Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites is more than just a small design hotel, it offers natural luxury being remotely situated on the Irish Aran Islands in the Galway Bay, Ireland.
A soon as you catch a glimpse of the middle island (the least busy of the three) you become enchanted and realize why the island has long been the secret enclave for playwrights, artists and escapists alike.
Think here of natural barren beauty, lichen weathered limestone outcrops, clear aqua green waters, folklore woven through the resilient islanders… you following us… fresh lobster hoisted from the bay prepared by no-nonsense chef-owner Ruairi de Blacam, who with his co-owner & wife Marie-Thérèse, have crafted a signatory island retreat that is as honest and simple as the beauty of the island itself.
With no TV, this is your chance to find yourself – bikes waiting for a ride, rods at the door looking for fish or that book waiting to be read - be active, be restful, be good to yourself. This is seriously slow living.
With just 5 design suites, you need to be off the mark early to get a room here – the place is only open from April to September – so get your act together and request a room as early as possible.
Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites is plainly simple and original at the same time.
Pretty much at the epicentre of the unspoilt island of Inis Meáin with sweeping views back towards the coastline which is never far on this tiny Aran isle. From the hotel you can set off and explore the fauna & flora, pristine shorelines and countless points to just stop for a moment of deep contemplation.
Arrival here is mostly via routes from County Galway - the frequent ferry leaving Rossaveal harbour on the west coast, or there is a limited service from Doolin, Co. Clare. You can also fly to Inis Meáin from Connemara Airport in Inverin.
Maverick, bold, fresh and natural sums up the kitchen here; prepared, sourced and imaginatively cooked by co-owner & Chef Ruairi de Blacam. The essence of the location is thoroughly captured in the food concept of Elemental Eating with the tastes of the land and seas casting a delight of honest mouth-watering flavours.
Each dish plays with just two key elements / ingredients, so on an evening tasting menu you can savour the delights of this remote outpost of nature. They also provide hungry explorers with a super basket of tastes for daytime adventures where you find your own spot of Inis Meáin.
Marie-Thérèse & Ruairí de Blacam are the kindred souls behind this elemental refuge where life is sweetly in the slow-lane. A duo with such complementing talents, a couple with a vision that extends beyond their den reaching out and “grasping nature, the elements and folksy heritage. Every detail is inspired by the island and the unique way of living that is necessary in such a remote location of natural beauty.”
The pair host guests with such apparent ease, a chilled at-your-own-pace stay that is pleasantly addictive crafted with thought by Marie-Thérèse & Ruairí.
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