I started Monday on a very relaxed note thanks to a fabulous night away at Fota Island Resort in Cork. My boyfriend and I stayed in the resort (just a ten minute drive outside the city) on Saturday night and I really felt the benefit of being in such a beautiful and tranquil setting, even if just for a very short break.
Boasting a championship golf course and an award-winning spa, as well as the famous wildlife park, the resort represents another world from the moment you enter its gates and it’s hard to think of a reason to leave again.
From the exquisite lobby to the jazzy bar, the hotel’s commitment to providing indulgence and luxury is evident throughout. Their endeavour to incorporate the beauty of the surrounding woodlands in the interiors is also very apparent, which again adds another level to the overall experience.
The hotel’s restaurant has just the right amount of buzz, the service is fantastic and the food is really fresh and tasty. They also cater for veggies which is always a plus in my books – it never ceases to amaze me how many establishments still think that one single choice on the menu is all us herbivores require!
After a good night’s sleep, I couldn’t wait to sample the Spa and fortunately the hydro-pool turned out to be the perfect Sunday morning chill out spot. Surrounded by greenery, it offers a great relaxation room with hammocks and couches and most importantly lots of weekend reading material. The thermal suite has the best steam room I’ve been to for a long time and the main pool certainly didn’t disappoint either with a great sauna and a steaming hot jacuzzi.
Although I didn’t have time to have a treatment, just being in the thermal and hydrotherapy suites alone gave me the sense of calm that I had been craving for the last few weeks. I think we often forget just how affected we are by our environment, which makes these types of mini breaks so benefical.
After the spa I was ready to hit the city for my favourite Sunday sport – of course shopping! – so I kept my wardrobe super casual and comfortable to match my mood. I paired my tee and jeans with these cool brogues from Stradivarius. I’m trying to make more of an effort to wear flat shoes at the moment as my daily heel wearing is starting to take a serious toll on my feet. Heels definitely represent my comfort zone so I’m having a bit of fun trying to find flat alternatives and in the process discovering a style I never even knew I had!
I hope you feel inspired to take a little break no matter how short and most importantly to buy a pair of stylish flats so you can whizz around the shops!
Have a great week fashion bunnies…..