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October Bank Holiday Weekend Staying in PortAventura Hotel Inc Flights, 2ad & 2ch €1610

PortAventura, Spain

Spend the October bank holiday weekend in PortAventura. Stay onsite in the 4-star Gold River Hotel and enjoy unlimited access to the park, plus a day in Ferrari Land!

Book a weekend in PortAventura and you are guaranteed to have lots of family fun. One of Europe’s largest theme parks, PortAventura has rides and attractions for all ages, and there will be plenty of spooky events planned to coincide with the Halloween break.
 

 

 
Ideally located in Salou, you can also enjoy some beach time, or take a trip to Barcelona if you choose to extend your stay. We enjoyed a wonderful few days in Port Aventura a few years ago, and stayed in this very same hotel.

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The 4-star Gold River Hotel is a Wild West-themed hotel and boasts three pools as well as day and evening entertainment. There is a choice of dining options including a buffet and a la carte restaurants. We enjoyed some tasty food here and the supplement to upgrade to half board is only €185 for a family of four.
 

 

 
By staying on site in one of PortAventura’s hotels, you will have unlimited access to PortAventura throughout your stay as well as 1 day access to Ferrari Land. You will also enjoy the flexibility of being able to visit the parks in the evening time when there are less crowds.

Top Tip: Don’t miss the closing fireworks displays!

Read: 10 reasons to visit PortAventura

Read: My review of PortAventura World

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ryanair have extended their services to Barcelona Reus airport to coincide with the Halloween break this year, and prices for return flights for three nights from the 28th of October are €196 per person from Dublin and €254 from Cork.

Flights are also available from Cork for four nights on the 27th of October for only €147 per person.
 

 

 
Reus airport is only 12 minutes drive to PortAventura so I have chosen Reus for this weekend break. However, there are more flights available to Barcelona airport ( 1 hour drive from PortAvenura ), and they are lower in price.

PortAventura can also be reached from Girona airport ( 2 hours drive) – with flights from Knock to Girona for five nights on the 26th of October for only €82 per person.
 

 

 
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Prices for this weekend in PortAventura are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

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My Top 10 City Breaks for Families

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10+ Amazing city breaks for families including bucket list destinations, and classics such as London and Rome – the ideal list for weekend breaks with kids.

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, at Checkpoint Charlie, it’s a different story.

Top ten city breaks for families

City Weekend Breaks with Kids is the best way for our children 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 day’s sightseeing, and 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.
 

 

 

The Best Short Breaks for Families Worth Adding to Your Bucket List.

Finding short breaks kids will love can be sometimes a challenging task, especially when there are 101 things to do in each city that you visit. Sometimes it is nice to find a destination that is easy to explore in 1-2 days. Below is a list of some of my favourite cities that are easy to visit with your little ones when you are under a little bit of time pressure.
 

 

 

1. London – One of the Best Short Family Breaks

The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

One of my favourite things about London is the city’s layout. Most of the major attractions are within close proximity of each other, or so it seems, with their extensive public transport system. As a result, London is the ideal destination for those on a time crunch.
 

 

 
There is also plenty to do to keep the little ones entertained, from the Harry Potter Studio Tour – a must-see for Harry Potter Fans (even more so than Universal Studios) to the London Dungeon or Tower Bridge.

And if your kids are like mine, they will love seeing Big Ben and taking a spin on the London Eye.

Another bonus is flights tend to be relatively cheap to London when flying from other European destinations.

Read: Top things to do in London with kids and where to stay
 

 

 

2. Barcelona – One of the Weekend Breaks for Families

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Barcelona is another fantastic place to visit for those looking for some short family breaks with Kids. The city is extremely easy to navigate and allows you to tick off some of the major highlights in just 1-2 days.
 

 

 
Your kids will love the vibrant atmosphere that Barcelona has to offer, they will adore Park Güell for its fairytale-like architecture, the magic fountain from its evening light display and Barcelona Zoo, where they can visit over 4000 animals in one day.
 

 

 
Besides, what other city has incredible beaches, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, delicious tapa bars and Europe’s largest theme park – PortAventura World.

Barcelona definitely ticks all boxes for a family city break. It can get very crowded in July and August so my advice is to go off-peak, and if you can spare some time, I recommend adding PortAventura to your itinerary.
 

 

 

3. Verona – A Quaint City Break with Kids

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Verona is not a city people typically think of when looking to book Family City Breaks in Europe but I highly recommend you add it promptly to your bucket list. 

 

 
There is so much to do and see, from visiting the home of Romeo and Juliet, where your kids can see the famous balcony with their own eyes and even leave a note of love on the wall. Or, admiring the incredible structure of the Verona Colosseum. Verona is also home to some picturesque gardens such as Giardino Giusti and Giardino Giardino with plenty of green spaces for children to run and play. Oh, and don’t forget to try some delicious local ice cream.
 

 

 
Verona is also the gateway to Lake Garda, making it a good choice for families looking for a city break within easy reach of holiday resorts and the Italian countryside.

Like most cities in Italy, children will receive a warm welcome in Italian bars and restaurants and the city has ‘holiday resort’ feel because of its proximity to Lake Garda and Gardaland.

Gardaland and Peppa Pig Land are must-visits and are less than 30 minutes from Verona. Packed with rollercoasters, water rides and shows, it is a great day out for all the family. There are plenty of sports activities and boat trips available on Lake Garda too.
 

 

 

Iconic Family Weekend Breaks 

The next set of city breaks with kids on our list features some absolute must-visit destinations. These iconic cities have earned their fame for good reason and with plenty of things to see and do I have no doubt you will be itching to book flights. 

 

 

4. Berlin – One of the Best Kids Weekend Breaks for Unforgettable Memories

Berlin, Germany, offers an array of kid-friendly activities. So, much so, 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, while 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. Berlin also has a Lego Discovery Centre, a fantastic Zoo, and if travelling in the Summer, the outdoor waterpark at Friedrichstein is worth a visit.
 

 

 
There are also many wonderful walks to enjoy while visiting Berlin, including the East Side Gallery which showcases some colourful street art and Tiergarten Park for some outdoor fun.

Read: My travel guide to Berlin

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5. Lisbon – The Perfect Family City Break 

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I love Lisbon and we had a super time there recently. There is so much to see and do, especially activities the kids will adore. I recommend taking a Tuk Tuk or Tram tour to see most of the highlights. Lisbon can be hilly in places so this keeps the children and your feet happy! And dont forget to visit Europe’s largest Aquarium – the kids will love it.
 

 

 
For all my Irish readers, Lisbon is easily accessible, with Aer Lingus, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal all offering daily flights from Ireland. I love that the city is by the sea, especially as it tends to have warm weather, but its great to have the choice of a beach day as well as exploring its pretty old town.
 

 

 
If time allows, I recommend visiting the beachside town of Cascais or taking a train to nearby city of Sintra. The fairytale-like Pena Palace is like a Disney Castle, and if time allows visit Quinta de Regaleira too. It is full of dungeons and dragons – my kids thought they were in Hogwarts and loved it.


There are many great places to dine in Lisbon with kids too – make sure to visit TimeOut Market and LX Factory.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon with kids

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon – My top pick of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and apartments

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Rome – The Family City Break Your Children Will Fall in Love With.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rome is one of the most amazing family City Breaks in Europe. Your kids will simply fall in love with all there is to do in Rome. From recognising the iconic architecture from famous movies to exploring the city’s history and culture. Rome is like one big open air museum.
 

 

 
Most tours are child friendly, and If you are looking for something unique to do with children then check out the Golf Cart tour. For children age 5 and above the Vespa tour is a great choice, my kids loved it!

I have a detailed guide on where best to stay while visiting Rome.
 

 


 

7. Paris – The Ultimate Family City Break

DIsneyland Paris at Christmas time - great city break for families

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 My Paris travel guide – top things to do and where to stay in Paris

Read: Top tips for visiting Disneyland Paris at Christmas time
 

 

 

8. Copenhagen – One Best City Breaks With Kids for the Winter Season

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Copenhagen is one of the best city breaks for families during the Halloween break or at Christmas time. Tivoli Gardens, the world’s oldest theme park is home to roller-coasters, family rides, an aquarium, restaurants and has regular fire work displays. Safe to say you kids will have a blast on their trip to Copenhagen.
 

