From a pup-friendly escape to dinner at Luna, find out what we’re planning THIS WEEKEND …
WHAT: It’s definitely the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness and I find getting out to enjoy autumn is best done via a walk with my dog, Copper. And where better to walk than exploring the 140-hectare estate at Ashford Castle and neighbouring Kinlough Woods on the banks of the river Corrib, during a weekend stay. That’s why I’m liking the “Pawsome Pets at The Lodge At Ashford Castle” package, which provides a stylish welcome for your four-legged friend. Dogs are whisked away for a pampering session of facial, manicure, wash and trim with a professional groomer while their owners get to enjoy the luxury accommodation, breakfast and dinner one evening in the Quay Bar & Brasserie. The package is from €430 for two nights until March 2019. www.thelodgeac.com.
WHO: One of my favourite luxuries is a monthly facial – which doesn’t always happen. This month though I’m making time to book a “Summit of the Cervin” treatment (ahead of THE GLOSS Look The Business event) at the discreet Skin By Olga salon in Donnybrook. The owner is award-winning therapist Olga Kochlewska who has recently added Valmont products and treatments to her bespoke menu. Those unfamiliar with the luxury Swiss brand should know that they are experts at lifting and firming and the “Summit of the Cervin” is a tribute to the fifth highest peak in the Alps. The unique facial method is a combination of the Valmont “butterfly” movement with an emphasis on several different massages used in combination with Valmont’s Concentrate V Lifting serum, Collagen mask and new Firming and Lifting complex to promote stimulation. It’s an indulgent and intense experience but the results are instant and long-lasting. 34 Donnybrook Road, Dublin 4; www.skinbyolga.ie.
HOW: Weather permitting I’ll be planning my route for Open House Dublin which takes place around the city from October 12 – 14 with over 100 buildings including offices and homes on view to the public. On my list is 7-9 Merrion Row, designed by Grafton Architects, which houses the Department of Finance. New museum 14 Henrietta Street is also on my route as is Smithfield Fruit Market before it is transformed into a continental-style food market. www.openhousedublin.com.
WHERE: With some of the most stylish staff in Dublin, tailored by Louis Copeland, Luna’s new head chef Vish Sumputh is also making his mark. The Mauritian-born Sumputh has redesigned the menus with his take on Luna classics. A good way to sample the new dishes is by trying the Pre-Theatre menu, served Tuesday to Saturday, from 5pm to 6.3Opm, priced €30 for Primi, Secondi, Dolce and tea or coffee. www.lunarestaurant.ie.
AND … I’m popping along to Dundrum Town Centre where Rituals has just opened. I’ll be stocking up on my new favourite shower mousse – their limited edition Ritual of Yalda which is a lovely blend of pomegranate and watermelon. In-store there’s also a mini meditation service, complimentary hand and arm massages and their Soulwear clothing collection – which focuses on yoga, sleep and lounge wear. Rituals, Level 2, Dundrum Town Centre. www.dundrum.ie.
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