Valentine’s Break at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

 

For the one you love this Valentine's Day

For the one you love this Valentine’s Day

Sweets for My Sweet Valentine’s Package

Champagne Picnic on Inchydoney Island Headland

Nothing is sweeter than true love…except for chocolate of course. So why not indulge in both this Valentine’s Day at one of Ireland’s most stunning locations, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa. We have created a ‘Sweets for my Sweet’ sugar coated package hotel & spa package that includes a romantic picnic at the foot of the headland. Designed for those with a sweet tooth and a loving heart, this package will satisfy the senses from the inside out.

Couples will gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes over an amorous candlelit picnic set at the foot of the majestic headland which overlooks the renowned white sanded Inchydoney beaches. The picnic, prepared in our award winning Gulfstream Restaurant, will include delicious treats such as smoked salmon champagne & strawberries.

Our guests will then unwind together with a soothing Elemis back massage in the Couple’s Suite at the Island Spa following by Sweet Treats Afternoon Tea in the ocean view Lounge. The package includes a two night stay for two people inn a deluxe ocean view room with a private balcony where they can watch the Atlantic Ocean hug the coast’s edge while the gentle sound of the waves perfectly adds to the romantic ambience.

The ‘Sweets for My Sweet’ package starts from €275 per person sharing midweek and €295 per person sharing at the weekend.

For more information please visit http://www.inchydoneyisland.com or http://www.facebook.com/inchydoneyisland or phone 023 88 33 143

Feel the Thrill of the Grill at the Ultimate BBQ Master Class

Feel the Thrill of the Grill at the Ultimate BBQ Master Class

This Father’s Day at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has cooked up the perfect present for the man in your life this Father’s Day! Forget the usual present of a pair of socks and treat him to ‘Thrill of the Grill’; the ultimate package to show dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and husbands how much they’re appreciated! From kicking back in front of the fired up BBQ and admiring the striking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean to winding down with a luxurious treatment in the award winning spa, this package will leave your man feeling rested, relaxed and like a rockstar on the BBQ!

On Saturday, 15th June at 3pm, Pitmaster Mike Corcoran will bring his famous BBQ masterclass to the stunning surroundings of Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, where guests will enjoy ‘grilltastic’ dishes made by the main man himself! During the lively group demonstration, Mike will cook up a storm with all-time ‘manly’ meals; steaks, burgers, pulled pork and ribs and share his top techniques of cooking with charcoal, gas and smoking with hardwood. Chicago native Mike picked up grill skills in the States before moving to his ancestral home of Cork, where he has become a local hero with his sought-after demonstrations. Mike is also well-known throughout Ireland and the UK for his authentic American BBQ products, including Pitmaster Mike’s BBQ Sauce and BBQ Spice Rub, of which guests will relish on their meaty treats!

Taking place on the weekend of 14th – 16th June, the ‘Thrill of the Grill’ Father’s Day package is available for both men and women to enjoy from €230 (Friday & Saturday) and €220 (Saturday & Sunday) per person sharing.  Guests will enjoy two nights’ accommodation in a deluxe ocean view room, a BBQ masterclass and tasting session with Mike Corcoran and a full Irish buffet breakfast each morning. The package also includes unlimited access to the heated seawater therapy pool, sauna, steam room and ocean view relaxation areas as well as access to the complimentary fruit and juice bar. Live music will be in full swing on both Friday and Saturday night in Dunes Bar within the hotel.

To top off this unforgettable experience, guests can choose a special spa treatment add-on for just €80, a third off the original price of €120!  This will include a Seawater Massage Bath, where top to toe massage jets in the bath gently warm the muscles to improve circulation and reenergise, using seawater pumped directly from the Atlantic Ocean which is heated to a soothing 32 degrees.  This is followed by either an ‘Urban Cleanse Facial’ or a ‘Skin Specific Facial’ to revive tired and decongested skin and leave guests with a glowing, clear complexion!  ‘Get-up-and-go’ guests can choose from a wide variety of outdoor activities, such as whale watching, midnight sea-kayaking, deep-sea fishing, surfing and more.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is located near Clonakilty, West Cork, and has been named Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort three times running at the World Travel Awards, in the Top 10 Hotels in Ireland by the 2013 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards and is the perfect place for people who value time together. For more information please visit www.inchydoneyisland.com or www.facebook.com/InchydoneyIsland

Wedding Showcase at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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Nestled into the West Cork Coast with its striking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and outstretched beaches, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa offers one of the most romantic settings for a wedding in Ireland. With spectacular sea views, elegant luxury suites and a magnificent headland, this slice of paradise can only be seen to be appreciated.

Inchydoney is a designated Nutura 2000 site where its flora and fauna are protected and will now be enhanced to create a picture perfect backdrop for the bride and groom on one of the most important days in their lives together. The hotel is working on a €300,000 project to develop the already picturesque headland and create the most stunning visual backdrop for weddings in the country. Due for completion in December, the enhancement works include creative new features such as a picnic terrace in an ancient amphitheatre, meandering paths, stone-faced walls with grass seating and a viewing platform overlooking the beach and headland.

