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Recent Wedding Trends

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
For those in the midst of planning a dream wedding day, look no further than Fota Island Resort for wedding venues in Cork. Set in a tranquil private island on 780 acres of natural beauty Fota Island has everything you need to delight your guests and make your dream day a reality!

One of the best wedding hotels in Cork, translating the vision of brides and grooms dream wedding reception into a reality are very important for us, which is why we were interested in the results of the recent wedding survey completed by the Wedding Journal Show.

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A mini-break: perfect excuse for some relaxing downtime in busy times

Monday, October 13th, 2014

With summer long over and the cold tempestuous season of autumn upon us many of us may be missing the more carefree days of summer. And as we live in busy times and right now the start of a new term, with the school run and the stresses of work may have many of us running on all cylinders trying to get everything and everyone working, the idea of a holiday is a longed for dream. By the end of the week, many of us can be left feeling a bit burned out and stressed, dreaming of a summer holiday, a family hotel break and a few days rest spent in relaxing scenic surrounds with our minds and bodies in need of a break and a change of scenery.

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What to look for in family holidays in Ireland

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Organising family hotel breaks and vacations can often be a little daunting. Not only do you have to consider the holiday needs of yourself and your partner but you also have to factor in the needs of your respective children of all ages and decide on a suitable holiday option that will keep everyone happy and content. So when choosing a location and suitable accommodation for ones family holiday it is wise to first consider the needs of ones individual family and ask yourself what you want everyone to get from the hotel breaks and family vacations.

For instance do you want a relaxing break for you and your partner to enjoy with alternative and separate holiday options such as summer camps or family activities to keep the children happy? Or does an active and/or sporting holiday that gets all the members of the family working together spring to mind? Or do you want everyone to spend days learning about local history, myth and beyond with a series of educational and informative tours of the chosen region taking in visits to family friendly attractions and venues? Not sure, then consider that for many a great family holiday is often comprised of a mix of everything with informative and educational sights to educate and inform the young and the old as well as days taking part in a variety of fun group activities and sports that get the adrenaline going and everyone involved with ample opportunities for the adults to relax whilst the children are otherwise occupied.

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Shake a leg at Wacky Trousers’ Day during the 2014 Irish Open

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The countdown to the 2014 Irish Open is well and truly under way lots planned in and around Fota Island Golf Resort in Ireland over the coming weeks. One particular feature of the upcoming golf championship that should provide plenty of fun for spectators is Wacky Trousers’ Day on Friday, 20th June. The organisers of the event are asking visitors to Shake a leg at Wacky Trousers’ Day and win prizes from Emirates. Forget your standard golf shorts and gorgeous gúnas, this year’s Irish Open will be remembered for some of the wackiest dressed spectators and visitors in homage to golf legend/fashionista, John Daly.

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Enjoy an Egg-cellent time at Fota Island this Easter

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Spring is really in the air with some beautiful sunshine over recent days and many kids are also enjoying off school on their Easter midterm break. If you considering a family hotel break or even just a short hotel break in Cork then Fota Island Resort should be your destination of choice this Easter Holiday. As one the leading luxury Cork hotels and with a new choice of reduced rates, you are guaranteed to have an Egg-cellent Easter Break!

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Plan your Christmas at Fota Island Resort

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Christmas season is fast approaching and there is so much planned at Fota Island Resort to mark the festive season with plenty planned to cater for both the whole family and even your corporate Christmas party throughout December.

If you’re considering that special festive family hotel break or a to help celebrate Christmas in style then there are some great packages available including the very festive overnight Pre Christmas Special from €86 per person sharing. If you fancy pampering yourself just that little bit extra then you can always avail of the Pre Christmas Overnight Package or the great value 2 Night plus Dinner Package.  ’Believe at Fota Island’ will also be running from the November 30th until Decemeer 24th as the woodlands surrounding the hotel and golf club are transformed into a quite unique winter wonderland.   (more…)

LinkedIn – Group Discussions

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Trying to increase your company page followers even more on LinkedIn? I have found that getting involved in group discussions is another way to increase followers. When you join a group you are able to contribute with those who have posted questions. It is a great idea that when you are choosing groups to follow on LinkedIn that they are in your areas of industry – for Fota Island Spa I have joined a Spa industry group and for the Golf Club I have joined a number of golf industry groups.

