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Easter Breaks

Easter Breaks

Saturday 04 April 2015

From Easter-egg hunts to Mad Hatter train rides, the Easter Bunny is gearing up in hotels all over the country for the arrival of families over the Easter holidays.

Here's just a taste of what's on offer... Please note that unless otherwise stated, 2 + 2 means 2 adults and 2 children, under 12 years old, sharing a family room.

In Dublin, the 5-Star Westbury Hotel, so perfect for Grafton Street shopping and socialising, has an Easter Treat 1BB package from €330 for 2 people, with chocolates on arrival and Easter Afternoon Tea in The Gallery.

The Gibson Hotel at the Point Village has 1BB for 2 + 2 at €130 with an Easter egg hunt and face painting activities.

The Radisson Blu St. Helen's, on the Stillorgan Road, says kids will have a cracking time at the Easter egg hunt in its four acres of gardens. Family packages from €195.

The Castleknock Hotel & Country Club, ideal for visiting Dublin Zoo, offers 2BB1D from €169pps, with children included on a BB only basis.

Near Navan, the splendid Bellinter House Hotel has 1BBD at €125pps or 2BB1D from €150pps.

Moving to Co Wicklow, the Powerscourt Hotel, in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf, offers 3BB1D from €420pps.

In Gorey, Co Wexford, the Amber Springs Hotel has a kids club, a pet farm, go-karting and the Mad Hatter Express Train; 2BB1D from €399 for 2+2.

In Co Tipperary, at Coolbawn Quay Lakeshore Spa, from €175pps you can have 2BB1EM, a third night's accommodation free, a lake cruise with afternoon tea, plus the bonus of a free spa treatment when you book a one-hour treatment. Half-price spa treatments on Good Friday.

Also in Tipp, the Horse & Jockey Hotel offers 2BB at €69pps to include a €20 spa voucher. Great in-house bakery here and live music every Saturday night.

In East Cork, the Garryvoe Hotel has a 2BB 2 + 2 break from €139 per adult sharing, arriving on Easter Sunday or Monday, including a family ticket to Leahy's Open Farm. Children's playtime in the health club and cinema each evening.

In Cork, the 5-star Hayfield Manor has a family break 2BB1D 2 + 2 from €348 per night.

The River Lee Hotel has a family package 2 + 2 from €175 for 2BB1D for all the family and a family ticket for Rumley's Open Farm or Fota Wildlife Park.

Down in Kinsale, the Blue Haven Hotel has midweek 1/2BB1D breaks from €55pps/€90pps or weekend breaks from €115pps.

Working westwards, the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom has family breaks of 2BB 2+2 for €99 including tickets to a painting workshop at the nearby Prince August Toy Soldier Factory.

The Malton in Killarney has midweek 2BB 2 + 2 family breaks from €459 to include one dinner for adults and lots of entertainment for the kids.

Over in Dingle, Castlewood House offers 2BB with Buck's Fizz on arrival and an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday from €130pps.

The Absolute Hotel in Limerick has a 2BB1D break for two adults at €130 per night, which includes entrance to the newly renovated King John's Castle.

The superb Dunraven Arms, in Adare, has a luxurious 2BB1D break from €120pps. Up to two children sharing the adults room would enjoy BB at €20 each, with other meals being charged accordingly.

The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis offers a family break of 3BB1D at €175pps. Children stay free when sharing with parents - breakfast extra.

In Galway, at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel on a 138-acre estate, the family friendly Easter Escape package is from €239 per adult sharing to include 2BB1D, with sofa bed for up to 2 children, Easter cupcake decorating class on Saturday afternoon and an Easter egg hunt on Sunday in the Walled Garden.

Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara is a hugely popular destination and over the Easter weekend you can have 2BB1D from €264pps. Its mid-term break runs from Easter Monday with 3BB2D 2 + 2 from €749, including daily supervised Kid's Club and activities galore.

The very friendly Mill Times Hotel, in the centre of Westport, is running 2/3BB breaks at €129/€159pps. It also has a family friendly Sunday lunch every week from 12pm-5pm, with supervised children's activities.

Also in Westport, the superb Knockranny House Hotel & Spa offers 2BB1D from €189pps.

Moving northwards to Ballina, Mount Falcon Estate is offering great fun Easter Weekend breaks with 2BB1D from €229pps. Think hawk walking and a monster Easter egg hunt in the forest, not to mention archery, clay pigeon shooting and more.

Up in Donegal, Harvey's Point Hotel has a luxurious 2BB1D break at €289pps. Lots of chocolate demos, walks and wine tastings too.

There are 2BB1D 2 + 3 Easter family breaks at Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh available from €651 with accommodation in lough-side lodges. Join executive head chef Noel McMeel for a kiddies cooking demo or perhaps take a trip to the Marble Arch Caves or the Sheelin Irish Lace Museum.

Over in Glaslough, Co Monaghan, the amazing Castle Leslie Estate has a number of packages staying either in The Castle, The Lodge, the Old Stable Mews or Village Cottages. Each is splendid in its own way.

So take your pick from an overnight stay in The Lodge, with breakfast, and dinner in Snaffles Restaurant from €150pps, or family breaks in the Old Stable Mews or Village Cottages with prices from €750.

And happy Easter, folks!