The latest child-friendly deals and holiday-hero hotels right on your doorstep with no flights required…

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Hodson Bay Group: Four-Star Summer Excellence

With three luxurious hotels, two fantastic destinations and one award-winning group, the family owned Hodson Bay Group have your summer break all taken care of.

Each hotel is ideally located for a range of staycations; lakeside, seaside and town centre respectively. The Hodson Bay Hotel(2B1D from £375 per family)is located on the shores of Lough Ree with stunning lake views offering the perfect opportunity for lakeside activities such as Viking cruises and fishing. Baysports, which includes Ireland’s largest inflatable waterpark, also offers sailing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The Galway Bay Hotel (2B1D from £500 per family) is based on Galway’s promenade, on the Wild Atlantic Way route overlooking Galway Bay and the Clare hills – ideal for a leisurely walk on the beach or promenade and just a short distance from the vibrant city of Galway. The Sheraton Athlone Hotel  (2B1D from £360 per family) is in the heart of bustling Athlone, overlooking the majestic river Shannon and Lough Ree and is adjacent to Athlone town centre – a shopper’s paradise – and ideal for those looking to absorb the history, vitality and charm of Athlone.

All three hotels are family friendly and know only too well that a family holiday is about spending quality time together and creating lasting memories. For the little ones, each hotel has a kids’ camp jam-packed with energetic games and fun-filled activities to make sure little VIP’s are kept entertained. Not forgetting mums and dads and those on a romantic getaway or girlie weekend, all three hotels offer a range of pampering facilities. ‘The Spa at Hodson Bay’ is a haven, complete with a range of wet and dry treatments, thermal suite and relaxation room – there is even a hairdresser based on the grounds of the hotel.

Likewise, the ‘Sirana Spa’ at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel offers a rich choice of beneficial treatments, serenity area, relaxation space and tepidarium. Galway Bay Hotel has recently refurbished its beauty rooms and ‘Cuan Atlantic Beauty’ offers a range of beauty treatments. Enjoy extensive leisure facilities at all three properties including swimming pools, bubble pools and gyms. In addition, they offer a discount exclusive booklet which guests can redeem against a host of local attractions; from bike hire and water sports, to pet farms and historic sites – perfect for any age. Be it a family break, romantic getaway or a catch up with friends, the Hodson Bay Hotel, Galway Bay Hotel and Sheraton Athlone Hotel offer a wide range of food and beverage options, fantastic on-site facilities and endless attractions for all ages. Whatever your ideal break… They have it all taken care of.

Destination Westport? Choose Westport Woods Hotel & Spa

If you’re looking for the perfect family holiday, then the Go Kids! Club in the Westport Woods Hotel is designed especially for you. Your children will love it and – just as importantly – so will you. The club is designed for the enjoyment of kids and the peace of mind of parents. So, while your children are having a blast in the club, you’re free to enjoy the gym, pool, sauna, or just sink into a couch in the lobby with the newspaper and a fresh cup of coffee.

If you and your family fancy venturing further afield, you can choose from Westport House with it’s fabulous Pirates Adventure Park, the Wild Atlantic Way, a pony beach trek along one of Mayo’s wonderful beaches, or simply explore the shops and cafes in the town.

With Westport as your destination, and the Westport Woods Hotel as your home from home, you will create memories that you can treasure for many years to come. Three nights B&B with dinner on two evenings, leisure club access and free Go Kids Club! Just €499* 2 adults and 2 children (*subject to availability).
Tel: 00 353 (0) 9825 811 or visit


Talbot Hotel Stillorgan: The Perfect Summer Haven For Families.

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues… Quite like a visit to the fabulous Talbot Hotel Stillorgan!

Great value getaway packages, excellent service and amenities and endless local attractions in the nearby capital city, the four-star Talbot Hotel Stillorgan is the perfect summer haven for families. Situated just 10 minutes from all that Dublin has to offer, the hotel stands in a prime location with frequent transport links to the bustling city centre on the doorstep, as well as complimentary car parking on site for residents. Talbot Hotel Stillorgan now boasts stylish and contemporary guestrooms and the quirky Brass Bar, with its eye-catching fixtures and fittings, is a hit with guests and locals alike, serving lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan has special summer packages to suit a variety of desires and preferences. Bus routes that operate from outside the doors of the Talbot Hotel Stillorgan will whisk you to the centre of Dublin’s fair city where endless attractions and activities await. For further details on your perfect summer getaway at the four-star Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, visit 

From €420* for 2 nights B&B (*2 adults and 2 children subject to availability). For bookings and reservations, email or call Tel 00353 (0)1 2001 800.

Great National Hotel Ballina: A Perfect Base to Explore the Gems of North Mayo

Four-star luxury in the West of Ireland, the Great National Hotel Ballina is situated just five minutes from the beautiful town of Ballina, easily accessible by rail and bus and the perfect base from which to explore the undiscovered gems of the North Mayo region. Mayo is Ireland’s premier adventure holiday destination for activities such as walking, cycling, water-based activities, golf, equestrian, Wild Atlantic Way, fishing, sailing and visitor centres.

The hotel boasts 87 bedrooms and full leisure facilities – including a 20-metre swimming pool and the Beauty Spot Spa. Not forgetting the little ones, the Great Fun Club (open during school holidays) provides fun-filled activities for children throughout the duration of their stay. All kids receive a Great Fun Club super-dooper goody bag which includes a branded Great Fun Club T-shirt.

Packages from £89 B&B. For further details on any of the breaks log onto or call Tel: 00 353 (0) 9623 600.


The Roe Park Resort: Make Magical Family Memories

The Roe Park Resort is Northern Ireland’s premier family-friendly golf and spa resort. Overlooking its own stunning 18-hole golf course and set amidst the gorgeous surroundings of the Roe Valley Country Park, this four-star luxury hotel boasts 118 stylish en-suite rooms which blend the charm of a country house estate with modern luxuries for you and your family.

All the rooms and suites have been beautifully decorated to complement the original building and offer fabulous views of either the golf course or courtyard garden. Together they provide the perfect setting to unwind after a busy day seeing the sights of the Causeway Coast, Benone Strand, playing a few holes of golf or pampering yourself in the Elemis Spa. Make family memories in the health club with indoor-heated leisure pool, kids’ pool, steam room, jacuzzi, sauna and gym and enjoy an evening meal in the Coach House Brasserie as well as kids’ entertainment every Wednesday evening throughout July and August.

Summer offers include 1 night B&B from £49.50pps, Dine & Stay 1 night B&B and evening meal from £74.50pps or Two Night Escape 2 nights B&B with an evening meal from £114 pps. Kids under 4 stay free, children aged 5-12 stay £15 B&B. Family suites and interconnecting rooms available. All offers include access to Health Club with indoor-heated swimming pool, steam room, jacuzzi and gym. Tel: 028 7772 2222 or Visit


Nadia Duncan

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