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Fota Island Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fota Island
n.Ireland
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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Enjoyable!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

Stayed here for a Wedding was very impressed as I heard so much about it before I stayed. Would definitely recommend service was unbelievable like clockwork. Rooms were comfy spacious and clean. Breakfast was buffet great variety and restaurant was also tasty. Staff pleasant and helpful. Would stay again...

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Littlemissus
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Thank you for your kind review of Fota Island Resort. I am pleased that you found the service perfect and the accommodation to be comfortable and spacious. Our chefs take great pride in creating seasonal and delicious dishes for each guest, it pleases me that you experienced this. We all look forward to welcoming you to Fota Island Resort again to experience another relaxing holiday.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

myself and my husband had a fab relaxing night away in fota. The spa was so relaxing, food was very good, room lovely and the staff were very pleasant. next time we will have to stay longer we just didnt want to go home. the hydro pool was the best yet.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
I am delighted that you and your husband had a five star getaway at Fota Island Resort and took full advantage of our world-class Spa, particularly the hydrotherapy pool, enjoyed our talented chefs' creations and that the staff all gave you personalised service to make your experience memorable and relaxing. We all look forward to welcoming you back to Fota Island to experience another luxurious holiday here at the Resort.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was our second time here. We got a 3 nights (including Breakfast) for 2 offer direct from the hotel's website. We also added in a 3 Course meal in the Fota Resturant, Afternoon Tea for 2 in the Amber Lounge and one Harmony Massage in the spa.

The staff are lovely and courteous. We are a young couple and sometimes young couples are treated differently for whatever reasons- but we were treated just as well as the people who were there for a PwC conference, families, golfers or whoever you like.

The food isn't cheap, but it is great value for money. Large portions in the Amber Lounge (Afternoon Tea is a must) and high quality meats in the Fota Restaurant (we had the beef and the lamb - highly recommended). The service is also exceptional. Breakfast is a great experience. Aside from the melon salad, this is something that all guests should look forward to.

The Spa is great. It is a great excuse to never leave the hotel. The gym is perfectly functional, the pool is long enough in parts to get a decent swim in and the Hydrotherapy Suite is a great place to relax.

The only complaint I would have is that room service is a bit steep - the food is very nice - but at €5 per tray (not per order) it can add up if you get it more than once, or if you have a family.

We will be going back in March and I have to say we can't wait.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nmccDublin
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for your kind review of Fota Island Resort. It delights me that both of you enjoyed your holiday with us. Our staff all pride themselves on giving the best personalised service to each of our guests, including couples, families and business travelers.

It also pleased me to read that you experienced excellent dining. Our chefs are continuously creating new dishes for the upcoming season and to excite the diners.

Our Spa Manager cares deeply about making the Spa a relaxing and luxurious experience for guests and she will be pleased to read that the Spa was reason for you to stay longer.

We all look forward to welcoming you both back in March for another relaxing and re-energising getaway at Fota Island Resort.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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Castlebar, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful surrounds, lodges available also, however on this occasion it was more cost effective to stay in the hotel. Stayed as part of a 3 night special with buffet breakfast included. Place very clean, lovely atmosphere, food delicious. Staff extremely courteous, exactly what you would expect from a 5 * hotel.
Breakfast each morning was a busy affair but I am pleased to say that standards remained high, despite all the kids running around! Ate each afternoon in the bar, (really liked this room, designed like a study, nice relaxing open fire, another open fire in the lobby), not by choice but just the way it worked out. Once again the food was top class. Would have liked to sample the main restaurant delights however not this time.
All in, very pleasant stay, fine gym, spa and swimming pool. Will definitely be back to stay again.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Steven S
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 18, 2012
I am delighted that you enjoyed your five star holiday at Fota Island Resort and that our staffs' personalised and friendly service made your stay memorable. Also pleased that you tried many of the facilities here, including our world-class Spa. Thank you for your kind review and hope to welcome you back soon to experience another luxurious stay which is synonymous to Fota Island Resort.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

