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Family Breaks in Wexford At The Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club

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With spacious family rooms, a choice of dining options, and a leisure centre with children’s pool, the Riverside Park Hotel is a super choice to enjoy family breaks in Wexford.

I have featured the Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club on my occasions in my travel deals posts – I love their spacious family rooms and their family-friendly facilities. Previous guests agree with me too – it was a Travellers Choice winner in 2020 and is rated as excellent on Tripadvisor. So I was delighted when the Riverside Park Hotel got in touch and asked me to showcase their latest family breaks in Wexford. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Riverside Hotel has a wide selection of family breaks available. Their summer family breaks include breakfast, a four-course evening meal on the night of your choice, and a family pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions. They also have single parent family breaks – something that I am often asked about.  

As well as great family deals, here are five great reasons to choose the Riverside Park Hotel for family breaks in Wexford. 

1. The superior family rooms are cleverly designedsuperior family rooms at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford.

I have seen many family rooms in hotels over the years, but I was really impressed with the clever design in the Riverside Park’s superior family rooms. Not only are these rooms very spacious – they can accommodate two adults and three children, but some have individual TV’s and headsets for children, that hang on a dividing wall in the centre of the room. Some of the rooms can accommodate four children – please call hotel directly to arrange this. 

superior family rooms at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford.

This means parents and children can enjoy their own choice of entertainment in comfort. As well as this great amenity, you can expect tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary mineral water in your room. Superior rooms vary in design and layout – most have the dividing wall, but others are open plan with a separate tv in the ceiling. Standard rooms are also very well equipped and accommodate families of four, but do not have individual TV’s for children.

 

2. There are lots of family-friendly facilities on-site

Swimming pool at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

The hotel’s leisure centre boasts an indoor heated pool and a separate children’s pool, as well as a fully equipped gym and Rejuvenate Treatment Rooms – just incase you fancy a treatment while the kids are playing. A kids club usually runs during school holidays but may not be in operation this summer. However, there are two playgrounds beside the hotel with climbing frames, slides, swings, interactive stations and a zip wire.

 

3. There are three dining options to choose from.

The Riverside Park Hotel has a wide selection of dining options to suit all the family. Choose the full bar menu or daily carvery at the Prom Bar, delicious steaks at the lively Alamo Steakhouse, or fine-dining at the elegant Moorings restaurant.

Prom Bar at the Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford.

All hotel restaurants use high quality locally grown produce, and kids menus are available in all three restaurants. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

Dining at the Riverside Park Hotel.

 

4. Location, location, location

The Riverside Park Hotel enjoys a picturesque location right on the banks of the River Slaney in Enniscorthy. There is a delightful 5km river walk that starts right outside the hotel, and it is only five minutes from the town centre. It is just 19km from the famous Curracloe beach, and within easy access of Wexford’s top attractions.

Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford.

 

5. Wexford is full of top class family attractions

We enjoyed family breaks in Wexford on a few occasions and I think Wexford is a great destination for a family holiday in Ireland. As well as six Blue Flag beaches, Wexford is home to Ireland’s only Seal Rescue Centre,  the Secret Valley Wild Life Park, the oldest operating lighthouse in the world – Hook Lighthouse and one of my own personal favourite attractions, the The National Heritage Park.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The National Heritage Park is an interactive open-air museum. It shows how Irish people lived through the Stone Age, Bronze Age, when the Vikings came, right up to when the Normans came in 1169 – my kids loved it. There are many more attractions for families in Wexford, you can see them here.

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The National Heritage Park, Wexford

 

Special Family Offers: 

There are many family breaks available at the Riverside Park Hotel. There is a choice of durations from two-night to seven-night stays, and all include breakfast, a four-course evening meal on the night of your choice, a welcome ice-cream treat for children, and a family pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions. I have listed some prices below but there are many more deals available on their website.

family breaks in Wexford at the Riverside Park Hotel

Prices for two-night stays in July / August from:

  • €429 for 2 adults and 1 child 
  • €455 for 2 adults and 2 children
  • €569 for 2 adults and 3 children – superior family room

Prices for three-night stays in July / August from:

  • €550 for 2 adults and 1 child 
  • €574 for 2 adults and 2 children
  • €690 for 2 adults and 3 children – superior family room 
Check prices here

 

I hope this post on family breaks in Wexford will inspire you to book a trip away soon. This post was sponsored by the Riverside Park Hotel. All views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 
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Top Tips And Ideas For Family Camping in Ireland

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Thinking of trying camping for the first time? Find out some top tips on camping in Ireland, and some campsite recommendations from the converted camper, Eibhlin.

I had numerous requests for recommendations on camping in Ireland, but unfortunately I was unable to help. I have tried glamping on a few occasions and loved it, but I believe to experience ‘real’ camping, you need to pitch your own tent – something I have yet to do with the kids. I decided I needed help.

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I asked on my Instagram stories if anyone with personal experience of camping in Ireland would like to write a post for me. I was absolutely delighted when I received a kind offer from Eibhlin, who has camped many times in Ireland with her family. These are Eibhlin’s top tips and recommendations for camping in Ireland with kids. 

Hi everyone!

I’m Eibhlin and I live in Cavan with my husband and two daughters. By day, I’m a primary school teacher and by night I plan my future travels. I love reading travel books, blogs and posts, so I’m very excited about this opportunity to write a post for Sarah, whom I’ve followed for years.
 

 

 
When I started camping you could definitely call me a ‘reluctant camper’. My husband loved camping and had great memories from his times in tents at various festivals around the country – long before married life! I however, was more partial to a stay in a luxury hotel.

I ignored his hints at camping trips for years, with many valid reasons, but when the children were old enough I felt like I had ran out of excuses. So I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. Maybe you could even call me ‘the converted camper’ now! I consider myself a novice still, definitely learning along the way with every new trip.

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The main reason I decided to give camping a go was my two children. It was an experience I wanted them to have, and so far, they are really enjoying it, (they are aged 8 and 9). They love the freedom it gives them, and their camping highlight is running around in the dark with their torches. We have spent some time every summer for the last five years at various Irish campsites and I would like to share some hints and tips with anyone out there considering camping in Ireland for the first time.

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Ruby and Rosie settling down for the night

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling and I still fit in as many hotel trips and sun holidays as possible, but camping has now become another way to travel around Ireland and discover new places.
 

 

 
Camping is a very cost-effective way to holiday in Ireland. Most pitches for tents without electricity will vary between €25 – €45 per night. We usually stay for three nights and I feel this is the perfect length of stay for any novice campers. There is an element of hard work to camping, and it takes time to set up and pack away a tent. After all that effort, it’s nice to sit back and relax. I’m going to go mad this year and stay for four nights, but I’d say this will be my limit.
 

 

 
The most expensive camping trip will be your first trip, as you will need to purchase your tent and all your camping needs. It may be a good idea to borrow a tent for your first trip before you spend a lot of money on camping essentials – just in case it’s not you!

family tents for camping in Ireland

When you are camping in Ireland, you will see many groups of campers pitched up side by side, enjoying each other’s company. We usually take the opportunity for a family get-together on our camping trips. The children get to enjoy some wholesome outdoor fun with their cousins, and the adults get to enjoy a bottle of wine together at night.

All of the campsites I’ve visited have strict quiet-time policies at night, usually after 10 or 11pm, and for the most part this is adhered to. It is advisable to check TripAdvisor reviews before booking a campsite.
 

 

 
We usually split our time between the campsite and exploring the local area. We always cook breakfast at our tent, but we eat lunch/dinner out from time to time, to enjoy all the locality has to offer. I’m definitely a fan of combining a little bit of luxury into my camping trip!

Featherdown Loop Head Glamping

After many years of ‘winging it’ and throwing things into the boot of the car, last year we decided to compile a list of all our camping needs. Every year, we add a little bit more to our camping collection – this year, hopefully we will add a fire-pit. Making a camping equipment list is one of my first top tips – see more below.
 

 

 

My top tips for camping holidays in Ireland:

 

1. Make sure you have all the supplies you need.

Bringing tents and cooking utensils might seem obvious, but my ultimate camping equipment checklist has many items that you should bring too. Dressing gowns to go to the bathroom at night, flipflops for the shower, clothes pegs for hanging wet clothes, and a dustpan and brush for sweeping up sand or grass that gathers inside the tent – these are just some of the things that I have learned are needed after five years of camping in Ireland.

Read: The Ultimate Camping Equipment Checklist
 

 

 

2. Pack the car in advance.

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I recommend packing the car as much as possible the day before you head off. You will be surprised how long it takes, and it will help everything run more smoothly on departure day!
 

 

 

3. Bring snacks and dinner for your first night

camping snacks

I usually cook a Bolognese at home before we leave and bring it with us for our first dinner at camp. I also make sandwiches and bring them – unpacking the car and putting up the tent is hard work, and it is nice to sit down and put on the kettle and have a decent snack at this stage.
 

 

 

4. Make your bed as comfortable as possible.

If you are a poor sleeper, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep camping. I bring my own pillows and bring an extra cosy throw/blanket to place on top of the airbed (like a mattress protector). If you find ear plugs and eye-masks useful, bring them too.
 

 

 

5. Think ahead – get your gear early

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Buying camping gear in the winter is a good idea –  there is plenty of availability and prices may be reduced. There are some deals to be had on camping gear on second-hand websites like Adverts and Done Deal. My brother-in-law bought a good quality new tent, never used, last week for almost half price. You can also pick up deals on portable barbecues, and travel accessories for the car on MicksGarage.com

 

 

 

6. Relax and enjoy it.

You will not always have a tidy tent or clean children when you are camping, so my advice is just to relax, enjoy and go with the flow!
 