 

 
It closes down for weeks before Halloween and Christmas to prepare for the festivities and is decorated with 120,000 lights. It is a magical experience for the family.

There are plenty of things to do in Copenhagen all year round, from visiting the Little Mermaid Statue, to taking a colourful boat ride down the Canals of Nyhavn, or visiting to the local zoo. It might also be worth considering combining Copenhagen with a trip to Legoland – it is 3 hours by train from Copenhagen to Billund.

Read: My city guide to Copenhagen
 

 

 

Best City Breaks for Families – Long Haul

Below are two of my favourite long-haul city breaks for families that I couldn’t resist adding to the list. If you have a few more days to spare I highly recommend checking out both New York and Dubai.
 

 

 

9. New York – The Most Famous City Break for Families

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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

Read: The best family holidays with teenagers
 

 

 

10. Dubai – The Alternative Family Getaway

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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

Read: The best family holidays with teenagers
 

 

 
I hope my top ten city breaks for families will help you plan a trip away soon. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, attractions are subject to change. Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional charge to you.

 

 

 

 

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Family Holiday To Orlando For Easter, Flights & Universal Hotel, 10 Nights, 2ad & 2ch, €5225

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Take the kids on a trip of a lifetime and book a family holiday to Orlando for Easter.

Florida is one of the world’s best family holiday destinations. With 14 major theme parks and countless other attractions, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do. Stay on site at one of the Universal Studios hotels and get early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and enjoy mind blowing simulator rides from your favourite movies.

Read: Top things to do in Universal Studios – my top tips and tricks
 

 

 
Walt Disney World is another must see – and contrary to what you might think, it’s not just for younger kids! Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora – The World of Avatar, are some of Orlando’s most popular attractions – you may need to spend longer in Disney than you think!

Let the kids see their favourite Disney characters in street parades and make sure you catch the dazzling fire work displays.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, you will see lots more than Universal Studios and Walt Disney World on your family holiday to Orlando. There are numerous water parks to choose from as well as Legoland, Peppa Pig World, and the Kennedy Space Center, which is just an hour’s drive away. And don’t forget the shopping! You need to allow a full day to explore the Florida Mall and the Premium Outlets.
 

 

 
I have chosen one of Universal Studios’ Hotels –  Endless Summer Resort, the hotel that we stayed in last year. Not only has this new resort got family friendly facilities, but once you purchase park tickets, you will receive early access to Universal Studios parks, one hour before the parks open, and get free transport to and from the parks.

Family rooms and large family suites are also available that can cater for families of six.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found flights with Delta Airlines / KLM with a stop in Atlanta or Boston, for €765 including checked baggage on the 24th of March, through Irish travel company e-Travel. If you prefer to fly direct from Dublin with Aer Lingus, the best price including checked baggage is €987 per person.
 

 

 
When you search via the link below you will see lots of cheaper options, however it I have added checked baggage in this airfare and also wanted a flight that went straight to the US (and not via London or an European airport), so you can clear immigration in Dublin airport before you fly.
 
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A 10 night stay at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites is €2165 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. or a 2-bedroom suite is €2495 that sleeps up to six. And the best part – you only need a €100 deposit to book! If you wish to stay longer or come back earlier, simply edit the search on the links below to suit your requirements.
 

 

 
I have also priced 14 day tickets to Universal Studios below, these allow unlimited entry to all three Universal Studios parks for 14 days, and a €25 deposit secures your booking. There are many other ticket options available through Attraction Tickets.com including combination tickets that include entrance to Walt Disney World too.
 

 

 
There is lots to consider when booking a trip to Orlando but I’ve got a post that might help:

Read: How to plan a trip to Orlando in 10 easy steps

So go ahead, treat the kids to a trip to a family holiday to Orlando for Easter and create memories that will last a lifetime.
 

Search flights here €765pp

See Aer Lingus €987pp

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View park tickets 2ad & 2ch €1536
 

 

 
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50+ Family Hotels in Ireland Perfect for your Next Break!

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Looking for the best hotels in Ireland for families? Well, look no further, I’ve hand-picked fifty of my favourite family friendly hotels 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.
 

 

 

Best family hotels in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way

Finding a great hotel along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is perfect for families as generally speaking there is so much to see and do nearby. The stunning coastline provides opportunities for beach days, coastal walks, and surfing lessons. The region is also rich in culture, with traditional music and dance events held throughout the year.

There really is something for everyone, no matter what their age. I have handpicked a selection of the top family hotels in Ireland in amazing locations along the Wild Atlantic.
 

 

 

1. Quality Hotel Youghal, Cork (3-Star Hotel)

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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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2. The Inn at Dromoland, Co. Clare (3-Star Hotel)

Large family rooms at The Inn at Dromoland Hotel.

The Inn at Domoland is the perfect hotel for families looking to explore some of the most iconic parts of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way with the likes of Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch just a short drive away. Located on the famous Dromoland Estate, it offers endless outdoor walks with over 450 acres of countryside as well as an indoor pool with separate kids pool at the hotel.
 

 
The rooms are rather large and can accommodate up to five people. With the hotels easy access to the coast, you are sure to make a range of family memories that will last a lifetime!

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3. Kenmare Bay & Resort Hotel, Kerry (3-Star Hotel)

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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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4. Westlodge Hotel & Leisure Centre, Bantry, Co. Cork (3-Star Hotel)

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Mizen Head

If you are looking for Family friendly hotels in Ireland to explore the stunning surroundings of West Cork then the Westlodge Hotel is a super choice! The hotel is home to 30 acres of gardens, a leisure centre, games room and pitch and putt course (which is a big hit with families).
 

 
The deluxe family suites can accommodate up to 5 people and have one room with a double bed and an adjoining room with two single beds and a pull out sofa bed. Perfect for larger families!

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5. Inishowen Gateway Hotel, Donegal (3-Star Hotel)

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The Inishowen Gateway Hotel ideal is the perfect choice for a short family breaks in Ireland. 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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6. Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo (3-Star Hotel)

Enniscrone Beach.

I have no doubt, your children will LOVE the Ocean Sands Hotel in Enniscrone as the incredible Waterpoint Aqua Park just a short walk away. It will be a trip to remember, full of family fun as the kids splash around in the water. The hotel overlooks some of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches, making it the perfect spot for exploring the Wild Atlantic.

There are plenty of family room options to choose from, including two and three bedroom apartments. Perfect for all group sizes!

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7. Diamond Coast Hotel, Sligo (4-Star Hotel)

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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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8. Lahinch Coast Hotel & Suites, Clare (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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9. Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork (4-Star Hotel)

swimming pool at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.

West Cork is one of my favourite places in Ireland, and that happens to be where our next hotel is located, The Maritime. This is one of the best child friendly hotels Ireland for those looking to explore stunning locations such as Mizen Head, the Beara Peninsula and Three Castle Head. The hotel boasts a spa, state-of-the-art leisure centre and a choice of dining options.
 

 
They have Two bedroom family suites which sleep two adults and four children and have a kitchenette with fridge and microwave, as well as a balcony with views over Bantry Bay. 

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10. Yeats Country Hotel Spa & Leisure Club, Co. Sligo (4-Star Hotel)

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The Yeats Country Hotel, situated in Rosses Point, is an ideal spot for an energetic vacation along the Wild Atlantic Way. It is only a five-minute stroll to the Blue Flag beach and the 18-hole golf course. Families particularly enjoy the leisure center, which features an 18-meter swimming pool, a kids pool, and a spacious jacuzzi. Additionally, the lavish Eros Yon-ka Spa provides seaweed baths and a variety of treatment options.

During school breaks, a kids club is typically open, and sizable family rooms are available that can hold two adults and four children.