For example, after joining a fitness group on LinkedIn I got involved in a Fitness group discussion where I responded to a members query on what are the best social media platforms to promote their new fitness classes at their gym. I was able to engage in this discussion because of my experience of working with Fota Fitness. The one thing I have found when joining in discussions is that you are posting as yourself – not as Fota Island Resort. If you were able to post using your company logo I feel it would generate a lot more interest among those in your group and so increase your followers.

I hope that everything I have been posting over the last few weeks has helped to get your company page started and the number of followers increased! Increasing followers is a long and continuous journey – over the space of a month I have increased the number of Fota Island Resort’s followers by 50 or more. This may seem small, but trust me when it comes to LinkedIn it is a huge success.

Trying to increase your company’s followers on LinkedIn?

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

It’s not as easy as you think!

Fota Island Resort’s Facebook page is reaching nearly 20,000 followers – which is a great accomplishment! Regularly updating interesting and useful content has made our Facebook page into a great success.

LinkedIn, on the other hand, is an entirely different social media outlet. It is a platform where professionals connect with each other– whether they are actively looking for a new career path or they are recruiting someone for a company.

Where do company pages on LinkedIn fit into all of this? They are used by companies to share up to date information and also to post job vacancies and engage with people who follow them. Followers of company pages see live feeds on their home page containing all of these updates. So increasing the number of followers on your LinkedIn company page is essential.

There are a number of steps which I have found useful in increasing the number of followers on Fota Island Resort’s LinkedIn company page. One method in particular has been sharing updates and advice on our company page. Such updates include golfing advice, beauty and skincare advice from our Spa Therapists and fitness advice from one of our Fitness Instructors’ -  Kadi. When posting these updates I always make sure to include a picture that compliments the information.  I have also featured a link to Fota Island Resorts‘ LinkedIn account on Facebook and encouraged our followers to join us on LinkedIn also. All these steps increase engagement with all the connections of Fota Island Resort on LinkedIn.

Next week I will share some tips on how to interact with Group discussions on LinkedIn.

Antioxidant-rich foods

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

We’ve all heard the words “you are what you eat”… But what exactly does this mean? I’ve always taken it to imply that eating well will help you to feel better about yourself! But even if that is what this means, what exactly should we be eating? To help answer this question, I’ve decided to write a little bit about a food nutrient that may help us improve our health and general wellbeing  – antioxidants!

Just in case you’re not familiar with the word antioxidant (I must admit I only learned about it recently!), antioxidants which are present in foods are essentially minerals and vitamins which are strongly involved in preventing cell damage by protecting the cells in our bodies from free radicals (you can find a very reader friendly article explaining the terms antioxidants and free radicals here). Vitamins C and E are examples of these heroic antioxidants. I call them heroic, Dr. Richard Cutler (an expert in antioxidant research) calls them “directly proportional to how long we live” – either way the consensus seems to be that these little guys have an important part to play in our health. Indeed, research has suggested that a diet which contains plenty of antioxidant-rich foods may strengthen your immune system and fight the signs of ageing.

Ok, so to the important bit! In what foods can we find these antioxidants? I could just list all the foods rich in antioxidants, but you can find that easily on google, so instead I’ve put together a list of 5 antioxidant-rich foods that appeal to me most (and hopefully they will appeal to you too):

1. Berries

Not only are they delicious but they are full of antioxidants. You could even try heating up some raspberries and adding a little bit of vanilla ice-cream:  a really yummy treat and so easy to make. Try it on a rainy day when you’re looking out the window feeling depressed and let down by the weather. It’ll help – I promise!

2. Broccoli

Perhaps the healthiest way of preparing broccoli would be to steam it and eat it with your dinner. A favourite of mine, though, is Chicken Broccoli Bake – the first dinner I ever cooked for a group of people, you know when you’re running around the kitchen fearful of anything that could go wrong and for some reason everything does seem to go wrong! But it tasted lovely in the end and it’s been my special dish ever since.

