Castlemartyr, IRE. --- Sometimes it’s tough to choose: a family vacation or camp for the kids this summer? There are advantages to each, of course: a group trip is a great way to spend time together and enjoy new experiences, while sending the brood off to camp gives mom and dad a little cherished down time. If only frazzled parents could have both ....
Now they can, thanks to Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork, Ireland. Sister property to The Dromoland Collection’s renowned Dromoland Castle, this luxury destination resort is launching an enhanced version of its popular Castlemartyr Kids Club just in time for Summer 2012. It’s new, it’s different, and it’s tailored to satisfy not just the younger set, but their parents, too.
From July 18 to August 14, 2012, Castlemartyr Resort and its capacious estate will be transformed into a recreational retreat for V.I.K.s (“very important kids”). As for the grownups, the list of activities and amenities is as generous as the Irish themselves.
For the kids, the fun begins on check-in, when they’re whisked to their own dedicated V.I.K. reservations area. Fortified with their snack, or perhaps a meal from one of the tot-tailored menus at the resort’s restaurants (The Clubhouse restaurant is great fun with its hip décor and huge window overlooking the golf course), the campers will be ready to jump in with both feet. And the fun-loving staff of Castlemartyr will be ready.
First there’s the guided tour of the Manor House, awesome swimming pool, Kids Zone (more on that), and guestroom, complete with all the tech toys any savvy wunderkind could desire. Welcoming gifts await as well, including welcoming milk and cookies, pint-sized bathrobes, and small slippers. Next it’s time to study the Kids Club schedule and plan the activities to be explored during the junior set’s stay. Daily activities run in the morning and the afternoon and are hosted by resident Irish Setters Earl and Countess, who will oversee the proceedings (with a bit of help from their human assistants).
Programs are organized according to age: under eight (ages 4-8) belong to the Little Paws Club, while older children (ages 9-12) are members of the Top Dogs Club.
• a mini-Olympics
• nature walks
• off-site excursions (Fota Wildlife Park and Leahy’s Open Farm)
• arts and crafts
• horse and carriage rides
• dog walking and cycling
• face painting and games, and
• Kids’ High Tea every afternoon (no worries – the Chef knows his audience!), followed by a movie night.
(Teens will, of course, skip directly to all the other cool stuff, like golf, archery, angling, and clay shooting, for a supplementary charge.)
Now for the really good part…while the kids are “away”, the parents can play! The options are boundless. Golf, perhaps? Castlemartyr Links Golf Club, a Private Member’s Club, boasts an 18-hole inland links-style Irish Championship par 72 golf course designed by Ron Kirby. For sheer indulgence, there’s The Spa at Castlemartyr, a 24,400 square foot wellness spa and fitness center that redefines luxury and personal service. And for a memorable romantic interlude, couples can escape to the spa’s Couples Suite, with its double bath for sharing, or linger over a gourmet repast at the relaxing but elegant Bell Tower Restaurant. Off-site adventures abound as well, from charter fishing, to boutique shopping, to tours of nearby heritage sites -- any of which the concierge will be delighted to help organize.
Refreshed and ready to swap stories of their days, families will find that Castlemartyr Resort offers myriad venues for relaxing together: duck feeding; a pony & trap ride with Mr. Daly and his two Kerry Bog ponies; strolling the 240 wooded acres of the historic estate, complete with the haunting ruins of an ancient castle; a stroll into nearby Castlemartyr Village; having a ride on a complementary tandem, miniature, or regular bicycle; billiards, Wii, and other games in The Kids’ Zone; or simply enjoying a snack on the flagstone terrace with a view of the formal gardens.
Castlemartyr Resort: an excellent adventure for the whole family
About Castlemartyr Resort:
Nestled in the unspoiled rolling countryside of East Cork near the ruins of an 800-year-old castle, Castlemartyr Resort’s crowning jewel is a classic 18th century manor house. The Manor has been magnificently restored and elegantly enhanced to offer 109 deluxe guest rooms, gourmet dining, an expansive world-class spa and welcoming, impeccably styled interiors. Opportunities for outdoor pursuits abound both on the estate, which includes an inland-links-
Castlemartyr Resort is located in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork, Ireland. The hotel can be contacted at: 011 353 21 4219000; website: www.castlemartyrresort.ie. Reservations can be made through the hotel (reception.castlemartyrresort.ie)
The Dromoland Collection comprises Dromoland Castle and Castlemartyr Resort, two of Ireland’s finest and most celebrated hotels. The hotels in this collection embody the legendary Dromoland tradition of incomparable hospitality complemented by exquisite surroundings, yet each possesses a distinctive style, character and charm all its own.