The Brehon Hotel Killarney

£ $
Booking conditions
<p>Spa Angsana Killarney</p>

Awards & Press

Awards & Press

Danu Restaurant Awarded AA Rosette

Standing proud in well-tended lawns on the road to the National Park, Danú at The Brehon, Killarney, has been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence. Led by Head Chef Chad Byrne, the fine dining experience at Danú has underpinned the hotel’s reputation as one of Kerry’s most exceptional destinations across locals and tourists alike.

AA Rosettes are awarded solely for the quality of the restaurant’s cooking that demonstrates consistent standards of all dishes on the menus. To achieve an AA Rosette Award, innovation, greater technical skills, consistency and judgement in combining and balancing ingredients are required. Rosettes are only awarded to those restaurants which aim for and achieve higher standards. They must exhibit greater precision in their cooking and selection of quality ingredients. 

To specifically achieve one AA Rosette chefs need to display a mastery of basic techniques and be able to produce dishes of sound quality and clarity of flavours, using good and fresh ingredients.

As with all inspections, the AA Hotel Inspector used an alias when booking their unannounced visit to The Brehon Killarney, ensuring an authentic guest experience. The most discerning of diners, the AA Inspector's experience at Danú did not disappoint. Of the ‘Cured Organic Salmon’ starter, the AA Inspector described it as “tasty”, “light” and “moist”, commenting on the “great flavours” and “accurate preparation” of the dish.  The AA Inspector also commended Chef Byrne’s combination of fresh ingredients and a flair for the unusual.

Another key component in one’s overall dining experience is the quality of the service, which was noted to be of a high standard at both Danú and The Brehon Killarney. The AA Hotel Inspector commented that the team exuded natural friendliness which was underpinned by sound professional procedures and great menu knowledge.

Congratulations to Head Chef Chad Byrne and all his team at Danú on achieving this accolade. It’s clear that a great passion for hospitality exists at The Brehon Killarney, so we are delighted they have reached this level on their fine dining journey. We’re delighted to welcome them to our exclusive group of AA Rosette holders” says Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at AA Ireland.

Other amenities at the AA appointed property include Europe’s flagship Angsana Spa, nearby golf facilities at the renowned Kileen golf course, a seat conference and banqueting venue, as well as a swimming pool. 

Gold Medal Awards Finalists Brides of Limerick Winner
Hotel and Catering Gold Medal Awards Winners 2013 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2015

Awards Season at The Brehon

Awards season is in full swing at The Brehon, Killarney.

The latest trophy to be added to the cabinet is a Silver Merit from the CIE Excellence Awards which took place in Dublin last week. This year’s winners were chosen from the independent evaluation of feedback surveys completed by over 27,000 customers. The Brehon have received a CIE award annually since 2006. The Accommodation Team at The Brehon were applauded for their hard work and dedication when they were awarded a Gold Medal at the IASI Awards of Excellence which took place in January. The Brehon also featured in the recent Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards for 2014. The hotel numbered in the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland while The Angsana Spa at The Brehon was awarded a Certificate of Excellence. The accolades don’t just stop there! The Brehon’s commitment to their customers was also acknowledged when the hotel won the Best Customer Experience Award at the 2013 Hotel and Catering Review Gold Medal Awards in September of last year. 

For more information visit

Summary Of Awards

  • Danu Restaurant Awarded AA Rosette
  • Winner of the Best Customer Experience Award at the 2013 The Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 
  • Winner of CIE Silver Merit Award for 2011.
  • The Angsana Spa Winner of the 5th Best Spa in Ireland at the Irish Tatler Awards 2011.
  • Winner of the Best Spa in Munster in the Irish Tatler Awards 2011.
  • Shortlisted for the Weddings Online Munster Wedding Venue of the Year 2011.
  • Winner of the Irish Tatler Spa Award "Reader's Choice Award" 2010. The Angsana Spa received an amazing 555 votes out of 2000 entries. Winner of Silver Medal at The Green Hospitality Awards 2010. These awards recognise businesses that reduced energy & waste costs and implement environmentally friendly policies in their businesses.
  • Winner of Best Business Hotel 2009 at The Hospitality Ireland Awards
  • The Brehon Winner of Best 4* Hotel at The Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards 2008
  • Highest rated 4* Hotel in Ireland, with a 97% grading from Failte Ireland
  • Finalist in The Best Irish Hotel category at The Hotel Club Awards
  • An award of Excellence from The Irish Accommodation Institute
  • Awards of Excellence for Best Hotel Accommodation from CIE International for 2007, 2008 & 2009.
  • The Angsana Spa Killarney has retained The White Flag Award for the 3rd year for excellence in Spa quality.
  • Achieved Optimus Best Practice Award for 2007 & 2008
  • Irish Tatler Spa Awards 2009-Highly commended on the Holistic Award
  • The Brehon also featured in some of the industries most prestigious guides this year including The Michelin Guide, Conde Nast & Georgina Campbell's Ireland Guide.


For further information please contact our PR Manager Aoife O' Donoghue.
Email: Phone: 064 6671559