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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel Review

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel Review

I recently spent 2 days at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa and I was so impressed with the hotel, it’s staff, the food, the accommodation and the spa that I just had to share my experience of this amazing Irish Hotel.

Their website states, “A warm welcome awaits you in one of Ireland’s most exclusive and tranquil retreats. A true destination for people who value time together.” and this statement could not be more true.

Check-In

The check-in for any hotel is usually the same across most hotels, however here on check-in, we had a very nice check-in followed by a complimentary welcome drink which was very much appreciated. We spent about 30 minutes relaxing in the reception area before heading to the room.

The Room

The Rooms are very luxurious with beautiful sea views out over the Atlantic coast. It is a setting far removed from what you expect for Ireland, more resembling the south of France. It feels like you are very far from home and is very relaxing. The room comes with robes, clippers, tea facilities, a Nespresso machine, and complimentary water, flat screen TV, and our room had a beautiful balcony area where we could chill in the warm April sun. The sleeps are very comfortable and the bathroom is large with everything you need including Elemis products.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Room

The Food

There are 2 restaurants that we visited, these were nautically themed Dunes Pub & Bistro and our Fine Dining Gulfstream Restaurant. The Dunes Pub was where we enjoyed a fantastic prawn curry, which tasted fantastic and the portion size was just perfect. In the Gulfstream Restaurant, we had John Dory, again, sublime food with a stunning view out over the bay. The service at the restaurants is excellent and you are checked on to ensure all is good.
Breakfast is served in the Gulfstream Restaurant and you will be sure to have everything you want at breakfast.

The Spa

It was about 8 years since I had a spa treatment, so this was worth waiting for. I had the Sleep Tight treatment which included a foot treatment, back massage, and also a neck and shoulders/head massage.  It was very relaxing indeed and while enjoying the fruit in the relaxation room post-treatment, my fitness tracker showed my heart rate at 9 bpm lower than my normal average resting heart rate – so it really did relax me.

Before we went for the spa treatment we did enjoy the Seawater Therapy Pool and the sauna and steam room which was a great way to enjoy all the Spa had to offer.

The Location

Inchydoney is located about 10 minutes from Clonakilty in Co. Cork and has a beach only steps away from the hotel. From Waterford the journey took 2 hours 30 minutes which is not bad indeed, especially considering the rewards of relaxation which awaited us.

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa - Views from nearby beach

Overall Review 10/10

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is set in a stunning location and has fantastic accommodation food and service. This hotel stay gave the most spectacular scenery, food, and relaxation with the best views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and is a very romantic and picturesque location on the Wild Atlantic Way. With Free Parking, Free Wifi, an indoor Saltwater pool, steam room, sauna, and fitness center, all of which you can enjoy for free during your stay – this has to be the Best Hotel I have visited in Ireland. I look forward to returning very soon.

Website: https://www.inchydoneyisland.com/

Three Hidden Gems That Sum Up Ireland By Irish Artists

Three Hidden Gems That Sum Up Ireland By Irish Artists

From pop to punk, Ireland has a rich musical heritage. Its folk music is some of the most recognisable in the world and goes hand in hand with its unique dance and arts culture. Thus, it makes sense that Irish artists would have a large diaspora spread the world over. Yet home is often what they sing about the most, and below we pick three hidden gems that sum up Ireland, written by Irish artists.

Galway Races – The Dubliners 

To say any of The Dubliner’s tracks are a hidden gem may be a stretch. One of the most beloved of Irish bands, all of their tracks are well known and ingrained in the culture of the Emerald Isle. Yet Galway Races is a standout track. On the surface, it seems like a typical folk song that would not be out of place in any expat Irish bar found around the world. Yet dig deeper and it is a fantastic character and social study of leisure pursuits before the digital age.

It delves deep into the attraction of not just the horse racing, but the events that took place on these days such as the spinning wheel. The country has long held gambling close to its heart and continues to do so today. The Irish Lottery is played across the world, and the company Lottoland sells lottery tickets in Ireland itself. Yet even though these games can be played indoors, it has simply enhanced the desire to go out and play these games in physical locations. Just like Ireland, everything has changed, yet in other ways, nothing has changed at all.

The Dubliner’s delivery also stands to reiterate this. A foot-stomping anthem with a powerful delivery, it layers its instrumental textures like the passengers slowly filling the races. Interspersed with syllabic chants, it is a perfect study of the country’s social history.

