Fota Island Resort

Fota Island, Cork
Bedrooms: 131

Fota Island Resort: Cork

Fota Island Resort is one of the outstanding 5 star luxury wedding hotels in Ireland. Nestled on a peaceful scenic island, Fota Island Resort is set on a 780 acre estate included in the 'Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes' in Ireland.

This picturesque and unique location is the perfect setting for your dream wedding. The avenues are lined with oak and sycamore trees, leading into this tranquil retreat, an elegant and relaxed place where life seems to stand still. A combination of elegance, amenities, natural beauty, serenity and service makes this one of the most idyllic venues on the Irish Coast.


  • Balcony Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Beach Wedding Venue
  • Broadband Wi-Fi
  • Civil Ceremonies
  • Coastal
  • Country Wedding Venue
  • Dedicated Wedding Planner
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Family Friendly
  • Fishing
  • Gardens
  • Golf Course
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lake View
  • Leisure Facilities
  • Private Parking
  • Reception Concierge
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Sea View
  • Secondary Accommodation
  • Spa
  • Staff Accommodation
  • Unique Wedding Venue
  • Unusual Wedding Venue
  • Waterside


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Orla O
April 2016
We had our wedding reception here in April this year and there are no words to actually express what a perfect occasion it was (except for the weather....but not much you can do about that ☺). It was an absolutely amazing weekend from beginning to end. The entire staff in Fota (a special mention to the wedding planners (Nicole and Patricia) and the food manager (Michael)) were extremely professional and friendly and were an absolute pleasure to deal with. No request was too much for them. They were always available at the end of the phone and very responsive to emails. They were very organised at all times. We had a bbq in the golf club the following day and that, too, went off without a hitch. On both days the food and wine were excllent, definitely 5 star quality. On the day of the wedding there was a slight incident where the MOG required some stitches on her foot (absolutely nothing to do with the hotel). The hotel staff were very professional and helpful. They drove her to the hospital, waited for her, kept us updated at all times and drove her back just in time for dinner! They couldn't have been more supportive. Fota proved a great location for a 2 day wedding as many guests went to either Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park, the Midleton Distillery or just chilled in the spa during the day. Lots to do. Could not fault the venue, the food or the staff. Would highly recommend it as a wedding venue. It was 5 star all the way. It was a privilege to have had our wedding at Fota and no doubt we will be back there again very soon.
August 2015
We had our wedding here are Fota Island Resort at the Clubhouse. We looked all around Cork for a venue that suited our needs. We wanted something that was intimate for us and our guests but also contemporary with a touch of luxury. Fota Clubhouse fitted the bill as it was convenient to us based in Cork City, surrounded by the beautiful Fota grounds but had all the facilities of a 5 star hotel. 1) The food was very important to us. We did not actually taste the menu itself as we are based in Australia but had others do it for us. Based on their recommendations we choose the menu and was stunned on the day of its quality, taste, preparation and presentation. Outstanding by all accounts. Many of the guests commentated on the food which pleased us as it was one of our main priorities for the day. Hats off to the chef for the day. 2) Staff on the day were fantastic. They could not do enough for us. We had fears that being a small wedding we would be forgotten about as they usually do weddings in the main hotel as well. This was not the case at all, in fact being in the Clubhouse meant that there was a much more personal touch and rapport between guests and staff. We also have to mention Vincent the clubhouse manager whom we met on the day and Helen events manger whom we were in contact with previously. All made an effort to make the day special for us. 3) The resort itself is beautiful and kept in tip top shape. There are nice walks to be had if you simply want to go out and about the place. The suite itself is one of the nicest if not the nicest hotel room I have stayed in and that would include our honeymoon. Great detail, great space and great amenities. The pool and spa pool are there to be used as well which we did and are very nice indeed. The finishings in the clubhouse are excellent as well. Intimate but plenty of space as well if people want to sit down and have a chat. The clubhouse after the meal was our own private space. Everyone enjoyed themselves and there was plenty of space on the dance floor even though we had a 7 member band to accommodate. 