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11. Hotel Westport, Mayo (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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12. Dingle Skellig, Kerry (4-Star Hotel)

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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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13. 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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Hotels for Families in Ireland Perfect for Outdoor Adventures

If you are looking to bring your kids on a holiday to remember then consider booking one of these Hotels for families in Ireland that offer onsite or nearby outdoor activities. From beautiful hikes, incredible cycling trails, kayaking trips and onsite adventures. Ireland is known for its stunning natural scenery and plenty of outdoor activities that are perfect for all ages. Booking one of these hotels with easy outdoor access is sure to leave the whole family with a lifetime of memories.
 

 

14. Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry (3-Star Hotel)

Killarney National Park.

The Hotel Killarney is known for its amenities that cater to families. Its premises include a swimming pool, a sports hall, and a gym. Furthermore, the Friendly Fellows Kids Club offers frequent live performances, an indoor soccer field, and the Crazy Cube Play Centre. The hotel also provides various dining choices that feature healthy menus for children, and family suites are accessible for groups of up to five people.

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15. Lough Allen Hotel, Co. Leitrim (3-Star Hotel)

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The Lough Allen Hotel & Spa is located by the shores of Lough Allen, a brief stroll from the charming town of Drumshanbo, and near Lough Key Forest Park. The hotel provides a swimming pool, a spa, and a fully-equipped gym on its premises. Moreover, guests may partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as family walking trails, cycling, horse riding, kayaking, and golf.

The hotel also offers a range of Fitness courses and a kids club. The family rooms can accommodate up to five individuals, while interconnected rooms and self-catering apartments that sleep up to seven are also accessible.

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16. Maldron Hotel, Co. Wexford (3-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you’re looking for a cost-effective alternative for a family vacation to things to do in Wexford, then the Maldron Hotel(Wexford) is an excellent option. The hotel’s restaurant offers a special menu for young diners, and family-friendly activities are often scheduled during school breaks. Guests have free entry to the hotel’s leisure center, which includes a 20-meter swimming pool and a kids pool, as well as two outdoor playgrounds and a mini-golf course.

The hotel’s large family rooms can accommodate up to two adults and three children, with interconnected rooms also available.

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 17. Amber Springs, Wexford (4-Star Hotel)

Amber Springs is one of the best family hotels in Ireland

Amber Springs is without a doubt one of the best hotels in Ireland for families 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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18. Hodson Bay, Athlone, Co. Westmeath (4-Star Hotel)

best family hotels in Ireland - Hodson Bay Hotel

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 hotels for families in Ireland, especially during the summer months.

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19. Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Limerick (4-Star Hotel)

kids club at Woodlands House Hotel

The Woodlands House Hotel is one of the best hotels for families 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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20. Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny (4-Star Hotel)

family hotels in Ireland - Newpark Hotel Kilkenny

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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21. Clonakilty Park Hotel, Cork (4-Star Hotel)

best family hotels in Ireland

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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22. Pillo Hotel, Ashbourne, Co. Meath (4-Star Hotel)

Pillo Hotel is one of the hotels with large family rooms near Tayto Park.

The Pillo Hotel is an excellent option for a family vacation and is one of the few hotels near Emerald Park (formally Tayto Park) that offers sizable family rooms. The hotel features a 16-meter swimming pool, a kids playroom, and a kids club that typically has evening entertainment during school breaks.
 

 
The hotel is just a five-minute drive from Emerald Park (formally Tayto Park), and Funtasia and the National Aquatic Centre are also easily accessible. The hotel’s large family rooms can house two adults and up to four children.

The Pillo Hotel is a great choice for a family getaway and it is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near Tayto Park. There is a 16 metre pool and a kids play room as well as a kids club with evening entertainment that usually runs during school holidays.

It is located just five minutes from Tayto Park, and Funtasia and the National Aquatic Centre are also within easy reach. The hotels’s large family rooms can accommodate two adults and four children.

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23. Mulranny Park Hotel, Mayo (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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24. Waterford Castle Lodges, Waterford (4-Star Hotel)

hotels with lodges in ireland - waterford castle

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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25. The Lakeside Hotel and Leisure Centre, Clare (4-Star Hotel)

waterslide at family lakeside hotel in Clare

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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26. Lusty Beg Island, Co. Fermanagh

family hotels in Northern Ireland - Lusty Beg Island

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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27. Trim Castle, Co. Meath (4-Star Hotel)

view of Trim Castle from the hotel balcony.

For families seeking hotels that offer ample family rooms near kid-friendly attractions, this hotel is a fantastic option. Located within a five-minute walk from the Aura Leisure Centre, guests have free access to the center. The hotel also boasts a choice of dining options and overlooks Trim Castle, adding to its charm. The area is rich in family-friendly attractions such as Emerald Park, Newgrange, and Causey Farm. The family rooms are spacious enough to accommodate up to two adults and four children.

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Family Hotels in Ireland with a Swimming Pool

Choosing a hotel with a swimming pool can be a game-changer for both parents and kids. A hotel pool is a perfect place to relax, cool off and have some fun after a day of exploring. It’s also an excellent option for families travelling during colder months or if the weather is not ideal for outdoor activities. I have put together a list of some of my favourite Family Hotels in Ireland with a swimming pool. Perfect for spending some family time without even needing to leave the hotel!
 

 

28. The Connacht Hotel, Galway (3-Star Hotel)

Connacht Hotel

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 best hotels in Ireland for families, 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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29. Treacys West County Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare (3-Star Hotel)

Family bunk rooms in Treacys Hotel - one of the hotels in Clare that has large family rooms.

Treacys West County Hotel is the perfect hotel option for those looking to stay around the Ennis Area. The hotel offers a wide range of amenities to make you stay as enjoyable as possible. It features a swimming pool perfect for a splash around with your kids while you visit. Younger guests can also participate in the kids club activities, which are sure to keep them entertained and engaged.
 

 
The hotel resturant emphasis on healthy and nutritious meals and the rooms have comfortable bunk options that can comfortably sleep up to three children, making it the perfect choice for larger families looking for great value accommodation.

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30. Clayton Hotel Sligo (4-Star Hotel)

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Set on beautiful grounds, 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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31. Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford (4-Star Hotel)

The Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club, a 4-star hotel located in Wexford, is a beloved destination among families. The hotel’s leisure club, which has a dedicated children’s pool, as well as the lively Alamo Steakhouse, are both popular with guests. There is a range of things to do nearby such as visiting Curacloe Beach, the National Heritage Centre, and Wells House and Gardens.
 

 
The hotel rooms canaccommodate up to five guests and up to six guests if you contact the hotel directly. The rooms are designed with a dividing wall and extra TVs and headsets for children, allowing families to watch movies or shows individually without any disruptions.

Whether you’re looking to spend quality time with your family or explore the local sights, the Riverside Park Hotel and Leisure Club is an excellent option for a fun-filled and comfortable family vacation.

Read: 5 things to do in Wexford with kids

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32. Midlands Park Hotel, Co. Laois (4-Star Hotel)

swimming pool at the Midlands Park Hotel.

Situated in the heart of Portlaoise, the Midlands Park Hotel boasts a leisure club complete with a 22-meter pool and an onsite kids club, offering an extra advantage to its guests. The hotel offers a range of dining options, with Kelly’s Steakhouse being a popular choice among families. The family rooms are spacious enough to accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 10.

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33. Garryvoe Hotel, Ballycotton, Co. Cork (4-Star Hotel)

Garryvoe Hotel is one of the few hotels with large family rooms near the sea.

The Garryvoe Hotel is perfect for a family stay. It sits right on the beachfront, making it perfect for those looking to bring their children for a swim while on holidays. The hotel has an onsite swimming pool, again perfect for the younger family members. It’s a rare gem in terms of its spacious family rooms, with accommodations that sleep up to five guests, and interconnecting rooms are also available.

