Galgorm Resort and Spa

Galgorm’s Spa September!

Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to a press event at the Galgorm Resort and Spa, in Ballymena County Antrim, to launch their month long journey of events, exploring mindfulness, wellbeing and relaxation. They have recently completed their £2million spa extension and I was keen to see what they had to offer!

The Galgorm Resort and Spa sits on 163 acres of spectacular parkland, on the banks of the river Maine, a truly outstanding location. I had visited the Galgorm for a friends wedding in the Ghost House and afterwards to a beautiful reception in the Four Seasons Suite and I had been to The River Room for afternoon tea with the girls but I had yet to try the Spa!

The Spa is the ultimate in luxury! I was not disappointed with the reviews I had read prior to my visit. If you are looking for a way to de-stress and switch off from the hectic lifestyles we all tend to lead, then look no further! The spa at the Galgorm is a unique Thermal Village and the first of its kind in Ireland. And access to the Thermal Village facilities are included for all residents of the hotel and are also part of their Day Spa Packages.

So back to my evening at Galgorm! It was a wet and rather gloomy evening, nothing new for Northern Ireland but we were not going to let the weather dampen our spirits! We made our way to the reception are in the Spa, we were greeted by friendly and welcoming staff, easy to see why the spa is an award winning facility! We were directed to the changing rooms to allow us to change into spa robes before heading over to The Orangery.
The Orangery is “the perfect place to unwind after a treatment” a beautifully decorated room with relaxation beds and swing chairs. “A tranquil space of pure comfort and relaxation”

We were greeted by Juliet from Scarlett Pr and Tara the Spa Manager and treated to procecco and a non-alcoholic versions for those of us who were driving. We also sampled delicious canapés from the menu available in the Elements Cafe. Once we had finished mingling and introduced ourselves to fellow bloggers we took our seats ready to listen to what the resort had to offer!

The Orangery at Galgorm

The non-alcoholic option!
Tara Moore is the manager at the Spa and she was on hand to introduce us to the Spa and its wonderful team and welcome us to the wonderful resort. She spoke to us about the recently completed, spa expansion works and explained that we would get to explore the spa at our leisure but not before we had found out all about the new line of products exclusive to the Spa at the Galgorm.

Bioeffect is an Icelandic skincare company that have partnered with the Galgorm Spa to launch a range of professional spa treatments specifically tailored to the Spa at Galgorm. We were treated to a demonstration of one of the bespoke facials using the Bioeffects products.

Bioeffect products

The Orangery Room, overlooking the gardens and River Maine
Once the demonstration was over we made our way through the beautifully manicured grounds to the brand new Spa cafe Dome; Elements. The dome construction of Elements is unique and one of only 5 in the world. Here we were treated to a cocktail masterclass and a feast of freshly prepared food available from the menu at Elements cafe.

The interior of the Elements Dome at Galgorm
Then it was time to explore the thermal village and Spa! It was late at night, it was dark and the heavens had opened! There we were walking around in the Northern Ireland rain in nothing but our bikinis and robe! A truly magical and unforgettable experience as we got to sample the hot tub, jacuzzi, and many other features too many to mention!! We didn’t get to see even half of the facilities so we will definitely be back for another visit soon.

Full 20 metre indoor heated leisure pool at Galgorm

If you fancy a trip to check out the wonder Resort for yourself, the Galgorm team have kindly gifted my followers one hours complimentary thermal Village Experience when you book a Bioeffect Ultimate EFG Facial. This offer is available Monday-Thursday throughout the months of October and November 2017. To book please email Louise on lnicholl@galgorm.com quoting “spa September Bloggers”

If you get the chance to visit the resort soon, be sure to share with me your thoughts! You won’t be disappointed!

Claire
*this event was a press event, all opinions and throughts are my own*

The Little Book of Lykke

A couple of weeks ago as I sifted through my emails, a daily ritual over a fresh brew. I was excited to have received an email from Ruth at Penguin Life Publishers offering me the chance to review the new book by none other than Meik Wiking! Now if you follow me over on Instagram as Mumtothreelittlemonkeys you will know that I adore my books, anything from homes, interiors, cookery and self help books!

Meik’s first book “the Little Book Of Hygge, The danish way to live well.” Was a massive hit and was on The Sunday Times bestseller and The New York times bestseller lists. Not at all surprising as the nation grasped ahold of the concept, Instagram feeds and blog posts were full of all thing hygge. Candles, blankets, cosy fires and simple evenings spent with our nearest and dearest. I loved the concept of “Hygge” (pronounced “HUE-gah”) put simply is the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures.

The new book due to be released on general sale on the 7 September, arrived on my door step yesterday morning. Well when I say it arrived, I was fast asleep and the postman knocked my door so hard I thought the house was on fire! Hand delivered – no less and no need to rush off to the local post office with that dreaded red card in hand for a missed delivery!

It was totally worth the abrupt awakening!

This beautifully wrapped present is the latest book by the author Meik Wiking CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen. He has committed his life to finding out what makes people happy and in his last book concluded that Hygge is the magic ingredient.

In his new book The Little Book of Lykke, Meik looks at the concept of Lykke (Luu-kah) (n): Happiness.

The Little Book of Lykke

So what has this little book got in store for us?

I was excited to get the nicely wrapped parcel opened and start flicking through the pages. I haven’t been able to put it down since opening it. Like the first book The little book of Hygge, it is a beautifully presented book, wonderful illustrations an photos throughout. The contents of the book is decided into nine chapters,

1, The Treasure Hunt

2, How do you measure happiness?

3, Togetherness

4, Money

5, Health

6, Freedom

7, Trust

8, Kindness

9, Putting the pieces together.

In this book Meik takes us on a treasure hunt to unlock the doors to a good life. From how we spend our precious time, to how we relate to our neighbours and cook dinner. He has gathered evidence and stories and tips from around the world and put them together in this little book as the ultimate guide to how we can all find a little more lykke in our lives.

I’m already sure that this little book will become another go to book that will sit on my coffee table, that both my children and visitors alike will pick up for a read. It is available on general sale from the 7 September, and you can pre-order it on Amazon at the offer price of five pounds, I have added the link here, Little book of Lykke

I would love to hear what you think of Meik’s latest book!

Claire

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