Fota Island Resort

Fota Island Resort is Ireland’s newest luxury destination, nestled at the heart of a peaceful island, surrounded by gorgeous scenery in County Cork, and lying in a 780 acre estate which is included in The Inventory of Outstanding Landscapes in Ireland.

A unique combination of championship golf courses, a stylish hotel & spa, luxurious residential lodges and a world class golf, Fota Island Resort is a marriage of style, fine design and workmanship set in an idyllic coastal landscape. This is a special place – relaxed, indulgent and beautiful – somewhere you will never want to leave.

From the first meeting with the Fota Island Resort’s Wedding Coordinator, to the departure of the last wedding guest, couples will know they have made the right choice with their wedding at Fota Island Resort, the most luxurious wedding venue in Ireland.

For your wedding you will have exclusive use of the elegantly designed Smith-Barry Suite, which can comfortably accommodate between 120 and 300 wedding guests. This ornately decorated room provides you with a private terrace where you can enjoy an al fresco pre-wedding drinks reception during the summer months.

The Clubhouse at Fota Island Resort is an extremely creative conversion of old stone farm buildings, while the surrounding landscape creates the most picturesque back drop to your wedding reception. Weddings held at the Clubhouse have exclusive use of The Niblicks function room, an intimate venue that can comfortably accommodate up to 120 guests.

Fota Island Resort has a tempting selection of restaurants with excellent food to choose from. Fota Restaurant is the delightful all-day dining venue with an outdoor terrace for balmy summer days, and the more casual surroundings of the Amber Lounge that provides of a wonderful mellow setting and an impressive selection of over 75 fine whiskeys, including some from the nearby Middleton Distillery.

Everything needed for the perfect relaxed wedding is at hand at Fota Island Resort. One of the most idyllic locations in the country provides a unique way of life for those lucky enough to live on their own private island or a taste of true luxury and relaxation to those just visiting. Fota Island Resort is a glorious combination of elegance, amenities, natural beauty, serenity and service in one of the most outstanding settings on the Irish Coast.

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Reviews of Fota Island Resort(31)

Hi Patricia, I hope all is well with you. I hope it is okay to reach out to you even though our wedding is over! :) Firstly I wanted to say a huge Thank you to you and the team at Fota. Shane and I really enjoyed the day. The room looked great and the food was amazing. So many people came up to us to say the food was the best they have had at a wedding so I wanted to pass this on. Thank you for all of your support getting everything ready and for making sure the day went smoothly.
Review by Laura & Shane
Wedding date 18th Aug 2018
We are so pleased that we chose Fota as the venue for our wedding. From the word go the team instilled confidence in us that our wedding would be a success! Patricia and the management staff at Fota were all excellent. Our guests are still raving about the food and their weekend stay at the hotel and we would whole heartedly recommend Fota as a wedding destination. Lá den scoth a bhí againn - go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
Review by Caitríona and Alec
Wedding date 16th Aug 2018
I would highly recommend Fota Island Resort as a venue for a wedding or any occasion. The staff are the most helpful and friendly people and made our wedding day ever so special.
Review by Kelly & Jonathan
Wedding date 15th Aug 2018
Fota Clubhouse was just what we were looking for, a venue with both character and comfort with great food and service. The different rooms for our drinks reception, meal and dancing were perfect and helped to create a different atmosphere than your typical wedding venue. The location is fantastic and where we got some of our best photos. We really felt spoiled by the staff on the day, especially by our wedding coordinator Patricia, and by the wedding package from the menu tasting to the spa treatments and bridal suite included. Looking forward to spending our anniversary in Fota next year!
Review by Tara and Tristan
Wedding date 15th Aug 2018
Never having to worry as Patricia always had everything under control or if we had any worries, she had a resolution straight-away. Also, feeling like we were nearly the only wedding Fota had (although not the case!)as time was always made for us, nearly felt like Patricia was there solely for our day!
Review by Hazel & Philip
Wedding date 15th Aug 2018
I just wanted to say thank you so so much for all you did at the wedding on Saturday. You and your team were absolutely fantastic.

Your enthusiasm and energy throughout the whole day was just amazing, and i just love the absolute passion you have for the work you do.

