WHY: If you are searching for some gentle me-time, there is no more cosy and cocooning experience than spending an hour in the evening relaxing in the sanctuary of The Spa at The Shelbourne. The Spa has just launched a new Mindful Hour which is 60 minutes of total relaxation with access to the pool, sauna and steam room at The Spa, followed by some time spent unwinding in your fluffy robe in the elegant surroundings of the relaxation room with a refreshing glass of chilled Champagne. Whether you opt for an occasional midweek escape after work or it becomes a regular ritual incorporated into your routine, The Mindful Hour is the perfect way to relax and unwind, and simply be. It is currently available in The Spa at The Shelbourne every Monday and Tuesday, 5pm to 7pm, and Wednesday to Friday, 5pm – 8pm; www.theshelbourne.com.
WHERE: Named as an homage to the graffitied declaration of love, now famous in Austin, Texas and beyond, Amy Austin opens today on Dublin’s Drury Street. Created by John Farrell, Amy is a wine bar for wine lovers, with good food too. It’s a modest space for up to 30 diners boasting a broad range of wines on tap (white, orange, red …) and by the bottle, complemented with an eclectic menu to match. There are charcuterie and cheese selections as well as hot and cold dishes with a single delicious dessert of the day. With 25 per cent off wine every Monday and Tuesday, two plate deals every day until 6pm, walk-ins are welcome. Amy Austin, Unit 1, Drury Street Car Park, Dublin 2; www.amyaustin.ie.
WHAT: The first installment of the new monthly Hen’s Teeth Markets begins this weekend with a selection of fashion, art and homeware. The markets will be running from 10am-6pm, this Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23. Soft Boy Records, will have some of their signature designs as well as new exclusives. Dublin contemporary artist Kyle Cheldon Barnett will showcase his minimalist fashion collection, as well as the Dublin artist who is redefining monochromatic art, Kate O’Laughlin, with her selection of risoprints. Hen’s Teeth, Blackpitts, Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8.
WHO: Swedish singer Camilla Griehsel will headline the Mother Tongues Festival, which celebrates the diversity of language in Dublin. The Swedish singer who is based in West Cork will be performing a show called Mamasongue – a mix of songs and monologue loosely based on her life. Grieshel will be joined on stage by guitarist Niwel Tsumbu, percussionist Eamonn Cagney and pianist Darragh Keary. In keeping with the theme of the festival, Grieshel will be singing in Swedish, Spanish, English, Lingala, Occitan and Zulu at the Civic Theatre Tallaght, on February23; www.mamasongue.com, www.mothertonguesfestival.com
WHEN: There’s still time to whisk the family away to the InterContinental Dublin for a five-star family escape for mid-term. Enjoy an overnight stay in an elegant guestroom (with complimentary accommodation for children under 12 staying in the same guest room as their parents), a delicious breakfast the following morning in the comfort of your room or the stylish surroundings of Seasons Restaurant, complimentary car parking, and a family pass to the nearby Airfield Estate, Dublin’s urban farm. Other treats include access to the Thermal Suite at The Spa, with discounts on ESPA treatments. There are also discounts on dining in the Lobby Lounge or Seasons Restaurant. The Midterm package is available now from €320 per room; www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
AND … We’re planning what to wear for a Black Tie gala ball next Saturday, February 29, which will take place at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. This is an annual event to raise funds for The Children’s Medical Research Foundation at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The unique Leap Year date gives a special romantic twist to the ball this year – on the theme of affairs of the heart, the funds raised will go towards new minimally invasive technologies to mend tiny hearts. One in every 100 babies born in Ireland has a congenital heart defect and, every year, 650 infants need open heart surgery. To contribute to this event through sponsorship, donation or reserving a table of ten, costing €2,000, contact [email protected] or call 01 7091700.
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