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Anantara The Marker Dublin Crowns “Best Dressed” at the Dublin Horse Show
Close to 500 stylish attendees entered for the chance to win the first place prize worth over €10,000
 Mon 14th August 2023

Pictured: Michael Davern, General Manager Anantara The Marker Dublin, presents the awards to Maria De Leon Castillejo and Dee Maddock.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts was the proud partner of the 148th annual Royal Dublin Horse Show Ladies’ Day, Ireland’s most iconic social and sporting event in celebration of all things equestrian. Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel and Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort teamed up to offer a desirable first place prize combining luxurious hotel stays and indulgent spa treatments in both destinations worth over €10,000.

Maria De Leon Castillejo from Sevilla in Spain was crowned Best Dressed at the 2023 RDS Dublin Horse wearing a silk jacket purchased on her travels through India and a claret jumpsuit and shoes from Spain. Speaking about her win Maria said “To win here at the Dublin Horse Show is very special for me because I first came to Ireland when I was seven and returned for a number of summers to learn English in Bantry, Co. Cork. It is something I never expected, but my friends kept telling me that I had to enter the Best Dressed. I am in complete shock, but so delighted!”

Judges Bairbre Power and Lorraine Keane said of the winning look “The fact that we both independently selected Maria and her entire look, says it all. She mixed vintage with designer to create the most stunning look, that for us summed up Best Dressed!”

Close to 500 stylish attendees took to the Best Dressed stage and shared their look with MC Laura Woods. This year emphasis was placed on sustainability – whether exploring vintage fashion, buying from sustainable brands or up-cycling; sustainability was key to Best Dressed in 2023.

The runner-up in the Best Dressed was Dee Maddock from Straffan, Co. Kildare who walked away with an indulgent yearlong spa Anantara Spa membership package from Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel. Dee’s head piece, handmade by her sister was constructed entirely out of hand dyed Badminton shuttlecocks and made a big impression on the judges.

Best Dressed First Prize:

Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel

  • Spa Membership for two
  • Stay at Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel in a premium room with a view & breakfast (2 nights)
  • Anantara Spa treatment for two
  • Three course meal for two people at the new restaurant, Forbes Street by Gareth Mullins with bubbles on rooftop to follow

Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort

  • Return flights Dublin – Faro
  • Stay in a Palm View Suite for two with breakfast (4 nights)
  • Anantara Spa Couples Massage (60 Minute)
  • Traditional Algarvian Dinner at Ria
  • Dinner at Sensai

Best Dressed Second Prize:

  • Spa Membership at Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel
  • Stay at Anantara The Marker Dublin Hotel in a Premium Room with breakfast (2 nights)

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