You and your team went over and above to make sure the day ran smoothly from cleaning my dress to making sure we were all good through out every second of the day and night. The food was just amazing and i would really appreciate if you could send on my absolute appreciation to Will, his team and the chefs for the outstanding service. Yere professionalism and effort shown was second to none so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Review by Colette & Cilian
Wedding date 15th Aug 2018
Patricia was our wedding coordinator and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, friendly, helpful and wonderful coordinator. Every time we met with her to discuss the wedding of our dreams so was on the ball, very realistic with her advice and made us feel like we were the only couple on her mind. She has great hints and tips and was so great for making sure every need of ours were met (I am a coeliac and I felt fully confident about what I was eating and was sure I wouldn't be sick on the day). The hotel itself was a beautiful setting and the staff were attentive and prompt. While Patricia was out on maternity leave, Katie took over for a few months and she was just a great as Patricia and passed on all of the updates we made in the months leading up to our wedding.
Review by Doireann & Chris
Wedding date 3rd Aug 2018
Hi Patricia, Geraldine and I just wanted to send you a note to thank you and all the team for all your support in the lead up to our big day and on the day itself . Everything went brilliantly on the day and we very much appreciate all your help. Thanks for the lovely touch with the flowers for the top table and also your help in arranging the music for the clubhouse at the last minute ! We would very much recommend the Gin Bar to anyone having a wedding @ Fota, all our guests absolutely loved it !! If you could please send our thanks to the banqueting team as they were excellent on the day and also Ken and his team for the great food. If you could also pass on our thanks to Katie for her help earlier in our planning and Clodagh for her help at the clubhouse. Lastly please let the reservations team know our appreciation as we made lots of changes and nothing was ever any trouble. Again a huge thanks you personally and all the team.
Review by Geraldine & Gary
Wedding date 20th Jul 2018
On the day of the wedding everything went really well, we were delighted with it. The food was fantastic and the service was brilliant, we had loads of compliments on both. I think one big difference between Fota and other places we've been at weddings is the amount and quality of the waiting staff, they were excellent. The residents bar stayed going well in to the morning too which was great! The BBQ was great too and we were well looked after, one small complaint is that the wedding cake never made it down to the Golf club, by the time we realised it wasn't there people had already left the food area so we left it off. Anyway we were pretty stuffed after the BBQ so no big deal. Thanks for all your help Patricia you were great. I'm sure we might cross paths at some stage, no doubt someone at our wedding will have decided Fota is the place for their wedding so I'm sure we'll be back before too long.
Review by Joe & Mary
Wedding date 14th Jul 2018
They say planning a wedding is one of the hardest things you can do. Not with the help of Patricia Murray and the team. Nothing seemed a chore and Patricia always went above and beyond to help, not only on the day but the months leading up to the big day. The venue as a whole was beautiful. A lot of our guests travelled from the UK or other parts of Ireland and we were all welcomed and looked after throughout our entire stay. From the reception staff to the concierge to the bar staff we could not praise them enough. We received wonderful feedback from family and friends about the the food and service. Could we have chose a better venue for our wedding- absolutely not!! We cannot wait to return. Thanks to everyone involved. You made our special day all the more special.
Review by Michelle & Marc
Wedding date 13th Jul 2018
Hi Patricia So sorry for the delay in writing – I know Cliff sent a mail alright but wanted to write myself. We had the most amazing wedding and are still smiling at the thoughts of it ? We got engaged in October 2016 and booked Fota in January 2017. We were between two venues in Cork and brought our parents down to view them both. The other venue was fab and the wedding coordinator was a true sales woman! We then went on to you - you were not focussed on the sale, but on our wedding. Our day, our weekend - you focussed on what we wanted. Our parents tried to be impartial - however when my Dad took out his camera in Fota and started to take pictures we knew there was no comparison! The attention to detail was second to none and my Dad is still raving about how the biscuits were laid out at the drinks reception!! Something minute to us but he was well impressed! We are so so glad with our decision - nothing was ever too much of an ask and you had a solution for everything. Our guests had an absolute ball and we are still smiling thinking back to it. The BBQ on day 2 was fab at the golf club - the food and the views. It really topped off an amazing weekend and was great to catch up with all our guests. A lot of our guests travelled from Dublin/Wicklow/Kildare so made a weekend out of it. The lodges were super for this - Sarah Jane and the rest of accommodation team were so helpful. The concierge also kindly dropped guests home from the residents bar to their lodge so they didn't have to even make the short walk!! When I heard you were due a baby in the middle of my wedding plans I must admit there was a bridezilla moment!! But Katie made sure everything was seamless and nothing a miss in your absence or on your return! The 5 star friendly service is exactly what you get with Fota - we would highly recommend it to others and are excited to come back already. Thanks again for everything - we really had a ball and no doubt wrecked your head at times!! Hope you are enjoying the summer and not too hectic! Louise Gilligan
Review by Louise Gilligan
Wedding date 6th Jul 2018
I have a few points which stand out most for us which I have highlighted below: - the food was excellent and the points noted at the food tasting were taken into account - we were made feel special from start to finish. Small touches include Thomas advising us when we were due to return to our table and him calling to us in the residents bar before he finished up. Patricia also did this before she left during the dinner - an issue was noted with one of the guest rooms and from what we have been told, the staff were very accommodating and helpful - preparation sessions with Patricia as to how the day was going to go and giving advice based on experience
