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Win A Trip To See Santa in Fota Island Resort, With an Overnight Stay & Dinner Included!

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With less than 30 days to Christmas, its time to book your visit to Santa…

 

….And I have just the prize for a lucky family of four! Dinner, bed and breakfast with that all important Santa experience at Seek at Fota Island Resort, on December 14th!

My family and I visited Santa at Fota Island Resort last year and loved it. So to celebrate the launch of BESTSANTAVISITS.COM, the lovely people at Fota have given me a cracking prize for a lucky family of four! Simply click on the button below to visit my new website, register and comment about a previous Santa visit. I want as many people as possible to comment on previous Santa visits, to help others and you, book the best place to visit Santa this year! My aim is that is will be the tripadvisor for Santa visits – so in the long run, you are helping yourself by commenting 😉. Please say why you did, or didn’t like your experience, so it will help others plan theirs. Just comment with 20 words or more and you will be entered into the competition to win this terrific prize.

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visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

WHAT DO YOU WIN?

On December 14th, you will check into Fota Island Resort to include the all important Santa experience, Seek at Fota Island Resort. You will then have one overnight stay in one of their luxury lodges, including breakfast and evening meal too. We stayed in these lodges during a summer visit to Fota and they are superb.

 

This years Santa experience at Fota Island Resort is called Seek and it runs from the 24th of November to the 23rd of December this year, with individual ticket prices costing from €10.50 per adult and from €15.50 per child, depending on dates and times, with children under one going free. Tickets are now available on www.fotaseek.ie  If you are wondering what to expect from Seek, check out the short video of our visit to to see Santa at Fota Island Resort last year.

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Terms & conditions:
  1. The winner must be available to stay at Fota Resort on the night of the December 14th.
  2. Bed and Breakfast and one evening meal are covered, any additional expense incurred is the responsibility of the prize winners.
  3. No spending money, no cash alternative, non-transferable prize.
  4. You must comment with 20 words or more on one of the forums in BestSantaVisits.com 
  5. Winner will be chosen on November 30th.
  6. Judges decision is final.
  7. By entering this competition you will automatically receive a request to join The Travel Expert’s newsletter. You can then decide if you want to opt-in to receive my weekly newsletters featuring all my latest posts and best travel deals.

 

Best of luck!

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

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Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

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Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort was a wonderful experience.  We walked in a winter wonderland, met Santa, Mrs Claus, the Ice Queen, Donner and Blitzen – and we even got a new family pet!

 

With Santa ‘Experiences’ popping up all over the country, it can be hard to know which one to choose. Since we visited Lapland a few years ago, I have tried to make sure that each year our visit to Santa is a special one. Last year we visited Santa at Aillwee Cave and that was great, but we were really disappointed with Airfield Farm the previous year. I like Santa experiences to last a little longer than a quick visit to Arnotts. I want it to be a Santa visit that my kids will remember, with hopefully a little magic thrown in! I asked people on my Facebook page what were their favourite Santa Experiences and visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort cropped up time and time again. It has also been voted best Santa Experience in Ireland by Primary Times readers and attracts over 50,000 people each year. I had to see if it lived up to the hype!

We had stayed in Fota Island Resort in the summer time and loved it, so I knew the kids would love to go back. The hotel is located only a few minutes drive from Fota Wildlife Park and has excellent family facilities, including a kids play room and an indoor swimming pool. Although technically a five star resort, the hotel has a family atmosphere where kids can play happily throughout the hotel, so it doesn’t feel like a typical five star hotel.

The hot chocolates in the bar are a big hit as they come with a large chocolate on a stick and hot milk, so kids could make their own. However the bar service and dining can be a bit hit and miss, as it is so busy. In fact, I would go so far as to say, I wouldn’t recommend you stay in December if you didn’t have kids!

visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

Fota Island Resort is only a two and a half hour drive from Dublin, and is easily accessible from most parts of the country, making it an ideal option for a quick night away. We left Dublin at midday and arrived just in time for some lunch in the bar, before checking in at 3pm. The rooms are modern, spacious, can hold two adults and two children, and are perfect for a short stay.

Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

If you are staying longer I would recommend you stay in the cottages. We stayed here in the summer time and loved them – you can read all about our visit here.  When we arrived to our room we noticed two large teddy bears, both called ‘Bea’, a treat that is given to all children staying in Fota Island Resort. Bea was a big hit, especially with Alex, my daughter, Bea didn’t leave her side for the entire trip. In fact we are home three weeks now and she still sleeps with her each night. This set the tone for the trip, Christmas magic was beginning to unfold…

We booked the Santa Experience for 6.30pm, hoping to see the forest lit up at night time. We were not disappointed.  We walked out of the hotel at 6.20pm and there were fairy lights and snowy trees everywhere. There was a carousel in the centre of the village and numerous Christmas stalls, selling hot chocolate, Christmas decorations and even pizza – we were in Winter wonderland!

After a quick wander around we checked in at the meeting point to see Santa. The whole experience ran like clockwork, there were no queues at any time. We were met by one of Santa’s elves and brought through the snowy elf village, straight to see the main man in Santa’s grotto.

Santa had a large physique and long white beard, he looked just as we had hoped. He greeted us all enthusiastically and knew all about Luke and Alex, and what they had on their Christmas lists. He commended Alex for doing well at camogie this year and Luke for getting on better in school. We got the obligatory family photo, some substantial presents and eventually said our goodbyes.

You have to pay an additional €10 if you want a family photo, but you are also welcome to take as many photos as you like with your own camera. When we left Santa we were able to choose the best photo from eight different shots that were taken and we were given a framed photograph, which I thought was excellent value for €10.

Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

After our Santa visit, we popped in to say hello to the reindeers, Donner and Blitzen, who have taken up residency at Fota this year. We also had a chat with Mrs Claus, who kindly gave us some reindeer food to leave out on Christmas Eve. We then walked through the snowy forest, down Candy Cane Lane before going down two large slides which brought us to the Magic Mineshaft…

We stepped inside the mineshaft and were greeted by two elves who told us we were going underground to the Snow Kingdom. This was extremely well done and the kids were sure we were going down in an underground lift. We stepped outside and entered the Fairy tunnel which was lined with ice covered walls and moving icicles. Another friendly elf greeted us and guided us through the tunnel and into the Snow Kingdom, which was full of activities for all the family.

Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

Alex learned to ride a sleigh and got her drivers license to prove it! We got photos with the Ice Queen at the Ice Palace, had fun playing in the elf tunnels and ball pits, while Luke loved the free ice cream! You can also post letters and spend as long as you like in the Snow Kingdom. We stayed about a half hour, making the whole Fota Beyond experience about 70 minutes, but you could easily spend longer. The way the experience was organised, seeing Santa first, meant that you could spend as long as you wanted in the village and Snow Kingdom. 

When we left Fota Beyond, we strolled back to the hotel, just in time for dinner in the Fota Restaurant.  The timing was perfect. We were able to chat all about the experience over a nice meal,  it was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

The next morning we went to Fota Wildlife Park and tried the VIP family experience. We got up close to lots of animals and learned all about the Wildlife Park’s conservation project. The highlight for my son was feeding the giraffes, penguins and monkeys! What a way to end a fabulous 24 hours!

The Fota Beyond experience is the best Santa experience we have been to in Ireland, and I would highly recommend staying over-night in the hotel to prolong the magic. The hotel is decorated beautifully at Christmas time and has a wonderful family atmosphere. The addition of Bea, our new family ‘pet’, will ensure that this experience is remembered for many years to come.

visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort

Each year the woods at Fota Island Resort are transformed into a Christmas village with a different Santa experience, so visiting Santa at Fota Island Resort is unique each year. Wonder is the Santa experience for 2019 and you can read all about that here.

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 

 

Note: Fota Island Resort gave me a complimentary stay but all views, as always, are my own.

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