Thin Lizzy – Emerald 

 

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Thin Lizzy holds the crown for Ireland’s most loved heavy rock band. Yet their real success came from blending the sound with delicate songwriting, almost balladry, that often bordered on pop music. Dancing in the Moonlight is one perfect example of this.

Whisky in the Jar is one of their most famous tracks and was taken from a traditional Irish folk song. Yet Emerald is the track where frontman Phil Lynott appreciates the Irish blood in his veins the most. With charged lyrics and some hellish guitar call and response, it is the sound of Ireland in the seventies.

Bad – U2 

There are plenty of U2 tracks that could be chosen, often both celebratory and critical of Irish life, politics and culture in equal measures. While the other songs on the list address patriotism and pride, this track takes a slightly different look at the dark side of a recession-hit Dublin.

Oddly, the live track is much more loved than the recorded version. A sparse arrangement exists, punctuated by the overdubs of Brian Eno. Yet played live it is almost religious in its fervour, enhanced by the performance many people will remember from Live Aid. It may not be the nicest of subject matters, but it is one of the band’s most overlooked tracks in a cannon that keeps on producing hit after hit.

Many more tracks can sum up Ireland and artists willing to do so. From the Corrs to the Pogues, the country has a rich musical heritage. It only takes a little research and you can find your own favourites.

Three Hidden Gems That Sum Up Ireland By Irish Artists - Photo by Zachrie Friesen

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Thin Lizzy holds the crown for Ireland’s most loved heavy rock band. Yet their real success came from blending the sound with delicate songwriting, almost balladry, that often bordered on pop music. Dancing in the Moonlight is one perfect example of this.

Whisky in the Jar is one of their most famous tracks and was taken from a traditional Irish folk song. Yet Emerald is the track where frontman Phil Lynott appreciates the Irish blood in his veins the most. With charged lyrics and some hellish guitar call and response, it is the sound of Ireland in the seventies.

Bad – U2 

There are plenty of U2 tracks that could be chosen, often both celebratory and critical of Irish life, politics and culture in equal measures. While the other songs on the list address patriotism and pride, this track takes a slightly different look at the dark side of a recession-hit Dublin.

Oddly, the live track is much more loved than the recorded version. A sparse arrangement exists, punctuated by the overdubs of Brian Eno. Yet played live it is almost religious in its fervour, enhanced by the performance many people will remember from Live Aid. It may not be the nicest of subject matters, but it is one of the band’s most overlooked tracks in a cannon that keeps on producing hit after hit.

Many more tracks can sum up Ireland and artists willing to do so. From the Corrs to the Pogues, the country has a rich musical heritage. It only takes a little research and you can find your own favourites.

Facebook Down, Instagram Down & Messenger Down: Meta platforms in worldwide outage

Facebook Down, Instagram Down & Messenger Down: Meta platforms in worldwide outage

It looks like the Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger parent company Meta is experiencing a significant worldwide outage that has affected Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger. I just checked with a friend in Las Vegas and both here in Ireland and in Nevada the problem exists. 

Users of these platforms have discovered that they couldn’t load the platforms via web or apps as they would normally. Affected users discovered that Instagram would not function at all and that they had been logged out of Facebook. I myself thought it was my issue as I changed from one wifi to another in a short period of time and perhaps it was just a timed security logout – so I changed my password and when I tried to log in there was a weird / new account blank app looking back at me,

Many people when they tried to log in I am sure were worried that their accounts had been compromised due to the notifications indicating they were logged out, and by now Twitter/X is experiencing a resurgence of use as many flock to that platform for news or updates on the issue. But rather than being the product of a hack or cyberattack (so don’t worry about that), it appears that Facebook’s login mechanism is having issues and that is what is at fault.

Official status pages for Meta’s consumer goods are not maintained by the company. Also, there had been no updates posted regarding the downtime on the Meta website.

If you are having issues, leave a comment and state where you are having the issues from, and if it is Facebook, Instagram and messenger or just some of these platforms.

Top 7 Hotels in Philadelphia for a Fun Weekend

Top 7 Hotels in Philadelphia for a Fun Weekend

The City of Brotherly Love is well-known for its past, it was here that the United States first proclaimed its independence, but other cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., have eclipsed it as popular travel destinations. Thankfully, Philadelphia’s hospitality market has been kind over the last ten years, with several new hotels and a flourishing restaurant scene popping up all around the city.

