Why Kenmare Bay Hotel is the Perfect Option for Your Hen or Stag Weekend

Kenmare Bay Hotel is a homely establishment located just minutes from Kenmare town. It is both the hotel’s location and wide range of accommodation options that make it the perfect option for hen or stag groups.

We at HenorStag.com can make this assertion due to the fact that when staying here, three great accommodation options are open to groups. The first is the twin and group rooms available in the hotel. These rooms are neatly decorated, with large windows which wash the rooms in light. As well as this, all rooms are en suite, and contain amazing amenities like WiFI, LCD TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.

Another accommodation option is the on-site self-catering lodges. These luxury lodges sleep up to 5 people, with lavish furnishings and open living areas. What’s more, each lodge comes complete with a fitted kitchen and all the trimmings available in the hotel rooms, making them a cost effective option to consider.

Self-Catering Luxury lodge
Enjoy a self-catering lodge on the grounds of the hotel

Lastly, Holiday homes are also on offer here. These 4* options are ideal for larger groups, as they can comfortably sleep up to seven people. What’s more, they are equipped with three bathrooms, 3 bedrooms and open plan kitchen and dining areas.

Aside from the accommodation, there are a wealth of other reasons to stay at Kenmare Bay Hotel. The first is The Bay Restaurant, held in high regard for its delicious and locally sourced Fish and Lamb, as well as some scrumptious homemade desserts. The Courtyard Bar is other great reason to stay, as alongside offering tasty bar food like chargrilled beef burgers and seafood chowder, it is a comfortable retreat for a glass of wine or a pint of beer in the evening.

That’s not all, as guests staying at the hotel or in the self catering lodges or holiday homes are granted access to the on-site Bay Leisure Centre. Here, you and your friends can enjoy a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi, get thoroughly steamed in the steam room and sauna, or go for a swim in the 18.5m swimming pool.

With all these places to stay and perks to enjoy, it’s no wonder that the hotel is multi award winning. Whatever accommodation option you opt for when staying at Kenmare Bay Hotel, know that the town of Kenmare is just a 10 minute walk away.

Hen party celebration at the Kenmare Bay Hotel
Happy Hens at the Kenmare Bay Hotel

The Area of Kenmare The scenic town of Kenmare is located at the head of Kenmare bay, with rivers and mountains helping this little nest in county Kerry boast stunning scenery. Known as the “walking mecca of Ireland”, walks along the Wild Atlantic Way are a huge tourist attraction, as Kenmare and the surrounding areas are among the most beautiful in Ireland.

Nearby Activities

Other perks to staying at the hotel is that guests are on the doorstep of exciting outdoor pursuits, such as;

  • Eclipse Ireland, a great option for hens and stags due to boasting a range of team building exercises, including horse riding, assault courses and orienteering.
  • Land and Water Activities at Star Outdoors, perfect for team building with Murder Mysteries, paintball, archery, kayaking and raft building.
  • 18 Hole Coastal Golf Course at Kenmare Golf Club, a picturesque course nestled between Kenmare Bay and the surrounding mountains.
  • Fishing in Kenmare Bay for bass, ray, pollock, tuna, cod, flounder and more.
  • Walking treks along Kerry Way, the Beara Way & Killarney National Park.


Nearby Nightlife

In the town centre, you’ll find cozy restaurants and traditional pubs that will leave groups enamoured with this this charming corner of Ireland. These include;

  • Mulcahy’s Bar and Restaurant – A great fine dining option, serving locally sourced produce in welcoming surroundings. Ranked among the 100 best restaurants in Ireland, the restaurant is also fit for private hire—making it great for hens and stags.
  • 35 Restaurant – A relaxed atmosphere with exposed timber beams giving a rustic feel to the restaurant, using Kerry and Cork produce with an intimate back room which can be reserved for groups.
  • PF McCarthy’s – This pub has a homely atmosphere due to the friendly staff and locals. It is also hosts terrific live entertainment with musicians and singers from Kenmare jamming together every week. They can also accommodate groups of any size, with great drinks, food and music to make for a great night out in the town.
  • The Square Pint – Located in the main town square, the pub is a premier entertainment venue with music every night of the week. Great cocktails and Irish coffees are assured here, making it a worthy venue for groups.

So there you have, all the compelling reasons why hen and stag parties should choose Kenmare, and stay at Kenmare Bay Hotel!

