HASTINGS HOTELS GIFT CARD winner is Edell Armstrong Hastings Hotels has teamed up with Belfast Times to give you the chance to choose the perfect Christmas gift for family or friends, with a fabulous Christmas Gift Card for £50! As the season for giving approaches and thoughts of stressful shopping trips spring to mind, the […]

Exercise for a guy at almost 50 doesn’t need to be a chore

The journey continues and bloody hell it’s not easy, but it’s also not a chore! My summer membership at the Culloden Estate gym continues and it’s changing everything. I’ve just turned 48, so I guess I’m very aware that I’m nearly 50, and if that’s not  scary enough, imagine my shock when joining the gym […]

I have to start this fat to fit journey again!

I have to start this fat to fit journey again! That’s it, I’m going public, I need to get fit and get in a more streamlined shape again.  I doesn’t get much simpler than that. I’m fed up hating photos of myself because I look chubby, I’m fed up seeing photos of my younger self […]

#beautybitch :Spring into Spa at Hastings.. by @cathymartin

There’s little haste at Hastings Culloden Spa – and rightly so, it was a total den of zen for me recently as I tried out their new Spring Spa Experience which has been carefully tailored to ease the face and body out of “hibernation” and refresh and revive skin in preparation for summer. The package, […]

Treat yourself to a Festive Afternoon Tea at the Culloden

Festive Afternoon Tea at the Culloden Afternoon Tea has seen a huge revival with many venues offering this special treat to help us all celebrate key events in our lives, such as birthdays, anniversaries and of course Christmas!   The beautiful Culloden Estate and Spa invited us along last week to try out a special sneak […]


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 […]

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 […]

A Deliciously Arty @hastingshotels Weekend at @slievedonard

Arts enthusiasts throughout Ireland are in for a New Year treat as Hastings Hotels have announced that acclaimed Irish sculptor Paddy Campbell will take residence in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa for their Art weekend from January 3 – January 5, and to celebrate this remarkable artist, a special Art Afternoon Tea themed menu […]

The award winning @Slievedonard hotel..

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle is celebrating after it was crowned the supreme winner of Irish hospitality at the glittering Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards ceremony in Dublin this week. The stunning 4-star resort, part of Hastings Hotels, took the top honour at the prestigious 25th Annual Gold Medal Awards. […]

Theatre express

The Europa Hotel has joined forces with Translink NI Railways and the Grand Opera House to put together a show-stopping package – the Belfast Theatre Express from only £95pps*. This fantastic package includes train travel to Belfast, overnight accommodation in a superior room with breakfast and theatre ticket to Evita, which takes place from Tuesday […]

Quack quack

I’m just going through some press release emails which came in during my Internet free fortnight…most are out of date but this one I had to share!! Enjoy! UNSUSPECTING passengers on a flight from Belfast to London recently could be forgiven for thinking ‘is it a bird, is it a plane – no it’s a […]