New for 2013, Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa has also introduced an all-inclusive package of just €69 per guest which will include a Drinks Reception, Wedding Menu with Wine Evening Supper and Bar Extension, so you and your guests can enjoy luxury for less in this stunning location.

Couples who choose Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa as their wedding venue will enjoy some fabulous extras courtesy of the hotel including a red carpet, champagne and strawberries arrival for the bridal party and personalised wedding menus, vases and candles on each table. Couples will also have complimentary use of the Bridal Suite on the wedding night and will receive an invitation to enjoy a two night weekend break with dinner on one evening to celebrate your First Anniversary.

Catering for both intimate and larger groups of up to 300 guests, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa boasts 67 ocean facing rooms and 22 apartments where you and your guests can enjoy a stress-free wedding in the most tranquil surroundings and perhaps indulge in some of the famous pampering treatments at the hotel’s Island Spa, home to Ireland’s only Heated Seawater Therapy Pool.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa offers a host of new and fun ways to make your wedding day even more special with retro style sweet tables, kitsch mini hotdogs and burgers for evening supper and barbeques on the balcony overlooking the beaches. The outstanding wedding menus, created by Executive Head Chef Adam Metcalf at the award-winning Gulfstream Restaurant, include locally sourced produce and freshly caught Atlantic seafood.

To enquire about having your wedding here or to arrange a complimentary show around contact Amy Dorgan on 023 88 33143.

Eat-Play-Love

Eat – Play – Love

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Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa during the Most Romantic Month of the Year

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Celebrate the month of love with your partner and indulge in the sensuous ‘Eat – Play – Love’ package at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, the perfect way to unwind together. Rekindle the flame with a lavish rendezvous pour deux amidst the striking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and outstretched beaches of Inchydoney, one of the most romantic settings in Ireland.

Included in the luxurious package, take a dip in the Heated Seawater Therapy Pool before spoiling yourselves with The Couple’s Indulgence Ritual in the private sanctuary of The Couple’s Suite, where you will be pampered with a Luxurious Chocolate Body Wrap followed by a Champagne Oil Back Massage.  Afterwards, retreat for some rest and relaxation in a Private Relaxation Area with champagne and strawberries to indulge in together.

Designed to ignite your senses during the most romantic month of the year, the ‘Eat – Play – Love’ package includes a two night stay at the award winning hotel in a deluxe ocean view room, Full Irish Buffet Breakfast each morning and dinner on an evening of choice surrounded by panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean in The Gulfstream Restaurant from only €255 per person midweek or €295 on weekends. The package is available throughout the month of February.

 To further mark the month of love, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is offering couples who book their wedding at Inchydoney Island between the 11th and 17th of February a complimentary Drinks Reception for their wedding.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is located near Clonakilty, West Cork has been named Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort three times at the World Travel Awards and is the perfect place for people who value time together. For more information please visit www.inchydoneyisland.com or www.facebook.com/InchydoneyIsland

 

Spectacular New Headland in Development at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

 

Spectacular New Headland In Development at

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has begun a €300,000 project to enhance and protect the natural beauty of the headland of Inchydoney Island in an initiative that provides increased access and unparalleled dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the stunning views of the West Cork coastline.

The focus of the redevelopment, which is due for completion in April is on natural harmony and the seamless integration of the elements into the natural habitat. It will include features such as a picnic terrace, specially designed headland walk routes, amphitheatre style seating and a Wind Garden.

Conservation management is one of the key factors in the enhancement project because over time both the Atlantic Ocean and public access have taken their toll on the eroding headland. Inchydoney wants to ensure that we manage and preserve the headland for generations to come.

When completed in April, the headland will be visually alluring with meandering paths, stone faced walls with grass seating, proper fencing and lighting along with replenished native species of shrubbery, grasses and foliage. A viewing platform will be constructed overlooking the beach and headland providing stunning photo opportunities.

As the footpath and ancillary routes snake around to the open clearing, there will be a picnic area with a large range of viewing areas, and art and sculpture displays in the Wind Garden.  The concept of the Wind Garden will be to harness the natural wind speeds of the area, which are typically high, and channel them into a scenic art project where the installations will respond naturally to the elements.

Proprietor of Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Des O’Dowd, says, “We are delighted to be the guardians and custodians of this beautiful landscape. We would like to leave it in a better way than we found it.”

This is a joint initiative between Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa and West Cork Development Partnership.

Positive Thinking Change Your Mindset and Run Like The Wind

Our Spa Manager Heidi Grimwood is training for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 

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Training for a marathon no matter how small even the 10km is no easy task. Like most of us we need to juggle family life, work life and try to squeeze in runs when we can. The colder mornings are not encouraging when you’d rather be relaxing with a hot cuppa rather than running outside. However there is nothing more satisfying than completing a run and the adrenaline that comes after.

Top mistakes I have made over the past couple of weeks include not eating breakfast before my run and wondering why my body doesn’t want to move! Not stretching after the run which is essential and  as a result getting sore knees and back. Finally poor mental attitude – running with a mind set of I DON’T WANT TO DO THIS – does not help you finish your training for the day!!