We have just returned from our stay in Foto Island Hotel. From the moment we entered the lobby we relaxed. A girl named Sabina on reception was unbelievably lovely and helpful a real treasure!
Our room was fab spacious and comfortable and what a great bathroom! Just great. The pool was great but the kiddies pool was not in use last night. We ate in the Amber Lounge last night and again the food lovely and staff very attentive. Breakfast - where do I begin fresh orange juice, watermelon kiwi strawberries raspberries pineapple blackberries all beautifully fresh. Any bread you could possibly want. Hot food bacon eggs hash browns pudding tomato mushroom. Cereals what ever you want! one of the waitress Cherry was her name was so lovely and she got pancakes for my daughters, so yummy. Again Cherry was so lovely like a ray on sunshine bright smile and so very pleasant. All the staff were so lovely and very attentive. Would go back again in the morning!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Anne H
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Thank you, Anne H, for your kind review of Fota Island Resort. I am delighted that you experienced a wonderful stay in the Hotel and particularly enjoyed the varied breakfast selection in the Fota Restaurant. I have forwarded on your review on to Cherry and Sabina, who were both pleased to have helped you and your family have a fully enjoyable holiday.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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Portarlington, Ireland
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48 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

We booked a family break over halloween in Fota Island and everything was just perfect. As a family of five we always have issues with hotels catering for four but they couldn't be more helpful in arranging interconnecting rooms for us with three single beds in one room and a double in the other. I actually think that all five of us could have slept in the double bed !

With three growing girls (7,11,13) the bathroom was a big hit with plenty of space, separate shower and bath and towels for all. One minor (and I mean minor) issue was that there were only two bathrobes but the youngest was just has happy wrapped in a big towel.

We used the pool as a family which was great, there is no shallow end so not really suited to kids who cant swim and just want to splash around. In saying that there are sufficient flotation devices around for trainee swimmers to use.

We ate in the bar and restaurant and the quality, and portions, of food was spot on each time. There were loads of children around when we were there but among all of the craziness the staff were relaxed and efficient and always with a pleasant word and and a smile.

I was trying to put my finger on what made the difference and I really couldn't ... there was five star service in five star comfort but never once did you feel like you were in a five star hotel, you could have been sitting on the couch at home reading the paper or sitting on your favourite bar stool having a pint with friends.

Everything was perfect from arrival to departure.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cappakeelontour
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your Halloween getaway with us at Fota Island Resort and found the personalised service made you feel as comfortable as you are at home. Thank you for your comment regarding the bathrobes, I have forwarded your review onto our Housekeeping Manager. Your review has also been forwarded to the Restaurant Manager, who was pleased that her staff handled the fast paced evening well. I hope to welcome you back to experience another luxurious and relaxed stay that is synonymous to Fota Island Resort.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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killarney
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

myself, wife and child visited this hotel for our first time over the weekend. I have to say i was very impressed with the facilities, staff and value for money on offer in this 5 star hotel. We booked under the family package that included tickets to the wildlife park and bed and breakfast for €159(sat night), think it is €139 for any other night. During our stay we used the swimming pool and also ate in the bar where we found good value for money and the food and service was top class. The grounds of the hotel are spacious and lovely for walks, jogs. The practice facilities of the golf club are superb the only downside been the golf pro at the shop telling me i couldn hit 40 balls at the driving range with my son if i was wearing jeans(understandable but havent witnessed this in any golf club for a while) Wildlife park very enjoyable also especially for younger kids as its only about 90 mins to do the route. All in all a very enjoyable experience and will be back for a longer period the next time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pizzakill k
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fotaisland01, General Manager at Fota Island Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thank you for your kind review of Fota Island Resort and am pleased that you experienced most of the facilities here with your family. Our Grounds Keepers are continuously working on the walking/running trails to make them safe and available to all and appreciate your appreciation of this. Our Golf Club requires Smart Casual dress on the course to uphold the standard of the game. I hope that during your next stay, you and your son will enjoy the Championship Golf Courses and driving range. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Fota Island Resort in the near future.

Kind regards,

John O'Flynn
General Manager
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Property: Fota Island Resort
Address: Fota Island, Fota Island, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Cork > Fota Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Fota Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fota Island Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fota Island Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest five star resort properties. Just 15 minutes from Cork City Centre, 20 minutes from Cork International Airport and 2 hours from Dublin, it offers 131 bedrooms and suites overlooking the surrounding 800 acres of woodland and championship-standard golf courses. Tennis, running trails and a world class spa - with 18 treatment rooms, swimming pool, hydrotherapy suite and 24-hour fitness room - are just some of the many leisure facilities available. ... more   less 
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