On the most remote of the three Aran Islands (a stronghold of Irish culture), this ‘stunning’ modern stone-and-glass building was designed to blend into the native terraced stone fields; there are panoramic views to Galway Bay and the mountains of Connemara. It is run as a restaurant-with-suites by chef/patron Ruairí de Blacam and his wife, Marie-Thérèse, who offer a ‘gentle and warm’ welcome. Based on a philosophy of elemental eating, Ruairí de Blacam’s four-course menus use hyper-local ingredients (lobster and crab caught by island fishermen from traditional currachs; vegetables fertilised by island seaweed); cooked simply, each dish consists of just two elements, to let the natural flavours shine. Minimalist suites are decorated in muted colours, with wooden floors and furnishings designed by the owners; each has a large bed, a living space, vast floor-to-ceiling windows and an outdoor seating area. Guests are provided with packed lunches, maps and nature guides, bicycles, fishing rods, binoculars and swimming towels, all included in the rates. A breakfast box is delivered to the suite. 45-min. ferry from Ros a’ Mhíl; 7-min. flight from Connemara airport. Restaurant/lounge (dinner served at 8 pm; closed Sun nights). 3-acre grounds. Free Wi-Fi. No background music. Children accepted, by arrangement. 5 suites. B&B from £110, four-course set dinner £55, 2-night min. stay. Closed Oct–Mar.
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