 

 

My favourite campsites in Ireland

 

1. Hidden Valley, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow

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Cousins enjoying the water at Hidden Valley

I have been to Hidden Valley a few times and I actually had my first camping trip here. However, Hidden Valley is an extremely busy campsite during the summer months, and it can be a bit overwhelming until you get settled and find your bearings.

There are lots of activities onsite like crazy golf, pedalos, movie nights and much more – note extra charges may apply.  I found other campers very friendly here and really helpful to first time campers.  

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2. PureCamping, Querrin, Co. Clare

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Sarah’s kids enjoying the pizza oven at Purecamping

I know Sarah has spent time glamping here in this very special campsite, but they also take a small number of tents. This place is in complete contrast to Hidden Valley! It is in the middle of nowhere and all my children had to play with was a big tree and a small wooded area. But boy, did we all love it here!
 

 

 
I got the sense that people came to digitally detox from their busy lives. All the children gathered together and read books to each other at the tree, and played with their teddies – there was not a screen in sight!

Trea, the owner, runs weekly yoga classes, and there is a pizza oven and campfire at night which is great for meeting fellow campers. Looking out on the Atlantic Ocean, it is a pretty idyllic spot. Also. It was the perfect place to explore the Loop Head Peninsula.

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3. Duncannon Holiday Park, Duncannon, Co. Wexford

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Hook Head Lighthouse, Wexford

This is a lovely quiet campsite across the road from the beach, and a perfect base to explore the Hook Head Peninsula. I think this campsite was the quietest at night that I’ve ever visited. The only downside is the walk to the toilets, showers and small children’s playground, is a little bit too far for my liking. You have to walk on a public road for a couple of metres and I had to accompany children on every trip for safety reasons.

Read: 5 Things to do in Wexford with kids

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4. Lough Key Forest Park

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Ruby loving Zipit in Lough Key

The campsite in Lough Key is my number one campsite! We visited in summer 2020 and it was one of the highlights of that tough year. I felt very safe in Lough Key as Covid guidelines were being strictly adhered to. The forest park itself is beautiful, and there is plenty to keep the children occupied such as, swimming in the lake, cycling the forest trails and Zipit high wires.

At the Visitor Centre, there was a coffee truck, ice-cream van and fresh pizza truck, which was a nice treat now and again. There are also places to visit close by – we spent a morning at the ‘Eagles Flying’ experience, which the children loved.

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This year, we are booked into Nagles Campsite, Doolin, Co. Clare. We had to pay a deposit which is fully refundable in case any travel restrictions are in place. I have found them to be very friendly and helpful so far, and with great Tripadvisor reviews, maybe it might become my new number one spot.

 

Happy Camping Campers!

Eibhlin

 

Like this post? You might like:

The ultimate camping equipment checklist for first time campers

20 top picks for glamping in Ireland

Top Airbnb glamping sites in Ireland

The best family hotels in Ireland for all tastes and budgets

The best beaches in Ireland and where to stay nearby

 

Sarah

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The Best Family Hotels in Ireland For All Tastes And Budgets

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Planning a family holiday in Ireland – I’ve got you covered. This post on family hotels in Ireland includes three, four and five-star hotels, across many counties in Ireland.

Whether you want an Airbnb on the Wild Atlantic Way, a luxury lodge on hotel grounds, or a short break in a family hotel, this post on the best family hotels in Ireland should have something to suit you. Almost all hotels listed have swimming pools, kids clubs or kids activities, and all are recommended for families on TripAdvisor. 

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However, it is important to point out that not all hotel facilities may be in operation. With this in mind, I recommend booking a room with free cancellation, incase there are any changes to facilities, or you need to cancel your booking at the last minute.

Most of these family hotels in Ireland include my affiliate links – where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 

3-Star Family Hotels in Ireland

The Connacht Hotel, Galway

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The Connacht Hotel has been a firm favourite with families and groups for many years. Its close proximity to Galway city, superb leisure facilities and wide selection of room types, are just some of the reasons. Recently refurbished it now boasts family rooms, bunk bed family rooms, suites and self-catering apartments.

Unlike most family hotels in Ireland, the kids club operates at weekends year round, and daily during school holidays, with indoor and outdoor activities are organised for children. 

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Quality Hotel Youghal, Cork

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The beachfront apartments and houses in the Quality Hotel Youghal are always popular with Irish holidaymakers. There are two-bedroomed apartments that sleep up to five, as well as holiday homes that sleep up to seven. They are very affordable and allow you enjoy all the facilities of a hotel, while enjoying the benefits of spacious self catering accommodation. With a gym, spa and swimming pool on site, you will be spoilt for choice.
 

 

 
Special events, a kids camp and movie shows are also available throughout school holidays. The resort has a range of dining options, including bar food, pizzas available for take-away, as well as the Capel Island Restaurant. Musical entertainment is also available in the Coast Bar.

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The Inn at Dromoland, Clare

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Situated on the famous Dromoland Estate, The Inn at Dromoland offers endless outdoor walks over 450 acres of countryside. With Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and beaches  just a short drive away, there are plenty of options for outdoor pursuits, as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel. This is one of the best value family hotels in Ireland.

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Kenmare Bay & Resort Hotel, Kerry

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Located just a short stroll from one of Ireland’s prettiest towns is the popular Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort. Complete with a state-of-the-art leisure centre, kids club, summer camps, playground and kids’ play room, its not surprising that it is one of Kerry’s most popular family hotels. There is a dedicated Kids’ Corner in the restaurant with games and DVD’s, so you can enjoy a quiet meal while the kids play happily. 
 

 

 
Family rooms are particularly good value for such a prime location, but if you prefer something more spacious, holiday homes and luxury lodges are also available.

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Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal

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The Inishowen Gateway Hotel is located on the unspoilt Inishowen peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way. Overlooking Lisfannon beach, with Buncranna on your doorstep, this is an ideal choice for families looking to explore Donegal and its stunning coastline.
 

 

 
It boasts a leisure centre with a 20 metre pool, kids pool, sauna and jacuzzi, and a Planet Active kids club that operates during school holidays, with nightly movie shows. Large family rooms are available as well as interconnecting rooms.

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4-Star Family Hotels in Ireland

 Amber Springs, Wexford

Amber Springs is one of the best family hotels in Ireland

Amber Springs is without a doubt one of the best family hotels in Ireland and it is not difficult to see why. There are so many facilities to keep kids entertained, including Amber Park with go karting, mini golf, archery and the Amber Express train. If the weather is not in your favour, you don’t need to worry, there is a playzone with state-of-the-art jungle gym, a tween room with air hockey and foosball, and a VR room with gaming consoles. There is also an indoor pool and a cinema!
 

 

 
And if all of that wasn’t enough there is a birds of play display, reptile show, dancing games and lots more fun activities in the kids club. There is a wide selection of family rooms to choose from, including the Amber family den suite, which has two sets of bunk beds, sleeping up to four children.

Read: Top things to do in Wexford with kids.

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Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

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The 4-star Hodson Bay hotel boasts a wonderful lakeside location on the shores of Lough Ree. As well as a 20 metre pool and an award-winning spa, it also has a Kids Adventure Club which includes cookery school, music & dance, arts & crafts, treasure hunts and lots more.
 

 

 
As well as superb facilities on site, the world’s tallest inflatable waterslide at Baysports waterpark is located close by. Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and pedal boats are also available here, making the Hodson Bay Hotel one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland, especially during the summer months.

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Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Carlow

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Famous for its championship golf course and award-winning spa, Mount Wolseley is ideal for a family looking for luxury lodges with full access to all the hotel facilities, including its 20 metre swimming pool. 

Children are well looked after with a kiddies pool, zip line, soft play area, and a teen zone which is open until 11pm daily. There is also a kids club for children aged 4-12 during school holidays, a playground, tennis and basketball courts. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo

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Located close to one of Ireland’s best beaches, the Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. There are a host of water sports available and the family friendly hotel has a Kids Club that operates during school holidays, which is suitable for older kids and teens too. An added bonus is that Water Point Aqua Park is close by, with surfing, boat trips and pitch and putt also available.
 

 

 
The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the few hotels on this list that doesn’t have a swimming pool on site, but with a stunning beach on your doorstep, and a host of outdoor activities available, you won’t need it! It also has some of the largest family hotel rooms in Ireland – they can sleep up to 8!

Read: Best places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Kerry

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Parknasilla is one of our most famous hotels and is also one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Its stunning location between the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, as well as the superb on site facilities, ensure guests return year after year.
 

 

 
The two and three-bedroom lodges and villas are ideal for groups and families. Guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the award-winning spa, resort dining, indoor pool, outdoor hot tubs, fairy trails, treasure trails, playground,  mini golf and small beach. Astro and seashore discovery walks are available as well as boat trips, sea kayaking, and a meet the owls experience with Ring of Kerry Falconry. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Clayton Hotel Sligo

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Set on beautiful grounds overlooking Benbulben Mountain, yet within walking distance of Sligo Town centre, the 4-star Clayton Sligo ticks all boxes for a family holiday in Ireland. The leisure centre has a 20 metre pool and a separate kids pool, and there is a playroom, games room, an 18-hole crazy golf course on site.
 

 

 
A kids club and kids disco operate during school holidays and a new multi-sensory room is also available for children with additional needs. Family suites will sleep two adults and three children and two-bedroom suites are also available. 

