It's hard to believe midterm is just around the corner, it only seems like yesterday we were enjoying the warmer climes of summer – how nice is it to be able to say that this year! If the dark mornings and wet afternoons have you craving some family r'n'r there are a number of hotels around the country offering some special family breaks away over Halloween. Check out some of our top picks!
Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
Who knows what ghostly tales might lurk in the dramatic ruins of an 800 year old castle? Why not take the family on a bewitching break to find out this Halloween at Castlemartyr.
The stunning five-star resort, with castle ruins on site, is offering two nights enchanting accommodation in one of the luxurious family rooms, a delicious full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner for the family on one evening in our new Italian casual restaurant, Franchini’s, on the evening of your choice, and a spooky treat for the kids on arrival.
There will be plenty of fun and games for the children over the midterm period (28th October – 3rd November) that is sure to give them a scream, while the adults can escape to the spectacular 24,400-square foot wellness, spa and fitness centre where the wrap-around glass frontage surrounding the 20 metre swimming pool and Water Room gives unbeatable views out over the country estate.
The family Halloween break is available from €220 per night (based on a two night package).
T: 021 421 9000
The Twelve Hotel, Galway
Enjoy some mid-term fun as you travel to Galway for a three night stay with your very own tribe at the multi award winning Twelve Hotel. This midterm a family of four can enjoy a break in the stylish and child-friendly hotel in the charming village of Bearna, just a ten minute drive from Galway’s bustling city-centre. Two adults and two children under 12 can enjoy three nights in a Marvellous Family Suite that includes all the ingredients to make a fabulous family break including: a microwave for bottles and snacks, a trendy cocktail bar for Mum and Dad to mix-up a celebratory drink and two generous televisions with DVDs, guaranteed to eliminate sibling squabbles! Breakfast each morning is cooked to order and you can all tuck into a delicious evening meal on the night of your choice in the award-winning Pins Bistro- Ireland’s number one Gastro Bar. There’s also a dining experience in the acclaimed West restaurant for Mum and Dad on another evening of their choice while the children are kept entertained with an in-room babysitter, pizza, popcorn and a library of DVDs to choose from.
That’s full tummies taken care of, now for the entertainment…your break will include a family pass to the local attraction of your choice: Brigit’s Garden; Kylemore Abbey and Gardens; the National Aquarium of Ireland in Salthill or the Dan O’Hara Farmhouse and Heritage Centre. The Twelve Hotel’s mid-term family break is available to book now for just €670 all in per family and, if you want to extend the fun, you can avail of a €130 special bed and breakfast rate to add a fourth night.
The Twelve Hotel,
T: 091 597000
Lisloughrey Lodge, Mayo
Make no bones about it, this bewitching Halloween family break at the stunning Lisloughrey Lodge in Cong, County Mayo will keep your little monsters thoroughly entertained and give you time to relax in truly beautiful surroundings.
The Bewitched package is available for families of four (two adults, two children) from 28th October – 1st November and includes luxury family accommodation in a Duplex Suite with breakfast each morning and a delicious three course dining experience on one evening in Wilde’s Restaurant.
You will also enjoy a boat cruise on Lough Corrib one morning around the island’s forest park where you can experience the scenery as the mist and fog over the Lough clears – eerily beautiful!
Throughout your stay, your little horrors will be spoilt for choice of spooky activities in the hotel’s Skeleton Club, open for kids each morning and evening, including; scary movie evenings, Halloween games, ghost story telling, and on Halloween night there will be a spooktacular Halloween Party with trick or treating with Halloween games.
Bewitched at Lisloughrey Lodge is available from €420 for a family of two adults and two children under 12 years.
T: 094 954 5400
Step House Hotel, Carlow
Enjoy a little luxury with a family break at the Step House Hotel. There offer includes two nights of luxury family accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening in the 1808 for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years of age. Adults enjoy a 3 course meal with tea & coffee with the full choice from there gourmet menu and children choose 3 courses from there healthy options Children's Menu.
Babysitters can be arranged so you can enjoy time out in either the Cellar Restaurant or the 1808. This package rate is based on a family of 2 adults & up to 2 children (under 12 years of age), sharing an interconnecting room.
Step House Hotel,
059 977 3209
The Bridge House Hotel, Offaly
Calling all budding Cian O’Connors or Black Beauty lovers this October! Enjoy two nights of bed & full Irish breakfast in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, plus horse riding on one day at lovely Annaharvey Farm, located just 10 minutes from the hotel. No matter what the weather, Annaharvey Farm’s indoor and outdoor arenas, together with carefully constructed cross-country fences and large farmland trekking area and their fully qualified and highly experienced instructors combine to make any horseback experience a truly memorable event. The 2 night Bridge House Hotel package includes a one hour riding lesson per person, with midweek prices from €145 per person sharing and weekend specials from €185 per person sharing.