Additionally, travelers have a wide selection of top-notch hotels to choose from, with options to fit every taste and budget, including a sleek stay for art enthusiasts and a luxury hotel packed with amenities for foodies. Whether you’re visiting for business, pleasure, a long-term stay with family, or as a couple, these are the greatest hotels in Philadelphia.

The Rittenhouse Hotel

At the opulent Rittenhouse, it’s hard not to feel pampered. The stately dame of Philadelphia hotels, the Rittenhouse, has views of the plaza named after it. Renovated in 2017, the rooms are large and have marble baths, soft carpets, and classically beautiful furniture. The two fine dining establishments in the common spaces are a stunner.

Live! Casino Philadelphia

A new chapter in South Philadelphia history has begun with the opening of Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. It has transformed the Stadium District into a singularly national destination amidst the exciting action of four major professional sports teams, first-rate dining options, memorable entertainment, luxurious hotel accommodations, and top-notch gaming.

 

As we’ve mentioned, this hotel is located in South Philadelphia, just an hour drive away from the Philadelphia Airport. Over 200 luxurious hotel rooms, a FanDuel Sportsbook, over 2,100 slots and electronic table games, 150 live-action table games, including a dedicated poker room, as well as brand-new eating and entertainment choices are all included in this $700 million complex, which is conveniently situated off I-95 and I-76.

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel

Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Hotel, a four-room boutique hotel in Fishtown, is a good home base for travelers who like destination eating and industrial chic décor. Features like handcrafted wallpaper, meticulously chosen old furniture, exposed masonry, and clawfoot tubs accentuated with real plants are sure to wow design enthusiasts. Modern kitchens can be found in each studio-style room of this character-filled, century-old building, which was once used as a whiskey mixing and bottling operation.

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia At Comcast Center

The entrance of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is located on the 59th level, taking the glass elevator upward is a unique experience. The elevator seems like it’s shooting you into the heavens because of how quickly it moves. The moment the modern elevator doors open, friendly personnel will greet you with smiles as you enter the lobby decorated with flowers, and you’ll be astounded by the breathtaking views of Philadelphia’s cityscape.

The Dwight D, A City House Hotel

Located in a historic brownstone that had housed the Eisenhower Fellowships program, hotelier and interior designer Vittoria Schutz extensively refurbished and remodeled this small boutique in 2014. Each of the eight rooms has a unique design with sophisticated accents such as trellised balconies, stained glass, unique artwork, and embroidered pillows. Certain rooms have soaking tubs and fireplaces, along with views of the colorful metropolis of Philadelphia or a private garden.

Roost East Market

If your stay in Philadelphia must extend beyond a few nights, Roost is a chic base with well-furnished one- or two-bedroom apartments. You may never want to leave with floor-to-ceiling windows, handmade furnishings, antique carpets, and an abundance of vibrant, healthy plants. Roost’s pet- and family-friendly policies, which include a dog run and a children’s play area, are also excellent for those who don’t travel alone.

The Logan Hotel, Curio Collection

The Logan Hotel, Curio Collection is brimming with exquisite Philadelphia-inspired artwork and is situated directly on busy Logan Circle, only a short distance from the Rodin Sculpture Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 1,800 works of locally created art, including Join or Die by Morgan Dummitt, Quills of Monticello by Chris Nelke, and Philadelphia Textile by John Johnson, were selected by curators at Kevin Barry Fine Art. Guests may download a smartphone app for comprehensive information and the backstory of each artwork on exhibit around the hotel.

 

 

 

 

Elevate your outdoor space with a stylish garden lounge

Elevate your outdoor space with a stylish garden lounge

Are you wanting to create the perfect chill zone in your garden for some time now? And no, we don’t mean with just a few folding chairs and a depressing-looking umbrella. But how about designing a chic and stylish garden lounge that will impress your neighbors and have your friends pleading for invitations to your upcoming garden parties? Keep reading to find out how! 

Bring the comfort outside 

First things first, let’s talk about seating. Forget uncomfortable metal chairs, but consider a comfortable garden lounge set that makes you want to sink into them and never get up. Think of outdoor sofas with cushions, hammocks, or one of those adorable hanging chairs. 

The coffee table 

It is easy to forget, but the coffee table is the star of any garden lounge. Choose a coffee table that makes a statement, rather than just any old one. What about a durable and fashionable item that can stand through any type of weather?

