County Mayo, Ireland
Almost everyone has a dream trip tucked in the back of his or her mind -- the improbable fantasy hotel stay that will happen one day down the road. To help you take the plunge, we've compiled 15 incredible and utterly unique hotel stays that should be on everyone's bucket list. First up, Ashford Castle. Ashford Castle embodies the fantasy of the Irish castle hotel, featuring a massive historic stone facade, complete with towers and turrets; gorgeous, manicured grounds; a stunning setting on a huge lake; and common spaces that are truly grand, with rich wood paneling, chandeliers, and antique furniture. The wide range of estate activities includes falconry lessons, boat tours on the lake, golf on the 9-hole course, clay shooting, and archery.