Ireland is a great destination for families, filled with castles, legends of leprechauns, and friendly people ready to make all ages feel welcome. Like most countries in Europe, Ireland has a good selection of hotels with kids clubs to keep children entertained while their parents take advantage of more mature pursuits like a round of golf or a hot stone massage. The clubs are also a great way for kids to make new friends and take home not only memories and souvenirs but perhaps a pen pal as well.
The Kildare Hotel, Spa, and Country Club
The family friendly Kildare Hotel is a sprawling, bucolic 550-acre resort filled with activities for all ages. While adults are relaxing in the spa, fly fishing, or horseback riding, children can enjoy the country hotel's K club, entertained by a professional staff. In addition to a fun program and playground, fly fishing lessons, swimming lessons, and outings can be arranged for the little ones.
Dingle Skellig Hotel and Peninsula Spa
Located on the peaceful Western coast of Ireland in County Kerry, the Dingle Skellig Hotel offers a children's program, dubbed the Fungi Kids' Club, free of charge to hotel guests. An exciting daily schedule includes activities like arts and crafts, pool games, and face painting in addition to field trips in the surrounding area at a small additional charge. The Dingle Skellig was chosen by popular Irish website 4kids.ie as one of the Top 10 Hotels for Families in Ireland 2010.
Located just outside the town of Wexford, this modern family hotel includes a gym, spa, and pool. Children can enjoy free care at the Crazy Clubbers, take Kid Zone Activity classes, or try swim lessons. Even the littlest guests can use the Baby Clubbers room while their parents are working out or getting a massage.
Kenmare Bay Hotel and Resort
Kenmare Bay Hotel, near Killarney, treats families to a great experience in Ireland. Not only do children under 12 stay free, they also have a Kids Club, Outdoor camps, supervised pool times, and even a kids corner in the restaurant with games and DVDs to keep the children entertained while you eat. Kenmare Bay was also named one of the Top 10 Hotels for Families in Ireland 2010 by 4kids.ie.
Tullamore Court Hotel
Running during Irish school holidays and Bank Holidays, the Irish term for three-day weekends, Tullamore Court Hotel's Harry the Hedgehog Club opens its doors free of charge to hotel guests. Kids four to twelve can enjoy games, sports activities, and films while their younger siblings are taken care of in the hotel's nursery, called the Creche.
Greenhills Hotel Limerick
Greenhills Hotel in Limerick is the perfect place for families to enjoy a relaxing weekend. During the day, an outing to Limerick, a dip in the pool, or a game of tennis can be enjoyed together. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the hotel's Kids Club offers activities and movies so parents can enjoy a romantic dinner alone.
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