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Breaffy House Resort, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Breaffy House Resort consists of two hotels set on 90 acres. The Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel are just two minutes walk from each other, and there are large family rooms that sleep up to six. There are also self catering lodges located at Breaffy Woods Hotel. The two-bedroom residences have been newly refurbished to a four-star standard and sleep up to four people. We stayed here during the summer and loved them.
 

 

 
Guests have complimentary use of all resort facilities including 20 metre swimming pool, paddling pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and award-winning spa. Children are well catered for with two playgrounds, crazy golf, GAA pitch and plenty of opportunities for forest walks. 

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

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Dingle Skellig, Kerry

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Dingle is always a good choice for a family holiday in Ireland and the Dingle Skellig Hotel caters very well for kids of all ages. The award-winning leisure club and pool is available for all guests, and there is a dedicated children’s pool with waterfall and bubble feature. There are gorgeous beaches nearby as well as Dingle’s popular Oceanworld Aquarium.

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Castlerosse Park Resort & Holiday Homes, Kerry

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in one of the Castlerosse two bedroomed cottages a few years ago and had a great family holiday experience. The cottages are extremely spacious and are located just 100 meters from the hotel. Guests of the cottages have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and kids club. 
 

 

 
The Castlerosse hotel overlooks its own 9 hole golf course, the Killarney Lakes and the Magillicuddy Reeks. They even have their own resident deer on the grounds. I really enjoyed the 2km walk through the National Park to Killarney town. There are plenty of dining options, including a pizza delivery service to your cottage.

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There is so much to see and do in Killarney including the National Park, Muckross House and Gardens and Torc Waterfall. We travelled around the Ring of Kerry too – read what I got up to on my blog.

Read: My family holiday in Killarney

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Clifden Station House Apartments, Galway

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This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara.
 

 

 
The four-star, two and three-bedroom apartments are a great choice for family holiday in Ireland. All guests have full use of the hotel facilities including the swimming pool and leisure facilities, and children can enjoy the Railway Kids Club which operators during school holidays.

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Hotel Westport, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hotel Westport is located in the grounds of Westport House and just five minutes walk from the centre of Westport town.  With the Great Western Greenway, Croagh Patrick and a host of stunning beaches nearby, the location couldn’t be better.
 
Families love the leisure centre with 20 metre pool and kids splash pool, as well as the family-friendly menus available. There is a choice of room options available including standard family rooms, premier family rooms, interconnecting rooms and luxury suites.

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Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Limerick

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The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the most popular family hotels in Ireland. With a mini pet farm, Woody’s Kid’s Club, Woodlands Fairy Trail, as well as a and a family toddler pool in the Leisure Centre, it has plenty to keep the kids entertained. I’m told the kids menus are pretty good too! 

As well as the host of onsite facilities, the opportunities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail and the Cliffs of Moher all close by.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are ideal for families of up to two adults and three children, and interconnecting family rooms for larger families are also available.

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Lahinch Coast Hotel & Suites, Clare

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With Lahinch beach located just a short stroll from the hotel, and a wide selection of activities on site, you will be spoilt for choice at the Lahinch Coast Hotel.  The Leisure Centre boasts a 17 metre pool, kids pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, and gym and there is a kids club that operates during school holidays. 
 

 

 
The one and two-bedroom deluxe suites have a kitchenette with microwave, fridge and Nespresso machine, and sleep five or six respectively. 

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Clonakilty Park Hotel, Cork 

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This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. There is an award-winning leisure centre, a play zone with separate teen area, and a Kids Kamp during school holidays. A three-screen cinema, outdoor playground, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and family friendly dining options are also located within the complex.

The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes.

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Gleneagle River Apartments, Killarney 

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Located next to the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney, and providing access to its Aquila Club leisure facilities and kids clubs, it is no surprise that the Gleneagle River apartments are one of Killarney’s most popular family apartments. These spacious two bedroom apartments offer all the advantages of self catering, with hotel facilities on your doorstep. 

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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Delphi Adventure Resort Hotel, Galway

family hotels in Ireland - Delphi Resort

Delphi Resort is one of Ireland’s best known adventure resorts, so it is ideal for an active family holiday. You can take part in over 20 different outdoor adventure sports, with the added advantage of staying in a four-star hotel. Kayak the Killary Fjord, surf the Wild Atlantic Way, or brave the Zip’n’Trek aerial course.
 

 

 
There is a free morning kids club during school holidays and lots of family friendly activities available. The hotel also offers family package rates including meals and activities. There is a choice of room options including family rooms and suites. 

Surrounded by 200 acres of forest, Delphi Resort is also nature lovers paradise, and their thermal suite is the ideal place to heal any aches and pains at the end of the day. This is one of the best family hotels in Ireland for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Mulranny Park Hotel boasts an idyllic location overlooking Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick Mountain, and also happens to be located on most scenic section of Great Western Greenway. You can swim in the Blue Flag Mulranny Beach, cycle on the Greenway, or take a trip to Achill and discover some of Ireland’s hidden beaches.
 

 

 
If you just want to stay at the hotel, thats fine too – the Mulranny Park Hotel has an indoor leisure centre and Great Fun Club which operates during summer holidays. As well as standard and deluxe rooms, its also boasts two-bedroom apartment suites which are very popular with families.

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Faithlegg Hotel & Apartments, Waterford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The stylish Faithlegg Hotel is an 18th century mansion, set in a woodland location overlooking the Suir estuary in County Waterford. Families love the Mews Holiday Homes as they offer access to all the facilities at the hotel’s leisure centre, including the swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym, along with the option of health and beauty treatments.
 

 

 
The complimentary tennis courts and reduced Green Fees at Faithlegg’s 18-hole championship golf course are another reason to choose this popular hotel, as is its Bird of Prey experience and close proximity to Waterford city and the Waterford Greenway.

Read: Top Things to do in the Munster Vales

 
 

 

Castleknock Hotel, Dublin

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If you want to stay in Dublin, but want to feel like you are in the countryside, the Castleknock Hotel might be the choice for you. Set in lush grounds with an onsite golf course,  you may decide not to venture into the city centre at all.

Children will love the playground and swimming pool, and don’t miss the opportunity to pop into nearby Phoenix Park, the children would love meet the resident deer or visit Dublin Zoo.

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Kellys Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford

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Perched on five miles of sandy beach, with award winning cuisine and a host of activities for children, it is no surprise that Kelly’s Resort Hotel is considered one of best luxury family hotels in Ireland. Although officially only a four star hotel, the service and facilities on site deserve five stars.

There is non stop entertainment for both adults and children, with kids clubs, mini-golf and a multi-award winning spa, all on site. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, (many don’t), there are lots of things to do in Wexford with kids.

The food is superb, with an extensive buffet (probably one of the best I’ve seen) and an a la carte restaurant, where parents are encouraged to dine alone, while the kids enjoy the buffet with their new found friends. There is complimentary child minding from 7-9pm which allows for a romantic dinner for two, a rarity for parents with young children. 

Read: Is Kelly’s is the best family hotel in Ireland?
 

 

 

Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny

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The Newpark Hotel is one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree! It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020 at Georgina Campbell Irish Food & Hospitality Awards, the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that!
 

 

 
Children will love meeting the llamas, emus, rabbits and donkeys, and there are over 40 acres of parkland to explore. There is also a fairy trail, treetop zip line, sandpit with diggers, seasonal kids club including weekend evening sessions, and a swimming pool. There are dedicated family rooms and interconnecting suites which can sleep families of five. 

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Waterford Castle Lodges, Waterford

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We enjoyed a wonderful stay in the lodges at Waterford Castle a few years ago. They were designed by Paul Costello and are both stylish and spacious. As well as being able to enjoy the facilities of the Waterford Castle Hotel, our kids loved that we were on an island, and needed a boat to get to our hotel.
 

 

 
Despite no swimming pool on site, this unique 310-acre island resort deserves a place on this list of best family hotels in Ireland. There are many activities available including tennis and basketball courts, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and a junior golf camp that operates during the summer holidays.

There are also many nature walks throughout the island and plenty of opportunities to spot the resident deer and fairy doors.  Located in Waterford, a cycle on the Waterford Greenway will complete the ultimate family holiday experience.

Read: 20 Hotels with lodges in Ireland

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The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare

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I must confess I did not know about the Lakeside Hotel until this summer, despite it being one of the best family hotels in Ireland. Located on the banks of the river Shannon, you can avail of Stand Up Paddle boarding, kayaking, mountain biking and lots more activities in the nearby University of Limerick Adventure Centre.
 

 

 
Children will love the leisure centre too, with swimming pool and 40 metre waterslide, as well as the complimentary milk and cookies at bedtime.

Family rooms are spacious and come with a mini fridge.The possibilities for day trips are endless, with Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, a choice of beaches, and a local Chocolate factory, all close by. 

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5-star Family Hotels in Ireland

Castlemartyr Resort, Cork

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The 5-Star Castlemartyr Resort is dramatically set on 220 acres, with a 17th century country manor house adjacent to the ruins of an 800-year-old-castle. There is a wide selection of room types including two-bedroom suites, interconnecting rooms and two and three-bedroom self-catering lodges. Some of the two-bedroom lodges also allow pets.
 

 

 
Regardless of room type, families can enjoy full access to the resorts grounds, dining options, golf, health club, spa and kids club which runs during school holidays. Treasure Hunts, movie nights, children’s afternoon tea and garden games are also part of the family experience. 

