Home & Away: Easter getaways for all the family

by Sylvia Pownall

Whether you opt for home or away there’s plenty of family fun to be had this Easter. It’s the perfect time to get away for a spring break with the kids as the weather improves and the days lengthen.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa (www.inchydoneyisland.com) in Cork overlooks two impressive stretches of Blue Flag beach.

If weather prevents a spot of kite flying or sand castle building, the seawater therapy room, snooker room and dedicated children’s lounge will keep you occupied.
Their Easter package offers two nights for €460 for a family of two adults and two children sharing a family room including breakfast both mornings, an Easter egg hunt and a ‘cooking with chef’ afternoon for the kids.

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel (www.ballynahinch-castle.com) overlooks the river and resembles a fairytale castle in the woods.
There is no end to the activities on offer, from guided adventure walks through the woods to fishing on the lake, meeting the resident chickens, ponies and pigs and fun-filled art competitions.

Their Easter package (from €580) includes two nights’ accommodation for two adults and two children with breakfast each morning, and plenty of chocolate treats.
Spring magic doesn’t get much better than at the Ice House in County Mayo (www.theicehouse.ie) which overlooks the River Moy on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The Easter Egg hunt is not just for kids – chocolate treats are carefully hidden in each bedroom ready to be discovered on check in.
Easter packages start from €279 per person sharing for a two-night stay and includes accommodation, breakfast on both mornings and dinner on the evening of your choice.

If you’re a cycling enthusiast then the four-star Knockranny House Hotel (www.KnockrannyHouseHotel.ie) is the ideal base for a pedal along the 42km Great Western Greenway.

Traffic free and suitable for people of all cycling and walking abilities, the track runs along the old Westport to Achill railway, perfectly restored for cycling and walking enthusiasts to enjoy.

Afterwards why not soothe your aching limbs in Spa Salveo’s Vitality Pool and Thermal Suite or enjoy a blissful treatment.

The Wabbit on Wheels package is available in a classic room from €208 per person sharing for Easter weekend and from €168 per person sharing midweek.

If you fancy a short hop then Cliff at Lyons (www.cliffatlyons.ie) is a stunningly restored eighteenth century village in an idyllic rural setting just 30 minutes from Dublin city centre.
The Georgian buildings in Celbridge, Co Kildare have been stylishly restored and Easter activities include parent and child chocolate workshops and cookery classes as well as an egg hunt, face painting, arts and crafts and egg pinata.

Easter overnight at Cliff at Lyons costs €259 per room per night, with room supplements applying for children 12 years and older.

Two nights’ accommodation over the mid-term includes breakfast in the Orangery each morning, three-course dinner for two in Trellis, and a two-night stay at Cliff at Lyons from March 31 to April 5 costs from €468 per stay, with children 12 years and over attracting a €20 supplement each B&B per night.

If you fancy opening your Easter eggs abroad this year then GoHop has some cracking deals for catching some early sunshine.

Spend four nights in the 4-star Pestana Palm Gardens, Albufeira from only €140per person.
Price includes return flights from Dublin, four nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis, taxes and charges. Travel: 8 April 2018.
Or how about four nights in the four-star Alicante Hills from just €207 per person sharing.

Travelling on April 9, prices include flights, taxes and are on a room-only basis.
If Majorca is on your radar then you can spend seven nights in the four-star Rosa del Mar &

Spa, Palma, from just €216 per person.
Price includes return flights from Dublin, taxes and charges, self-catering basis travelling on April 7.

Nice has a cosmpolitan Riviera vibe, and you’ll enjoy exploring its fashionable boutiques and restaurants and sunning yourself on its popular beaches.

France beckons with an offer of four nights in the four-star Hotel Apogia, Nice, from just €225 per person sharing.
(Flights, self-catering, taxes and charges, travel April 6).
Offers subject to availability. For more information or to book visit www.GoHop.ie or call the experts on 01-2412389.


The Ice House in County Mayo



Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in Cork

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