Banna beach Resort has something for everyone , and if it hasn't got it, it is very close by.. BEST PLACE IN IRELAND FOR FAMILIES !
The Accommodation ; we stayed in a bungalow / cottage .. Was very clean with all mod cons ...we were a family of three adults ( as we had my Mother in Law ) and four children .. There was 3 bedrooms two of the rooms had 2 single beds each and the third room had a double bed & en suite.. Rooms all have wooden floors & main sitting room and dining room have tiles.. Even though the house was immaculate I just gave the floors a quick spray of antibacterial cleaner & ran all the dishes through the dis washer ( but this is a personal thing) as the place was really clean .. The suite of furniture is leather & very comfortable ..we used the washer/ dryer & clothes line every day ( little washing going home ) ...the patio doors in the house looks out on to a small garden with a table & chairs ....On the fine days we had BBQ and ate out the back ... On other days we cooked in the house , there is an oven cooker top & grill aswell as a toaster & microwave ...We made breakfast in the house each morning, everything ranging from a fry to a cereal to waffles which we toasted in the in toastie bags ... On some evenings we cooked simple food such as pasta dishes and on other days we ate out in Ardfert & Tralee .. The house has everything you need in it as a home away from home.. Very comfortable and for the rainy days has a DVD which kept the kids entertained for a while.
THE RESORT ; the resort is in a beautiful location only minutes from the beach . It is close to Tralee and if like us , you like to take day trips you can go to killarney & visit Muckross house and take a trip around on a horse & carriage . The resort has everything you could need , Their is a shop in the resort which is very reasonably priced . The Diner is typical fast food. You can take the food back to your house or you can sit down and eat it.. ( kids loved the food) ..The bar has entertainment every evening for the children ranging from magicians to puppet shows to kids karaoke & bingo . There is also nightly entertainment on the astro turf such as soccer matches and sports evenings . After the children's entertainment each night their is entertainment for adults and they allow the children to stay in the bar with you or play in the playground or astro turf each evening .
ENTERTAINMENT ; If you wish to stay at the resort for children aged 4 to 12 they have a kids club which the kids can do for only a couple of days or the whole week, the activities include swimming lessons , play time at pirate Petes , treasure hunts, outdoor games when it's not raining & indoor activities when it's not so fine ..there is also a play area with full play ground .. This is outdoor .. There is a indoor play centre called pirate Petes ... There is also an amusement area & a pool tables which I really enjoyed playing pool with my sons we had great fun.
Safety: I felt safe at Banna and the children had lots of freedom to run around and had fun going from the playground to the astro turf to pirate petes.
THE LEISURE CENTRE; the kids loved the pool & it is a very well kept pool and really warm.
FOOD : As I said there is a Diner & in the peak season there is food available in the bar but it is limited to the weekends. However, they have BBQ nights during the week, or you can cook in the house or you can eat out locally ( some really nice places )..there is also a take away in Ardfert that delivers & you can BBQ yourself at the back of your house. You can also pre order cooked chickens from the Diner ...
Well being centre : massage & treatments available ..my wife had a massage & said it was excellent...
Wifi is Free in the bar but not available in the house.
TV: there are a good few channels.
Showers & heating : electric shower in en suite .
Staff: all very friendly & helpful and informative, made you feel very welcome and made it their business to try to get to know and remember your name. Especially the bar staff.
Possible improvements: have BBQs for hire .. Possibly a coffee shop ... The bar is very well laid out but certain parts of it are dark & dreary. More food available on site . Wifi available in the houses !
Little tips ; bring your own towels as you will need them if you have kids & tea towels! Bring a ball we had fun playing kerbs.. If you can, bring a BBQ ...the house has plenty of space, plenty of cutlery & crockery.. Don't forget washing tablets & dishwasher tablets .. I brought the flicker for the kids & they had great fun !
Over all Banna is a FANTASTIC HOLIDAY FOR A FAMILY...no airports .. no limit on baggage .. just fill up the car & away you go.. Plenty to do on the resort and once you have paid for your house all the entertainment is included such as the pool, outdoor & indoor play areas, Astro pitch, nightly entertainment, beach is close by .. You can have a budget holiday here by bringing your own food or you can eat out each day locally or on site .. The kids are never bored.. The staff are friendly & it is a safe environment . You can go out at night to the bar or you can just chill in your house. I think I saw security people walking all around the resort at night. Babysitters are available . If you want a night out alone and there are fantastic restaurants in Fenit approx 10 mins away .
We took a trip to tarbert & got the boat to over to Clare. The boat cost €28 return .. The kids loved it & we had a great day out !
I will be returning to Banna ! My kids loved it & we loved it! A very relaxing and enjoyable holiday !