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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa review by Niamh Murphy

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Niamh Murphy enjoys a tranquil ‘babymoon’ retreat in West Cork

If you’re looking for complete escapism on the Wild Atlantic Way, then you’ll find it in abundance at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa.


Located just 3 miles from the colourful heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, this imposing 4 star hotel overlooks two magnificent stretches of Blue Flag Beach.


4 months into our first pregnancy, my husband and I were excited to go there on our ‘babymoon’, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.


As we drove through the narrow and incredibly scenic road to our destination, I could already feel my whole body relax, with any worries broken by the roar of the wild Atlantic breakers.


The friendly hotel staff welcomed us with a drink in the bright and welcoming reception lobby, before showing us to our impressive king-sized bedroom that boasted a private balcony with magnificent views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean.


Our first indulgence was a delightful afternoon tea in the residents’ lounge, where we enjoyed sandwiches filled with local produce and homemade cakes in relaxing surrounds. You could certainly while away a few hours here, but we had more treats awaiting us.


The spa at Inchydoney is one it’s highlights. The hotel was actually the first in Ireland to introduce a proper Thalassotherapy spa with a saltwater pool and thalassotherapy treatments, where therapeutic sea-water is pumped into the saltwater pool daily and heated to 31 degrees.  It features jets for specific parts of the body such as shoulders, neck, legs and back, and you are advised to spend at least 45 minutes going from area to area.


There are an abundance of treatments available and at 4 months pregnant, I chose a body scrub and relaxing facial, which were performed by a qualified pregnancy masseuse who took particular care.


Of course the location of the hotel is one of its biggest assets, and you only need to step outside the door to find yourself on a pristine beach with pretty dunes and fresh sea-scented air, a magnet to walkers, swimmers, joggers and surfers. The beach has in fact been voted as the top beach in Ireland year after year. Other water activities available include Whale Watching and Kayaking. You can even do a very special moonlight kayak.


We had certainly worked up an appetite by the time it came to dinner, and were not disappointed by the award winning Gulfstream Restaurant.  Like everywhere else in the hotel, it had jaw-dropping views through a panoramic window that made the experience even more special.


It’s no wonder that the hotel is the winner of so many awards and accolades. To sum up, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a sumptuous seaside hotel, an exclusive and tranquil retreat – genuine, hospitable, open and warm – and a beacon of welcome for people who value time together in wonderful West Cork. And we can’t wait to go back!


Enjoy a two night break at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner on one evening in the award winning Gulfstream Restaurant and access to the heated Seawater Therapy Pool, Sauna, Hammam and Relaxation Areas for €235. For more see




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