Inis Meáin coastline on the Aran Islands, Ireland, nature, sea, beach

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Inis Meáin rugged coastline on the Aran Islands, Ireland, nature, sea, waves

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Inis Meáin coastline on the Aran Islands, Ireland, nature, sea, beach

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Inis Meáin Experience | Self-catering, private hire accommodation on the Aran Islands, Ireland | The Aficionados
Perfect escapism where nature has been simply framed in absolute purity of design

Intro

Created by the people behind the legendary Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, a new experiential concept immersed in the natural egological appeal of the Irish Aran Islands, just off the Galway Bay, will open in Spring 2023. Inis Meáin Retreats will replace the hotel and restaurant with two private-hire holiday houses: the Stone House and the Boat House. 
As soon as you catch a glimpse of the middle Aran island (the least busy of the three), you are enchanted and begin to realise 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 and fresh lobster hoisted from the bay. Owning family, Ruairí and Marie-Thérèse de Blacam are the pioneers and have been inspired by the wildness of the coast, their farming lands and the Inis Meáin Knitting Company. 
Crafted as a signatory island retreat that is as honest and simple as the beauty of the island itself, the two self-catering houses are geared for small groups and families that crave a connection to the island, its bountiful wildlife, simple way of life and unspoilt coastal appeal. With just a handful of houses, 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 house as early as possible. 

See how minimalist design is tamed with cashmere

Houses

Inis Meáin Experience | Self-catering, private hire accommodation on the Aran Islands, Ireland | The Aficionados Inis Meáin Experience | Self-catering, private hire accommodation on the Aran Islands, Ireland | The Aficionados

The four Burren suites follow a similar design template – each is 50sqm with a 10-metre long continuous window providing an uninterrupted view of the island and Galway Bay, stretching from the Connemara Mountains to Black Head in the Burren. Indoor to outdoor is beautifully blurred with generous use of glass, allowing visitors to enjoy the view, whatever Mother Nature is doing outside. The fifth suite is the Connemara Suite, 130sqm and includes a vast living area with stunning wraparound views of the island, Galway Bay and Connemara from a 15-metre long continuous window to the north and west. It is designed for utmost luxury and is perfect for two guests. As well as a luxuriously pared-back bathroom, the living area features a large L-couch around a wood-burning stove, a mini-library and the dining room features iroko teak joinery.

Your taste buds are teased with fabulous combos - a journey into the heritage of the island

Foodie

Dining by Chef Ruairi de Blacam, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland Dining by Chef Ruairi de Blacam, Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland

As the owners of extensive island farming lands, food is natural, fresh, humble and invigorating, serving up dishes inspired by the weather, land, and the seas. Self-catering guests can either prepare food themselves supplied by the farm or have meals delivered to their accommodation sourced and imaginatively prepared by co-owner & Chef Ruairi de Blacam. The essence of the location is thoroughly captured in Inis Meaín's foodie concept of organic Elemental Eating, which sees the tastes of the land and seas cast a delight of honest mouth-watering flavours on each foodie plate.

Film

Finding your favourite spot on the island is a challenge - there are just so many

Location

The rough seas on Inis Meáin in the Aran Islands, Ireland, waves crashing against the cliffs

Pretty much at the epicentre of the 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.

Meet the true ambassadors of this Aran island - their love is totally infectious.

Owners

Marie-Thérèse & Ruairí de Blacam, hotel owners of the Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites in the Aran Islands, Ireland

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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