Cork, Ireland

Fota Island Resort

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Why We Love It

  • Beautiful location on private Fota Island, 20 minutes from Cork
  • Home to three golf courses, one of which hosted the 2014 Irish Open
  • Top spa on site & woodland views from some rooms
  • Fota Island Wildlife Park is a 5-minute drive

93% (15 Member Ratings)

"Beautiful setting, lovely spa, in spite of having to dress and walk from the main pool, out past reception to get to the spa pool. Fabulous beauty therapist, and wonderful food."
Mar 21, 2014
craigavon, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

Fota Island is served by the Cork to Cobh rail line. It is also accessible by road on the N25 from Cork to Rosslare, which will take 30 minutes and there is free parking on site. Alternatively, Cork Airport is only a 25-minute drive.

Rooms & Rates

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Its private island location and the world-class golfing on offer are among the compelling reasons guests keep coming to the 5-star Fota Island resort. Located just 20 minutes from Cork city by car, the hotel is set within the grounds of a former aristocratic home. 

A 5-minute drive away is Fota Island Wildlife Park (the only one in Ireland), featuring more than 80 species of animals, and the restored Fota House & gardens. Further afield, the Midleton Distillery and Shangerry Pottery are worth a visit and there are regular boat tours leaving for Spike Island, which is home to a historic fort. 

There are three championship golf courses on the island and Fota Island Resort itself hosted the 2014 Irish Open (as well as in 2001 and 2002). There's also one of Ireland’s most acclaimed spas on site, which (among its list of 60 treatments) has a unique “walking river” that is recommended for golfers to improve their swings. There is also a full fitness suite, an indoor swimming pool and a hypotherapy suite.

The bedrooms are spacious and decorated in subtle shades, with rainforest showers in the bathrooms. Expect free Wi-Fi, tea- and coffee-making facilities and views of the surrounding woodland or golf courses.

When hungry, the fine-dining Fota Restaurant is open all day, with a breakfast buffet until 11am and dinner until 9:30pm. The menu features dishes such as local cheese, meat and fish, such as quail kiev with white truffle butter, duo of Kerry Hill lamb, and Ardsallagh goat’s cheese with beetroot panna cotta. There is also the Amber Lounge with a good range of local whiskeys, and the Spike Bar & Clubhouse on the golf course.



  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Fitness classes
  • Golf course (on-site)
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna / Steam Room
  • No pets allowed


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Beauty treatments / massages (fees apply)
  • Chauffeur service (fees apply)
  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Fridge
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Bathrobes
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer
  • Separate shower
  • Luxury toiletries


  • Complimentary parking
  • Public car park


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Accessible spa
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm.

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 3 stay stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Children age 4 years and older at 25.00€ per stay, Cot/crib available on request, free of charge for children under 4. Extra bed available on request and in the Deluxe King rooms: 25€ per night for children and adults. Charges will be added to your bill on checkout.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Resort closed December 25 & 26.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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15 Member Reviews
(93% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Beautiful setting, lovely spa, in spite of having to dress and walk from the main pool, out past reception to get to the spa pool. Fabulous beauty therapist, and wonderful food.
fidelma Mar 21, 2014 craigavon, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Large, modern, well - equipped rooms and friendly staff.
Anne Jan 22, 2014 Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Relaxation & the comfort of the establishment.
Other Comments: Professionally run with the comfort of the customer put first.
graham Jan 22, 2014 Leeds, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The rest of the hotel was perfect. Great staff.
Other Comments: the restaurant for me really let the hotel down. got a three course meal which was over 110 euro for two people and i did not enjoy it at all.
steven Jan 22, 2014 Kesh, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Lovely spa.
Bronagh Nov 21, 2013 Cork, Ireland
Enjoyed Most: hydrotherapy spa
Andrea Nov 21, 2013 Banbridge, United Kingdom

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