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Review: Global Explorers with the Radisson Blu Limerick

The small boy has just turned five, so when the Radisson Blu Limerick invited us to stay in their hotel at the weekend to try out their new Global Explorers kids programme, I had my doubts as to whether he’d be brave enough to give it a go. He was super excited all week about his first trip to a hotel and when I floated the idea of a kids club as we were getting into the car, he was all for it. First hurdle cleared!

Global Explorers runs every day between 5pm and 9pm and we arrived down to Limerick just in time to register. He bounded off enthusiastically with the two Blu Crew team members who whisked him away promising games and pony trekking. So far, so easy. However, my initial glee at my sudden childfree state (see below) was short-lived when he decided pizza making wasn’t for him (he mustn’t be mine after all) and he joined us for dinner in Porter’s Restaurant instead.

The children’s menu is really impressive with a good range of options to satisfy the fussiest of palates while also ticking the parent box of approval. Even better for family budgets is that children under 12 eat for free when their parents are also enjoying a meal in the restaurant.

Clearly unimpressed by the dinner conversation and with a full belly, he galloped back to the Global Explorers for movie time and we didn’t see him until a bottle of wine later!

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We took full advantage of the hotel facilities for the two nights we were there. The pool is shared with their health and wellness spa, Rain, but enjoys dedicated family hours (8am-11am, 2pm-3pm, 5pm – 7pm) where the kids can swim and splash (you) to their hearts’ content. We visited the pool on three occasions in total including one hour early on Monday morning where we had the whole place to ourselves. I was delighted that a) there was a box full of waddles (can’t beat a waddle!) and foam floats; and b) lovely showers well stocked with shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. The small boy has never been so shower-cooperative or squeaky clean. So content was he, he even treated a lovely old lady to a full rendition of The Beastie Boys’ Intergalactic while he scrubbed himself.

On our second day, we took advantage of a discounted rate provided by the hotel and visited nearby Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. I’m embarrassed to say it was my first visit there. It was well worth the trip, despite the rain showers which did nothing to dampen the craic. As well as the castle itself, the folk park has a working village complete with in situ blacksmiths, a bean an ti, a village doctor as well as numerous other characters. There’s loads of animals too and a great playground that my mother insisted I mention was enjoyed even more by teenage tour groups than the kiddies who its meant for. She reckons there’s a market for teenage playgrounds. Bunratty are you listening?! Homemade scones and tea topped off a lovely afternoon.

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Day two of Global Explorers was due to include the Bushcraft Programme with some outdoor challenges like shelter building, foraging, preparing wild food, fishing and animal tracking but unfortunately the weather called those plans to a halt as the sky opened up for the evening. Huge credit must go to the wonderful Blu Crew team who kept the kids entertained indoors for the full four hours. My small boy disappeared! We saw no sign of him at all for the whole time. For the record, that’s the longest time he’s been on his own outside of family or creche in his life! Check me out this time, proper smug:

Little highlights for me included:

1. My favourite mini toiletries in the room:

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2. Fantastic breakfast options. I stay in a lot of hotels for work and my pet peeve is the mass produced hot buffet breakfast so I was delighted to see this menu of a la carte options. The buttermilk pancakes were my favourite. There’s also a huge selection of fruit, cereals, cheese, meats, breads, pastries, and the hot buffet breakfast if that’s what you fancy. Something for everyone, you might say.

3. I heard rumour that there is an outdoor jacuzzi which unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to enjoy but that would definitely be on my list for a future trip!

All in all, we have a fantastic weekend away. Small boy spent breakfast on our last day trying to convince me that we needed a few more days. He listed the pool, the kids club, the bed and the playground as his top 4 things – who am I to argue?

What you need to know:

All of the Blu Crew staff members are fully Garda vetted, as are all staff at the Radisson Blu Limerick.

The Global Explorers Club is for kids between 5-12 years old and runs everyday from 5pm – 9pm during July and August. Activities include pony trekking, archery, the Bushcraft Programme, pizza making, movie time as well as a well stocked games room. The Club is free to families who book the special Summer Family Package and costs just €7.50 per day outside the package. Family rooms at the hotel start at €185 per night for a family of four.

Don’t forget to pack your swimming cap for the pool. Also, make sure you pack light nightclothes during the summer as the rooms can get quite warm.

Disclosure: My family and I were guests of the Radisson Blu Limerick for a weekend and received free B&B and dinner during our stay. No payment, cash or otherwise, was received for this blog post. As always, all views are my own.

4 thoughts on “Review: Global Explorers with the Radisson Blu Limerick”

  1. I’ve been saying for years that Radisson breakfasts are the best in the world, I’ve tried them in a few different countries just to be sure!! We’ve stayed at that hotel a few times with the kids as we’ve lots of friends in Limerick and always found it great, that new kids’ club really sounds a superb addition.

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