The best family-friendly hotels to visit with your new baby for rest and rejuvenation

When a new baby arrives, those first few weeks and months are just a blur. Getting into a routine, getting to know baby and their needs, trying to function on minimal sleep while also potentially juggling other children is just exhausting  - an exhilarating.

But once that original adrenaline runs out, we’re left slumped and burned out from that manic time. What you really need after baby’s arrival is a little time out to relax, reset and renew yourselves in a calming and restful atmosphere, like one of our favourite eight hotels around Ireland to bring a baby.

Totally family friendly and featuring nurseries, baby pools and even a baby concierge(!), these hotels are designed for parents with young children, from the large family rooms to the excellent kids activities and resources. Browse below for inspo for your next trip away so you can relax and rejuvenate, knowing that everything baby could possibly need is right there.

Mount Juliet, Co. Kilkenny

Mount Juliet might bring to mind a stunning spa, an insane golf course and 5 star food – but what you don’t know is that it’s also majorly family-friendly! With activities for children of all ages from its Little Rascals Club to tennis and pony club, it caters for ages 0 to 18 with its Baby Concierge that ensures that it’s as easy as possible for mum and dad to care for baby with blenders sterilisers and food warmers are available. Enjoy long walks in the buggy along the family nature trail and relax in one of their luxurious lodges for a real break away from reality for a few days.

Located in Thomastown, Kilkenny, their Midterm Package includes three nights’ luxurious accommodation in Hunters Yard for two adults and two children, dinner on one evening of your choice for two adults in The Hound. Kids club dinners are served in the hound restaurant supervised by the child’s parents from 5.30 pm to 6 pm and complimentary Access to the Health Club including Swimming Pool. See here for more information.

Clifden Station House, Co. Galway

Escape to the country but don’t leave behind all the convenience of a city break in the gorgeous Clifden Station House in Galway. Be enchanted by Connemara’s breath-taking scenery and drives and also take advantage of the lively town surrounding the old railways station hotel. Get cosy in the self-catering apartments and family rooms and keep the kids entertained with the relaxing pool and kid’s entertainment activities. And what’s more, kids share with parents for free and there's a special kids' tea in holiday season!

Stay at the gorgeous Clifden Station House for 3 nights over Christmas and enjoy breakfast each morning with a 3 course gourmet evening meal in the Carriage Restaurant or Signal Bar on each night for Adults and 3 course meal from Kids menu for Kids. You’ll also have complimentary use of leisure facilities like the pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym. See here for more information.

Diamond Coast Hotel, Co. Sligo

Looking for a hotel to accommodate all the kids – and the baby gear? The Diamond Coast Hotel will surprise and delight you with their large family rooms, accommodating up to six people with lots of room for a cot. In the pretty and quaint Enniscrone, you’ll be right by a stunning beach, meaning lots of long beautiful walks in nature along with lots of on-site activities for families like sports, pitch and putt and aqua park!

Enniscrone can welcome you with a gorgeous winter family break deal where you can enjoy 2 nights B&B with a evening meal on evening of your choice here.

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Co. Kerry

Dingle is the original Wild Atlantic Way getaway with its dramatic scenery and charming town full of gorgeous restaurants and shops. Explore the shores of Dingle ay in their stunning hotel that is perfect for quality family time. With many resources for parents, including a crèche that takes children from four months and staff that go out of their way to help in any way they can, you can be sure you’ll be well-looked after. Enjoy unwinding in the spa, having a long, lazy breakfast or grab a dip in their pool – or the Atlantic! See here for their offers and deals.

Parknasilla Resort & Spa, Co. Kerry

Another beautiful Kerry getaway, Parknasilla is a stunning coastal hideaway where you can choose from self-catering lodges or family rooms in the main hotel. You’ll have access to the hotel's five-star facilities, including the luxurious pool or you can wander their extensive grounds or guided coastal walk. The hotel staff thinks of every detail like swimming nappies, welcome packs, special treats and even pool toys to give every family a special experience in this stunning hotel.

See here for more information about rooms and self-catering options.

Knightsbrook Hotel, Co. Meath

The perfect choice for families with young kids, Knightsbrook  hotel is a mere 30 minute drive form the famous Tayto Park which offers a fun family day out for everyone. With large rooms more than capable of taking a cot and all your baby equipment, the hotel is made for family getaways. Featuring a nursery, a children's pool and family picnic bags for outings, it’s a place that not only welcomes families, but is designed with them in mind.

For more information about offers and deals, see here.

Quality Hotel & Leisure Centre, Co. Cork

Cork is a rare gem of a county and the Quality Hotel right in the town centre of Clonakilty is even rarer a find. These family rooms can accommodate up to four children with two adults, making them super popular with larger families. A great spot to see the scenic West Cork from, explore Inchydoney beach, swim in the pool or take advantage of the creche and play centre with the kids. Chill out for the evening in their in-house cinema or take a dip in the pool to really unwind in this gorgeous family-friendly, fun hotel.  

See here for more information.

Rathmullan House, Co. Donegal

Rathmullen House is another self-catering option that gives you your freedom and space as a family to relax. Enjoy looking over the stunning scenery of Lough Swilly from the comfort of your own living area and then hit up the nearby beaches for a coastal walk along Donegal’s stunning shorelines. Take advantage of the amazing restaurants on site and keep the kids entertained with tennis and playgrounds while you enjoy the rustic charm of this gorgeous country property.  

See here for deals and offers.

Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.

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