Where did it all begin?

The Shandon Hotel & Spa re-opened to the public on the 25th March 2016 under new ownership.  Carolynne Harrison, General Manager and Director of the resort since pre opening in December 2015 continues to nurture a highly talented, passionate team of hospitality professionals.

The Shandon was for sale in 2015 after going into receivership 4 years prior, the current owners immediately seen the potential and without hesitation, they purchased the property and invested millions into its refurbishment, they recognised that its location, right on the Wild Atlantic Way was a real asset and they knew that investment and the right people that they could create a product that would be an exceptional success. The Shandon was an instant hit with occupancy levels that would rival big cities. From the day it opened, it was decided that it will open through all seasons, maintaining the jobs of its 140 staff throughout the winter, where previously, it would have closed down. Due to the demands of the business, 2018 has seen the launch of a newly built restaurant on the second level, a new feature staircase to the front of the building which transforms the previously ‘dated’ exterior.

This new feature staircase offers access to a brand new floor which will provide the much needed space for an additional 18 newly built bedrooms which were completed in July 2018. 2018 also seen the branding of Beats Bar, JonJo’s Bar and Marbles Restaurant.  Marbles is named after the popular blue flag beach situated a short stroll from the resort and viewable from every window in the restaurant. The resort has won many awards and accolades since it was re-launched in 2016 and has been going from strength to strength. It is currently ranked  in the top 2% of the best hotels in Ireland on Tripadvisor.

2020 seen a complete re-design and refurbishment of the seaview lobby with open turf fire.  2021, Beats Bar was extended and refurbished, incorporating new bi-fold doors taking in the amazing view with many new cosy areas offering a choice of ambient experiences.

2022, the luxury spa was extended to include more outdoor facilities that make the most of the views over Sheephaven bay with two additional, private bay view hot tubs.  In addition to that, a brand new leisure centre and resort shop was launched with swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and kids pool.

2023, the former playhouse on site was renovated into a new 24 hour state of the art gym & studio with a variety of classes which essentially completes the holistic offering of everything one would need for a well rounded escape to include amazing food, drinks, spa experiences, health, wellness and fitness.

For more details on it’s history click on the links below

The Shandon History

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