THE highly-anticipated Center Parcs Longford Forest will officially open its doors to holidaymakers on July 29.
Families eager to be among the first ever to experience the holiday spot are now able to make bookings from its opening date.
Construction workers put the finishing touches to Longford Forest’s Subtropical Swimming ParadiseCredit: Naoise Culhane The Woodland lodges in the park can sleep up to eight peopleCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin The park will provide 470 lodgesCredit: CRISPIN RODWELL – THE SUN DUBLIN
Final preparations are now being made Ireland’s largest ever purpose-built holiday village.
Center Parcs have several resorts open across the UK but the Longford site is the first to open on Irish soil.
The €300m investment made by the company is one of the largest ever recorded in Irish tourism.
The resort includes 466 self-catering lodges and 30 apartments across 400 acres of woodland.
There are three types of lodges for families to choose from – Woodland, Executive and Exclusive.
These open-plan lodges can sleep four, six or eight guests and have flat-screen TVs in all bedrooms – and some have a games room and sauna.
For an extra touch of luxury, staying at an Executive Lodge offers you a daily housekeeping service.
Plus Center Parcs can also provide adapted executive lodges for wheelchair users as well as dog-friendly lodges.
Once the red ribbon is cut on July 29, the resort will be open for 365 days a year.
Across the site there is more than 100 indoor and outdoor activities to choose from including nature activities and adventures for little ones.
IRELAND’S LARGEST WATER PARK
However, the park‘s main attraction is the Subtropical Swimming Paradise – which is set to be Ireland’s largest indoor water park.
The luxury pool is heated to a tropical 29.5C all year round.
For the mammies and daddies, the Aqua Sana Spa offers 21 hot, cold, herbal and meditative experiences across four zones – Nordic Forest, Hot Springs, Volcanic Forest and Treetop Nesting.
From saunas to outdoor hot tubs to rainforest showers and reflexology footbaths, it looks set to offer the perfect spa experience.
Nine restaurants will be on site with eateries serving up Italian, Indian, European, Asian fusion and Irish fare.
But guests don’t have to dine out every night – as each lodge has a fully-fitted kitchen for self-catering, as well as barbecue facilities.
Weekend, midweek and seven-night breaks are all on offer at Longford Forest.
Prices for family breaks at the Center Parcs Longford Forest Resort start from €529 for a weekend break (Friday – Monday) and €299 for a midweek break (Monday – Friday).
The cost of your break includes unlimited entry to the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, outdoor and indoor play areas and free events.
But another 100 indoor and outdoor activity options – from pottery painting to quad bike safari – will be extra.
Punters are not able to head to Longford Forest for the day – unless you’re visiting a guest who’s already staying.
Center Parcs bosses confirmed: “Visitor passes to visit a staying guest are available to book online in the Little Extras section.”
For more information and bookings visit www.centerparcs.ie.
With less than 50 days staff are working around the clockCredit: Naoise Culhane Some of the lodges have their own jacuzzi The resort includes 466 self-catering lodges and 30 apartments across 400 acres of woodland