NOT many hotels cater for guests of all ages as well as Kelly’s Resort in Wexford, but these guys are experts at looking after all generations.
Located on a stunning stretch of Rosslare Strand, this family-run business has guests returning year on year, such is the depth of feeling for the hotel.
We hit the jackpot on the weekend when we stayed there recently with our 21-month-old, and the sun shone most of the time we were there.
However, had that not been the case, we would have been overwhelmed with the amount of things to do and on offer within the resort’s grounds.
For our little one, there was Aqua Club, a supervised playroom, a pirate ship, a kiddies’ disco and that all-important sandy beach.
For mum and dad there is a babysitting facility, allowing parents to eat with other grown-ups in the lovely Beaches restaurant.
However, we stuck to the Ivy Room restaurant, which allowed us to dine with our nipper and other families with children.
Dining at Kelly’s is great, because there is plenty of food, served in a relaxed environment. Lunches are buffet-style in the Ivy Room, and you can go back for more.
An a la carte menu is available in Beaches, however, and residents without kids tend to stick to that.
Our room overlooked the lush gardens and out onto the sea. This was a treat, as I got to watch the sun rise both mornings – the upside of having an early riser!
We made good use of the facilities, especially the spa and pool area. I went for a treatment in SeaSpa, which included use of the thermal suite.
This has an array of different rooms offering all sorts of health benefits. The suite includes a laconium room, a salt-infused steam room, sauna, plunge pool and an outdoor/indoor Vitality Seawater pool.
After sampling all the rooms, I had an appointment with Sheila, who was an absolutely brilliant therapist.
I had a deep tissue back massage and a facial, but there are many treatments on offer, for all ages, and I would highly recommend trying it out.
We also made use of the smaller baby pool in order to teach our son to swim – or at least to get used to the water.
He took to it like a duck and is now booked in for lessons back home.
As you would expect, a good bit of fish features on the menu, and rightly so, from Ballycotton prawns to Kilmore Quay crab.
Kelly’s are famed for their wine cellar and there is a huge variety and choice on offer.
The hotel has a long-standing reputation for excellence in service, and it certainly lived up to that. We felt at home, and relaxed throughout.
For further information on Kelly’s Resort, see www.kellys.ie.