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34. Gleneagle River Apartments, Killarney (4-Star Hotel)

swimming pool at Gleneagle hotel Killarney

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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35. Faithlegg Hotel & Apartments, Waterford (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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

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36. Castleknock Hotel, Dublin (4-Star Hotel)

dublin hotels with swimming pools - Castleknock Hotel

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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37. Kellys Resort Hotel & Spa, Wexford (4-Star Hotel)

Kelly's Resort Hotel, Wexford - luxury family hotels in Ireland

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.
 

 

38. Millpark Hotel, Co. Donegal (4-Star Hotel)

swimming pool at the Millpark Hotel Donegal.

If you’re looking for a family holiday in Ireland, the Millpark Hotel is an excellent choice located near Donegal town with some of the country’s finest beaches just a stone’s throw away. 

The hotel also has an onsite swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as various dining options. The hotel features spacious family rooms that can accommodate up to six guests, and interconnecting rooms are also available.

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Family Resorts in Ireland

If you are looking for a range of family holiday resorts in Ireland then I have you covered. This list has a mix of hotel stays from adventure centres, and golfing sites to wonderful spa retreats. By booking these one thing is for certain, you will not run out of things to see and do!

39. Breaffy House Resort, Mayo (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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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40. Delphi Adventure Resort Hotel, Galway

family hotels in Ireland - Delphi Resort

Delphi Resort is one of Ireland’s best known adventure resorts, and by far one of the best family holidays in Ireland. 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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41. Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Carlow (4-Star Hotel)

family breaks in ireland - mount wolseley self catering lodges

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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42. Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Kerry (4-Star Hotel)

hotels in ireland with lodges on grounds

Parknasilla is one of our most famous hotels and is also one of the best hotels for families 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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43. Castlerosse Park Resort & Holiday Homes, Kerry (4-Star Hotel)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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.

family holiday in Killarney with self catering lodges

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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44. 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
 

 

5 Star family friendly hotels in Ireland

If you are looking for Family Friendly Hotels in Ireland with a splash of luxury then this list is perfect for you! I have handpicked five of my favourite 5-star hotels which have generously sized rooms perfect for both small and large families.

45. Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin 

Luxury family hotels in Dublin - Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin

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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46. Castlemartyr Resort, Cork

five star hotels in ireland with lodges

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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47. 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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48. 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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49. Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny

luxury family hotels in Ireland - mount juliet

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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50. Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh 

Luxury Family Hotels in Northern Ireland - Lough Erne Resort

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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Other options for family holidays in Ireland:

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.

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.

 

 

Sarah

 

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12+ Best Waterpark Hotels in Europe – Perfect for your family vacation!

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12+ Best Waterpark Hotels in Europe – Perfect for your family vacation!

I’m guessing if you asked your children to name one thing they love about the Summer holidays, they would say swimming in a pool. Don’t get me wrong, kid’s clubs and organised entertainment are great too, but most kids want to be in the water the whole time. That is why I have put together a comprehensive list for you featuring some of the Best Waterpark Hotels in Europe. So, you can give your little ones a summer to remember!
 

 

 
This post includes TUI’s Splashworld resorts, which are all-inclusive resorts with unlimited access to a waterpark, either on-site, or nearby. I have also listed some independent hotels with waterparks on site. Whether you want to relax on a lazy river, jump over the waves in a wave pool, or race your family members on speed slides, I have something here to suit kids of all ages.
 
All of my picks below have a minimum 4-star rating on TripAdvisor and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that many of the waterpark holidays below are package holidays and include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.
 

 

 

Best All-Inclusive Family Resorts in Europe with Water Slides

I will break down some of my favourite all-inclusive family resorts in Europe with water slides. Booking an all-inclusive deal can be a great way to eliminate stress while travelling with your kids.

Having a place to stay, food, entertainment and beverages all included in the price really helps the vacation run smoothly, especially when visiting a resort with an onsite waterpark, providing endless entertainment for everyone. All-inclusive resorts also offer a safe and secure environment, giving parents peace of mind while their children explore and play.
 

 

 

Costa del Sol: All Inclusive 4-Star Globales Playa Estepona 

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As well as a brand new waterpark on-site, the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona has numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The waterpark has a space bowl, tube slides, body slides, a multilane number and a kamikaze slide – all are suitable for children 120cm and over.
 

 

 
Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

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The Best Hotel with Waterparks in Europe: Parque Cristobal & Siam Park (Tenerife) 

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One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the best waterparks in Europe – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages.

The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!
 

 

 
This Splashworld holiday includes unlimited access to Siam Park, while staying at the Parque Cristobal apartments in Playa de Las Americas. This is a great choice for families looking for good accommodation in the heart of the action, but have the added benefit of theme park access.

There is entertainment and kids clubs on site, and the spacious bungalows come with kitchenettes, free Wi-Fi, hairdryers and even the premier rooms include bathrobes and slippers.
 
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Corfu: 3-Star Sidari Water Park Hotel, Half Board

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With 6 waterslides on site, it is no surprise that the Sidari Water Park Hotel is one of Corfu’s most popular family resorts.  Located in the pretty resort of Sidari, within walking distance of the town and beach, it also boasts an evening entertainment programme, games area, and large self-catering apartments that sleep up to five.
 

 

 
Note, unlike many of the other properties on this list, this is sold on a B&B or Half Board basis only.

Read: 25 Summer holidays for families with 3 or 4 children

Read: Best family holidays in Greece  – My top 20 picks

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Majorca: All Inclusive – 4-Star Globales Bouganvilla

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This All Inclusive hotel boasts its own waterpark, two swimming pools, daily sports activities and evening entertainment – everything you need for a fun filled family holiday. There are slides for younger kids as well as eight slides for teens and adults. It is a highly rated family complex with plenty of onsite facilities, and a 20 minute walk will see you in the heart of Sa Coma.

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Salou: All Inclusive 4-Star Aquasplash Estival 

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Salou is one of the most popular family holiday destinations, and a holiday here with free waterpark access is sensory overload. The AquaSplash Estival offers unlimited access to the Aquapolis waterpark which is only 10 minutes walk away from the complex. Aquapolis has slides to cater for kids of all ages.
 

 

 
The Kamikaze, Boomerang and Black hole are not for the faint hearted but there are many moderate slides, including rapids and a wave pool too. There is separate section dedicated to kids under 10 years with twirly slides and splash fountains.

The Aquasplash Estival hotel also has three pools on site, kids clubs from 4-12 years, is located just 10 minutes walk from the beach and a short bus journey from Port Aventura theme park.

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Kos: 5 Star Hotels with Waterparks in Europe: Lagoon Village

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The Blue Lagoon Village is a superb family complex. It is set out like a village and offers two-bedroom family rooms and swim up rooms, as well as private pool suites. There are eight restaurants, six of which are part of the all-inclusive arrangement, and there is a host of activities and entertainment to suit children and adults of all ages.
 

 

 
There are five pools including a waterpark with pirate ship and slides for little kids, as well as multi-lane racer slides for older children. Adventure Land is home to a multi-sports court and football pitch, and there is a host of water sports available at the beach. There is a kids club and baby club, with parent and toddler sessions, as well as a kids disco in the evenings.

For families looking for the best waterpark holidays as well as luxurious accommodation, look no further.
 
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Rhodes: All Inclusive 5-Star Atlantica Aegean Blue 

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If you are looking for Europe hotels with Water Parks and a splash of luxury consider booking the Atlantica Aegean Blue. There are plenty of activities for all ages in this stunning resort.

The kids club is split into groups from three years, with up to two hours of activities on most days. However, the main talking point at this resort is the water park with flumes, slides, and space bowls. You can even compete against each other in a three-lane water slide race.
 

 

 
Premium family rooms offer a good space for two adults and two children with a partition between two sleeping areas, and for an additional supplement you can have direct access to a swimming pool from your terrace in the swim-up family rooms.

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The All-Inclusive options are well catered for with four restaurants to choose from and a specific children’s section in the Thalassa buffet restaurant. Your family won’t be left wanting at the Atlantica Aegean Blue.
 