Review by Donna & Denis
Wedding date 16th Jun 2018
We were so happy to celebrate our wedding day at Fota Island resort, it was an easy decision from the first time we arrived and met with the wedding team. The lead up to big day was very relaxing as Patricia was very accommodating and supportive to how we wanted the day to go and that made everything much easier for us. We can’t thank Patricia and the staff at Fota enough for making the day as special as it was, the day flowed so well and that was thanks to how organized the team are at Fota. We received such positive feedback from friends on family on the venue, the food throughout the day and how friendly the staff were! We would highly recommend Fota for your wedding, it will be the best day of your lives as it was for us!!
Review by Amy & Richie Kiely
Wedding date 6th Jun 2018
Katie, the wedding planner was easy to contact and extremely helpful. It was appreciated only having one person to speak to. Great attention to detail though out and a high quality of food and house wines. Good menu selection and flexibility with numbers options. Really like how wedding party is separated to the rest of the wedding. Small details such as providing a shuttle for guests to the church when we had not pre-arranged that is very much noticed and appreciated. Would like to say a huge thank you to Katie and her team. Our wedding in Fota was so much better then we even could imagine with so many extra touches throughout the day and during the build-up.
Review by Shane Scannell and Meadhbh Ni Ghiollain
Wedding date 26th May 2018
Choosing Fota Island Resort as our wedding venue was not a difficult decision for us , from the moment we entered that day, we were immediately blown away by the beautiful setting, stunning banquet room and the staffs professionalism and friendliness.We never looked at another venue again and decided that day it was the one for us. Katie Sheehan, our wedding planner was amazing in helping us achieve everything we had pictured and nothing was ever an issue. She just made it all so easy. On the day of the wedding, Fota went above and beyond and pulled out all the stops for us , it was such a spectacular day, the food was top class, the wine was flowing and everything just ran so seamlessly on the day. It was all the little touches by them that made it extra special. We are absolutely delighted to have chose Fota as our wedding venue as we really had our dream wedding and we couldn't recommend them highly enough. We were lucky enough to also have our day 2 celebrations in the Clubhouse which is an equally stunning venue and more intimate for smaller numbers.The BBQ food was amazing and the celebrations continued on the Veranda. Fota did not fail to deliver with top class service and professionalism and they were so accommodating with everything. Thanks again to John O'Flynn, Katie Sheehan and all staff at Fota for making our wedding day the most special day for us. Kind regards, Lisa O'Callaghan & David O'Gorman, 25 May 2018
Review by Lisa O'Callaghan & David O'Gorman
Wedding date 25th May 2018
Hi Rachael, Patricia Apologies I'm only emailing you now nearly a week later but I didn't get a chance to before this. We just wanted to say thanks so much for everything you and the team in Fota did for us in the lead up to the big day and at the weekend. It could not have run any smoother. We had the best weekend of our lives. From helping us sort out 'Cake Gate' to keeping us on schedule on the day you made it all so easy and stress free. Everyone had a great weekend, they all couldn't get over the food and the service they said it was top class! Nothing was too much trouble for anybody and it was very much appreciated. The setting for the BBQ the next day was just gorgeous the team there did a beautiful job setting it up and the food was delicious again. We were so lucky with the weather that it just topped everything off nicely. Thanks again for everything We look forward to returning for our 1 year anniversary. :) All the best Sabina & JJ
Review by Sabina & JJ
Wedding date 30th Jun 2017
Our wedding in Fota was fantastic from the beginning. We dealt with the loveliest wedding planner, Patricia Murray, who was able to guide/advise us in all aspects of the planning leading up to the big day. During our time there, 4 days!, the hotel manager, Brendan Comerford & staff, were absolutely amazing with regard to the service provided for us and our 220 guests. We would highly, highly recommend Fota Island Resort & Spa. Tara & Bryan 28th Apr 2017
Review by Tara & Bryan
Wedding date 28th Apr 2017
We both really enjoyed our wedding reception, it was seamless from start to finish and this was down to the professionalism of the staff. Thanks for an unforgettable day!
Review by Niamh & Shane
Wedding date 28th Nov 2015
We had our wedding in the Golf Club house. We were looking for a venue that offered a more personal touch and wasn't just another function room. The Club House delivered that and so much more. Being able to have our Drinks Reception in one area, our meal in another and then the band in the bar was amazing. The change of venues for the different parts of the day meant that our guests never got bored. The staff in the club house were top notch. It might sound like a strange one but you didn't even know they were there. They went about the day with such efficiency that they never impacted on our day and we knew we didn't have to worry about anything. Vince, John and Patricia made sure the day went off without a hitch. If you are looking for a venue with a difference, the Club House in Fota won't disappoint.
Review by Claire and David
Wedding date 24th Oct 2015
We got engaged Christmas day 2014 and really wanted a short engagement. Looking for venues we squeezed quite a few into a day and after being at Fota we felt like such a priority and customising our day was no problem. We got such a good feeling we both skipped out of there! Needless to say it was an easy decision to book. Organising our wedding was very much the same, anything we wanted was not a problem and the advice and professionalism we received we will remember forever! Our special day was made more special obviously by the beauty of Fota but more so because of the people working there. We can fault nothing and are so grateful for our perfect day.