Bridge House Hotel also has fun games, Kids Club and sports activities, and guests have full use of all hotel leisure facilities including pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub and gym, and there’s loads to do nearby including the cinema, fun centre, bowling alley, a DVD library and excellent entertainment on offer 7 nights a week.
Bridge House Hotel
T: 057 9325600
Delphi Mountain Resort, Galway
If you are looking for a challenge this autumn, as well as a sense of pride and accomplishment in trying and succeeding at something completely different, spend an action-packed 2 days in Delphi Mountain Resort, catching your first wave surfing at Cross Beach, scaling the mountains with crag climbing or testing your balance on the high ropes course.
Stay at Delphi Mountain Resort from €59 per person sharing per night this October with activities available at an extra cost, or €139 per person sharing for two nights B&B with dinner on one evening.
Delphi Mountain Resort
Bewley’s Hotels, Dublin
Treat your family to a fun-filled break with Bewley’s Hotel this Halloween. The spooktacular package includes 3 nights’ accommodation in one of the hotel’s spacious family rooms, ensuring plenty of space for your little devils to roam. Enjoy a tasty full Irish breakfast served up each morning and dine in style with dinner on one evening of your choice in the Brasserie Restaurant.
Also included in this great value package are family passes to Dublin Zoo and Tayto Park guaranteed to add some magic to your stay. Celebrate the season of ghosts and goblins at Dublin Zoo’s annual Spooktacular Boo at the Zoo for a howling good time with the family. Enjoy tricks and treats for all ages with a Monster disco on the lawn, face painting, scary arts and crafts and Halloween keeper talks. Or, for the ultimate spine-chilling experience brave a visit to Tayto Park’s House of Horrors for one of the craziest and scariest sights around Halloween.
To spook your family silly you can choose between four Dublin hotels – Bewley’s Hotel Leopardstown, Newlands Cross on the N7, Dublin Airport and Ballsbridge. All Bewley’s Hotels have comfortable family rooms which accommodate up to 2 adults and up to 3 children.
Packages start at €369 with Bewleys Hotel Newlands Cross, Dublin Airport and Leopardstown or enjoy a fun-filled stay at Bewleys Hotel Ballsbridge from €399.
T: 1890 79 89 99
Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny
A Hocus Pocus Halloween break awaits your family at Lyrath Estate Hotel this midterm. The magnificent country estate located in the heart of 170 acres of beautiful parkland setting just outside Kilkenny is offering a bewitching 2 night stay in a Deluxe Family Room with a delicious full breakfast each morning and one evening meal for 2 adults in either La Perla or Yindee's restaurant.
At Lyrath, there is something special for all the family to enjoy from boat cruises, mapped walks, mountain biking on-site and a luxurious leisure centre with pool, gym and Jacuzzi.
There are plenty of tricks and treats for the kiddies with a variety of activities planned from morning till night. For the early risers, send your little busy bee’s along to ‘Tony the Tiger Kids Club’ while night owls can enjoy a ghoulish evening of entertainment with enchanting Discos, activities and an array of Halloween treats. Meanwhile mum and dad can escape to the award winning Oasis Spa, a sanctuary of tranquillity and well-being to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.
A thrillingly spooky experience not to be missed is the nearby Kilkenny Ghost Train where hotel guests can avail of discounted rates. Hop aboard for a fearfully fun ride not for the faint hearted. Hear scary tales of Kilkenny’s Ghosts and tease your palette with some witches brew in Kyteler’s Inn. Train tours run daily from 7pm throughout the month of October.
The Bewitched Family Break at Lyrath Estate Hotel is available from €150 pps for a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 from 27th October 2013 to 1st November 2013. Children under 4 stay complimentary.
Lyrath Estate Hotel,
T: 056 7760088
Fota Island Resort, Cork
Enjoy two nights’ B&B this mid-term with a three-course dinner in Fota Restaurant for two adults on one evening, delicious Hot Chocolate in the Amber Lounge on arrival and free access to our daytime and evening Halloween themed kids’ camp. The camp will be a fun and spooky party with costumes, games and treats. A special dinner buffet will be available for children aged 4-12 in Fota Restaurant from 5.30-6.30pm for just €9 extra per child. From €298 per night for interconnecting or adjoining rooms.
Fota Island Resort,
(021) 488 3700