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Spring News!

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009


Spring is definitely in the air in Kenmare. The birds are singing, the sun is shining and everyone is smiling! Which is good to see, with all the doom and gloom around at the moment.


Talking of smiling, we have plenty on offer at the Kenmare Bay Hotel to make you smile. Our family Easter breaks are fantastic value, whether you are looking for a family getaway or a quiet couple of nights by yourselves. They’ll be plenty going on in the town over Easter with live music and great craic.


Take a look to at our Heritage Break. We are offering reduced price tickets to visit the award-winning Bonane Heritage Park, which is just 15 minutes from the Hotel. The Park recently won the National Award ‘Pride of Place’ in the environment category and is well worth a visit. Check it out on


If golf is your thing, then we have the package for you. Stay with us for 2 nights on the Peninsula Pass package. This pass includes 3 stunning golf courses – Dooks links, Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club and Skellig Bay. Have a look at their website on then book our package from just €264 per person, which includes 2 nights’ B&B, 1 Dinner and the golf pass.


If you are looking for horse riding, pony camps for the kids and other outdoor pursuits, then look no further then Eclipse Equestrian & Activity Centre. This fabulous place is just 20 minutes from the hotel, in the heart of the Kerry countryside, surrounded by moor land, forests, lakes and streams. Take a look at what they offer on


Kenmare is really an ideal location as a base for exploring so many different activities. Within easy access, you’ll find not only all of the above, but also fishing, walking, indoor kids’ play centres, pet farms and much more. Then of course there’s Kenmare town itself which mustn’t be overlooked. It’s a very special town offering a huge range of award-winning restaurants, pubs, cafes and unusual shops. The atmosphere in the town is lovely with warm and friendly people waiting to welcome you and make you feel right at home.


Kenmare Bay Hotel is but a short stroll from the town via a pathway. The hotel has everything in place to cater for family breaks; leisure centre with children’s pool, kids club, outdoor playground, restaurant play area, special kids menus and children’s drop-in playroom. There’s something for everyone at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort and its environs. Come and visit us and let us know what you think!


Finally, if you are planning on getting married in the near future, then don’t miss our fabulous wedding fair on Sunday, 26th April, from 2.00 – 5.00 pm. There’ll be a bridal fashion show, a whole range of wedding suppliers, entertainment, wedding dishes tasting and wine tasting. We’re getting quite a reputation for our wedding fairs so come and see what all the fuss is about! This year, we are hosting our Fair in association with and B Magazine.


Whatever reason brings you to the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, you are most welcome.

Seasons Greetings for the General Manager

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Christmas is always a lovely time in Kenmare. It’s quiet and peaceful, compared to the madness of summer, but there’s still a great buzz about the place. The town looks pretty and festive, with the Christmas lights on, the beautiful crib set up in the park and the attractive shop window displays. Always a lovely place for a short stay, Kenmare is somehow more special at Christmas with the quirky, unique shops for that unusual Christmas present, the award-winning restaurants, the lively pubs and the quaint cafes.  For a special afternoon treat, you really must visit Kenmare’s latest attraction; Cupan Tae offers you beautiful lace tablecloths, fine bone china teapots and cups, a whole array of different flavoured teas and delicious home-made cakes.


The Kenmare Bay Hotel, whilst closed weekdays at the moment, comes alive at the weekends. We have 4 weddings in December and 4 Christmas party nights. Our special New Year’s package includes tickets for our fabulous Gala Dinner where we’ll help you welcome in 2009 with champagne at midnight.


There’s every good reason to take a family break at the Kenmare Bay over the Christmas period. We have some fantastic offers on, both in the hotel itself and in our Holiday Homes and Lodges. The children will be well catered for with our kids clubs, restaurant play area, special children’s menus, kids drop-in play room, outdoor playground and of course our fabulous Leisure Centre with a 20m pool and a children’s pool. It’s the perfect time for a family getaway; the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort and the town of Kenmare provide everything you will need for an enjoyable and relaxing break.