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Blog by OfficeMum – Family friendly Lodges at the Kenmare Bay Hotel

Check out this great blog/review about the family friendly lodges at the Kenmare Bay Hotel – http://officemum.ie/a-place-you-have-to-go-twice-kenmare-bay-hotel/

Back when I had two-under-two, I found that going anywhere further than the local shop was a challenge. Actually, even going to the local shop was a challenge. So when the smallest was nine weeks old, and the biggest was a whopping 23 months old, we were understandably nervous setting off on our very first holiday as parents of two.

We had booked a self-catering house on the grounds of the Kenmare Bay Hotel – because the house looked gorgeous, because we’d have use of the hotel facilities, and because we knew it was only a three-minute walk from Kenmare town.

Out for dinner in Kenmare 7 years ago

Out for dinner in Kenmare 7 years ago

It ticked all the boxes – we had the luxury and comfort of a hotel, but didn’t need to worry that that our crying babies would wake guests in the room next door. It also meant we didn’t have to go down to breakfast every morning or eat out every night. And what won us over above all else was that three-minute walk to the town centre – because we wanted a glass of wine.

Give me all the coffee

Give me all the coffee

And despite the fact that the two babies cried a bit while we were there, and woke a bit at night, and left us feeling apprehensive when we accidentally sat down in restaurants that were a bit on the quiet side (you know the ones – where you belatedly realise all the other guests are adults enjoying a quiet, child-free meal) we had a truly wonderful week in Kenmare seven years ago. The house was beautifully decorated, really spacious and very, very comfortable. The town of Kenmare is gorgeous, surrounded by stunning mountain and lake views. The weather back then was hit and miss, but it didn’t matter – we had the week we’d hoped for, and much more.

back when they were babies

back when they were babies

Recently, we were chatting to the kids about trips to West Cork and Kerry when they were small. We discussed which one was best, and Kenmare Bay Hotel came out on top – it was the one place I said I’d love to go back to. When a few weeks after that I was asked by Kenmare Bay Hotel if we’d like to go down there for a couple of nights, there was no hesitation on my part – it seemed like fate.

So armed with car snacks and memories, we made our way back along the road to Kenmare – seven years after our first trip.

Kenmare - Ring of Kerry - office Mum

Beautiful views en route

We had one more child than we did back then, but he and his sisters were in unusually good form for all of the four-hour journey, and it didn’t feel like the epic trek that it did first time round.

Kenmare Bay Hotel Luxury 2 bed lodge from outside - Office Mum

Our home away from home

The first of many highlights came on arrival – watching the kids exploring the house, oohing and aahing over each room in turn. We were in a two bedroom lodge, so the three kids were in one (giant) bedroom. The girls were sharing, and the small boy was on a pull out couch. They were thrilled to find they had an ensuite bathroom, a TV in their room, and what they considered to be a walk-in wardrobe – they each insisted on getting changed inside the wardrobe for the entire stay. The bedrooms are gorgeous – really spacious, beautifully decorated, and so comfortable. I’m writing this now at home and wishing I could go back…


The living and kitchen area is huge – the small boy was unexpectedly excited to find a washing machine and a dishwasher, and on day two, spent a considerable amount of time trying to talk me into putting on a wash. The kitchen has everything you need – particularly for a longer stay – and at the other end of room, there’s an L-shaped couch that’s perfect for tired grown-ups after a long day sightseeing with kids. It was exactly like the one we had seven years ago, and I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic for those days (though not so much for the sleepless nights).

Once we’d unpacked (us: clothes, kids: My Little Ponies, books, hairbands, a plastic door from a doll’s house, a fairy door, more books, teddies, and a Pillow Pet) we set off for the short walk down to Kenmare town. Again the nostalgia hit – back then we had a double buggy, now we had three kids running through the autumn leaves ahead of us.

Kenmare walk - Office Mum

A little bigger this time around – and an extra one

Walk from Kenmare Bay Hotel to Kenmare

The walk into town is beautiful

Three minutes later (it really is three minutes) we were in the town centre, making our way slowly along the street, peering into shop windows and checking menus outside restaurants.

Kenmare is definitely a foodie town, with 46 eateries to choose from, and much like last time, we eschewed the more “proper” restaurants for somewhere we’d be less likely to worry about the kids making noise.

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Many Thanks to Andrea and her family for visiting us at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort