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 or 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

 bbq demo

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 or

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

Jelly Arms & Legs for Heidi Grimwood, Spa Manager @ Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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

Here is this week’s update


It’s a gruelling job training for a 10km run when you never had any interest in doing it before. However I must say I am secretly enjoying the new challenge!

Mark Hillliard is my trainer and is a very inspiring guy. So far I have learned a number of better techniques,  for example, lose ankles when running. I always felt like I was built like a sprinter so would run with tense arms striding along the road, however Mark told me to let my arms go like jelly and let the natural rhythm take over – it really works and feels like less effort to run when my body is more relaxed.

Another great tip is to take full advantage of going downhill and fly down it like you are at the end of your race this will help you make up the time you lose when striding up hill. I have done 2 x 5km runs this week my time being 26 minutes which I am delighted with as a starting point.

I am making sure I eat at about 7am so after the school run at have a good run at 9.15am. I tried to run the other day after eating at 8.30am and running at 9.15am – let’s just say it wasn’t a pleasant feeling in my tummy. So I am meeting Mark Hilliard tomorrow for my official training plan to get the best possible time for myself in the 10km run, very excited about this.

Top tips this week:

–          Make sure you do some sprint training – it can be as simple as sprinting from one lamp post to the next and then bringing your speed down to recover. It’s a great way of challenging your body.

–          Also don’t forget to do the hills, its no use just running on the flat – challenge yourself.

–          Be good to your body by refuelling with low GI foods like brown rice, nuts and seeds, fresh fruit. 

Our Spa Manager Heidi Takes To The Roads!

Every week our Spa Manager Heidi Grimwood will be updating us on her preparations for the Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon

Friday October 5th finally arrived – it was D-day; I had to start my running training for the Clonakilty Marathon in December. There was no way out of it now I was meeting Mark my trainer for my first day of marathon training. I was petrified! As a non runner and someone who never had an interest in the sport I am not your usual candidate to take up such a hobby. But I am always up for a challenge and that is what they set me at Inchydoney Lodge and Spa! So an energy fuelled breakfast gluten free toast with honey and a cup of herbal tea – I was ready for my training. Mark is a very positive and motivational trainer, I was delighted he had no ego agenda and was simply there to motivate and push me to get going.

So a gentle warm up jog set us off with our training. It didn’t feel too bad and I was happy to carry on at that pace but I knew it was really a little too easy. However once we reached our small circuit we turned around and I decided to up the pace. It was tough I was never more grateful to get it over with but I completed I think nearly 3 miles today – not a bad start. Warm down was just a gentle walk and then into the Thalassotherapy pool to rejuvenate my muscles! I’m hoping to start enjoying my running one day; so far I am not converted but ill try my best. At present I am aiming for a 45 minute finish on the 10km run – anyone like to start taking bets?!

Want to know more about our Spa? Check out our website!

Beetroot and Goats Cheese Macaroons

Every few weeks our Head Chef, Adam Medcalf @ Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, will be sharing recipes from our kitchen! This week we have: Beetroot and Goats Cheese Macaroons 1 small beetroot 250ml egg whites 50 g icing sugar … Continue reading