The Hotel will be closed from the 5th January until the beginning of February, at which time we will open fully and will be gearing up for the season ahead. There are so many special offers on at the Kenmare Bay, you’re spoilt for choice. If you like horse-riding, we have the package for you; if you want to ‘Look Good and Feel Fabulous’, we have that covered; looking for a great value golf break? Look no further. Or if you just want a relaxed and pampered break with your Mum or best mate, we’re happy to oblige. Check out the ‘Specials’ web page for a detailed list of all our offers.


Finally, if you’re still looking for that illusive present for a special person in your life, take a look at our range of vouchers on our ‘Gift Vouchers’ web page. Easy to order, easy to package, bound to please.


All that’s left for me to do now is to wish all of our guests – past, present and future – a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We thank you for choosing the Kenmare Bay Hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back during 2009.


 Andrew Rees

General Manager

Message from the General Manager

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Everyone’s talking about the weather. Sure what can we do about it? Well just ignore it and book yourself in at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort! We’ve loads going on to take your mind off the wind and rain.


Firstly, we are bringing back the hugely popular Irish Country Nights, including Set Dancing. These will run throughout the summer months, every Wednesday evening from 9.00 – 11.00 pm, starting on the 9th July. With music by The Breens and Autumn Gold, there will be plenty of different dances to keep you on your toes. If you don’t want to take part in the dances, come and watch – it’s hugely entertaining. Entry is free.


We’re delighted to announce that Eleanor McEvoy will be here in concert on Friday, 25th July.  Eleanor is a recipient of the Big Buzz Award for Best Traditional Female Musician and is currently touring to promote her new CD – ‘Love Must be Tough’. Tickets are only €20 each (over 21s only) and the show will kick off at 10.00 pm, with doors opening at 9.00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s top female traditional vocalists. Tickets are available from the hotel or Soundz of Muzic, Henry Street, Kenmare.


And as if that weren’t enough, John Spillane will be performing at the hotel on Friday, 22nd August. John, who won the Meteor Ireland Music Award in 2006, is well known throughout Ireland. Tickets for this show are €20 each also (again, over 21s only). What an opportunity! Don’t miss these 2 fabulous artistes.


If you’re thinking about getting away for a few days, try one of our 4* luxury lodges, from only €79 per person, per night for a minimum of 2 nights. These lodges are the height of luxury. They comprise 2 double/twin bedrooms, both en-suite and so are perfect for 2 couples or a couple with older children. Our Standard Holiday Homes sleep up to 7 and are more geared to young families. Take advantage of everything we have on offer to keep the kids amused; the Leisure Centre with a gym, 20 m pool and kids pool; kids clubs, outdoor playground, kids menus, kids drop-in playroom and teen activity clubs. We’ve got kids covered this summer!


And finally, there’s no better time to book your visit to the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort. The beautiful town of Kenmare, with its award-winning restaurants, is hosting the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in July, from 15th – 22nd. This is a huge event with a wide selection of indoor and outdoor concerts, dancing, singing, céilithe and workshops. The Kenmare Bay Hotel is hosting a mixed Ceili on the evening of Saturday, 19th July and then is proud to be hosting the closing ceremony for the event on Sunday, 20th July.


So don’t let the cold weather get you down; come and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

Message From The General Manager – June

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Message from the GM –June

There’s always something going on here at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort, be it a wedding, a large lunch function or an evening’s entertainment of some sort.


Last weekend was no exception. Not only did we provide lunch for those taking part in the Two Ton Motorcycle Run – a charity event in aid of the Children’s Hospital in Crumlin – but we also hosted our own charity event in the hotel. This was the annual Teddy Bears Picnic, spearheaded by Select Hotels of Ireland, in aid of their chosen charity Barnardos. The day went brilliantly; over 250 children, along with their parents, enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon with bouncy castles, face painting, balloon modelling, nail decorating and a disco. Toby the Turtle even put in an appearance, much to the kids’ delight. We raised over €2,250 for Barnardos children’s charity and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. We would like to say a huge thank you to all who supported us – either by attending the event or by providing goodies or prizes for the raffle. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event, which is somehow going to have to be even bigger and better!


