Top 5 hotels in County Laois with a swimming pool

Indoor Pool. Photo credit: Michael Gray - Fotolia

There are many wonderful hotels in County Laois, all with excellent facilities to satisfy the requirements of different kinds of travelers. The surrounding areas are beautiful, and there are many places to explore. However, at the end of the day, many people want to return to their hotel and just relax by the pool. If an indoor pool is important to you, there are some topnotch hotels in the area that come highly recommended.

The luxury four-star Killeshin hotel in Portlaoise has a fully equipped health club, which includes an 18-meter-long swimming pool. Private swimming lessons are available. A Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room are also available. The club is open throughout the week, with special children's hours between 6:30 am and 7 pm. Guests must make their way to the showers at least 20 minutes before closing time.

 

Boasting 87 rooms and a contemporary design, the hotel was reopened, after getting a complete overhaul, in 2007, to continue its 25-year history. From its position in the Midlands, other parts of the country are easily accessible. Complimentary parking is available, as well as free WiFi.  

The Maldron hotel offers a swimming pool and a well-equipped gym. The three-star, child-friendly hotel offers guests free use of Club Vitae, which includes a 20-meter pool, a dedicated children’s pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gymnasium with a TV, and aerobics studio. There are also four treatment rooms for massages and body treatments.

 

Group and individual swimming lessons can be arranged, and swim camps are offered during school holidays. A special parent and toddler group, called Swim a Song, is also offered. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The club is open throughout the week, including bank holidays. Children's hours last until 6:45 pm.

The 5-star Heritage Killenard in County Laois and the 4-star hotel in town both have swimming pools and are both excellent destinations. The 5-star hotel's health club features a 15-meter-long leisure swimming pool that was awarded a White Flag. Loungers for the pool deck are available. There's also a Jacuzzi by the pool, overlooking the countryside.

 

The locker rooms contain a steam room and sauna. Family changing facilities are available. There's also a full-fledged gym, fitness studio, and spinning studio, as well as a trim trail. The health club is open throughout the week, including on bank holidays. Preferential rates are available for swimming lessons and a personal trainer. Children aged up to 15 years can use the health club up to 6:30 pm daily, but they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Use of the club's various facilities including the Jacuzzi and sauna is restricted for children, depending on age. The pool lifeguards will not assume responsibility for any children in the pool.

The 4-star Heritage hotel in Portlaoise features a 22-meter swimming pool, with a depth of 1.4 meters. There's also a children's pool that is 0.76 meters deep. Other features of the pool area are a pool hoist and hydrotherapy area. Guests can make use of the sauna and steam room, the two Jacuzzi hot tubs, the fully equipped fitness suite and aerobics studio, and the boxing equipment. Classes are available morning and evening. Members of the leisure center can enjoy free parking. Swimming caps and pool shoes, which can be purchased at the reception desk, are mandatory in the pool area. The pool is open throughout the week, including bank holidays, but guests must withdraw from the main pool and gym areas at least 30 minutes before closing time.

 

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must leave the pool by 6:30 pm. The fitness club was awarded the Emerald award by the White Flag National standards body.

Ballyfin is a topnotch hotel that has so much to offer beyond just a swimming pool. It's unlikely anyone would choose it purely for the pool, but it does have one on-site for those who enjoy a dip on their holidays or as part of their spa experience. The 14-meter-long indoor pool is heated and overlooks the courtyard garden.

Treatment rooms and expert therapists are available for a range of body treatments and massages. The gym offers the best cardiovascular machines, free weights, and audiovisual equipment.

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Carolyn John, 2015

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