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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review - Zeena Xena

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review - Zeena Xena
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
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Northern Ireland's Luxury Spa 

Galgorm Resort & Spa Review... 



The Entrance of Galgorm Resort and Spa


Hey guys, hope you've all been well since my last post. So last week you would have seen my visit to Galgorm Resort & Spa via my instagram if you follow me. If you're not following me, what are you doing? - instagram.com/zeenaxena to stay updated with my travels. 

The resort pride's itself in being Northern Ireland's luxury hotel and spa which I can most definitely vouch for. For this trip, I booked plane tickets as always using Sky Scanner to find the best deal. This time I managed to bag flights with Easy Jet for just under £50.

After my short flight, I was greeted by my driver (Paul) who was such a sweetheart. Whilst driving us to the resort (about 30 minutes from Belfast International), he taught us a bit about Belfast's history as well as some of Galgorm's more present facts. Once we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by so many polite staff situated in the hotel's main reception. Connor, one of the general managers at Galgorm walked us through the resort giving us a brief description on facilities, restaurants and how to get around. When it comes to service, these guys know what they're doing! Thanks to Paul, Maurice, Connor & others for making our stay so pleasant. 

Rooms 
Now in terms of rooms, usually I'd prefer to stay in bedroom's that look a little bit more modern to me in terms of decor/colour schemes etc, however one thing I could say about our room is that they were very clean and comfortable. We had the deluxe room with a river review, which was just so beautiful to wake up to each morning...




In our room we had facilities such as tea/coffee making machine, a mini bar (which was included with our room), snacks (OMG I fell in love with the Irish crisps and biscuits), lots of storage space, magazines and a TV!


As you can tell from the photos, rooms are quite traditional however the bathroom is very modern and again was very spotless. I was definitely excited to have a shower/get ready here each morning because the bathroom was so pretty and the lighting - girls the best (even at night)!





Room Service 
In terms of cleaning, the room attendants would come to our rooms twice a day in a non-pestering way. As this is a spa, you'd probably have double lots of towel/robe laundry (we sure did), so these visits are quite necessary to get rid of any wet laundry. The attendants would also re-stock you room with water, snacks (which they don't do in every hotel I've stayed in), and of course make your rooms look like you've just arrived in them.

Rooms vary in price. Check here for updated prices!

Food
At Galgorm Resort & Spa you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food as this hotel has four spots to dine at.

First up Breakfast at the Review View Restaurant which offers a truly unique and memorable dining experience. I got to dine here twice and loved the fact that I could dine whilst overlooking some amazing views to include the river...



The buffet breakfast consisted of different meats, fish, cheese, fruits, yogurts, breads and other breakfast goodies....






As well as the buffet, included in breakfast you could also order from the A la carte menu (I chose eggs Royale) accompanied by fresh juices and a hot drink. The menu is quite extensive so you'll definitely find something you like on it. All the ingredients from this restaurant are either sourced locally or from Galgorm's own garden.



Next, lunch/dinner. We spent most of our time eating at Gillie's Bar and Grill which I personally found to be quite affordable. They had special lunch menus where you could get a starter or side, meal and a drink for £12.95 I believe. 

On our second day we had the chance of having dinner at Gillie's. For the starter, I went with the salt and chilli chicken which I ended up ordering as a main the next day cause it was so good. For the main, I had the honey glazed citrus salmon with some potatoes on the side. The salmon in my personal opinion was grilled nicely, full of flavour and broke off nicely. To wash this down I believe I got some sort of fruity mocktail. 






The Spa Area 
So as you can imagine, it was quite hard for me to take photos of the spa areas as they were pretty much occupied all the time, I also didn't want to interrupt people's zen time. A lot of people visit Galgorm just for the day to use the facilities or may end up staying overnight, so it can be quite busy but a good type of busy if you know what I mean.

Unlike other spas I've been to, there are so many facilities/changing rooms, some nice quite areas to just hang and even a Spa cafe (Elements) which does the most amazing Salmon.



On our last day, we made sure to use all the facilities including: The hot tub/pools, Celtic sauna, other saunas and fitness room. In the past, I've never really considered using outdoor hot tubs especially when the temperature is quite low out... However, I think the feeling of being cold and jumping into a hot tub was quite invigorating, something I'll definitely do again. 

As part of our package, I also had the chance of receiving the Quartz Gold Treatment (from £125) which put me in such a relaxing state. This treatment is great for those of you that lead busy lifestyles and use technology a lot like me. Read more about the treatment here





Overall my experience at Galgorm Resort & Spa was exceptional. Would I come back? YES! I felt like I could have done with maybe two more days here in all honesty, I didn't want the experience to come to an end! :( 

Thanks to Galgorm for having me! 

Until next time xx







Monday, 6 November 2017

Rudie's Jamaican Sunday Roast Review - Zeena Xena

Rudie's Jamaican Sunday Roast Review - Zeena Xena
Monday, 6 November 2017
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Hey guys! It's been a while since I've done a food review on my blog right? I feel like each time I'm uploading a story of my food at a restaurant or cooking, you guys seem to be so interested so I thought why not bring this segment back to my blog?

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to head on down to Dalston to try out Rudie's Jamaican Sunday Roast, a true twist on the British tradition. I was super excited by this opportunity as it meant that I would get the Sunday off cooking - waheyy. 

Now if you haven't heard of Rudies before, the restaurant offer casual style dining with Caribbean dishes to suit all. From weekend brunches, to veggie options and Sunday dinners, this restaurant has it all and is very reasonably priced.