So, yesterday I woke up with a positive frame of mind even though it is pouring with rain and blowing a gale, ate my 2 slices of gluten free toast with a slice of ham on them and a small bowl of water melon, strutted to the starting line with Mark Hilliard of Finish Line Fitness and set off on my 10km training.  I felt amazing, full of energy and positive. Apparently drivers passing claim to have seen me with a big smile on my face too!! I finished my time 3 minutes faster than the previous week and although a little stiff in the afternoon I felt positive that my training was back on track. I am taking my usual break for the weekend and will resume with a 5km run Monday morning after the school run.

I am enjoying seeing the improvements that I am making in my running but know without the mind and body coaching from Mark Hillard I wouldn’t have got this far so thank you!

For more information on the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon click here!

If you want to know more about Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa click here and learn about our Thalassotherapy Pool, which is ideal for after training and running.

Ballinwillin House & Farm Venison, Wild Boar at Upcoming Taste of West Cork

 

Patrick Mulcahy of Ballinwillin House

I have  been farming at Ballinwillin House since 1985.   I run the  farm and B&B with my wife Miriam and the help of our 3 children, Sheena, John & Elayne when they are available from College and work.  Ballinwillin Farm specializes in rare breeds of old Ireland, Red Deer, Wild Boar, the Irish Grazer Pig and the Iron age Pig.  These pig breeds were extinct in Ireland and we have successfully re-introduced them.   All the food from “Ballinwillin House Farm” is produced on the farm and processed in a licensed abattoir and is also organic.  We run a Bed & Breakfast on the farm and we also have gourmet evenings supplying 8 course meals to our Guest and produce our  own wine “Chateau Mulcahy”in Hungary which has 14 varieties and we often do wine tastings in our cellar for guests.  Our main business is on line sales of our food products in Ireland, U.K. & Europe.

 

Running Ballinwillin Farm is a beautiful way of  life and the job satisfaction is wonderful.  We are the product and the product is us!

I hope you enjoy tasting our Wild Boar and Venison at the upcoming Taste of West Cork in Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on Friday November 2nd.

 

The Taste of West Cork  is taking place on Friday November 2nd where you can enjoy a 7 course tasting menu featuring the very best of West Cork Seasonal Produce and enjoy Fine Wines paired by William Tindal of Tindal Wines.  Bookings on  023 88 33143

 

Tickets are €60 and you can also enjoy an overnight stay in a Deluxe Ocean View Room with private balcony or terrace, Full Irish Breakfast in the Gulfstream Restaurant and unlimited access to the Heated Seawater Therapy Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Ocean View Relaxation Areas for €69.

 

John & Sara Devoy Answer Inchydoney Island’s Call of The Wild

In the run up to our Winter Taste of West Cork Food & Wine Evening we have asked some of our producers to write about what they do and why they do it! 

The first in this mini-series of guest bloggers is the wonderful Sara Devoy from Devoy’s Organic Farm 

John & Sara Devoy of Devoy’s Organic Farm Rosscarbery

About ten years ago John walked into a 6 acre field in Rosscarbery with a river at its boundary rolling North to South towards Owenahinca Beach, John said ‘this is it’! There was no house, no running water and no electricity supply. This was a new challenge for John who had cycled  solo from Cork to North Cape in Norway to  Cape Town some years before!

With a few children at our side, the creation of our farm and home began. John had been a bio-chemist for many years in Cork City and I had worked in publicity, Nutrition and Stress Management. We would need all these skills on our rocky road. At first we relished the thought that this land hadn’t been cultivated for  25 years. This  ensured that it was free from sprays and fertilizers. It was a wilderness which had become home to birds,foxes and hares. Later we realized with every tree that we tried to plant, there were some huge rocks to shift.  There was the odd time when I hoped we would come across a stone circle and we could shelve the whole idea of creating a farm!

Steadily, with the help of local skills and a continuous stream of students from European Agricultural schools, we managed to reclaim some small areas of land and cultivate them. We erected polytunnels and cleared away the deepest layers of weeds. We hauled up seaweed from local beaches and worked hard to recondition the soil.  My son didnt have time to play with diggers as at 3 years old he was up in a massive JCB helping with the drainage channels. The work seemed interminable initially and trying to get planning permission was another nightmare.  Fortunately both of us had a background in health and knew a little bit about stress management!! BUT nothing could have prepared us for this huge lump of reality!! That is just a bit of the story!!!

Initially, we produced just enough for a few select restaurants and as the project expanded we were able to look at supplying some local markets and supermarkets.

We greatly value our connection with Inchydoney Hotel as pretty early on we invited Head Chef Adam Medcalf to the farm to sample what we were producing. He has always had an eye for the tasty and unusual. We walked around the farm and tasted numerous varieties of salad and spoke about the menus for the season ahead. It is great to work alongside chefs who have the vision to use what is local and in season.

For more information about John & Sara Devoy’s Organic Farm check out their website.

If you want to taste some of their produce then you can taste it at The Taste of West Cork on Friday November 2nd where you can enjoy a 7 course tasting menu featuring the very best of West Cork Seasonal Produce and enjoy Fine Wines paired by William Tindal of Tindal Wines.  Bookings on 023 88 33143