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Wales or Ireland?

Wales or Ireland?

It’s Wales vs Ireland this weekend in the RBS 6 Nations, and particularly as both teams have been beaten by Scotland in this tournament, these proud rugby-loving nations are both determined to score the win on Saturday! Will you be watching? Maybe you have tickets to the game?

Wales and Ireland have plenty in common beyond their love of rugby. Friendly people, great accents, beautiful countryside, and wonderful locations for a luxury family holiday. Mama Omnio has found two wonderful toddler-friendly places to stay for the supporters of both nations – one within reach of Swansea, the other, not far from Cork.

If you are supporting Wales then you will love Bluestone – both the accommodation and the location. The resort is car-free and has a plethora of things to see and do in this gorgeous corner of Pembrokeshire. To give you an idea of the kind of holiday you might expect with your family, this is an extract from their website: “We believe in muddy knees, in encouraging the next generation of conservationists, in staying up past bedtime to watch the stars.” Difficult to find fault with that. You can hire bikes and golf buggies to get around and explore, and there are endless activities to keep the family busy, entertained, and nowhere near their electronic devices. The 5* accommodation options range in character and size from cosy 1-bedroom cottages to a luxury lodge sleeping 12.

If you are supporting Ireland, we’re going to assume that you are not going to be travelling from Wales. However, it is possible with a 10-hour ferry ride from Swansea! We’re not convinced that’s the most family-friendly route from Wales, but it sounds like an adventure in itself to take you to Cork. Here, your recommended 5* Ireland holiday destination is Fota Island and we think it sounds quite idyllic! For a start it’s on an island, and this resort offers a variety of accommodation options for just a couple of nights or a whole week. The hotel rooms look divine, but the self-catering lodges would probably be the best option for a family with a toddler. There is plenty to do within the resort, including golf, the spa and an indoor swimming pool, and we think we’d take advantage of being so close to the Fota Wildlife Park and go and see the cheetahs and tigers.

So, Wales or Ireland? For the rugby, it has to be Wales for the win. For a holiday destination, it could go either way.

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