Celebrating a birthday in style, luxury and relaxation

My last post mentioned that I was enjoying a stay at a lovely hotel with my husband for my birthday (which is today, 21 August). We stayed at Galgorm Manor and Spa.

It was originally a traditional country house but has been sympathetically extended and has managed to maintain it’s charm as well as combining it with trendy chic. Here are a few photos from the old and the new.

Last time we were there (for my 40th birthday) the spa was still being built. This time we were able to enjoy it fully.

I had an Indian head massage and facial. Then went on to enjoy the hot tub, infinity pool, heated loungers, and a variety of sauna and steam rooms – definitely a great way to relax and be pampered.

Our evening meal was in the River Room restauant. Lovely view of the river and delicious food with attentive service. There were several “amuse bouch” served before the excellent meal – my choice was pea soup with pancetta, roasted salmon and finally chocolate praline mousse.

In the morning there was MORE food, with breakfast served in Gillies Bar and we had time to take a few photos and use the spa before reluctantly it was time to leave.

As we were child-free until 6pm we headed for some birthday retail therapy in Belfast. I bought several items in Gap as well as some new makeup from Benefit and Bobbi Brown. We had a late light lunch in my fave shop Avoca and purchased something there for the cottage (which I will share in another post)

So I am feeling relaxed, pampered, spoilt and all shopped out! A perfect way to be in the eve of your 42nd birthday.

So what would be your perfect treat for your birthday? I would love to know.

I am sharing this post today on 2 lovely and inspiring blogs : Hooked on Houses and The Inspired Room. In case there was ANY doubt, this week I am hooked on and inspired by pampering and a little bit of luxury, Big thanks to my parents, as without them to offer to take care of our 3 kids, this would not have been possible.

(Thanks Mum and Dad – I know you read this!)
— Post From My iPhone

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  1. Happy Birthday from a SITSah!

    Steph @ Stick It in the Fridge


  2. Stopping by From SITS…Happy Birthday!!! Beautiful pictures, it’s so nice to get spoiled for your Birthday!!!

  3. Happy Birthday. I haven’t been to the Galgorm in about ten years ever since my boss convinced himself that one of the mouldings was actually a chicken fillet stuck to the ceiling and climbed on one of the tech guy’s shoulders to try and pick it off. All the fun of the Christmas party eh?

  4. Happy Birthday!

    I loved my 40th birthday two years ago. Warren took me away overnight and to a Wynonna Concert in an absolutely delightful old Theatre near Philadelphia.

    Most years we are in a family cabin in the mountains for my birthday. I like that a lot, too.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  5. I am so jealous as today is also my hubby’s birthday but because it is meet the teacher night at school, our plans are squashed.


    Stopping by from SITS.

  6. What a lovely birthday! My birthday will be spent in Ireland this year! I can’t imagine anything better!

  7. From one 42 year old to another:


    Can you hear me all the way over there?

  8. Happy Birthday!!!! All my love and best wishes for you!!

    What a wonderful and special birthday in such a perfect hotel and spa!!!

    Glad you could enjoy this child-free and together with your DH.

    Many, many hugs!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful birthday – fancy hotel and NO KIDS!!! Great photos.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  10. Oh my im so jealous,it all looks so fab relaxing and enjoyable,I neednt say hope you had a good birthday cause i can see from all these lovely photos that you sure did,Happy birthday Chick

  11. Happy Birthday sweet Irish Lassie,
    You’re 42 and still look classy,
    Your skin is firm and your eyes not glassy,
    Your hair is shiney but not brassy.
    You really look like a million bucks,
    (I can hear you blush and say “aw, shucks!”
    Face it girl – you’re not old, you’re DELUXE!

    Best wishes from this crazy Canadian!
    Love, Barb

  12. Looks wonderful, you managed to hit my favorite stores also – The Gap, and Bobbi Brown make-up. I sent you an email so don’t forget to check it. Oh yes – Happy late birthday.
    elizabeth Holder

  13. What a beautiful place. I love romantic get aways…Sounds like the best birthday

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