The results are in!

The winners of our Reader Travel Awards for 2023 are revealed below - giving a tantalising sense of how our holidays bounced back last year, and will bounce forward in 2023. As always, our citations feature as many of your comments as possible. Thank you for taking the time to write them. And congratulations to all of the nominees!

Pól Ó Conghaile
Travel Editor

The Prizes

Sunshine in Spain

A four-star holiday with Sunway to Spain’s Costa del Sol, including flights and accommodation at Don Pedro Torremolinos for two.

Winner: Val Glynn, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

A stellar city break

A four-star city break for two, including return flights, with Choose between Prague, Berlin, Budapest or Vienna.

Winner: Margaret McDonald, Legan, Co Longford

Magnificent Monart

A two-night spa break with breakfast and a gourmet evening meal, plus a 60-minute signature spa treatment for two people.

Winner: Antoinette Enright, Limerick.

MacNean Magic

Dinner for two at Neven Maguire’s restaurant, plus an overnight stay with breakfast.

Winner: Niall McCaughan, Derry.

Blue Book bliss

Two nights B&B with dinner on one night for two at Ardtara Country House, Co. Derry.

Winner: Joan Mitchell, Cellbridge, Co Kildare.

Five-star Fairmont

A two-night break at Carton House - a Fairmont managed hotel, including a suite in the Manor House and dinner on one evening.

Winner: Maeve Conroy, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Kickback in Killarney

A two-night stay at The Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, including dinner, for two people.

Winner: Deirdre Greene, Annagry, Co Donegal.

Fab Farnham Estate

An overnight stay with dinner for two people at Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort.

Winner: Muireann Kane, Edenderry, Co Offaly.

Só Special

A two-night B&B voucher for two people at any of the six super Só Hotels in Ireland.

Winner: Seamus O'Hare, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

Gorgeous Galmont

An overnight stay with dinner for two at The Galmont Hotel & Spa in Galway City.

Winner: Marita McGeady, Lucan, Co Dublin.

Wineport wow factor

An overnight stay with dinner for two at Wineport Lodge, on the shores of Lough Ree.

Winner: Sean Monaghan, Navan, Co Meath.

Delicious Dunadry

An overnight stay with dinner for two guests at Dunadry Hotel & Gardens, Co Antrim.

Winner: Daniel Collins, Rahoon, Co Galway

*Terms and conditions apply


Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile is Travel Editor with The Irish Independent. He has been Travel Journalist of the Year in Ireland and the UK.

John Brennan

John Brennan

John Brennan runs The Park Hotel and The Lansdowne in Kenmare. His book 'My Name is Jhon' is out now.

Roz Purcell

Roz Purcell

Roz Purcell is a best-selling author and founder of The Hike Life. She encourages people to experience Ireland through adventure.

Niall Tracey

Niall Tracey

Niall Tracey is Director of Marketing with Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority.

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan runs The Park Hotel and The Lansdowne in Kenmare. He is co-host of RTE’s At Your Service.

Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness

Katy McGuinness is a food writer and restaurant critic with the Irish Independent’s Weekend magazine.

How does it work?

Nominations for our Reader Travel Awards were open from October 22 to November 20 last year. Readers entered their nominations in each category, together with any comments on their picks. Entries were free. Afterwards, the top nominees were tallied and our judging panel adjudicated on our readers' shortlist, choosing the final winners and runners-up from your favourites. The results were published on January 21, 2023.

What happens next?

Nominations will open once again for our 2024 awards next autumn. If you have any interest in sponsorship or other partnerships with the Reader Travel Awards, please do get in touch!

Prize Providers

Click and Go
MacNean House
Irish Blue Book
Carton House
Killarney Plaza