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Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We enjoyed a wonderful overnight stay at Druids Glen a few years go. Its close proximity to Dublin makes it an ideal choice for a short break for Dubliners, or for anyone looking to explore Wicklow’s highlights. Glendalough, Powerscourt and Clara Lara fun park are close by, as are the beaches of Brittas Bay and Curracloe.
 

 

 
Druids Glen caters extremely well for families. The standard rooms have two double beds and come with small bathrobes and slippers for children. Interconnecting rooms are also available if you want more privacy or have older children.

The 6km walking trail has a fairy forest and the hotel provides picnic hampers (additional cost) for you to enjoy beside the brook. There is a playground and mini soccer pitch and extra activities available during school holidays including the Kids High Tea Club. Family swim times are available in the 18 metre indoor pool, and kids movies are shown twice daily.

Read: My review of Druids Glen Hotel & Resort

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Fota Island Resort, Cork

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One of our family favourites, we have visited Fota Island Resort on many occasions. We stayed in interconnecting hotel rooms on one occasion and one of the new three-bedroom Fushia lodges during a different visit. We loved both experiences but if your budget allows, I would opt for the lodges – they are superb. The children were able to play in the large back garden and we even had some resident rabbits join us each morning for breakfast.
 

 

 
The hotel has a large outdoor playground, an indoor pool and a kids playroom. There are also lots of kids clubs and golf camps for kids of all ages, during school holidays. The restaurant has supervised kids buffets followed by movie nights and quizzes, so parents can enjoy a date night if they wish. 

One of the advantages of staying in Fota Island Resort is its close proximity to Fota Wildlife Park. My children loved seeing the kangaroos and lemurs roaming free, something they wouldn’t normally see in a traditional zoo. Fota Island Resort is also very close to Cobh where you can take the Titanic experience tour, or take the boat trip to spooky Spike Island, to explore the fortress that once held 2300 prisoners. 

 

Read: A VIP experience at Fota Wildlife Park

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Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

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Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest hotels and is one of the most popular luxury family hotels in Ireland. We stayed here recently and had a fantastic experience. The grounds, the facilities and the choice of dining options are superb. You can choose to stay in the Manor House, as we did, or the more modern Hunters Yard, which I’m told caters extremely well for families, and offers great value too.
 

 

 
I was surprised at the extensive children’s activities available in Mount Juliet. There is a large playground with a zip line, as well as a fairy trail located in the gardens. Extensive kids clubs operate during school holidays, (extra charge applies), so parents can enjoy a round of golf or spa treatment while the kids avail of the supervised activities. 
 

 

 
There are two kids clubs, one from age 5-12 and the other 12+. Activities range from archery, equestrian and meet the owls, to baking, golf, treasure hunts and arts and crafts. It is important to check activities in advance with Mount Juliet as some activities may change. There are also evening activities such as a talent show and movie nights, and children can dine with their new pals giving parents the opportunity to have a date night.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There is also a leisure centre and equestrian centre which we loved. I tried horse riding for the first time with my daughter Alex and it was fabulous! We trotted past the Manor House, through the woods and along side the golf course – it is an experience I would highly recommend. 

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh 

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This luxury hotel is situated on a 600 acre peninsula overlooking two championship golf courses and lower Lough Erne lake. The lodges are a huge attraction, with conical roofs that look straight out a fairytale.
 

 

 
The food at the hotel is superb and there are are lots of options to choose from, with a fine dining restaurant, a Loughside Bar and Grill, as well as some tasty bar food. The large indoor pool allows for family swims from 8am – 11am  and 4.30pm-530pm. There is also an unsupervised play room, Ernies Den, with table football, air hockey and lots more.  

 

There are some excellent walks around the hotel golf course with stunning views over the lakes. There are also more arduous walks close by, the famous Stairway to Heaven boardwalk at Culcaigh Mountain, being one of them. This is more suited to older children as it is a 15km round trip with 450 steps. A popular spot for social media enthusiasts, no doubt teenagers will enjoy taking selfies at the top!
 

 

 
Marble Arch Caves and Lough Navar Forest Park are also close by as well as Corralea activity centre. The town of Enniskillen is only 5 minutes drive from Lough Erne if you fancy a change of scene. Make sure you pop into Francos for some good food in family friendly surroundings.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

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Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 

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We had the pleasure of staying in the Intercontinental Hotel recently and loved the experience. The standard family rooms are extremely spacious, I’m told the most spacious of all five-star hotels in Dublin. However if your budget allows, upgrade to one of the executive suites which have a balcony and can easily accommodate a family of five.
 

 

 
You can choose to dine in the Lobby Bar or the elegant Seasons Restaurant, both of which have superb kids menus, that are very well priced. There is a health club with a 14 metre pool which children can also avail of, and if you fancy a stroll before dinner, Sandymount beach and Herbert Park are both close by. 

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Other options for family holidays in Ireland

 

Center Parcs Longford Forest, Longford

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Although more a holiday resort than a hotel, Center Parcs Longford Forest is regarded as one of the best destinations for family holidays in Ireland. If you are looking for a unique family experience, with lots of activities on-site, then look no further. With over 100 activities for all the family including a subtropical swimming pool and a luxury spa, it really does tick all boxes for a family break in Ireland.

We visited during the summer time, and for their Winter Wonderland experience at Christmas time, and we loved it both times. 

The ultimate guide to Center Parcs

Winter wonderland at Center Parcs
 

 

 

Lusty Beg Island, Co. Fermanagh

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Lusty Beg Island is a 4-star 75 acre resort offering a relaxing self-catering stay in the heart of Fermanagh’s Lakelands. Lodges can accommodate up to six people, and are reached by a five-minute ferry ride. You have full use of the resorts swimming pool, spa, children’s playground and tennis courts. Off road driving, clay pigeon shooting, archery, canoeing and power boating are also available, as well as a delightful fairy trail.

The lodges are well equipped to enjoy cosy nights in, but if you want to venture out there is also a restaurant and bar available. This is also a pet-friendly resort.

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Airbnb options:

best airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

If you prefer to rent your own private house, I have posts on gorgeous Airbnbs near the beach, Airbnbs with swimming pools, as well as large homes for groups and extended families.

The best Airbnbs in Ireland near the beach

20 Airbnbs on the Wild Atlantic Way available in July & August

20 Airbnbs in Ireland with swimming pools

25 Airbnbs in Ireland for groups or large family holidays
 

 

 

Glamping Holidays:

Top Aiirbnb glamping sites in Ireland

Ireland has some fabulous glamping sites. I found many glamping pods, luxury bell tents, tree houses and even bubble domes. See more in these posts:

My top picks for glamping in Ireland

Top Airbnb glamping sites in Ireland
 

 

 
I hope this post on the best family hotels in Ireland will help you plan a family holiday in Ireland soon. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity – please check with individual hotels and holiday home owners for clarification.

I always recommend booking a hotel or home with free cancellation in case there are any changes to the listed facilities that may not suit you.

These hotels and homes were researched independently. Some have links direct to the hotels websites, while others have my affiliate links attached to third party websites, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

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The Best Family Holidays With Teenagers

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Family holidays with teenagers can go one of two ways – get it right and you will wonderful lifetime memories, get it wrong and you may wish you stayed at home…

 

Choosing the right holidays with teenagers can be tricky. Depending on their age, they might be going through mood swings, tantrums, and will probably have their phones surgically attached to their fingers 24/7. However, maybe they have outgrown that phase and have finished school, in which case they will want to go on holidays with their friends… Regardless of age, the number of times where you will all be holidaying together is diminishing year by year. Make sure these remaining family holidays are good ones.

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There are a few things to consider when booking family holidays with teenagers. I suggested chatting to them first to see what type of holidays they are interested in. Depending on their age you may find they just want to flake out at a pool with good WiFi or perhaps a gym onsite is a necessity. However, if your budget allows, maybe this the time to tick off some holiday destinations off your bucket list. I have listed some of my recommendations for holidays with teenagers below, with types to suit all tastes and budgets. Hopefully there will be one here to suit you and your family.

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Foolproof destinations that teenagers will love

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that not all teenagers are the same. Some don’t like sand, others are fussy eaters, but most find sightseeing a chore. However, there are a few foolproof destinations that tick all boxes for family holidays with teenagers.
 

 

 
Orlando is probably an obvious choice, where else can you find over 20 theme parks in one place? Most parks have rides that are suited to teens as well as younger kids, and even if you have never read a Harry Potter book or seen any of the movies, you would need to be made of stone to be unimpressed with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. 

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Most hotels in Orlando have swimming pools, but it is just over an hour’s drive to Daytona Beach if you fancy a beach day. The Kennedy Space Centre is also only an hour’s drive from Orlando – that is a great experience for all the family. Orlando is also great for shopping and fussy eaters don’t need to worry, there are food courts everywhere! 

Read: Where to stay in Orlando

Read: 10 things you need to know about Universal Orlando Resort
 

 

 
Dubai is another superb holiday destination for families. Dubai has year round sunshine, stunning beaches and so much to see and do for all the family. My only recommendation would be to try avoid the summer months, as temperatures can get over 40 degrees.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kids and teens of all ages will love the Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis The Palm, as well as IMG Worlds of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park. You can also trying skiing in the Mall of the Emirates, go to the top of the world’s largest building the Burj Khalifa, but my favourite family experience in Dubai was the desert safari – whatever you do don’t miss it! 

