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10 great things to know when staying at the Europa

We recently stayed in the beautiful 4 star Europa Hotel in Belfast and discovered a modern hotel with a fantastic team looking after an iconic building right in the city centre. Invited along by the Hastings group to check out their pride and joy and to rediscover the Europa, a hotel I haven’t stayed in for a […]

10 hotels that will make your Christmas special

It’s something we talk about every year, checking into a hotel and letting someone else make our Christmas sparkle. We did it once, and let Disneyland Paris bring us Christmas joy. You really can’t beat the magic of Disney’s Main Street on Christmas Day with snow falling every hour! Closer to home our local hotels […]

Our ultimate guide to the exciting Irish Open

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, hosted by Rory McIlroy in Portstewart Golf Club from 4th – 9th July, is bringing golf home to Northern Ireland once again. Portstewart, Portrush and the wider Causeway Coastal Route is ready and waiting for your visit, whether that’s to enjoy the golf or be part of the Midsummer […]

The rarities and oddities on The Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience

The rarities and oddities on The Giant’s Causeway Clifftop Experience The Giant’s Causeway on our own Northern Ireland version of the Wild Atlantic Way might be a UNESCO World Heritage site but there’s much more to it than rocks, myths and legends. Above the rocks on the cliffs and on the shoreline surrounding the rocks […]

#stayNI : Bishops Gate Hotel

Bishops Gate Hotel, is just about to celebrate its first birthday and already it’s the winning awards and acclaim from the industry and tourists. Named as the ‘Hideaway of the Year’ at the Georgina Campbell 2017 awards hospitality guide. More here. Third place in the NI Hotels Federation ‘Hotel Restaurant of the Year’ category, sponsored […]

G Spots! Spectacular Views from the Ninth Floor

Since opening its doors to the public six years ago, The Fitzwilliam Hotel has been synonymous with quality, style and some of the best parties in town. So when the invite for its newest event space, ’The Ninth Floor’ fell onto my doormat, I knew it would be special.   When you are in the […]

Titanic drawing office restoration grant

A £4.9million grant has been awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore the derelict Harland and Wolff Drawing Offices where RMS Titanic was designed. The restoration of the B+ listed building into an 84-bedroom boutique hotel has the potential to create over 100 jobs. The most historically important rooms such as the Drawing […]

Things to do: Quirky NI places to stay

Northern Ireland is jam packed with exciting and unusual places to stay and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) is encouraging people to discover what’s on offer and try out a short break at a quirky property. From cruisers to castles and gypsy caravans to glamping, those searching for somewhere fun to stay on a short […]

Perfectly marvellous breakfast at Cairn Bay Lodge

Where better to spend a morning in Bangor than having breakfast at the quirky and eclectic Cairn Bay Lodge. Sitting at the end of Seacliff Road in Bangor with views over Ballyholme beach and out to the Irish Sea, Cairn Bay is an award winning boutique guest house with a unique style. It’s also where […]

Ibiza rocks hard!

It’s a bit decadent I know, but a weekend in Ibiza was called for to recharge the batteries and have a party! Last Thursday, we hopped on a flight and 3 hours later arrived in the Mediterranean party island. The real reason behind the trip was to satisfy our pop needs to see Kylie perform […]


Northern Ireland’s leading hotel collection boasts the 5-star Culloden Estate & Spa, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle, the Europa Hotel, the Stormont Hotel, the Everglades Hotel in Derry~Londonderry and Ballygally Castle located on the scenic Antrim Coast – and all of the stunning hotels offer Afternoon Tea seven days a week. Treat […]

Culloden gym update: Week 1

On Wednesday 21st May, I kicked off my Culloden 8 week Summer Special gym membership with a tour, the usual signing in process, an induction programme, and a cool little keyring fob which can be attached to the car keys. At least I’ll not lose that! I went in hoping to start regaining my fitness […]

A golden partnership

Hastings Hotels launch new Rapeseed Oil for guests to enjoy at home and in its hotels Hastings Hotels has teamed up with Broighter Gold to produce an exclusive Rapeseed Oil with Rosemary made using home-grown produce from the herb gardens of the leading hotel collection. Howard Hastings, Managing Director of Hastings Hotels said: “Food provenance […]