Sligo’s Best Family Friendly Hotel

‘Happiness comes in waves’

In need of some inspiration for your next family break? Look no further. The family-run Ocean Sands Hotel is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and has already welcomed generations of families from both Ireland and beyond here to beautiful County Sligo. Indeed, we look forward to welcoming many more. Ideally located just a short amble from the pristine Enniscrone sandy beach, our modern three-star hotel is the ideal base for families looking for a host of great child friendly amenities and a warm welcome at the right price.

The Ocean Sands is proud to be a family friendly hotel with much on offer to keep little ones entertained throughout their stay whilst also ensuring that parents can also take some valuable time to recharge. Located just 45 minutes from Sligo City centre and 10 minutes from Ballina, County Mayo, the family run Ocean Sands Hotel has all the right ingredients to make this summer holiday your best one yet.

We welcome children aged from birth all the way up to teens and aim to make each child’s stay as memorable and enjoyable as we possibly can. Whether you are visiting Enniscrone to enjoy a few lazy seaside days or for a more adventurous exploration of the Wild Atlantic Way, the warm and welcoming Ocean Sands Hotel will become the seaside family retreat you will all want to return to again and again.


OK, we might be a little bit biased on that one, but we also happen to believe it to be true! Regularly listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Enniscrone boasts an amazing 5km of sandy shoreline as well as that much-coveted safe bathing status. During the warmer summer months there is simply no better location for your Irish coastal family break.

Beach days are just the best days and your little ones will be perfectly content for hours on end paddling, building sandcastles and getting familiar with the thriving variety of sea-life that calls the western shore-line home. The whole family can enjoy the luxury of endless ocean swims or perhaps try out some of the water-sports on offer. Surfers flock from all over the world to catch the waves in Sligo’s crystal-clear waters and little (or larger) adventurers may be keen to take lesson or two with one of the local and experienced tutors. There is also the largest Stand-Up Paddle Boarding School in Europe right here in Enniscrone. Harbour SUP n Sail. There are also boat tours and fishing trips on offer in the locality, again with experienced local guides. That’s not forgetting that underrated ‘activity’ of lounging at your leisure for the day with a good book and a cold drink (we think that’s our favourite one of all!).

No Sunshine? No Problem!

Here on the West Coast of Ireland, we are more familiar with the unpredictability of the Irish weather than most. There is sadly no guarantee of sunshine here, even during the summer months. Of course, we all know that sunny days spent on the beach with a picnic can be particularly glorious but rest assured that some of the more overcast days can also be incredibly enjoyable and memorable here at The Ocean Sands Hotel.

As your family fun hotel in County Sligo, the child friendly Ocean Sands has you well-covered when it comes to rainy day entertainment.

Pebbles Playroom

We are delighted to provide a designated play area for our smaller guests. Pebbles Playroom is the hotel’s specially constructed indoor playroom which is available for use by guests all year round. We are also happy to offer supervised sessions in the playroom during summer holidays, affording you the opportunity to catch some much needed down-time of your own. Your little ones will love all the exciting activities Pebbles has to offer including the climbing frame, football, soft play and tube slide. They can also take part in exciting in-house activities including face painting and check out the special children’s library for some night-time reading. Tiny tots will delight in the designated toddler play area while tweens and older children can enjoy indoor football, a games area with their very own pool table and a separate TV area.

Another treat for smaller guests is the Enniscrone Playground and Crazy Golf which is located just outside the hotel. Newly renovated and fully assessable This is a fun fusion of slides, swings, climbing frames and more. Waterpoint Leisure is located close by. For a reduced charge, guests can also access the water park, separate children’s pool, health suite with an indoor heated swimming pool (for those chillier days), 65 metre flume water slide and sports centre. These is a play centre and climbing wall to try. It’s not all about the kids, however. Mum and dad are also in for a treat with a sauna and steam room, leisure centre and state of the art gym also on-site.

Family Rooms

Providing comfort for all the family is our aim here at The Ocean Sands Hotel and we are delighted to offer a selection of rooms in the main hotel which are each large enough to cater to the needs of families of up to five (two adults and three children). Planning on travelling with more? No problem. One of our 13 bright and spacious apartments just adjacent to the hotel, may be better suited to the needs of your family. Each apartment comes with either two or three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen including washing machine, second bathroom and relaxing lounge area. In short, they have everything you might need to make your stay in Enniscrone as enjoyable and relaxing as possible.

What’s for Dinner?

After all that splashing and adventuring, hunger levels are likely to be high. Because we are experienced in catering to the needs of picky little eaters here at The Ocean Sands Hotel, we have designed a varied, healthy, and tasty children’s menu which is also sure to please mum and dad. All meals offered to our younger guests are both appealing to tots and nutritionally balanced. Of course, mum and dad will also be well-catered for with the Ocean Bar and Restaurant and Dunes Dining Room both offering a great selection of delicious meals including locally- sourced seafood, when available

Family Offers

The Ocean Sands Hotel offers family fun, great food and a stunning seaside location at the right price. Keen to learn more about our great value family packages? You will find a selection of amazing family hotel offers all year round on our booking page or feel free to contact our friendly team via email at or by phone on 096 26700.

Proud to be one of the West of Ireland’s most family-friendly hotels, The Ocean Sands in Enniscrone strives to cater for parents and children alike and we are delighted to offer our guests access to our impressive indoor play area for kids (including separate activity area for babies) located right here in the hotel.