We genuinely felt and still feel like Fota is Our Private Island. We couldn't be happier with how we we're treated throughout the whole experience. It felt so effortless organising such a big day, we really enjoyed it. Patricia is a gem! We love her :) Patricia was the third wedding planner we worked with which was initially disappointing, but after meeting her and getting to know her a little we we're sorry she hadn't been there from the start. Will was also superb!

Thank you! Colette & Trevor :)
Review by Colette & Trevor
Wedding date 18th Sep 2015
We had an amazing day last Saturday, we didn't stop smiling from ear to ear all day. I'm still on a high while relaxing on the shores of The Maldives. Fota Island is a fantastic location and you and the staff should be very proud of the operation you run there. All of our guests were very impressed by the attention to detail, the service and most importantly the food. Will (your replacement!) and the staff on the day were excellent and they gave us and our guests their undivided attention. Thank you again for all your help, advice and support throughout the last few months and for helping me to achieve one of the most memorable days of our lives.
Review by Marguerite & Philip
Wedding date 29th Aug 2015
Eoghan and I just want to express our massive thanks to yourself and Will for such a fantastic day. The venue was perfect and the day went absolutely flawless.

Also the BBQ the day after was lovely and the food was great. The girls on the day looked after us well.

Thanks again for everything.
Review by Emma & Eoghan
Wedding date 21st Aug 2015
The perfect wedding day!

I recently got married at Fota. What a perfect day it was! My husband and I are living abroad, so the majority of organization was done via email. The new wedding coordinator, Patricia Murray, is wonderful! She was so helpful and quick to reply with any queries I had. We chose Fota because we knew that they would provide the best service and food, without needing much direction from us. Their staff are so highly trained and polished that we had no fear of being let down.

From the moment we arrived, everything was incredible. Patricia and Brendan greeted us, and Will looked after us for the night. The food was outstanding! One of the highlights of the evening for me was when the executive chef came out to check on us to make sure we were enjoying everything!

