With the fine spell of weather we had had over the last few weeks, many of us have been drawn into magic of summer and the thoughts turn to annual summer holidays or short term weekend breaks away. Indeed at this time of year with such a welcome spell of Mediterranean style weather and soaring temperatures many of us may have been tempted on our time off to head out of Cork City and explore the stunning beaches and understated scenery of the coastal scenic towns, secluded fishing villages and islands of East Cork on our time off. For often it is in summer and the brighter months that ones mind turns to exploring the many hidden gems closer to hand in the surrounding islands and regions just in reach of Cork City.

Whether you be a visitor to the county of Cork or a local resident of the city seeking a short break in Cork and some respite from the city life, there are a host of scenic and cultural attractions close at hand to make an interesting family hotel breaks or week long family holiday. From enjoying the variety of water sports and opportunities in and off Cork Harbour, the many beaches of East Cork, to exploring the many family friendly attractions in Fota Island to venturing out to the heritage towns of Cobh and Crosshaven for some heritage attractions and more, the many delights off Cork City offer a number of grown up and family friendly holiday options.

Fota Island Resort in CorkFor families the wonderful island of Fota also offers up a handful of short term and long term summer holiday options. The main attraction for visitors with families is Fota Island Wildlife park with its educational tours and of course its wild and exotic inhabitants. And this popular family orientated visitor attraction has recently added a new string to its arsenal of exotic animals, having recently opened a new attraction: the Tiger Forest which is stage one of its proposed Asian Sanctuary providing even. With tigers now added to the parks growing herd taking centre stage next to the other famous inhabitants among them cheetahs, giraffes, bison, lemurs and monkeys there is even more reasons to take in the wild side of Fota Island during ones summer vacation in cork. And Fota’s Wildlife park isn’t the only family friendly visitor attraction on the island, the majestic 18th century manor home, Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens, often provides opportunities for families to get a chance to step back into history with a special tour whilst checking out its magnificent arboretum and gardens.

And if all the fun to be had at the wildlife park and in exploring a period home its arboretum and gardens isn’t enough reason to visit the island, then we here at Fota Island Resort Hotel, fresh from the success of running the Irish Open may have another family friendly alternative to add to your family holiday itinerary. During our summer months (from 30th June to 30th August) we offer visitors to our hotel and resort a variety of family friendly vacation packages and specially run summer camps. Fota Island Resorts family summer camps which cater to different age groups help to ensure all members of a family will have a happy and thoroughly entertaining stay. Our range of child friendly summer camps and family vacation packages catering to all ages from the very young to teenagers, incorporate a number of games, sports and activities that make full use of the unique surroundings of Fota Island and can make a family stay at this cork based hotel extra special.

So whether you want a weekend away taking in the many understated and overlooked beaches, scenery and attractions close to cork city with the whole family or want a family friendly holiday that caters to all members of the family then a visit to Fota Island and its surrounding areas of East Cork and Cork Harbour could be in order.

If you are wondering which 5 Star hotels in Ireland would be most suitable to plan a short family break, then why not choose the one of the leading five star resorts in Ireland – Fota Island Resort – with its award-winning spa in Cork and championship standard Cork Golf Club which recently hosted the 2014 Irish Open. With some of the most competitive hotel deals in Cork, you are sure to find an accommodation package to suit you. Contact the reservations team on +353 (0)21 488 3700 or via email at reservations@fotaisland.ie.