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 Portugal: 4-star Aquashow Park Hotel 

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When it comes to hotels with waterparks in Europe the Aquashow Park Hotel has a lot to offer from it’s outdoor pool with two mini-slides, games rooms, playground and restaurant, however, without question, it is the free entrance to the water park that is the main feature for your stay here.
 

 

 
Aquashow is not only one of the Algarve’s largest water parks, but it also boasts the largest Water Rollercoaster in Europe and Portugal’s largest wave pool. Little ones are not left out either – the Aquakids section is specifically tailored to smaller children. There is a huge selection of slides, attractions and shows to choose from that will suit everyone in the family.
 

 

 
Family hotel rooms are interconnecting rooms with four beds. Another option to consider would be a few nights at Aquashow Park Hotel combined with a stay further along the Algarve coast. This property is sold independently so add on flights from your chosen airport to the hotel prices below.

Read: Family holidays in the Algarve, my top picks on where to to stay

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Zakynthos: All Inclusive, 4-Star Aqua Bay Suites  

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Located beside a waterpark, the Aqua Bay Suites is sure to be a big hit with kids of all ages. As this is a Splashworld Resort, you will have free entry to the waterpark throughout your stay. You also have access to the  TUI Kids Club, restaurants and pools at its sister hotels, Planos Bay and Aqua Bay.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are modern with sliding doors, and you can also choose to upgrade to swim-up rooms or rooms with private pools. 

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Crete: All Inclusive Atlantica Akti Zeus Hotel 

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This modern beachfront hotel offers stunning sea views and a great choice of hotel rooms including swim-up rooms! There is a kids club, an evening entertainment programme and a waterpark on site. There is a baby lagoon for children up to 5 years, an aqua playground for children aged 5 -10 and ample slides for children aged 10-12 years.
 

 

 
Ranked number 1 on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice if you are looking for waterpark holidays in Greece.

Read: Top 20 Family Holidays in Greece
 
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Turkey: All Inclusive 5-Star Aqua Fantasy

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If you are looking for European Hotels with Waterparks onsite then consider booking the Aqua Fantasy Resort in Turkey. It is officially rated 5-star, although I would probably rate it 4-star, but its beachfront location and onsite waterpark probably deserve the 5-star status! As well as numerous water slides, it also boasts a lazy river for chilled-out days and a wave pool if you fancy some fun. 
 

 

 
There are six restaurants, nine bars, an amphitheatre for live shows, as well as a host of activities available, including windsurfing and bowling. The lively resort of Kusadasi is just 15 minutes taxi ride away. 

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Bulgaria: All-Inclusive, 4-Star Aqua Paradise Resort 

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The Aqua Paradise Resort is located next to Bulgaria’s biggest waterpark, and this all-inclusive holiday includes free access throughout your stay. This giant waterpark’s home to 25 slides, a surf machine, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
 

 

 
Rated by TripAdvisor as the top place to stay in Nessebar, this is a super choice for family waterpark holidays in Europe.

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12 Family Holidays in July & August – All Inclusive Resorts, 2ad & 2ch from €2979

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, to bring you great family holidays in July and August, many including free child places and online discounts.

Whether you want self-catering in Greece, an All Inclusive holiday on the Algarve, or a water park holiday on the Costa del Sol, I have family holidays in July and August to suit all tastes and budgets! All holidays have received good reviews and are ideal for family holidays.

 

 
All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation and transfers, and most include checked baggage. And that’s not all… In many cases you only need a deposit of €50 to secure a booking, with the balance payable ten weeks before departure.
 

 

 

Family Holidays in July and August on the Algarve: 

1. Algarve: All Inclusive, 4-star Alvor Baia, 2ad & 2ch, €3958

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The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, you can chill out in their spa or on the stunning beaches that Alvor is renowned for.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3958 on the 16th of August. Many more dates are available.

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2. Majorca: Protur Bonaire Aparthotel, Half Board, 2ad & 2ch, €3694

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This is one of the best family apartments in Majorca. We spent a week there when my children were younger and the kids loved it. It is located just a few minutes from the beach and the centre of Cala Bona, where there is an ample choice of restaurants and bars. If you want to venture further afield, the larger resort of Cala Millor is about a thirty minute walk.
 

 

 
You don’t need to venture outside the resort though as the facilities on-site are excellent. There is a children’s splash park with a giant pirate ship and there is day and night time entertainment, including a mini-disco in the evening. Kids are spoilt for choice with kids clubs and a multi-sports court, there is also a crèche for children under 3 years.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage, and a seven-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children with breakfast and evening meal included is €3694 departing the 11th of July. Many more dates are available.

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3. Majorca: All Inclusive Globales Bouganvilla, 2ad & 2ch €3999

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This All Inclusive hotel boasts its own waterpark, two swimming pools, daily sports activities and evening entertainment – everything you need for a fun filled family holiday. There are slides for younger kids as well as eight slides for teens and adults. It is a highly rated family complex with plenty of onsite facilities, and a 20 minute walk will see you in the heart of Sa Coma.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3999 on the 15th of July or €3499 on the 11th of August from Dublin, or €3410 on the 25th of July or €3477 on the 16th of August from Cork.

One bedroom apartments are also available that will cater for families of 5. Price for 2 adults and 3 children is €4510 on the 15th of August or €5349 on the 6th of July. Many more dates are available.

Read: 12 Top waterpak holidays in Europe for families
 
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4. Majorca: Sa Marina Aparthotel, 2ad & 2ch, €2533

If I had to chose one place on this list for a relaxing family holiday in nice surroundings, this would be it! Cala Do’r is a beautiful resort in Majorca and the Sa Marina are one of the best properties there.
 

 

 
There are two lagoon-style pools on-site as well as two kids pools, and two beaches within five minutes walk from the apartments. There are lots of sports activities available for both adults and children, as well as more facilities in its sister hotel, the Inturotel Esmeralda Park. A kids club is also available from age 4 upwards.

Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children is €4143 on the 31st of July or only €2533 on the 22nd of August! Many more dates are available.
 
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5. Costa del Sol: All Inclusive Cortijo Blanco, 2ad & 2ch, €2979

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The Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two children’s pools, an outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows.
 

 

 
Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

Price is €3050 on the 23rd of July or €2979 on the 15th of August from Dublin, or €3181 on the 8th of July and €3024 on the 16th of August from Cork, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Many more dates are available. 

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6. Costa del Sol: All Inclusive Globales Playa Estepona, 2ad & 2ch, €3076

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As well as a waterpark on site, the highly rated Globales Playa Estepona has numerous sports activities, kids clubs, day and night time entertainment and even has its own beach club restaurant. The waterpark has a space bowl, tube slides, body slides, a multilane and kamikaze slide – all are suitable for children 120cm and over.
 

 

 
Younger children have their own spray park and mini slides in a pirate-themed area. The hotel is situated close to glitzy Puerto Banus and offers a shuttle bus service 2-3 times per day into the centre.

Price is €3412 on the 30th of July from Dublin or €3076 on the 16th of August from Dublin or Cork, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

2 bedroom family rooms that sleep up to 6 are available on various dates in July. The best value is departing on the 26th of July, price for 2 adults and 3 children is €4509. You can edit search via the links below and change number of children to  3 / 4 etc.

Read: 25 family holiday ideas for families with 3 or 4 children

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7. Lanzarote: Cinco Plaza apartments, 2ad & 2ch €3035

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The Cinco Plaza are one of Lanzarote’s most popular after holiday apartments. Located just minutes from the beach and the resort centre ,with great facilities on site, they are ideally situated to enjoy the highlights of Puerto del Carmen.
 

 

 
Price from is €3035 on the 31st of July from Dublin or €3350 on the 2nd of July from Cork. Many more dates are available. 

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8. Tenerife: All Inclusive MaryLanza Suites & Spa, 2ad & 2ch €3496

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For families looking for a luxury all-inclusive holiday, the MaryLanza Suites and Spa should tick all boxes. This hotel boasts a fine dining restaurant and Teppanyaki, as well as a buffet restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining. Chilled Cava, a chocolate fountain and themed evenings elevate the dining experience.
 