To start we opted for some non-alcoholic cocktails which were sooooo good! I mean if you're ever in the area and just want drinks, this is the definitely the place to go. I had the "Jamaica Mi Crazy" which is a delicious blend of pineapple, strawberries, blackberries, lime and almond syrup. 


Onto the roast which includes; A whole chicken, pumpkin, corn on the cob, roast yams, Yorkshire puddings and jerk gravy. 


My favourite thing about this dish had to be the pumpkin. I've never really cooked it or had it in a roast before so this was a first. The pumpkin was FULL of flavour and had the most beautiful texture. Pumpkins are definitely "in" this season so I'll definitely consider adding it to a few dishes. The chicken was also cooked to perfection and broke off nicely which made cutting at the table easy for us.


The corn on the cob was also delicious, and nice to round your Sunday dinner plate off. My only criticism would be that the gravy & roast chicken wasn't as "jerked" as I usually like so didn't feel 100% authentic to me. This is a personal opinion however, as I'm from the Caribbean myself so know the food very well. Note: Rudie's is "Caribbean Inspired" so if you're from the Caribbean as well, please don't expect your Grandma's roast haha.


Roasts are £30 for two and the vegetarian option comes in at £15pp. 

The bar/decor:






Will I be back again? Hell yeah! I deffo want to try their brunch menu and a variety of light bites and dishes. + if the drinks stay as sweet as they are and the music as good as it is, I'll be down in a heartbeat haha! View full menu here

Until next time xx

Monday, 9 October 2017

My Autumn Fashion & Beauty Staples - Zeena Xena

My Autumn Fashion & Beauty Staples - Zeena Xena
Monday, 9 October 2017
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Jacket - H&M 
Dress - Windsor Store
Boots - LAMODA 

That time of year has come around again hasn't it? Breezy mornings, fallen leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and all the autumnal fashions you could possibly think of. I haven't done a post like this in a VERY long time, but I thought it would be great of me to share some of my favourite beauty/fashion pieces with you guys. Hopefully from this post, you'll be able to build your own Autumn wardrobe using the same tones, textures and maybe even pieces. I've also included four beauty favourites that I'm loving at the moment as well. You can SHOP all items in bold...

Coats & Jackets...

Coat by NA-KD
£73.54
Jacket by Pretty Little Thing
£60



Coat by H&M
£34.99
Coat by Urban Outfitters
£75
For some reason as soon as Autumn hits you'll find my wardrobe full of khaki, camel and camo. I just think these colours/tones look so good with everything. I own (from left to right) the three pieces with the first coat from NA-KD being my fav! This teddy coat features a collar and belted tie that clench in the waist... It's SO warm and will deffo be my go to this Autumn. The puffer jackets are great too, I love these especially because I can dress them up or down when in a hurry. 

Dresses...

Dress by Forever 21
£22


    
Dress by Pretty Little Thing
£20 
Dress by Adidas
£55
Dress by H&M
£19.99
From day to night this season's dresses is all about being comfortable. If I'm wearing a risky number, I'm making sure its either warm or long to keep me going through the night. As for daytime dresses, I'm really into "oversized" sweater dresses at the minute because they're just super easy to style (basically no styling) and practical. 

Trousers...


Trousers by Bershka
£19.99 
Trousers by Topshop
£39 
Trousers by Stradivarius
£17.99
Trousers by Topshop
£36





























Shoes...


Boots by Ego
£44.99



Trainers by Nike
£75







Boots by JustFab
£35 (only £8.75 if it's your first time ordering)
Boots by Aldo
£110


Bags...

Bag by Louis Vuitton 
£195
(Longer straps can be purchased here)
Bag by Accessorize
£37




Bag by Gucci
£570
Bag by Mango
£50
Bag by Zara
£25.99 
Okay so you guys must know that I'm OBSESSED with mini bags at the moment. They're so cute, handy and don't take up too much space especially on a night out. All of these bags are currently on my want list except from the Louis Vuitton pochette as I've just recently purchased it. It's SUPER tiny though just in case you're thinking of purchasing, most suited for a night out or to place inside other LV bags. The bag by Mango has to be my next purchase although it isn't a mini bag, it looks very sturdy and like a great size for daily wear. 

Beauty...

Perfume by DKNY
£55 
Nail Polish by Nails Inc
£11

Decleor Intense Glow Awakening Cream
£50

Face Inc Mask for Dull Skin
£5
Onto beauty... I guess if you follow me on instagram you'll know that I'm crazy about beauty/skincare so I'll just go through some things that I've been loving lately. 

1. DKNY Nectar Love - Is the perfect scent for Autumn with a zesty/floral type smell. This is my go-to scent at the minute & every time I wear it, I get so many compliments! 

2. Nail Inc's Caffeine Hit Collection - If you've seen me do hauls over on instagram you've probably seen my nails featuring looking F-L-Y thanks to Nails Inc's beautiful polishes. Their new collection infused with Caffeine to help stimulate regeneration, for more healthy, strong nails! 

3. Decleor Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream - AKA my favourite cream to use during the Autumn. It's light but super moisturising... Great for this time of year as my skin gets so dry. 

4. Face inc by Nails inc Unicorn Mask - I love using this mask on a Sunday after a long week. It just makes me look like I've come out of a serious spa treatment and awakens the skin. 

So there you have it, a post full of my Autumn staples. Let me know what piece is your favourite and if you've tried any of my beauty favourites. 

Until next time xx

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