Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites is more than just a small design hotel, it offers natural luxury and an incredible foodie destination while being remotely situated on the Irish Aran Islands, just off Galway Bay, Ireland.
A soon as you catch a glimpse of the middle Aran island (the least busy of the three) you are enchanted and realize why this island has long been the secret enclave for playwrights, artists and escapists alike.
Think of natural barren beauty, lichen weathered limestone outcrops, clear aqua green waters, folklore woven through the resilient islanders… are you following us… fresh lobster hoisted from the bay and 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 a design hotel with an honest spirit throughout - plainly simple and original, all at the same time.
Pretty much at the epicentre of Tinos' unspoilt island, Inis Meáin has 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 in which to 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 Inis Meaín's foodie concept of Elemental Eating, which sees the tastes of the land and seas cast a delight of honest mouth-watering flavours on each foodie plate.
Each dish plays with just two key elements / ingredients, so on an evening tasting menu you can savour the foodie delights of this remote outpost of nature, as true as they could be. The hotel also provides hungry explorers with a super basket of tantalising tastes for daytime adventures, where you explore and 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 and a vision that extends beyond their den sees them 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 kind of stay, so pleasantly addictive and crafted with thought by Marie-Thérèse & Ruairí.
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