3. Popcorn

Recent research has suggested that popcorn actually has more antioxidants than vegetables and fruits. Obviously the butter and salt in popcorn could diminish the health benefits, but everything in moderation as they say. I’m from Portugal, where we don’t add salt or butter to popcorn. We add sugar! I bet you’ve just thought “that’s horrible!” – if you did I don’t blame you, after all that’s the reaction I get from everyone I mention this to. But if you gave it a chance I bet you would like it. Again, only add a little bit to try and keep it healthy (-ish). A healthier alternative would be adding cinnamon to popcorn. I haven’t tried it myself, but I guess it would be worth a shot. If this still doesn’t appeal to you, you can also click here for some more suggestions of healthy popcorn recipes.

4. Dark Chocolate

Ok, so you might be thinking “is she just listing foods she likes and saying – why yes, they are full of antioxidants!”. But it is a fact that dark chocolate is an antioxidant-rich food. Remember you have to eat it in moderation, and it does have to be the dark type. Unfortunately white and milk chocolate do not provide the same benefits. When I was in primary school, I  remember always thinking dark chocolate wasn’t real chocolate: “if it’s not a Kinder chocolate or taste remotely like it it’s not real chocolate!”. But as I got older and exposed my taste buds to more foods, I found that dark chocolate is actually quite tasty, especially if you let it melt in your mouth.

5. Green Tea

It might not sound as appealing as the comforting Barry’s or Lyon’s Tea with a drop of milk we love so much but green tea is a potent source of antioxidants. At the end of the day, as cliché as it sounds, we should always think about the bigger picture and if you think about the health benefits of drinking green tea it should surely be worth a try (especially when you consider that green tea has been linked with prevention of cancer). Click here for a nice 11 point list of the health benefits of green tea.

Thank you for reading my blog, and if you have anything to add please do leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you, and it would be great to share tips and stories.

Until the next blog! :-)

Ana

Feet Treatments – Top Spa Trend 2012

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

With so many Spa treatments available it can be a challenge to know which one you should chose. In Fota Island Spa alone, for example, we offer over 60 treatments! So how do you decide which one you want? To try and sort out through all these treatments, I decided to have a look at the top Spa trends of 2012 to see what’s in this year. It wasn’t long until I found that feet treatments are at the top of the Spa trends for 2012 according to SpaFinder’s 2012 Spa Trends Report. But why is this? (Warning: The content of this blog may tempt you to get a foot treatment done – I cannot be held responsible for this!:-)).

Feet Treatments
If you’re small like me, or have to dress up for work or nights out and dinner parties and often rely on heels to give you that extra bit of height, you’re probably familiar with that heavenly feeling of relief you get when you arrive home and the first thing you do is throw the heels away. Even if we don’t wear heels, fashion trends have politely forced us to trade our lovely and comfortable runners for little pumps – which my Dad insists on calling socks. And he’s probably right. Pumps are pretty, yes, but they don’t exactly offer our feet much more support than a sock would! The result? Very sore feet!

According to health and fitness expert Tammy Foster During a typical day, the average person spends approximately four hours on their feet and takes around 8,000-10,000 steps. So this means that your feet support a united force equal to several hundred tons of repetitive stress in every day”. (I suddenly feel very sorry for my feet…Poor feet!)

If we take all this into account it is no surprise that feet treatments have climbed their way to the top of Spa trends, and I don’t just mean pedicures. In Fota Island Spa, for instance, we offer a [Comfort Zone] Lushly Polynesian Foot Ritual. What’s that you ask? Well, imagine this, a foot ritual inspired by shiatsu massage which cleanses and exfoliates the feet. As you close your eyes to savor every second of this magical pampering treat you feel a sumptuous balm enriched with Polynesian tiare flowers being massage into your feet through a shiatsu inspired pressure massage point. Yes, I wouldn’t mind one of those right about now!

So next time you’re browsing through the many Spa treatments available and deciding which one you should choose, look down at your feet…They deserve some pampering too :-) !

Please feel free to share any of your own comments and opinions, and I will be back next week with yet another blog! :-) Thank you for reading!
Ana