 

 
There are two pools, including one with in-water seats, as well as a luxury Spa. Children are well catered for too with a children’s pool, day and evening entertainment and a games room and play centre.  The location is great too, with Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas just 15-minutes’ walk away.

The MaryLanza Suites & Spa is one of the top rated hotels in Tenerife on TripAdvisor, making this a great value option for luxury family holidays in July and August.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3496 on the 18th of August or €4504 on the 7th of July. Many more dates are available.

Read: Family holidays in Tenerife, top things to do and where to stay

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9. Tenerife: Villa Mandi With Access to Siam Park, 2ad & 2ch, €2717

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One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages.

The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!
 

 

 
This popular resort offers free access to Siam Park throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos.

This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children is €3074 on the 19th of July or €2717 on the 9th of August. Many more dates are available.
 
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Family Holidays in July and August in Greece:

10. Kos: All Inclusive Labranda Marine Aquapark: 2ad & 2ch from €4161

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The Labranda Marine Aquapark offers a beachfront location and four swimming pools – one of which has five large slides and a wave pool. You will also find a kids club for children aged 4-12 years, as well as tennis courts and live entertainment for adults and children. As this is an all inclusive hotel, meals and drinks are included in the cost.
 

 

 
Located in the pretty resort of Tingaki, this is a lovely family friendly resort in Greece. Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €4161 on the 19th of July. Two-bedroom family suites are also available that sleep up to five.
 
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11. Zakynthos: All Inclusive TUI Suneo Tsilivi Admiral, 2ad & 2ch €4346

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TUI SUNEO Tsilivi Admiral is packed with family entertainment and sports activities for an active summer holiday. There is a choice of dining options with meals and drinks included in the cost, and guests are also given a discount for entrance to the Tsilivi waterpark, which is located 750m away.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3918 on the 23rd of July

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12. Rhodes: Matoula Beach, 2ad & 2ch, €3360

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The Matoula Beach Hotel is a highly rated property that is ideal for families looking for a relaxing resort without lively entertainment programmes or kids clubs. There is a pool with bar and restaurant on site and it is located just minutes from the beach and a short drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rhodes Town.
 

 

 
Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor this will allow families to enjoy a typical family run Greek complex with a focus on relaxation and good service. Duplex suites are also available here that sleep up to five. 

Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay for 2 adults and 2 children is €3360 on the 5th or €3244 on the 12th of August.

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I hope you enjoyed my picks for family holidays in July and August, and that you found something to suit you. Remember you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘Edit Search’ once you click on the links above.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th October 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

 

This week I have a last minute wellness break in the Algarve, winter sun in Fuerteventura, city breaks to Lisbon, a cruise around the Emirates, and a family holiday to Lake Garda for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Sligo, and an amazing offer to Mount Juliet. 
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Treat yourself to a luxury Wellness break in the Algarve. Flights and luxury hotels are superb value in November – like this deal to the 5-star Real Marina Hotel, with indoor pool and luxury Spa. Price for flights and a five-night stay is just €284 per person.

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Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an over night stay at Mount Juliet Estate? I found a super deal for a Sunday night stay in January. Price including breakfast at Hunters Yard is just €80 per person – the perfect Christmas gift perhaps? I stayed in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it – you can read my review here.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet 

Read: 10 Five-Star hotel deals in Ireland

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Best winter sun:

Get some sun before the festive season, with a week in Fuerteventura. Price for flights and  a seven-night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €298 per person, departing December 2nd. 

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If you were following me this week, you will know that I had a fabulous time in Lisbon. I have some great Lisbon deals available on my website at the moment, including a 5-star break for Valentines weekend from €278, and an Easter weekend offer from €372 per person.
 

 

 
I also have a family break over Easter weekend from €1084 including flights and a 4-star apartment – the price is even less if you can travel midweek during school holidays.

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Best family holiday:

Sirmione, Lake Garda

With airfares set to increase, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer! Flights to Verona are surprisingly good value – with return flights from just €190 per person on the 15th of July or €150 per person on the 10th of August.
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options available, from mobile homes to luxury apartments. I have selected two below that might be of interest – simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.

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Best family staycation:

Enniscrone Beach.

Brisk walks along Enniscrone beach are the perfect way to kick start the New Year. The Ocean Sands Hotel is ocated in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park too, which is only a few minutes walk away. 
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 28th of December is €422 per family – this is a large family room and sleeps up to five.

Read: 15 family breaks between Christmas and New Year

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Best early booking offer:

Always wanted to visit Las Vegas? I spotted flights with British Airways for just €335 return next September! With prices like that, why not treat yourself to a deluxe suite at Signature at the MGM Grand Hotel? Price for a four-night stay is just €375 per person.

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Best cruise:

MSC Virtuosa

I spotted MSC Virtuosa in Lisbon yesterday, so thought it timely to include it in this weeks Best Travel Deals post. It is cruising around the Emirates this winter, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise with flights, checked baggage, all meals, drinks and gratuities included, from just €1289 in February!

Visit Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai for your flight home.

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Family Holiday for October Mid Term in Lanzarote, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week, €2697

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Still searching for a family holiday for October mid term break? This deal to Lanzarote might do the trick.

With most families missing out on their annual overseas holiday this year, a family holiday for October mid term break will sound like a dream come true! With year round sunshine, great beaches and lots of facilities for children, Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years.
 

 

 
For fun family days out try the hugely popular Rancho Texas Park in Puerto del Carmen, or the waterparks in Costa Teguise or Playa Blanca. You can find lots more ideas in this post:

Read: Things to do with kids in Puerto del Carmen

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Rancho Texas Park

The resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca cater really well for children and have some great family friendly restaurants. You can also enjoy duty free shopping, with prices on average 20% less than at home. Find out why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island here.

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I found return flights to Lanzarote from €548 on the 24th of October, and there are plenty of accommodation options still available for a family holiday for October mid term break.

The popular Bitacora Club apartments are a good value choice in Puerto del Carmen, priced at just €525 for a family of four. 
 

 

 
The 4-star Labranda Alyssa Suite Hotel in Playa Blanca is offering suites from €1096 with breakfast and evening meal included. You can also choose to upgrade to all-inclusive – with all drinks and meals included from €1271, based on two adults and two children sharing.
 

 

 
Families of five can enjoy a two-bedroom apartment in the Fayna Apartments in Puerto del Carmen from €655, or enjoy a three-bedroom villa in Playa Blanca for €980. I have links to all of these below.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th September 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

A last minute deal to Greece, a Royal Caribbean cruise, and a family trip to Dubai feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have winter sun in Lanzarote, a city break to Venice, an early booking offer to the Algarve in July, a girls night away, and a family break between Christmas and New Year.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

the travel expert has the best travel deals to Zakynthos

Jet off to the beautiful island of Zakynthos this weekend, and stay at the popular Alykes Garden Village for just €308 per person – yes you read that right! Highly recommended on Tripadvisor, you can’t beat this price for a week in the sun. Price includes flights, apartment, return airport transfers and checked baggage for seven nights.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Girls night away in Ireland hotel

Due to popular demand, this exclusive offer from the Clayton Hotel Limerick is back for a second time. From a mere €80 per person you can enjoy a night away with breakfast, a 4-course à la carte dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae swimming pool, health and fitness centre.
 

 

 
This exclusive deal is valid right up to the end of the year, even on Friday nights. Price of €80pp is based on three sharing, and is aimed a ‘girls night away’, but you can of course bring your partner, mother etc. Price for two sharing is €95 per person. Supplements apply for Saturday night stays. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Beat the January blues with a week in Lanzarote for just €293. Aer Lingus’ Seat Sale is now on with return flights from just €120 per person on the 27th of January. I found a great deal to the Bitacora apartments in Puerto del Carmen for just €173 per person.
 

 

 
Alternatively choose the 5-star All Inclusive Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €577 (refundable rate), making a total stay here just €697 per person.

