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BenDover

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1335 on: August 10, 2017, 08:40:23 AM »
How young? We've recently split a week between Castlebar (Breaffy House) and Waterford (Treacy's Hotel) our boys are 8, 4 and 1. Breaffy House is very good for kids - kids club, evening entertainment, football pitch, mini golf, swimming pool on site and not far from Westport, Achill Island etc for a day trip out. Our stay in Waterford was spent mostly in Tramore (fun fair, amusements and the beach) sure what more could ye ask for.
We're for Killarney this weekend, there's loads to do down there. Thankfully this time we're staying in a house and the boys will be shifted out the back in the evenings, a hotel room is hard going when the kids are constantly niggling each other.

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« Reply #1336 on: August 10, 2017, 11:00:21 AM »
How young? We've recently split a week between Castlebar (Breaffy House) and Waterford (Treacy's Hotel) our boys are 8, 4 and 1. Breaffy House is very good for kids - kids club, evening entertainment, football pitch, mini golf, swimming pool on site and not far from Westport, Achill Island etc for a day trip out. Our stay in Waterford was spent mostly in Tramore (fun fair, amusements and the beach) sure what more could ye ask for.
We're for Killarney this weekend, there's loads to do down there. Thankfully this time we're staying in a house and the boys will be shifted out the back in the evenings, a hotel room is hard going when the kids are constantly niggling each other.

Thanks for that....slightly younger than your squad...must take a look.....

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« Reply #1337 on: August 10, 2017, 03:51:03 PM »
For anyone who has been to Havana, Cuba, any recommendations for private day tours out of the city? Places to go or companies to go with? Only really have a morning and early afternoon. Cheesy city tour booked for the day before in vintage car.

Rois, wouldn't really say there's a "day trip" you could do as the major places that are relatively close like Viñales need a bit longer both in terms of travel and in experiencing.

We travelled round the western half of the island and began and finished in Havana. One day we did an organised tour but most of the others we just explored and let ourselves get lost in the place. It's magnificent.
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« Reply #1338 on: August 10, 2017, 03:55:46 PM »
For anyone who has been to Havana, Cuba, any recommendations for private day tours out of the city? Places to go or companies to go with? Only really have a morning and early afternoon. Cheesy city tour booked for the day before in vintage car.

Rois, wouldn't really say there's a "day trip" you could do as the major places that are relatively close like Viñales need a bit longer both in terms of travel and in experiencing.

We travelled round the western half of the island and began and finished in Havana. One day we did an organised tour but most of the others we just explored and let ourselves get lost in the place. It's magnificent.
Thanks.  We're travelling through the US and are trying to satisfy the requirements (that I understand aren't really strictly enforced, going by lots of travel forums), but would like to have paper evidence that we're showing "support for the Cuban people", hence wanting to book tours.  OH is ok with just doing what you suggest, we'll have one day of a tour and the other day(s) just dander about.  I'll have my trusty Lonely Planet guide with me.  Found what looks like an interesting Hemmingway tour that takes you out of the city, but himself isn't that bothered about it. 
Looking fwd to a Mojito at the Hotel Nacional!

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« Reply #1339 on: August 10, 2017, 04:10:01 PM »
Hotel Nacional is ok for one or two, to see the peacocks but pricy by Cuban standards. The Floridita is the Hemingway bar that charges similar prices and is famed for its daiquiris. I'd do both for a laugh but you'll have a far better time getting some beer and rum (you can drink Legendario straight from the bottle, it's that sweet) and walking down the Malecón, especially at night. Cubans live their lives outside and the noise and bustle is great.

Don't know if you've booked your accommodation yet but staying in a casa particular rather than one of the hotels might be a good way of "showing support for the Cuban people".

Also get a "Cold Chocolate" from the Museo de Chocolate in the old town!
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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1340 on: August 10, 2017, 04:14:41 PM »

Don't know if you've booked your accommodation yet but staying in a casa particular rather than one of the hotels might be a good way of "showing support for the Cuban people".
See that sounds good to me but not to OH.  Think AirBnB are also an acceptable way to stay.  We are actually doing a Carribbean cruise for a week that starts in Havana and is docked there for two nights.  That probably flouts all US embargo rules on the thing as no doubt the cruise liner pays the Cuban govt something to dock there. 

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« Reply #1341 on: August 10, 2017, 04:43:06 PM »
Any recommendations for a family holiday (young) within Ireland?

Going to Wexford, Amber Springs Hotel, have young kids 4 and 2. Hearing excellent reports about it so hopefully all goes well.

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1342 on: August 10, 2017, 04:52:44 PM »

Don't know if you've booked your accommodation yet but staying in a casa particular rather than one of the hotels might be a good way of "showing support for the Cuban people".
See that sounds good to me but not to OH.  Think AirBnB are also an acceptable way to stay.  We are actually doing a Carribbean cruise for a week that starts in Havana and is docked there for two nights.  That probably flouts all US embargo rules on the thing as no doubt the cruise liner pays the Cuban govt something to dock there.

The same boy wanted to go to an American football match and land up to a stranger's car and ate their tailgating food. No way Jose. Not in my world. Sure ye wouldn't know what the standard of their dishcloths would be like back at home!!

 

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1343 on: August 11, 2017, 05:44:04 PM »
looking at Westport for a family holiday before summer is out. Kids are 2 and 4 months. Anyone any views?

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« Reply #1344 on: August 11, 2017, 05:50:17 PM »
looking at Westport for a family holiday before summer is out. Kids are 2 and 4 months. Anyone any views?

How did you manage kids at 2 and 4 months?  Multiple wives I suppose?

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« Reply #1345 on: August 11, 2017, 06:02:35 PM »
There was me hoping for some useful feedback.  ;D

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« Reply #1346 on: August 13, 2017, 09:09:17 AM »
There was me hoping for some useful feedback.  ;D

Now, that was probably being a bit optimistic.

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1347 on: August 13, 2017, 04:21:16 PM »
Any recommendations for a family holiday (young) within Ireland?

Going to Wexford, Amber Springs Hotel, have young kids 4 and 2. Hearing excellent reports about it so hopefully all goes well.


Nice....hope its a good one....

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1348 on: August 13, 2017, 07:26:12 PM »
Booked Killarney for a week.

Plan to do the Ring and Dingle Peninsula. Done both before, but keen to do again. Other than those, anyone recommend something else in the Killarney area to do/see?

Also, anything to see off the M7/8 on the way down, where you could visit and help break up the journey?

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Re: Holidays
« Reply #1349 on: August 13, 2017, 08:03:01 PM »
Rock of Cashel off the M8