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Hayfield Manor joins the prestigious American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts Programme


Ireland’s Blue Book is delighted to announce that Hayfield Manor, Co. Cork has been accepted as member of the exclusive travel programme American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.  

Acceptance into the Fine Hotels & Resorts Programme is notoriously difficult as the programme is kept to a limited elite and features the finest hand-picked luxury properties across the globe. Hayfield Manor is the only Irish property to be accepted into the programme for 2021 and is one of only 20 hotels worldwide that have been added in demand destinations for 2021.  

Hayfield Manor joins a small collection of other Irish iconic hotels already in the programme such as Dromoland & Ashford. Hayfield Manor was accepted based on an extensive secret inspection during which the hotel excelled on the meticulous assessment of the hotel’s services and accommodation.  

Ettienne Van Vrede, CEO of Hayfield Family Collection said ‘This is excellent news and very timely news for Hayfield Manor. We have applied to be part of this collection for a number of years and we are delighted to finally be selected to join the Fine Hotels & Resorts Programme for 2021; a year where we will need every possible source of new business to help us to rebuild following this pandemic. Hayfield Manor will be the only hotel in Cork in the programme and it is testament to our tourism offering in Cork that American Express have identified our beautiful destination as a new demand location for their customers based on cardholder spend. We are so proud and appreciative of our exceptional team for achieving this accolade and for consistently delivering exceptional personal service to all our guests. It has been a very sad and difficult time for our industry over the last few months and this wonderful news could never have come at a more welcome time for us. We will start promoting the hotel for bookings from the extensive American Express global customer base from August 2020 and we anticipate welcoming many new international guests in future years that Fine Hotels & Resorts will bring to our treasured destination of Cork.’  

Should you require any further information, please feel free to contact:  

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About Ireland’s Blue Book 

Ireland's Blue Book is a collection of Irish Country House Hotels, Manor Houses, Castles and Restaurants. Located throughout the island of Ireland these charming and stylish hideaways are the perfect choice for your romantic escape or weekend retreat. Activities vary from golf, fishing, spas and cookery schools or just relaxing in warm and comfortable surroundings. Also included in the collection are five of Ireland’s finest Michelin star restaurants. 

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