The quietest and most beautiful of the Aran Islands is now the perfect place to stay – for total immersion in a slower way of life. Arrive by boat, or plane if you must; you will be delivered to your suite along roads with no signs, no lines and always the brooding sea in view. Perched on the hill is the whale-shaped restaurant: stunning, modern, perfectly designed to bring the surrounding landscape in. Eat good, local or homegrown food, cooked by handsome, charismatic Ruairi in the open-plan kitchen, and presented without fuss (drizzling is thankfully banned). Enjoy ambrosial puddings cooked by stylish Marie-Thérèse. The suites are very special: each a light open space with long views, a living area, a sleeping area with huge bed overlooking island and sea, great lighting and a fridge crammed with delicious cold meats, cheeses and wines. Bicycles and fishing rods are by the door, a generous healthy breakfast and a hotpot packed lunch are delivered each morning. Peace seekers, nature lovers and each-other lovers will adore it here.