Ballyfin House, Ireland – Conde Nast 2016 Best Hotel in the World

It’s not every day you stay in the best hotel in the world. Unplanned.

A few days before my arrival, Conde Nast announced this readers’ choice award, so … Serendipity!

With only 20 rooms, it will be harder to get a booking now. The hotel received 85 new bookings in within a few days of the announcement. It’s a gorgeous place, with a history that mirror’s Ireland’s. Go if you can.

My story was published in The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller on Saturday, November 5. Below is a PDF.

The online story, with more images, is here:–conde-nast-traveller-best-hotel-in-the-world-gsesw0




About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
This entry was posted in Alison's Travel writing and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Ballyfin House, Ireland – Conde Nast 2016 Best Hotel in the World

  1. Hi Alison – well I may live in Ireland, but I haven’t heard of this wonderful sounding hotel. Unfortunately, it’s rather beyond my budget!! 🙂

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  2. Congrats on being published!!! I am so happy you shared this post- I love hostel recommendations, especially ones of this gratitude


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s