Read: The best family activities in Dubai
 

 

 

Sun holidays with teenagers

The annual summer family holiday to the sun may not have the same appeal to teenagers as it did when they were younger. However, there are a few things that should keep teenagers happy on sun holidays. WiFi is vital, especially if you are away for a week or two – you may get away with limited browsing on a city break, but you won’t on a typical sun holiday.  Make sure the hotel or apartment you are staying in has good Wifi, preferably free. Check reviews from previous guests on Tripadvisor, and remember having WiFi and having good WiFi are two different things….

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As well as WiFi, having a decent swimming pool is important for holidays with teenagers. A pool with waterslides is ideal and can keep teenagers entertained for hours. If this is not available to you, try to choose a property close to a beach with good water sports. Remember older teens may need a gym.
 

 

 
If your teenager is happy to mix with other teens, a teen club can be ideal. Make sure it caters for teenagers only, they will not want to mix with 10 year olds in a regular kids club. Additional activities such as a football academy, DJ lessons or an aerial adventure course are a bonus. TUI’s Splashworld resorts have free access to a waterpark (onsite or close by) throughout your stay, while their Holiday Villages have a host of activities for kids of all ages. 

Read: TUI’s Exclusive Collections – How to choose the right family holiday for you

Read: My Top Waterpark holidays

Read: Top 10 family holidays in Greece
 

 

 

Activity based beach holidays with teenagers 

While waterparks and teen clubs might be ideal for some teenagers, specialist activity based holidays are a great choice for active teenagers. Club Med and Mark Warner holidays have a host of sports facilities including sailing, surf lessons and even scuba diving. You will also find some creative activities such as film design and mixing beats. They are all-inclusive too, so you don’t need to worry about your teenager looking for hand-outs for every activity, as most are included in the cost.
 

 

 
If you have a budding tennis star or soccer player in the family, Sani Resort in Greece is a super choice. Sani Resort doesn’t just have tennis courts and football courts. Sani has a tennis academy in collaboration with Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, and a UEFA-approved soccer pitch with football coaching sessions, in association with Chelsea Football Club. Children can enjoy a football camp with qualified coaches in various camps ranging from age four to sixteen years, and a Chelsea FC Foundation kit is given to all attendees.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sani Resort also has a KTM bike club, using the Fat Bike and Go-Pro cameras, and adventure park with high ropes and zip lines, and a PADI Scuba Diving Centre offering many diving opportunities, including shipwreck diving. Sani Resort is expensive, but it is one of the best family resorts in the world.

Read: The ultimate guide to Sani Resort, one of Europe’s best family resorts
 

 

 

City Breaks with teenagers

City breaks can provide great family holidays with teenagers, but it is important to choose your destination wisely. American cities like New York, or Washington will provide the wow factor, but Barcelona, Paris and Rome are great choices too. Iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum are sure to impress, and there are plenty of Instagram worthy locations in most major cities.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Try to plan one day to do something other than sightseeing. The RER train will get you from the centre of Paris to Disneyland Paris in 90 minutes (there are plenty of rides for teenagers too), and Barcelona is only an hour from PortAventura and Ferrari Land. You could also try to take in a sporting event while you are there, a trip to the Nou Camp in Barcelona is ideal if travelling with boys.

Read: Top ten city breaks for families

Read: 12 things to do in New York with kids
 

 

 

Skiing holidays with teenagers

A skiing holiday is regarded as one of the best family holidays with teenagers. I skied with my family for the first time last Christmas and the kids loved it. It is an expensive holiday, but one that I believe is worth it. Teenagers will be active all day and won’t have the time or inclination to be checking their phone 24/7.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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They will also have the opportunity to try snowboarding and maybe even tobogganing, depending on ski resort you choose. Many secondary schools organise a ski holiday for their students, so going skiing before this happens will prepare them for the trip, and once they try skiing, they will be chomping at the bit to get back on the slopes. 

Read: Top 10 tips for family skiing holidays
 

 

 

Road trips with teenagers

I am a big fan of road trips. I love seeing lots of new places on one trip – and most teenagers to do. The key is to make sure you don’t have too many long journeys in the car, and to spend at least two nights in each place. No one wants to arrive in a hotel at 5pm and leave at 9am the following day – it’s exhausting and you don’t get to see the place properly.

Give yourself plenty of time to explore each stop, don’t plan to much on the one road trip, and make sure you have the right tech (we use a mediashare) that will enable to the kids to watch movies while you drive. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We travelled from San Francisco to San Diego over 17 days and it was a fantastic family experience. We cycled across the Gold Gate Bridge, visited Alcatraz, spent a day in Universal Studios, visited the California Science Centre and also managed to include some beach time.
 

 

 
Another one of my favourite road trips was driving from Cape Town to Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa. South Africa was one of our favourite family holidays and one that I am sure any teenager would love. I can’t wait to drive from Seattle to Vancouver and stop off in some of Canada’s amazing National Parks – that is a road trip that is firmly on my bucket list.

Read: Our California road trip

Read: Biking the Golden Gate bridge

Read: How to plan the perfect South African road trip
 

 

 

Bucket list adventures that teenagers will love

When your teenager finishes school, you may find family holidays harder to organise. Why not make your teenager an offer they can’t refuse and scratch one off your own bucket list at the same time? The South Africa and California road trips (above) are bucket list adventures too, but for once in a lifetime experiences, think about far away destinations like Australia or the Galapagos Islands, visit Giraffe Manor in Kenya, go in search of the Gorillas in Uganda, or catch the sunrise over Machu Picchu. National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures have some incredible family itineraries if you have younger kids travelling with you too.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Read: 25 Bucket list holidays to inspire your next big trip

Read: Top long haul destinations for families
 

 

 

Cruise holidays with teenagers

Cruises may not be in huge demand at the moment, but trust me when normality resumes, cruises are one of the bests family holidays with teenagers. You don’t have to worry about them wandering off as everything is on board the cruise ship – in fact many new ships offer wrist bands so you can track where your kids are at all times. 
 

 

 
Water parks are practically the norm on new ships now, but some cruise lines have gone a step further. I rode around a race-track on Norwegian Encore, and their virtual reality gaming area was like nothing I had ever seen at sea – or on land for that matter. Royal Caribbean have massive water slides, rock climbing walls, surf simulators, zip lines and even ski diving on some ships, and you can ride a Formula 1 simulator on some of MSC’s cruise ships.

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Most have separate teen zones where teens can hang out until late, without having to watch theatre shows with their parents. With all meals included and some restaurants open 24/7, they can eat and drink when they like. And all of this is just what is onboard cruise ships – you will also visit some amazing destinations too, even private islands with waterparks and hot air balloon rides.

Read: My review of Norwegian Encore

Read: 10 reasons to choose Royal Caribbean for family cruises

Read: My review of MSC Bellissima

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Ten City Breaks For Families

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Check out my top ten city breaks for families, with plenty of activities for both adults and kids to enjoy.

 

City breaks for families should be embraced. Describing ancient Rome to your kids is so much easier when you are inside the Colosseum. Barcelona no longer becomes just a football club and tapas become something they enjoy eating. Talk about World War Two or the Cold War at home and you will probably be ignored – however, in Berlin its fascinating. 

Top ten city breaks for families

City breaks are the best way for kids to understand different cultures, taste new foods and enjoy some quality family time. You will be together 24/7 without kids clubs, pool games and only each other to talk to. Sitting down for a nice meal at the end of a days sightseeing, listening to your kids describing the highlights of their day, is very rewarding.
 
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However, there are only so many museums kids can take. You do need to make sure there are some ‘cool’ things for them to see too. I have some tips for taking kids on city breaks  which you might find useful, and in my list below, you will find my top ten city breaks for families. 
 

 

 

Berlin

Top ten city breaks for families

Berlin has so much to see, you could easily spend a week here. The DDR museum is a good choice for families as it is an interactive museum where kids are encouraged to touch things and interact. Checkpoint Charlie will be popular with teenagers, they can even get their photo taken with armed guards!
 

 

 
The National History Museum has three huge dinosaur skeletons, including the largest skeleton in the world, and there are numerous technology and science museums that are very child friendly. There is also a Lego Discovery Centre, a fantastic Zoo, and if travelling in the Summer, the outdoor waterpark at Friedrichstein is worth a visit.

Read: My travel guide to Berlin
 

 

 

Lisbon

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This is a great value city break and one that usually guarantees balmy temperatures. The trams make everything so accessible and it is home to Europe’s largest Aquarium. Take the train to nearby Sintra and visit Quinta de Regaleira, the medieval castle full of dungeons and dragons. My kids thought they were in Hogwarts and loved it. You are on the coast so a day at the beach is also possible. 

Read: Cascais and the Lisbon Coast 
 

 

 

London

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Right on our doorstep, London is a great city for a family break. Check out the London Dungeon and Tower Bridge, visit the Harry Potter Experience, or spend a day in Legoland. And if your kids are like mine, they will love seeing Big Ben and taking a spin on the London Eye.
 

 

 

Los Angeles

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So this might seem like a long way to go for a city break, but with so many direct flights from Dublin airport, it is more attainable now than ever. Kids will love seeing Hollywood boulevard, the stars on the sidewalk, as well as their favourite characters dressed up. It is also home to Universal Studios, Disneyland California and the California Science Centre. We combined a stay in Los Angeles with a great California road trip,  it was one of our favourite family holidays.

Read: Our California road trip.
 