View flights here €120pp

View Bitacora €173pp

View Gran Castillo €577pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

family offer to Dubai in the travel experts best travel deals

Emirates holidays has a superb family offer in the 4-star Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts from 4th January – 30th September 2022. Enjoy a free upgrade from bed & breakfast to half board, as well as complimentary park tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts – home to Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks. 
 

 

 
I looked at the June bank holiday weekend and price for direct flights with Emirates to Dubai with 25kg checked baggage per person, and a seven night stay with breakfast, evening meal and park tickets included, is €3,645 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Offer is available throughout the year – price seven nights over Easter holidays is €4,529.

Read: Top tips for a family holiday to Dubai

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

irish hotel deals for families in wexford

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor  the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford is a super choice for families looking for a break between Christmas and New Year. There are two and three-bedroom apartments available, and all have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford.
 

 

 
Price is €360 for a two-bedroom apartment and €500 for a three-bedroom apartment, arriving on the 28th of December for two nights.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

See more here
 

 

 

Best city break:

City guide to Venice, best things to do, and where to stay

Now is the time to explore Venice – get there before the crowds arrive! Aer Lingus is offering great value airfares from just €39.99 each way in October, and there are super hotel deals available too.
 

 

 
Price for flights on the 19th of October and a four-night stay in the Hotel Dell’Opera is €362 per person. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, this hotel is located just five minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square.

Read: Venice travel guide – top things to do and where to stay

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €282pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The value on cruise holidays at the moment is second to none! Did you know you can cruise the Med for seven days on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas for just €899 in October? This amazing offer includes flights, 20kg checked baggage, all meals and entertainment on board, gratuities, and an upgrade to a neighbourhood balcony cabin!
 

 

 
Visit Barcelona, Palma, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home. I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship many years ago – you can read my review here. See this and lots more cruise offers here:

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Algarve beach

If you believe Michael O Leary’s comments this week, airfares for next summer are set to increase! If you you are in a position to book now, you can secure return flights to the Algarve from €152 in July.
 

 

 
The beachfront Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa near Albufeira is also offering early booking discounts, so you can secure a week in this popular holiday resort for just €510 per person on the 7th of July.

Search flights here €152pp

View hotel here €358pp 
 

 

 
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 – 31st August 2021

Best travel deals

This weeks best travel deals include a last minute sun holiday, city break and cruise deal, winter breaks, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

Last minute deals to Gran Canaria and Bordeaux, as well as a super Greek Isles cruise in September feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have staycations in Sligo and Wexford, a short post-Christmas ski trip, and early booking offers to Sorrento and Lanzarote for next summer.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

 

Best last minute holiday:

Puerto Mogan

Treat yourself to some five-star luxury and enjoy a week in Gran Canaria, staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan for just €579. This hotel is located close to the seafront in the pretty fishing village of Mogan.
 

 

 
There are two swimming pools, as well as a Spa and fitness centre with running track and climbing tower. This hotel has been on my wish list for some time, I have personally had great feedback from previous guests. 

This price is based on flying from Dublin on the 14th of September, and includes a seven-night stay with breakfast, in a superior room with balcony. This price is similar throughout September, so if this date does not suit, simply edit the search dates on the links below.

Search flights here €140pp 

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Special Offer at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

Looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank? This super deal of just €50 per person from the 4-star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford includes breakfast, as well as a bottle of Prosecco and chocolates in your room on arrival! I stayed here in July – this is fantastic value for an autumn break. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Always wanted to try skiing, but not sure if it is for you? This short post-Christmas break to France is the perfect way to try it, and beat the January blues at the same time!
 

 

 
Price of €366 per person includes flights, a four-night stay in the 4-star Le Belmount Arc 1800 apartments, 20kg checked in baggage and return airport transfers, departing January 4th.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had many requests from people asking about luxurious family hotels for next summer – it seems you want to make up for lost time! I found a great deal in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro in Lanzarote in July. This all-inclusive resort is hugely popular with Irish visitors and currently has a discount of €568 on the 17th of July.
 

 

 
Price of €3640 includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, and all meals and drinks throughout your stay, based on a family of four. The best part – you don’t need to pay in advance for the flights. As this is a package holiday so you only need a deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

View offer here 
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best hotels with large family rooms on the wild atlantic way.

Located close to one of the best beaches in Ireland, the Diamond Coast Hotel in Sligo is one of the most popular places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Families love its large family rooms, and it is a great choice for a staycation over the October mid term break. Price of €480 is based on a family of four for three nights, and includes breakfast too!

Read: 20 family staycations over the October mid term break

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Saint-Emilion close to Bordeaux in France
Saint-Emilion

Explore the wine lands and historic city of Bordeaux for just €203 per person. Ryanair is offering flights from just €26 return from Dublin to Bordeaux in September and October. I found a great deal in the highly rate StayCity apart-hotel which is located right in the heart of the city for just €354, making a three night stay just €207 per person including flights.

I have linked the 9th of October below but simply edit the search dates if this date doesn’t suit.

Search flights here 9th October €30pp

View hotel here €177pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

Cruise the Greek Islands on Norwegian Jade this September from just €788! Set sail from Athens on September 26th and visit Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, Olympia and Santorini, before returning to Athens for your flight home.
 

 

 
This amazing cruise deal includes flights and a seven-night cruise with meals and entertainment included. For an extra €99 you can avail of an unlimited drinks package as well as WiFi or two speciality dining meals. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: 

The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi and more

Secure a week on the Amalfi Coast next summer with this super deal to the 4-star Hotel Prestige. Flights to Naples are available from €69 return in June, and a seven-night stay with breakfast is just €425 per person, making the total cost just €494 per person for a one-week holiday in Sorrento on the 8th of June.

The Prestige Hotel is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice Award Winner this year. Read my ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast for more ideas on where to stay and which resorts to visit.
 
Search flights here 8th June €69pp

View hotel here €425pp
 

 

 
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 – 17th August 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include last minute holidays to Italy and Greece, family deals at home and abroad for the October mid term break, a luxury cruise, and a girls weekend in Marbella.

It is great to see so many people travelling overseas again, but for those who haven’t booked a holiday yet, hopefully you will find something in this weeks Best Travel Deals post to tempt you.
 

 

 
I have last minute deals to Sorrento and Belfast, amazing value to Zakynthos in September, a Celebrity cruise, winter sun in Lanzarote, family holidays to PortAventura and Clare during the October mid term break, and a girls weekend in Marbella for next summer.  
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

last minute deal to the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Ryanair is having a Flash Sale to Italy, with airfares from €19.99 each way. Book by 20th August for travel from 17th August – 31st October 2021. I found flights into Naples on the 28th of August for just €83 return, and a seven night stay in the 4-star Hotel Cristina in Sorrento is just €504 including breakfast.
 

 

 
Located just 700 metres from the beach and within walking distance of the town centre, this is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor.

Search flights here €83pp

View hotel here €504pp
 

 

 

Best last minute staycation: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay in the heart of Belfast city this weekend. Stay at the highly rated Maldron Hotel ( rated 5 out of 55 hotels in Belfast on TripAdvisor ), which is located just 500 metres from the popular Cathedral Quarter and within walking distance of Belfast’s top attractions. Price is just €58pp for an overnight stay this Sunday.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best september sun:

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

Gran some September sunshine in the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Greece. Visit the world famous Shipwreck beach, take a boat trip to see the Loggerhead turtles, and enjoy some delicious Greek food. I found a great deal to the highly rated Danny apartments for just €330 on the 19th of September.
 

 

 
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven night stay in this gorgeous island – this is less than half price!!

See more here
 

 

 

Best family holiday

Best travel deals to PortAventura theme park

Treat the kids to a short break in Salou over the October mid term break. Visit one of Europe’e best theme parks, PortAventura, explore the vibrant city of Barcelona, or chill out at the hotel’s indoor or outdoor pool.
 

