Top Tips For Planning Hotel Breaks With The Family
Planning a hotel getaway with the family is a great way to enjoy a fantastic family break and if you are staying in Ireland there generally means there are no airport queues to contend with and home is only a short trip away if it really gets too much!
Most moms would agree the biggest difference when “planning” a family hotel stay is the actual planning, the days of being able to throw your best party outfit in to a weekend bag and avail of a last-minute offer at a whim may seem like a distant memory but there are so many great new memories to create it’s well worth doing.
Here are our top 5 tips to help you plan your next family getaway:
1. Decide on the maximum distance you will travel
This especially true if you have baby or toddler as a long car journey can result in everyone needing a holiday before they have even arrived! Know your travel parameters, for instance, if your child is likely to nap for an hour on a journey then think about booking hotels within a maximum of a 90-min drive time to ensure everyone arrives in top form.
2. Know your Value points
Agree what is most important to you when booking your hotel trip. Is it your budget, or perhaps you want a great foodie experience in the hotel, or perhaps the hotel amenities are your top priority, such as a kid’s club or is a spa top of your list? Come up with your top two non-negotiables and this will help you when deciding the hotel that best suits your family getaway.
3. Research what’s to do and see in the area
Getting out and about to discover new activities and places to see can be a great way to add value to your trip. Research the top 10 activities in the area and work some of those into your getaway. To save money add local historical and cultural sites into your trip, for instance from this July a new initiative was announced that all children under 12 will be admitted for free to all Heritage Sites managed by the OPW Heritage Service. These include such wonderful places to visit like Kilkenny Castle, Newgrange and the Rock of Cashel.
4. Travel with family and friends
Family getaways are often best enjoyed when you travel with a wider circle of family or friends. Our moms have shared this reduces the sibling arguments when away as a new playmate may the perfect distraction for your kids. Plus, you can flip-flop on babysitting services for each other which is always welcome. Contact the hotel ahead of time to request rooms that are either adjoining or close by with the other family and friends you are travelling with. This is always a fun bonus for the kids who will want to pop in to see each other.
5. If the kids are happy, everyone is happy
It’s an oldie but a goodie, all parents will agree that the best family trips they have taken are where the kids are in great form and from there everything else seems to work like a well-oiled engine. When travelling with family look for the small wins, for instance, if the evening time is the when your kids start to get tired, plan to eat early in the hotel. If you have older kids who maybe don’t relish the idea of sitting tight in the dining room for the evening check out if the hotel has a movie club for kids in the evening. Most family hotels now provide kids and teen clubs, generally in peak season and during mid-term breaks. This can be a great way for the kids to make new friends and try new activities plus it’s the perfect opportunity for mom to get a well-deserved break.
Here at eumom, we know what matters most to moms and families when planning a hotel break that’s why we have launched eumom Getaways. With over 300 hotels, ranging from 3* and 4*, you have so much to choose from. So start planning your next trip now with eumom Getaways.