 

 

Verona

 ten city breaks for families

The gateway to Lake Garda, Verona is ideal for city breaks for families. In Verona you can’t miss the amazing amphitheatre and Juliet’s balcony, while kids will love trying watersports on the lake. Like most cities in Italy, kids will receive a warm welcome in the Italian bars and restaurants, and the city has a ‘holiday resort’ feel to it. For a great day out, take a trip to the nearby themepark, Gardaland. Full of rollercoasters, water rides and shows, it is a great day out for all the family.
 

 

 

Paris

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Disneyland Paris is a reason in itself to warrant an inclusion on this list of best city breaks for families. We visited Disneyland Paris at Christmastime and it was magical. However, there are also plenty of other things that kids will love, particularly the Eiffel Tower, and a cruise on the Seine. A Parisian food tour is a great way to see the city on foot and gives kids something to look forward to, as you stop in various chocolate and pastry shops along the way. 

Read: Top tips for visiting Disneyland Paris at Christmas time
 

 

 

Barcelona

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Where else will you find a beach, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, Europe’s largest themepark, PortAventura, and some of Spain’s best tapas bars? Barcelona definitely ticks all boxes for a family city break. It can get very crowded in July and August so my advice is go off peak, and don’t miss a day out in PortAventura.

Read: 10 reasons to visit PortAventura 
 

 

 

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Older kids will want to shop, younger kids will think they are in the movies, and as for adults, well you will just be happy to be in New York! Climb to the Top of the Rock, go ice skating in Central Park, take a tour of the USS Intrepid aircraft carrier, and pay a visit to the massive Lego Store at the Rockefeller Centre. They are just a small sample of what families will enjoy in New York. TOP TIP: If you plan on shopping and are bringing a relatively empty suitcase, pack a cheap scooter from your local toy shop. Kids will love to scoot around the city and if you have to leave it there, so be it!  

Read: 12 things to do with kids in New York
 

 

 

Dubai

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Waterparks galore, Palm Island, aquariums, desert safaris, and even skiing – there is nothing you can’t do in Dubai. They have just opened the world’s largest indoor theme park and it is a whopping 1.5 million square feet! Being completely enclosed, it will offer a welcome relief from the hot temperatures. Expect a Dinosaur adventure zone, MARVEL superhero zone with thrilling rides, live shows, movies and lots more. Of course in Dubai, kids will love to spend time on some of the world’s best beaches. We had a fabulous few days in Dubai with the kids, it is certainly one of my top recommendations for city breaks for families.

Read: Top tips for family holidays in Dubai
 

 

 

Copenhagen

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Copenhagen is a great city break during the winter time, particularly at Halloween or Christmas. Tivoli Gardens, the world’s oldest theme park is home to roller-coasters, family rides, an aquarium, restaurants and has regular fire work displays. It closes down for weeks before Halloween and Christmas to prepare for the festivities and is decorated with 120,000 lights. It is magical experience for adults and kids. 

Read: My city guide to Copenhagen
 

 

 
So now that you have seen my top ten city breaks for families, let me know which one is your favourite, by commenting below.

 

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Family Holiday To Orlando For Easter, Flights & Hotel, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €2541!

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Treat the kids to a family holiday of a lifetime. If you have airline vouchers to use, or simply want to plan a great holiday for 2021, this deal to Orlando for Easter is just the ticket!

 

With twelve theme parks, four waterparks and a host of other activities on International Drive, it’s not surprising that Orlando is considered the world’s best family holiday destination. Take the kids to Walt Disney World, enjoy the parades, the fireworks and let them meet their favourite characters. Enjoy the amazing simulator rides at Universal Studios and experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it will take your breath away.
 

 

 
For the dare devils amongst you, try the world famous roller coaster rides and slide down the tallest water slide in Volcano Bay. Shop till you drop at the Premium Outlet Mall or swim with the dolphins at the stunning Discovery Cove. There is so much to do in Orlando, I could go on forever! It’s an amazing holiday for adults and kids, which what makes it such a good family holiday destination – there is something for everyone!

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I have chosen the highly rated Avanti International Resort. Centrally located on International Drive, there are many shops and dining options within walking distance, and the parks are only a short shuttle ride away. This hotel has been recently refurbished and receives great reviews on Tripadvisor. There is a large pool, a kids play area, beach volleyball, and shuffleboard court. The Avanti Pool Bar & Grille is a also great option for food after a long day at the parks.

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Fly from Dublin to Orlando on 27th March and enjoy a ten-night stay at the Avanti Resort for only €2918, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This deal is based on flights with Air Canada via Toronto. The connections are great and they are a fraction of the cost of flying direct. If you have airline vouchers or credit to use you can choose to book your own flights. The Avanti hotel offers a free cancellation policy and the rate includes breakfast!

View flights here €423pp

View hotel here €849 per room

View Park Tickets here

 

 

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 
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Family Christmas Market Break in Copenhagen, 27th December, 3 Nights, €1048!

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Want to go away for Twixmas this year? Enjoy a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. Experience the magic of Tivoli Gardens as it is transformed into a winter wonderland.

 

Open since 1843, Tivoli Gardens is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Over one million people descend on Tivoli at Christmas time, to experience one of Europe’s best Christmas markets. It is lit up with 500,000 fairy lights and has Christmas decorations at every corner. Tivoli Gardens is now open from the 16th of November to the 5th of January, making a Christmas market break in Copenhagen a great choice for all the family, either before or after Christmas. 

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There are theme park rides in Tivoli Gardens throughout the year, but at Christmas time there are added light shows, market stalls, and top class concerts. It is no doubt one of the best places to soak up the Christmas atmosphere.
 

 

 
Of course Copenhagen offers so much more than Tivoli Gardens. Enjoy some of the excellent cuisine that Copenhagen is renowned for, or shop along the longest pedestrianised shopping street in Europe.

No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without visiting The Little Mermaid. Personally, I wasn’t overly impressed by her, but the kids should enjoy the story behind it. When in Rome and all that…
 

 

 
Something that does live up to the hype are the pretty streets of Nyhavn. The multicoloured houses are an Instagrammers paradise. I loved pottering in and out of the numerous coffee shops, restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Read: My Guide to Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen
 

 

 
I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Scandic Copenhagen Hotel. Located just eight minutes walk from Tivoli Gardens, this is ideally located for a Christmas market break in Copenhagen. This modern hotel has family rooms available that are similarly priced to standard rooms, and include a free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.

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Treat the kids to a Christmas market break in Copenhagen this year – what a wonderful way to spend Twixmas and keep the festive spirit alive.

Fly from Dublin to Copenhagen on the 27th of December, and enjoy a three-night stay in the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel with breakfast included for just €1048, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

 
View flights here €146pp 

View hotel here Family Room €464
 

 

 
This Christmas market break in Copenhagen contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

Sarah

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 10th March 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include April holiday deals from €249, a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux, summer in Portugal and Mauritius, a Mother’s Day break in Westport, Christmas in Disneyland Paris and an early booking offer to Las Vegas.

 

Best last minute:

Jet off to sunny Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria on the 2nd of April, for just €285! Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-nights stay in the Tamanaco apartments.

View offer here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it here:
 

 

 

Best April / May deal:

Sunway have super deals to Turkey during the month of April, a country where no cases of coronavirus have been reported. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Golden Day Wings Hotel is €299 during Easter holidays, and only €249 on the 25th of April. Prices include flights, hotel with breakfast, airport transfers and checked baggage.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Visit Disneyland Paris for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas Festival. We visited at Christmas time a few years ago and it was magical. Price for flights, transfers, park tickets and a three night stay in the Disney Sequioa Lodge Hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, is just €515 per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. They will also give you a FREE Gift Card worth €100 to spend in the parks.

See more here

 

Read: My top tips Disneyland Paris at Christmas time.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to an overnight escape with breakfast included in the 4-star Westport Hotel, for just €30 per person! Choose to relax in the brand new Spa Veda, complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi and thermal suite or enjoy the vibrant city of Westport. This deal is available arriving on Mother’s Day, March 22nd. 

View offer here
 

 

Read: 10 Mother’s Day breaks that won’t break the bank
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Finish off the summer with a week in the upmarket resort of Vilamoura on the Algarve. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Vilamour Golf Aparthotel is only €374 on the 26th of August.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Can you think of anything better than a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux 🍷? Flights are so cheap at the moment so why not escape the stresses of home for a few days in May. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated 4-star Best Western Plus Gare Saint Jean is just €219 per person. Note: when you click on the hotel link below the lowest rate is bookable via the hotel website – €107 per room per night.

View flights here€59pp

View hotel here €160pp
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Another country that has recorded no cases of coronavirus is Mauritius. Enjoy a seven-night all-inclusive stay in the highly rated Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel for just €1469! Price includes flights, transfers and all-inclusive accommodation, based on travel in June. You can save up to €800 per person when travelling between 1st June and 31st August.

View offer here

 

Read: Where to stay in Mauritius
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Choose Las Vegas for your Christmas shopping break this year. Price for flights and a five-night stay in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is only €560 on the 24th of November. Price includes flights, 23kg checked baggage and hotel for five nights. Deposit of €50 secures booking. Many more hotels and dates available.

See more here
 

 

 
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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made
 

 

 
Sarah
 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 3rd March 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Easter offers in Lanzarote, a week in the Algarve for €199, all-inclusive deals to Greece and Mexico, a city break to Washington and super staycations for couples and families. 

 

 

Best last minute:

Escape the the Costa del Sol at the end of March – Aer Lingus have return flights to Malaga for just €100! Add on a seven-night stay in Marbella for €175pp in the San Cristóbal Hotel, or €230pp in the Princesa Playa aparthotel.