Light it up

Lightning is so important, especially when your outdoor space transitions from day to night. Fairy lights, solar-powered lanterns, or even stylish floor lamps can make the space look magical. 

Plants 

The key ingredient that elevates your outdoor space is plants. Hang some attractive planters or build a vertical garden on an empty wall. The more green, the better! It’s like bringing nature right outside your door. 

Shade 

Finding the ideal balance between soaking up the sun and finding shade is key to creating a chic garden lounge. Make a blog statement with a pergola or sleek umbrella. It will not only protect you from the sun but will also give your outdoor space a sense of class. 

Decorative garden tools 

You might want to consider using your garden tools as aesthetic accents rather than storing them in a nook. On a wall-mounted rack or pegboard, gardening tools like forks, shovels, and rakes add a charming country-chic appeal. 

Style your furniture 

The finishing touches that make your garden lounge distinctive are outdoor rugs, weather-resistant throw pillows, and perhaps even warm blankets for those chilly nights.  

 

Building a stylish garden lounge in your outdoor space involves more than just adding chairs. It involves creating an environment where each sunset seems like a party and each night is a call to relax. So use your creative personal flair and turn your garden into the coolest place in the neighborhood.



10 Strategies for Reigniting the Flame When Your Relationship Feels Challenged

10 Strategies for Reigniting the Flame When Your Relationship Feels Challenged

Everyone acknowledges that maintaining a relationship can be a complex endeavor. While there are instances filled with sheer delight and happiness, there are other moments where it seems like the bond is on the brink of breaking. During such testing periods, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed or consider giving up. However, it’s crucial to remember that with dedication, empathy, and hard work, many couples emerge from tough times. They are even more connected. Here are ten strategies to guide you through the stormy phases and restore your relationship.

Engage in Genuine Conversations

Communication breakdowns are often at the root of relationship problems. When something weighs on your mind or feels off, initiate a discussion. Steering clear of essential talks can result in misguided judgments.

Consider Professional Help

Experts like therapists or counselors specialize in helping couples find their way back to each other. Engaging in therapy sessions, be it as a pair or individually, can offer priceless advice and strategies.

Rekindle Old Memories

Think back to the initial stages of your relationship. Re-experience those early moments. Recall beautiful memories. And participate in shared hobbies. All this can spark the passion anew.

Make Time for Each Other

With life’s constant hustle, it’s all too easy to neglect special moments together. Ensure you schedule regular moments. Be it a cozy home-cooked meal, watching a film, or even spontaneous trips.

Focus on Personal Growth

Enhancing oneself often results in improving the relationship’s dynamics. Reflect on aspects where you can grow, your approaches, and how you might be contributing to the current issues.

Set Clear Boundaries

Recognizing each other’s personal space and preferences is paramount. These could pertain to private time, communication methods, or dealing with external relationships. Honoring these boundaries minimizes potential bitterness.

Embrace the Power of Forgiveness

Nursing past wounds can lead to further rifts. Embrace forgiveness. Not only for your significant other but also for your own peace. It is vital. Shift your focus from what’s behind to what lies ahead.

Always Be Inquisitive

Never fall into the trap of believing you’ve entirely figured out your partner. As individuals grow and evolve, their preferences and aspirations do too. Keep the curiosity alive. Regularly catch up and understand each other’s evolving facets.

Balance Through Compromise

A relationship is a dance between two distinct individuals, each with their own aspirations and views. Always agreeing isn’t the aim. Rather, it’s about finding a middle ground without compromising on fundamental beliefs.

Strengthen the Trust Foundation

Trust is the cornerstone of any robust relationship. Uphold integrity, remain open, and show consistency in behavior. If trust wanes, it can be rebuilt with time, sincerity, and mutual effort.

When you are with someone, you’re betting on the relationship. It’s like going on https://tonybet.com/ie and betting on your favorite team. You bet because you believe in them. Same for your relationship.

To wrap it up, every partnership faces its set of trials and triumphs. Central tenets of a thriving relationship, however, remain the same across the board. Always recall the highs and lows every couple navigates. No matter how grim the current scene might seem, there’s a silver lining. Armed with resilience, understanding, and patience, you can bridge any divide. Hold onto the affection, mutual respect, and cherished moments that initially drew you close. Rather than viewing troubles as colossal barriers, consider them as avenues to evolve, enrich knowledge, and fortify your connection. After all, the most captivating tales are those of perseverance through the most daunting challenges.