the legendary Bernhard Langer.
Built in the early 19th century, the hotel epitomises the grace and beauty of what was once the ancestral home of the Jameson family famed for their distillery business. The hotel, with its stunning architecture design now boasts 134 luxurious bedrooms and amenities such as a new Spa, Gym, Conference and Meetings facilities.
Although just 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links you can enjoy a little bit of paradise, Irish-style, under the watchful eye of new Hotel Manager, David McGuinness. In the sun-splashed glazed lobby, the light pours through large windows, washing over comfortable yet elegant rooms created by Irish interior designer, Ciara Ni Laoi. Ocean inspired interior design with cool and neutral tones throughout the property ensure a calm and sophisticated feel for every visitor.
Dining options comprise three choices under the command of new Chef Tom Walsh. The 1780 is a contemporary fine-dining restaurant while The Seaview, with its panoramic view of Ireland’s Eye, offers relaxed all-day seafood-based dining where you can also unwind with a signature cocktail or treat a loved one to Afternoon-Tea-by-the Sea. The Jameson Bar, with its casual dining menu is the perfect haven for golfers and guests to re-charge in the ambience of the old Jameson family house with its original detailing and oil paintings.
Outside, newly landscaped grounds are braided with paths and vistas that open up to never-ending sea views and across to Ireland’s Eye. Grasses and plants fill the new outdoor gardens that connect to the shoreline. Guests of the hotel can walk along pathways and sandy dunes to enjoy a bracing seaside stroll to catch the sunset before retiring for dinner. This is the perfect backdrop to capture weddings and other special occasions.
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is truly a unique property with a fascinating story to tell, from the visits of Prince Edward VII to the ownership history including that of Eamonn Andrews and Dr. Tony O'Reilly. The late Terry Wogan hosted his wedding reception in the hotel. In fact the hotel's motto, Lux-Pax-Amor, is inspired by a plaque gifted by Prince Edward VII to the Jameson family which is on display in the grounds of the hotel.
NEW MANAGEMENT: As part of the re launch of the property, a new management team took up residence and joined Director of Golf, Moira Cassidy including Resort Director, Barry O’Connor, new Hotel Manager, David McGuinness and Executive Chef, Tom Walsh.
DINING: Under the stewardship of new chef Tom Walsh, the food and beverage offering at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links encompasses a mixture of casual and fine dining, celebrating the array of fresh and seasonal ingredients available on the hotel’s doorstep. A Tipperary native, Tom has carved a stellar reputation as one of the industry’s most exciting and innovative figures with a career spanning over 20 years working at some of Dublin’s finest establishments. Tom is also joined by new Restaurant Manager, Derek Yu, formerly of Chapter One Restaurant.
With the fine dining experience at The 1780 to the all-day casual dining of The Seaview as well a delicious menu available in the iconic Jameson Bar, there is something for all guests to enjoy.
THE SPA: One of the most exciting new additions to the property is the hotel’s stunning Spa. Embracing the tranquillity and serenity of its natural surroundings, The Spa at Portmarnock is a haven of relaxation and indulgence. The Spa offers a range of Elemis, Carita and Essie treatments carried out by its team of expert and in-house therapists.
With its idyllic coastal setting, it is little wonder that Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links is a much sought-after wedding destination. Whether you are planning a small intimate affair or a lavish gathering, the hotel’s team of experts will take care of every need for the special day. The hotel also caters for indoor and outdoor civil ceremonies on site.
GOLFING: Situated on the shoreline of a rugged peninsula, The Links Portmarnock was the first links course designed by two-time Masters champion and three-time winner of the Irish Open, Bernhard Langer. Along with architect Stan Eby, Langer designed an 18-hole course that is challenging for all golfers and which has hosted several professional and amateur tournaments over the years including the 2008 and 2009 Ladies Irish Open. The recent renovation at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links has also included investment in the iconic Links with upgraded machinery and the creation of new pathways to maximise the rugged terrain.
BUSINESS CONFERENCE AND MEETINGS: The Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links is not just a place to go to relax and be pampered, but a good place to do business too. The hotel’s proximity to Dublin Airport, the M50 motorway and Dublin city centre makes the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links the ideal destination for conferencing and corporate events. The property’s high-spec meeting rooms and facilities accommodate up to 300 delegates with free parking, picturesque views and world-class golfing facilities also as standard.
Moira Cassidy - Director of Golf
Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links