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Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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Des O’Dowd and his team are rewriting the book of expectations at the seaside Inchydoney Island, and Mr O’Dowd is a fortunate hotelier to have one of the best, most dynamic crews working together to raise the bar at every step. The hotel has matured beautifully over the years, so that today every element of the operation – food; hospitality; welcome; the spa; the beachside setting – works compatibly, and it all adds up to a very special getaway in a very special setting on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Mr O’Dowd and his team are very careful to avoid the clichés that let down so many hotels in Ireland, and so everything they do is both precise and professional. The refurbishment of the dining room, for instance, is a sign of how this team examine every aspect of what they do, and then aim to improve upon it. We have written before of the fact that even at busy weddings this kitchen actually cooks dishes to order, a quite astonishing feat. Their special West Cork menus are a true culinary treat, so pack the surf board on top of the car and get away to Inchydoney, and get a true taste of what the south west can offer in terms of cooking, relaxation, exhilaration and hospitality. Just make sure to book enough time at Inchydoney to let that sea air and sea spray get deep into your soul.

Des O’Dowd
Inchydoney, Clonakilty, County Cork
+353 23 8833143

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