This week Dave and I spent some time in Kelly’s Resort and Spa Hotel and I was inundated with messages asking where we were! So here’s a little blog post with all the details – A Little Break In Rosslare.
I should start by saying we were truly blessed with the weather we got but my goodness aside from that – what a wonderful resort this is in the heart of Wexford. I had countless questions asking had we opted for a last-minute vay-cay abroad! And it certainly looked like we had! But no, just under two hours from our home in Dublin, next the Rosslare strand, sits Kelly’s Resort and Spa Hotel and boy was it a little gem of a find.
Things To Do:
At the resort itself, there are countless things to do to keep your holiday entertaining. From crazy golf to tennis and loads in between. The resort is very much aimed at families and family fun. It was literally full of parents, grandparents and children and had such a lovely atmosphere. And at the resort there was no shortage of things to do, here are just a few:
- Crazy Golf Course
- Tennis Courts
- Spa – complete with massage options and treatments that can be booked ahead of your visit
- Leisure club – with swimming pool, kids pool, gym, plunge pool and outdoor hot tub.
- Beach and Beach Walks – the resort is set right on Rosslare Strand
- Nightly family entertainment
I will say that Dave and I were there to completely relax and unwind so we did not really go to explore the night-life. The entertainment at the venue was very much family themed, so if you are looking for something with a little more of a party atmosphere, you might have to venture as far as Wexford Town – a short 15 minutes drive away.
Places To Eat:
We booked a two night stay with bed and breakfast plus one evening meal (rates change based on the day and time of year so it’s probably best not to mention what we paid.)
There were two options for breakfast at the resort – a buffet style or a sit down menu. We opted for the latter on both mornings simply because it had plenty of options to choose from. Juices, cold breakfasts like granola and yoghurt and a selection of cereals, hot breakfasts like a fry and eggs Benedict, healthy options like porridge and fresh fruit and teas, coffees, toast and homemade brown bread, pastries and scones.
We actually had the buffet lunch at the hotel on one of the days and it was delicious. At €20 p.p for the full buffet or €12.95 for just the mains it was great value too. We sat outside on the mezzanine over looking the beach and it was just perfect. On the day we ate there there were salads, fresh salmon, three cooked options – Hake, Beef and Chicken, cold meats, breads and pastries, chips and nuggets and sausages for the kids and a whole table of desserts including ice-cream cones.
We also tried this cute little pub/restaurant for lunch. Situated just a short 10 minutes drive from the resort, The Lobster Pot was a lovely little find. We opted for cod goujons, club claws and brie and it was delicious. I actually loved this little spot. It was very quirky and perfectly Irish.
On one of the nights we ate dinner in the hotel and it was absolutely delicious. The cost was included in our package but you could opt for the full meal at €45 pp for starter, main course and dessert. The menu changes nightly too so this could be an option for you entire stay.
This was where we ate on the other night of our stay – the bistro at the resort. We were going to try the gastro pub just down the road – Tides – owned by footballer Stephen Hunt, but unfortunately it finished for food earlier than we anticipated (8pm is the closing time for food FYI). The food at La Marine was delicious though, the fish is definitely plentiful. I have to say the food for the entire stay did not disappoint!
As I mentioned the resort is set quite literally beside Rosslare Strand which is simply stunning, but Dave and I did spend some time visiting other beaches in the area too. Some of the recommendations we gat were for Carne Beach and St Helen’s – all of which are only minutes away from Rosslare.
What I Thought:
I have to say I have never visited a hotel quite like Kelly’s in Ireland. It had an amazing “holiday” vibe about it and I could really see the model of hotels abroad with kids clubs, buffets, all-inclusive packages and the sea-side location. Also it’s family run and the owners were constantly present, chatting with guests and helping in any way they could. I loved this touch, it made the stay feel more personal.
I’ll admit that the resort is extremely family focused, so we might have been a little out-of-place being a newly engaged couple with no children as of yet, but I enjoyed the family atmosphere and location and that really didn’t matter to me. It was spotless, the staff were amazing, it was comfortable and ideally located and I will definitely be popping back again in the not so distant future.
Our photo Album
A staycation is one of my favourite things to do. I hope you can take something from our time in Rosslare and keep it in mind if you are venturing towards Wexford in the near future. For me Kelly’s Resort and Spa was the perfect location for a little rest and relaxation. A beautiful spot for the whole family to enjoy and an ideal place for a little break in Rosslare.