A couple of weeks’ ago, we also had the Kingdom Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club here for lunch. The hotel forecourt was awash with vintage cars of all sizes, shapes and colours. We are lucky enough to have plenty of car parking place close to the hotel, so that the owners could keep a check on their cars at all times if they wanted to. This group stays with us regularly and we are looking forward to welcoming them back to the hotel in October.


We’re gearing up for summer – even if the weather isn’t. Our kids’ activities are all in place ready for the holidays. We have a restaurant play area for children, which is open during breakfast time and early dinner time. We have a kids’ club every Saturday and Bank Holiday Sunday at the moment, and then daily during July and August, where children are supervised by qualified child minders. Activities include circle time, arts & crafts, board games and DVDs. We will shortly have a special kids’ room, where parents can take their children to play with toys, board games, do some colouring or watch a DVD.


For July and August, we will be running a Teen Club. For the teenager seeking thrill and adventure, we have arranged afternoons at Star Outdoors Adventure Centre – just 10 minutes from the hotel. Activities will include kayaking, water games, land orienteering, archery and a sailing trip. For your budding little beauticians, we have a teen beauty workshop in our very own Rejuvenation Suites in the Bay Health Club. They will learn about make-up, nail art, skin care, hair care, tanning and how to become a Beauty Therapist.


As well as all our extras to keep the children entertained this summer, we of course have our very own Leisure Centre with a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a gym. The Kenmare area also offers a wealth of attractions to keep the whole family amused. These include golf, walking, fishing, horse-riding, pet farms, Crag Cave and indoor soft play centres.


Plenty of reasons to choose Kenmare and the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort for your family holiday!


GM’s April Letter

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

It’s a very exciting time currently at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort! Spring is in the air, the birds are singing and we’re looking forward to a busy season. To welcome in the season, we are proud to announce the introduction of several new facilities at the hotel.

Our brand new, state-of-the-art, 5* standard holiday lodges opened recently. There are 14 of them, each comprising 2 double bedrooms with en suite bathroom, and they are finished to an extremely high standard of decor and comfort. Set within the grounds of the hotel, they are close enough for guests to avail of all the hotel facilities yet far enough away to afford a little peace and privacy. They are outstanding and have to be seen to be believed! Of course, we also have the 18 4* holiday homes which opened last year. These are beautifully finished and well equipped, and can sleep up to 7 people. Video footage of the holiday homes will be featured shortly on our website, so look out for it!


In addition to our new holiday lodges, we are also refurbishing several of our standard hotel rooms. This is being undertaken as I speak and they will be ready by the time the season kicks in fully. Each bedroom is being re-carpeted and re-fitted with new furniture and fittings.


Our famous Jasper’s restaurant is now offering a Sunday carvery. This will be available from 1.00 – 3.00 pm every Sunday, and booking is advisable. We are offering superb value for money; a two course meal plus tea/coffee for only €15.95 with a children’s menu also available. Go on, treat yourself!


We are also offering a completely new and re-vamped menu and wine list in Jasper’s. If you’ve visited our restaurant before, it’s time to return and sample our new menu. If you’ve never been ………….. what are you waiting for??

A date for your diaries …….. Sunday, 25th of May 2008 will be the annual Select Hotels Teddy Bears Picnic in aid of Barnardos. This is an extremely worthy charity, which supports children whose well-being is under threat. The Kenmare Bay Hotel, together with other hotels under the Select banner, will be hosting a Teddy Bears Picnic in the hotel, from 3.00 to 5.00 pm. Entry will be €5 per child, with special Barnardos Teddies for sale on the day for €10 each. All proceeds from the sales go directly to the charity. More information to follow, but make a note of the date now and tell your children about it.

That’s it for now – more news next month


Andrew Rees

General Manager




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