The room looked so beautiful, and it was exquisitely decorated. The staff were so attentive, and our guests had nothing but good things to say about every aspect of the day.
The bridal suite was huge, and so comfortable!
We were lucky enough to enjoy a barbecue at the clubhouse the next day, which was equally wonderful. The grounds are so beautiful, and it thankfully didn't rain so we could sit out and enjoy it all.
I had the best day of my life and we wouldn't change a single thing. I'd recommend Fota to anyone :)
Review by Vicky & Fiacre
Wedding date 8th Aug 2015
Fota is a great location for a wedding. The service was very good and the food excellent. All our guests spoke very highly of Fota. I couldn't think of a nicer venue in Cork to host a wedding. Fota was definitely the right decision. The grounds are also fabulous for pictures (assuming the weather plays its part).
Review by Deirdre and Ronan O'Donnell
Wedding date 26th Oct 2014
We had a wonderful time from the moment we arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon before the reception to when we left the following day. Aisling Lambe met us as we arrived and ensured that everything was arranged and set up just as we wanted including photographs, reception seating, etc. The golf club looked perfect and just as we had hoped. The level of professionalism, helpfulness, good humour and courtesy displayed by Aisling, Sid an the catering staff was exceptional and remarked upon as we had hoped. The honeymoon suite was also excellent. Thanks very much to everyone for all their help in making this a great day. Everything was as we would have wished. I would very heartly recommend (and I have already) Fota Resort as a wonderful weddding venue.
Review by Gerard and Loanna Buckley
Wedding date 24th Oct 2014
My husband and I got married in Fota Island. From start to finish we had the most amazing experience. Hazel, the wedding co-ordinator is a pleasure to deal with. She went above and beyond and made planning a wedding so much easier. Rory looked after us incredibly well on the wedding day. All our guests commented on the amazing food. The service was exceptional and the attentiveness the staff gave was exceptional. We had a second day in the golf club on the Sunday. Again service and staff were incredible. We had spa treatment on the Monday. The treatments are the nicest I have had. A lot of our guests got their hair done in the hair salon over the few days, very convenient. Thanks you for the best day of our lives Fota.
Nicola and Gerrold Myers - 18th October 2014
Review by Nicola and Gerrold Myers
Wedding date 18th Oct 2014
We were blown away by our wedding at Fota Island Hotel. The attention to detail was second to none. The staff are always so friendly and accomodating. Hazel the wedding coordinator is uber professional and always responded promtly to emails and queries. We had a magical day. The guests raved over the food and function. All in all we had a 5 star experience.
Review by Louise and Jerry O'Regan -
Wedding date 11th Oct 2014
I could not recommend Fota Island Resort highly enough as a wedding venue. Our guests and ourselves truly experienced a 5 star experience. We had a magical day thanks to the amazing staff an amazing wedding co-ordinator Hazel. You really are treating your guests by having your wedding at Fota. The food was out of this world, sevice was outstanding and just the whole resort is a dream. Fota has an excellent reputation, if you want to impress your guests and have a dream wedding Fota Island Resort is the hotel for you.
Review by Sharon & John Sweeney
Wedding date 4th Oct 2014
On our first visit to Fota Island Resort we knew this was the perfect location, it offered everything we were looking for. From the beginning dealing with Susan and Hazel was a pleasure, we were offered plenty of time to meet with them each time we visited. It was clear how professional and expert they were in their roles.

On the lead up to the day, all our questions and requests were answered without hesitation. On the day, we, our families and all our guests were looked after so professionally, we couldn't have asked for more. Our meal was outstanding, the food really was out of this world! Everything ran smoothly and stress free on the lead up to and on the day, we were in the hands of professionals!

Overall, we were delighted we chose Fota Island Resort as our wedding venue, it was everything we wished for and more,we couldn't recommend it highly enough."

Ailish & Vinny Whelan
Review by Ailish & Vinny Whelan
Wedding date 27th Jun 2014
Hi Katie, thank YOU!!! You and your team including Clodagh did a fantastic job of looking after us on our special day. Ye made it go without a hitch and looked after us so well.. Never once did we worry about anything so we were left to completely enjoy our Day. The food was exceptional all day and everyone commented on how good it was AND how much of it!!! We would (and are) recommending ye to everyone. It's a day we will never forget. Thank you all so much. We are waiting for the photo's to come back and will send you the group one that was taken outside. One of the managers asked for a copy of it. Thanks again, Petrice and Ken Coast.
Review by Petrice and Ken Coast
Wedding date 17th Sep 2009
Hi Patricia, Hope you're keeping well. A huge thank you to Fota for everything that you did for our wedding last month. The level of detail and advice was incredible. Throughout all the planning, Patricia and her team went above and beyond for us. Nothing was too much trouble and their keen eye for detail made sure the day ran so smoothly. The food was incredible and our guests raved about how great the hotel was. Couldn't recommend it enough. Lisa.
Review by Lisa Scanlon
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