View flights here €100pp

 
View hotels here from €175pp

 

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Best Spring /Summer deal:

Kick start the summer with a week in the Algarve for just €199 in May! Choose the Vale de Carros apartments in Albufeira or the Vilamor apartments in Alvor, both highly rated and both available for just €199 including return flights, departing the 5th of May. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Go all-inclusive in Greece this summer. I found some great all-inclusive deals departing in August with flights, accommodation, all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage included! Price for the Rodos Star Hotel in Rhodes is only €584 per person, while the Cavo D’oro in Zakynthos is only €667 per person. Both deals are departing in August and a deposit of €75 secures booking. Use code PAYDAY to save €100 of the listed prices.

See Rhodes here €584pp

 

See Zakynthos here €667pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lanzarote this Easter. Prices are particularly good value if you fly on Monday the 13th of April. I found great family deals staying in Puerto del Carmen. Price for flights a seven-night stay in the Oasis apartments is only €230 per person, or choose the popular Rosamar apartments for just €258 per person. #StealOfTheWeek

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Plan ahead and secure a great deal to Mexico this winter. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 5-star Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel, with all meals and drinks included 🍹 is just €1017 per person! This super hotel is located right on the beach in Playa del Carmen and is rated excellent on Tripadvisor. Price includes flights and hotel on an all-inclusive basis for seven nights, departing the 12th of November.

View flights here €578pp

Note: This airfare has just one stop. I adjusted journey time to less than 17 hours to guarantee best connections.  

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best ferry / cruise:

Sail across the Irish Sea for just €7 one-way on the brand new Stena Estrid. This amazing deal is even valid during the summer months! You can also sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg in April, May and from 10th September – 18th December, for just €14! You must book these amazing deals before the 9th of March – so don’t delay.,

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

The highly rated Lough Allen & Spa Hotel in Leitrim have superb deals available until the end of June. Price for an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast, unlimited leisure access, and a €20 spa voucher is only €35 per person! Stay for two nights for just €60 per person. Valid Sunday – Thursday until the end of June.
 

 

 
Want to bring the kids? Price for two adults and two children (under 12) in a standard family room from Sunday – Thursday is only €109 for one night, €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights – these prices are less than half price! If you want a weekend stay, the price is €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights. Prices includes breakfast, complimentary kids club for primary school children, and access to the leisure facilities.

See more here

 

See family deal here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Explore the wonderful city of Washington this summer. Price for flights and a three-night stay in August is only €699 per person based on 2 sharing, or €619 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. 

See more here
 

 

 
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Sarah
 

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3 Parks For the Price of 2, And New Attractions at SeaWorld, Aquatica And Busch Gardens

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Ride the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world, race your family and friends on Florida’s first-ever duelling water slide, or catch a concert in one of the festivals in SeaWorld Parks. There are so many new attractions in Florida that you won’t want to miss!

  

With all the new attractions in Florida, deciding which theme parks to visit is not easy. For some, a visit to Orlando would not be complete without riding Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. Others might want to experience up-close animal encounters, but if you are travelling during the hot summer months, a day at Aquatica, Orlando’s No. 1 waterpark, might be a top priority.

It just so happens that you can experience all of the above with SeaWorld Parks 3 for 2 Ticket, which allows 14 consecutive days unlimited admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens from just €134!  I have teamed up with AttractionTickets.com who are offering this exclusive offer for a limited time. This ticket also gives you FREE unlimited parking at all parks and FREE coach transportations from Orlando to Busch Gardens. And that’s not all – this offer is available throughout 2020 and 2021. 

 

View offer here

 

New Attractions in Florida at SeaWorld:

SeaWorld is already home to some of Orlando’s best rollercoasters. Mako, Manta, Kraken, Infinity Falls and Journey to Atlantis are all in SeaWorld Orlando, but this year sees the launch of another new coaster ‘Ice Breaker’. This a multi-directional coaster that culminates in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida. Its 48-inch rider height makes it suitable for families too – assuming you like thrill rides! 

Ice Breaker at SeaWorld – 2020 Teaser from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on Vimeo.

As well as new attractions, you will also find lots of special events running in SeaWorld this year. The Seven Seas Food Festival features live concerts every weekend until the beginning of May. As well as top class performances, guests can enjoy local craft beers and food market stalls throughout the park. This festival culminates with concerts from Billy Ray Cyrus on the 2nd of May and Sean Paul on the 3rd of May. Concerts are included in the price of admission.   

See 10 reasons to visit SeaWorld Orlando here.

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New Attractions in Florida at Busch Gardens:

The 206-feet tall Iron Gwazi coaster opens in Busch Gardens this spring. It will be North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world. Riders will experience three inversions, a 91-degree drop and speeds of 76 miles per hour! The height requirement is 48″ so thrill-seeking families can also enjoy this ride together. Are you brave enough to try it?  

Iron Gwazi from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on Vimeo.

As well thrilling roller coasters like Tigris, SheiKra and Cheetah Hunt, Busch Gardens is also home to some of the world’s most endangered animals. This African-themed park is home to over 200 species, including Bengal tigers and organgutans. You can also take a safari ride through the park, where you may meet some of graceful giraffes – like this one!

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Busch Gardens is also running special events throughout the year including the Food & Wine Festival, which is running until the 26th of April. This festival will include weekend concerts from artists such as The Commodores and KC & The Sunshine Band. Concerts are included in the price of admission.  

 

New Attractions in Florida at Aquatica:

Not one to be left out, Aquatica has also got a new ride, Riptide Race. This is Florida’s first-ever duelling water slide. With a 68-foot tower, riders will race side-by-side on a raft, through 650 feet of indoor and outdoor sections. Now this is my kind of ride! 
 

Riptide Race at Aquatica from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on Vimeo.

 
As well as Riptide Race, one of the this year’s new attractions in Florida, make sure find time to see why Aquatica has been voted Orlando’s No. 1 waterpark. Experience the feeling of weightlessness in recently opened KareKare Curl, or brave Ihu’s Breakaway Falls – at nearly 80-feet tall, this is Orlando’s steepest multi-drop tower of its kind. There are also lots of family rides in Aquatica, including Ray Rush, which has twists and turns inside a colossal water sphere.

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So whether you like thrilling coasters, animal encounters or family water rides, the SeaWorld Parks 3 for 2 Ticket caters for all your needs – and then some! Secure entrance to all three parks with free parking for 14 consecutive days from just €134.

AttractionTickets.com’s Dublin office is open from 9am-9pm seven days a week. You can reach them on 1800 927 467 or book via their website here.

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This post was sponsored by Attraction Tickets.com but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

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Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 25th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include short breaks in Prague and Dubai, a family staycation in Cork, a Camino walk, a Caribbean cruise, a wellness break in the Algarve and an Aer Lingus seat sale.

 

Best last minute:

Enjoy the St Patricks Day festivities in Dubai this year. Price for direct flights with Emirates, airport transfers, and a three-night stay on a half-board basis in the 5-star Anantara The Palm Dubai, is only €899 per person.

See more here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals? See it here
 

 

 

Best summer break

Walk the Camino with Roz Purcell this summer. Roz is taking part in the last stage of the French Way on the 2nd of July for seven nights. Price of €550 includes hotels on a bed & breakfast basis, daily baggage transfers, airport transfers and walking notes. Single room available from €145.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family break in the highly rated Quality Hotel Youghal in Cork this summer. Choose one of their luxury self catering apartments (sleep up to 4), from €149 or a luxury house (sleep up to 6), from €159 for two nights. Price for three nights is €219 and €249 respectively – this is 40% off! Located right on the beach you can choose the open sea or the indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities. They also give you a €10 spa voucher per person towards a treatment costing €40 or above. Valid until the 30th of June.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Think a holiday in Zanzibar is out of your price range? Think again! I found an amazing deal departing on the 5th of September with flights and a 4-star hotel included for just €892!

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best cruise:

Enjoy a three-night stay in Miami before cruising the Caribbean on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas! Price for flights, hotel accommodation in Miami and a seven-night cruise in a balcony cabin is only €1699!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Fancy a quick getaway? Book a weekend break to Prague. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated Lindner Hotel Prague Castle is just €196 on the 25th of April.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Treat yourself to a wellness break in the Algarve this winter. Spend four nights in the five-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, with breakfast included, for only €225, departing the 1st of November.

See more here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus have launched a new seat-sale today, with up to 25% off flights to Europe and UK. Travel until 30th April and book by 2nd March. 

See more here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals? See it here
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 18th February 2020

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have a spring break in the Amalfi Coast, all-inclusive deals to Crete and the Dominican Republic, a family holiday to Greece, a weekend break in Toulouse for €167, luxury escorted tours and a cruise and stay in New Orleans.
 

 

Best last minute:

Escape to the Amalfi Coast next month and enjoy a week in the highly rated 4-Star Grand Hotel Aminta in Sorrento, for just €390 per person. This hotel receives an Excellent rating on Tripadvisor and is superbly located in the resort centre. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights with breakfast, departing the 22nd of March.

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €310pp

 
Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals post? See it here.
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Swap the Canaries for the Caribbean this summer and enjoy an all-inclusive week in 5-star Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, for just €993! Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights, with meals and drinks included.

