Surrounded by the waters of Lough Mahon, less than a 30-minute drive from the bustle of central Cork, the five star Fota Island Resort sits on its own private island amid an interplay of woodlands and golf courses spanning on an approximately 780-acre parkland.
Guests can settle in sumptuously decorated air-conditioned rooms or suites with private bathrooms and balconies, kitted out with safes, TVs, bars, and ironing kits. Some open onto the woodlands, others offer views of the golf courses.
The bistro style Fota Restaurant invites guests to indulge in freshly cooked dinners and Irish and buffet breakfasts, whereas the Amber Lounge offers desserts, a choice of whiskeys and baked treats.
Dinning opportunities come complete with the Spike Bar at the clubhouse, where a range of refreshments is served in a congenial ambiance ennobled by views of the Deerpak course.
Moments of pampering can be spent at the spa and leisure centre, which prides on Ireland’s sole walking river. Spa facilities include a heated pool and hydrotherapy suite, but guests can also browse the generous menu of treatments up for grabs.
Pastime opportunities are complemented by the Deerpark, Belvelly and Barryscourt championship golf courses that guests must usually book if they intend to use.
Groupon’s Guide To County Cork
The largest of all in Ireland, County Cork takes the traveller through an array of rugged mountain slopes and scattered cliffs, flat peatlands and lush woodlands, with a shore laced by pebbly beaches, promontories and peninsulas. Washed by the River Bandon, the River Blackwater and the River Lee, County Cork’s landscape is also dotted by tens of lakes.
Cork is the largest city within the county, a hub for heritage tourism-based around sights like the 18th-century English Market, the 8-bell Church of St Anne and the City Hall plus the Opera House. St. Patrick’s Street is the shopping backbone of Cork. Fota Island is particularly appealing to tourists interested in wildlife, being home to the namesake Wildlife Park and to the Fota House and Gardens.