 

 
Price for flights, a four-night stay at the highly rated Villa Romana hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, and two-day park passes to PortAventura and Ferrari Land is just €1496, based on two adults and two children sharing.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit PortAventura

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Best family staycation

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a two-night break in the Falls Hotel in Clare for just €377 during the October midterm break. Price includes bed and breakfast in a family room, and an evening meal on the night of your choice – kids eat free from the kids menu. Price is based on the 26th of October arrival, but other dates are available.  

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Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fancy some winter sun? Spend a week in Lanzarote for only €309 on the 30th of November! Price includes flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Bitacora apartments in Puerto del Carmen. Want to go All-Inclusive? The 5-star Dream Gran Castillo Villa Tagoro is just €677 for seven nights, including flights.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise deal:

Search The Travel Expert for the best travel deals, including cruise deals.

The term ‘best cruise deal’ is very apt considering this cruise ship is one of the most luxurious cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean right now. Treat yourself to a five star all-inclusive cruise on Celebrity Apex, with mouth watering food and unlimited drinks on board, return flights, 20kg checked in baggage, return transfers, tips, port taxes & all ship entertainment, all for €1750 per person.
 

 

 
Set sail from Athens on the 5th of September and visit Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos and Dubrovnik before returning to Athens for your return flight home.

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Best early booking offer:

Search The Travel Expert for the best travel deals for a girls weekend away.

Missing your girly getaways? I think it is time to bring back one of my most popular Best Travel Deals! Plan ahead and secure a weekend in Marbella for just €288 next May. Price includes flights and a three-night stay at the highly rated Princesa Playa apartments. This is one of my most popular Best Travel Deals 

See more 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.

 

Sarah

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Summer Family Breaks in Wexford at Riverside Park Hotel, 2ad & 2ch From €395

Riverside Park Hotel

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.

The Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club is always a popular choice for family breaks in Ireland. The spacious family rooms and family-friendly facilities receive excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and it has continuously been a Travellers Choice winner. I visited a few years ago and was delighted when they got in touch and asked me to showcase their latest family breaks in Wexford this year.

Special offer at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

The Riverside Park Hotel has a super selection of family breaks and I love how much is included in their packages. Two-night stays are available during the summer from €369 for 2 adults and 1 child, €395 for 2 adults and 2 children and €509 for 2 adults and 3 children.  

All of the following are included in their summer breaks:

  • 4-Course meal for all the family on the evening of your choice
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Family Activity Pass to one of Wexford’s family attractions – see more details below
  • Ice cream treat for kids on arrival
  • Full access to swimming pool and Leisure Club

Check prices here
 

 

 
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 designed

superior family room at Riverside Park Hotel

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.

superior family rooms at Riverside Park Hotel

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. 

Some of the rooms can accommodate four children, and interconnecting rooms are also available – please call hotel directly to book these.
 

 

 

2. There are lots of family-friendly facilities, including a Kids Club

swimming pool at the Riverside Park Hotel

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 will be on every evening from 6pm – 10pm during summer holidays. Children of all ages are welcome, once they are potty trained. There is small charge of €6 for dinner and €6 for club but children are welcome to come to the club without dinner.  

There is also a great playground beside the hotel with climbing frames, slides, swings, and a zip wire. Alex and her pal had a great time playing here last summer.

playground beside Riverside Park Hotel
 

 

 

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. Children’s meals included in this offer are standard child-size portions but if, like me, you have a hungry teenager, you can order adult-size portions for an additional €12 extra per person.

family dining at Riverside Park Hotel

A new addition to the hotel last year was the Riverside Coffee Hub which is located outside the hotel overlooking the river and beside the playground, with picnic tables to enjoy coffee, crepes, waffles to name a few of the home baked treats.
 

 

 

4. Location, location, location

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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.
 

 

 

5. Wexford is full of top class family attractions

We enjoyed family breaks in Wexford on a few occasions – it is a super choice 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 two of my own favourite family attractions, Wells House and Gardens and Irish National Heritage Park.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Wells House and Gardens is one of those rare treats that is equally appealing to young and old. The Gruffalo Walk, Enchanted Woodland Walk and Fairy Trail are superb, and there are interactive animal experiences (extra charge) with meerkats, racoons and tortoise. 

The Gruffalo Walk is one of the best things to do in Wexford with kids
Wells House and Gardens

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. There are Crannogs and Ringfort as well as the organised activities.

The National Heritage Park and Wells Gardens are two of the attractions that is included with your family break at Riverside Park Hotel.

top things to do in Wexford with kids - visit National Heritage Park

Family break at the Riverside Hotel include a family pass to one of the following:

  • National Irish Heritage Park
  • Secret Valley Wildlife Park
  • Wells Gardens
  • Johnstown Castle Estate
  • Blackwater Open Farm
  • Leisure Max Wexford – Play Centre for 1hr 15mins and 1 free go on the go karts & free tea or coffee for Mam & Dad

Read:  Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids
 

 

 

Summer Holiday Family Offers : 

There are many family breaks available at the Riverside Park Hotel, 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 for two-night family breaks below, but there are many more dates and durations available on their website.

family breaks in Wexford at the Riverside Park Hotel 

Prices for two-night stays in June from:

  • €369 for 2 adults and 1 child 
  • €395 for 2 adults and 2 children
  • €509 for 2 adults and 3 children – superior family room

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

  • €449 for 2 adults and 1 child 
  • €475 for 2 adults and 2 children
  • €589 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

 
Holidays in Ireland

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.

camping in Ireland, Achill

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.

camping holidays

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

 

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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 family holidays with teenagers can be tricky. Depending on their age, they might be going through mood swings, and will probably have their phones surgically attached to their fingers 24/7. However, they may 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 you will all be holidaying together is diminishing year by year. Make sure these remaining family holidays with teenagers are good ones.

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There are a few things to consider when planning 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, get a tan and enjoy good WiFi, a gym or sports facilities can also be important.
 

 

 
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 destinations that tick all boxes for family holidays with teenagers and if your budget allows, this may be  a good time to tick off a holiday destination off your bucket list.

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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.
 

 

 

Foolproof destinations for holidays with teenagers:

Orlando:

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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.

I could say the same for Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Pandora – The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World.
 

 

 
Almost all 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 outlet shopping and fussy eaters don’t need to worry, there are food courts everywhere!

Orlando is one of my top choices for holidays with teenagers.

Read: How to plan a trip to Orlando in 10 easy steps

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

 

 
Dubai

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dubai is another superb holiday destination for families with teenagers. With year round sunshine, stunning beaches and so much to see and do for all the family – it ticks all boxes. 

Kids and teens of all ages will love  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 – don’t miss it! 

Read: The best family activities in Dubai
 

 

 

Sun holidays with teenagers

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The annual summer 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.

Good WiFi or free roaming 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. Check reviews from previous guests on Tripadvisor, and remember having WiFi and having good WiFi are two different things….

A swimming 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 want a gym.
 

 

 
If your teenager is happy to mix with other teens, a teen club can be an added bonus. 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 can be welcome too.

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: My Top Waterpark holidays

Read: Top 10 family holidays in Greece
 

 

 

Luxury activity based holidays with teenagers 

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Making a fire at Bear Grylls camp

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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. Book TukTuk tours instead of Bus Tours, and look up Viator and GetYourGuide for unique experiences like the Vespa Tour in Rome.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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. They will also have the opportunity to try snowboarding and maybe even tobogganing, depending on ski resort you choose. 

Read: Top 10 tips for family skiing holidays
 

 

 

Road trips with teenagers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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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 movies downloaded so that the kids can watch movies while you drive. 

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. The combination of  great beaches, a superb city, adventure sports and terrific Game Reserves – South Africa has it all. 

Read: Our California road trip

Read: Biking the Golden Gate bridge

Read: How to plan the perfect South African road trip
 

 

 

Cruise holidays with teenagers

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Cruise holidays are one of the best choices for 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.
 

 

 
Most family cruise ships 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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Family Break in Copenhagen for New Year, 30th December, 3 Nights, €1209

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Enjoy a post 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 30th 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.

 
Search flights here 30th December – 2nd January €159pp

Search flights here Family Room €573
 

 

 
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Sarah

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