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best long haul offer

There are some great savings available on luxury tours in Asia and South America. You can upgrade to business class for €199 on tours to India, save €600 on South America tours, and get free VIP door-to-door chauffeur transfers on all tours. If you want to travel solo, avail of the no single supplements offer – saving a whopping €1140 on the Panoramic Peru tour. If you are looking for authentic escorted tours in Asia or South America, don’t miss this post.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Looking for an all-inclusive family complex with a water park on site? I found a great deal to the Sun Palace in Rhodes this summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and accommodation with all meals and drinks included, is only €2476 on the 24th of June, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use code SUN100 to save €100 off the listed price of this holiday or any holiday to Greece or Turkey over €1000 in value. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Enjoy a weekend break in the charming city of Toulouse. I visited Toulouse last year and loved it. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the 4-star Privilège Hôtel Mermoz Hotel is only €167 per person, departing Friday the 15th of May.

View flights here €49pp

View hotel here €118pp
 

Read: My Toulouse Travel Blog 
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Combine three nights in the vibrant city of New Orleans with a seven-night cruise around the Bahamas. You will even get the opportunity to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Cococay. Price for flights, three nights in the 4-star Hilton Hotel in New Orleans,  and seven nights cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, is only €1329 on the 26th of August. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Spend St Patricks Weekend in Belfast. The highly rated Malone Lodge Hotel is offering two nights for the price of one. Price is only €84 per person for a two-night stay with breakfast included, arriving the 15th of March.

Search offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Round off the summer with an all-inclusive week in Crete. Stay at the highly rated 4-star Hotel Dore, with all meals and drinks included for just €470, departing the 11th of October. This hotel receives an Excllent rating on Tripadvisor.

View offer here

 

Read: Top things to do near Chania, Crete
 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals post? See it here.

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 11th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include Sardinia, Mexico, Iceland, Gran Canaria, Christmas markets in Cologne, an American road trip, an all-inclusive cruise deal and a staycation in Waterford.

 

Best last minute:

Escape the cold and book a week in Gran Canaria, where the temperatures are a balmy 23 degrees. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the Tisalaya Park apartments with transfers and checked baggage included, is only €378, departing the 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th of March. 

View offer here

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals? See them here.
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Alghero in Sardinia is one of the new Aer Lingus routes from Dublin airport for next summer. It happens to have a delightful old town, a beautiful sandy beach, and of course some great Italian restaurants. Alghero is located just ten minutes drive from the airport so it is an easy destination to book independently. I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Rina Hotel , departing the 10th of June. Price for flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast included is just €519 per person. Lots more dates are available, simply edit your search when you click on the links below.

Book flights here 10th June €184pp

View hotel here €345pp

 
Read: 10 new destinations from Dublin Airport for 2020
 

 

 

Best city break:

Cologne is one of Europe’s best Christmas market break destinations, and flight and hotel prices always increase closer to departure. I found a great deal staying in the highly rated 4-star Lyskirchen Hotel. Located right in the heart of the city, close to the historic centre and the Christmas markets, this is superb value for such a popular weekend. Price for flights and a three-night stay on the 12th of December is just €227 per person.

View flights here €86pp

View hotel here €141pp

 
Read Europe’s top 10 Christmas markets
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

I love a good road-trip and this one is right up my street! As well as visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this amazing family itinerary includes rafting along the Colorado River, horse riding on a ranch in Tucson, and an exhilarating glamping experience near the Grand Canyon National Park. You will also have the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Disney in California too..Price, based on a family of four with flights, accommodation and SUV car hire for 10 days is €1049 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

If you haven’t tried cruising yet, you don’t know what you are missing! This all-inclusive deal on Marella Dream is only €969 in May, including flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise. This is a great option for first time cruisers, or for people looking for a great value cruise with drinks and tips included in the cost. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy some winter sun in Mexico next November. This great all-inclusive deal includes flights, 4-star hotel, return airport transfers, checked baggage, all meals and drinks, for just €1186!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Looking for a staycation but don’t want to drive? The 4-star Fitzwilton in Waterford is located just 300 meters from the train station, and five minutes from the Waterford Greenway. Price for an overnight stay with breakfast and main course evening meal, is just €50 per person, valid until the end of May. Use promo code TRAVEL15 to save a further 15% off this price, making it just €42.50!

View offer here

 

Read: 10 Great hotel deals in Ireland from €40 per person.
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Fancy ringing in the New Year in Iceland? This super deal includes flights and three-nights in a 4-star hotel from just €393 per person. Who knows, the Northern Lights might even light up the sky on New Years Eve!

See more here
 

Read: Top things to do in Iceland
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals? See them here.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 4th February 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Disneyland Paris, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Alvor, a cruise around the Emirates, New Year in Orlando and a staycation in Connemara.

 

Best last minute:

February is considered peak time for skiing, so when I saw that you can get a week in La Thuile, Italy for just €219 this weekend, I just had to post it. Price includes flights, apartment and transfers for seven nights, based on four sharing. If there is only two travelling, you can get seven nights in Austria, with breakfast included for just €344. 

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Best summer sun:

I’m a big fan of Alvor in the Algarve and have holidayed there on a few occasions. I found a super deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park, which is rated number 1 on TripAdvisor. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is only €479 on the 30th of August. 

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Best family deal:

There are so many great Disneyland Paris offers available, the trouble is which one to choose? Breakaway.ie have excellent deals with flights included for the Frozen Festival in March, and the Enchanted Christmas season in December. Prices for flights, transfers, three-nights in a Disney hotel and four days park passes are from €1470 for 2 adults and 1 child, or €1739 for 2 adults and 2 children. You can upgrade hotel for just €25pp to get free Half Board, and they also have free dining offers with €100 spending money on selected dates.

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Best cruise:

Cruise Dubai and the Emirates on the stunning MSC Bellissima for just €1049! I was on this ship last year and loved it. Price includes flights and a seven-night cruise with drinks package and gratuities included, departing the 29th of February.

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Read: My review of MSC Bellissima
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy a five-night break in Abu Dhabi for just €479 including flights! This super deal departs on the 3rd of June and you will be staying in the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. Highly rated onTripAdvisor, this is amazing value for a five night stay. Add on extra nights if required.

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Best city break:

Treat your loved one to a romantic break away for Valentines Day. Choose Lisbon from €254 or Barcelona for €319. Both prices include flights and a 4-star hotel for three nights, departing the 12th of February. Travalue have also included a hop-on hop-off bus tour in Lisbon and a Barcelona Express card in Barcelona. 

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Best staycation:

Enjoy a healthy getaway break to the superb Delphi Resort in Connemara. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, but the thermal suite and yoga classes are a great alternative if you just want to relax indoors. This super deal for just €65pp includes an overnight stay in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast, one-hour thermal suite access, 10% off treatments and activities, and a two-course dinner at the 814 Restaurant. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €95pp, and its valid until 25th June.

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Best early booking offer:

If you want to get away for New Year, now is the time to book. This great family deal to Orlando is just €2598 including flights and hotel for ten nights, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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Sarah

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 28th January 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include a winter break to Malta, summer in the South of France, Majorca, Marbella and Kenya, a cruise on Allure of the Seas, Mother’s Day breaks in Ireland and an early booking offer to PortAventura.

 

Best last minute:

Explore the beautiful island of Malta in February. I found a great deal staying at the 4-star Seashells Resort at Suncrest, for only €230 including flights and hotel with breakfast, departing 8th February for seven nights. This popular hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is centrally located. You will be away for Valentines Day so this could be a romantic break away…

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Best summer sun:

Explore the South of France this summer with this great deal to Nice. Fly from Dublin to Nice on the 20th of July and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Victor Hugo Hotel for just €529. Nice is a beautiful town and the resort is full of style, but you can also choose to explore the coastline. Pop into the nearby towns of Cannes, Antibes or St Tropez, or go further afield and explore Monaco or the Italian Riviera. The choice is yours…

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Best family deal:

The Protur Bonaire in Majorca is a super family complex. I stayed there when my kids were smaller and they loved it. It is rare to find a Free Child Place in the Bonaire during school holidays, but I managed to find one departing the 14th July! Price for 2 adults & 2 children including flights, transfers & baggage is only €2619 for seven nights. You better be quick though – there is only one room left at this price. Use promo code HOLIDAY150 to get €150 off the listed price 😎

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Best short break:

Planned your girls trip away yet? Jet off to Marbella over the May bank holiday weekend for just €267. Price includes flights and hotel for three nights, based on 2 sharing.

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Best long haul offer:

Looking to try somewhere new this year? Take a trip to Kenya and enjoy a seven-night stay in the highly rated Leonard Beach Resort and Spa. Located a short drive from Mombassa on the world famous Diani Beach, you will be surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs. This super deal costs just €895 including flights, hotel on a half-board basis, checked baggage and airport transfers!

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Best cruise:

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is one of the most talked about cruise ships this year. Allure is the worlds most awarded cruise ship and it is having a $165 million dollar makeover, before it cruises from Barcelona this summer. This super deal from e-travel is hard to beat: Enjoy a seven-night Mediterranean cruise with flights and transfers included from just €1195.  

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Read all about the newly amplified Allure of the Seas here.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to a spa break in one of Ireland’s 4-star hotels for Mothers Day. I’ve got 10 great deals from just €36 per person including breakfast!

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Best early booking offer:

Bring the kids to PortAventura and Ferrari Land over the October mid term break. This super deal includes flights, a four-night stay at the 4-star Dorada Palace Hotel, with breakfast and evening meal included, and 2 day passes to PortAventura & Ferrari Land! Total cost for all of this is just €1082, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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Sarah

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