4) Wedding planning is stressful enough without having to encounter extra problems of someone else's making. Our initial consultation and enquiry was done professionally and personally. Unfortunately prior to our wedding day there were some staff changes which can just happen and is unavoidable sometimes. However, a number of things transpired then which made us fearful of the day not being set our to our own vision. We made our fears known and had a sit down with the John O' Flynn, the general manager of the resort. A quick a productive meeting ensued which allayed our fears and John true to his word took our fears on board, produced a plan of action and executed them to a tee, with the help of Helen and Vincent. The hallmark of good management is often solving problems before they become bigger problems and here the management and staff involved all played their part in making the day special for us. Execution of the day and communicating with other suppliers was all done with no issue. Even post checkout Helen messaged us her best wishes for the future and thanked us for the positive feedback. Outstanding service. In summary, thank you to all the staff who helped us make our wedding the day that is was, a day to never forget and the best day of our lives. Anytime I will be back to Fota I will have fond memories of that day. Family and friends still talk to us on how great the day was even months after the wedding. I would recommend anyone to have a wedding here to experience a truely unique and special wedding.
Mary S
July 2015
What can I saw about Fota Island Resort. This whole place is fantastic. I've been to this hotel loads of times so when it came to choosing a location for our wedding reception it was a no brainer. From the moment we met with the wedding coordinator that was never a doubt that my wedding was going to be amazing. The hotel is just outstanding from the moment you drive in the long drive way you know you're going somewhere special. We chose the 24th of July for our wedding and everytime we called to the hotel before the wedding the service always impressed me. From the door men to the waiters in the restaurant to the management everyone was so polite, friendly and extremely helpful. Our original wedding coordinator had moved on to another hotel in the Fota group so we had the pleasure of working with the new wedding coordinator Patricia. On the run up to the wedding. Patricia was great, so helpful, encouraging, and she took all the stress away when it came to the reception. She set up the tables and the sweet table exactly as I wanted. I had organised baskets for the bathrooms and flip flops for the guests and Patricia organised all of the set up for me so we had nothing to do before the wedding. My mother in law made our wedding cake and so she was very concerned about where it wold be stored before the wedding and again Patricia took cake of all of this and she even brought my mother in law in to see the cake set up before any of the guests were allowed in. Fota is the ideal location for a Wedding. Theres so many great places for pictures. Theres the gorgeous wood area on the way in. The golf club and of course the beautiful gardens outside the function room in Fota. I couldn't have asked of anymore. The service on the day of the wedding was AMAZING. All of our guests were commenting on it. From the drinks reception to the bar staff to the wait staff at dinner. The food was so fantastic and there was plenty of wine for everyone.The function room in Fota talks for it's self. Its beautiful. One of the reasons I loved Fota for a wedding is that all of your guests are kept together. You have a cloakroom and bathrooms and a bar when you walk into the wedding area and your function room is off of that. There are two large double doors that are closed off so you and all your guess feel like your the only ones there and for me that added to the perfection of the day. Our bridal suite was out of this world and when we arrived in there was a gorgeous handwritten card, chocolates and bottle of Champagne from the hotel. Patricia also arrived up with coffee incase we need a bit of energy before the reception started. She had thought of everything. Our room had a separate bedroom, 2 bathrooms and a very large living space with a gorgeous fireplace. We also had a huge wrap around balcony. It was perfect. I couldn't find one fault with Fota. We were treated so fantastically by everyone in the hotel for the whole weekend of our wedding. Fota is a 5 Star hotel but 5 stars aren't enough to express how great it really is.
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  • Wedding Venue Features
  • Located on tranquil island
  • Coastal 780 acre estate
  • Reputation for quality food
  • State of the art spa
  • Wedding Co-ordinator
  • Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland
  • Woodlands and lakes