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Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa

Inchydoney Island, Clonakilty, West Cork
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29 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Mr and Mrs Treacy
Added 24th May 2023
Wedding 11th May 2023
Where do I start? Our original plan had always been to get married in Italy, we were both set on that but then along came the nightmare that was COVID. July 2020 came and off we went on a short staycation to the often heard of but never visited Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa. The drive from the midlands was long but when we got near and started to drive along by the water we could feel this was going to be somewhere special. Up along the narrow hill negotiating the parked cars and then we turned at the top of the hill to drive down by the side of the hotel and there in front of us opened out the most magnificent view I had ever seen on the Island of Ireland, Inchydoney Beach and the sea surrounding it. A three night stay turned into a six night stay and on check out another staycation was booked for two weeks later, this time for seven nights. On arrival the second time when greeted by the phenomenal view something inside twitched. I turned to my Fiancée and said, "This wouldnt be a bad spot for a wedding". She didnt disagree. We asked to speak to the wedding co-ordinator, Emma that day and within half an hour we had our Irish beach wedding booked and the years long idea of Italy was gone. Thankfully there was no COVID interruptions for us as we had set a date well into the future. I can safely say that from that moment on we fell more in love with Inhydoney on every visit, the staff and management all go out of their way to talk to you and all welcome returning guests like family of their own. Every time we visited from booking until the wedding day we really felt like we were at home. Any little question or query was dealt with by Emma so quickly, professionally and without any fuss, an absolute pleasure to deal with her. We had an extensive menu that we wanted to have so that we could cater for as many of our guests tastes as possible and this was never an issue. The time came to visit to taste the menu and I have to say I felt like we were at our top table on our wedding day. Absolutely every dish was presented to us like finely decorated plates and the food was divine not to mention the wines. The wedding week arrived and people started to arrived in the days before, again it was like a relative waiting at the door to welcome one and all home. Im pretty sure all of our guests received upgraded rooms too. The residents lounge is the perfect place for a wedding group to meet for a nice quiet drink or two the night before too. Wedding day arrived and Emma and her colleagues had everything sorted before we were even thinking about it, there is a beautiful amphitheatre outdoors where they often have outdoor ceremonies and this was being made available to us but unfortunately the weather had slightly different plans. It didnt actually rain but it looked like it might at a stage and the decision was made to go with the indoor ceremony. This did not disappoint as it was in front of a massive window which directly overlooked the beach and sea, a beautiful backdrop. Ceremony over and we were greeted and congratulated by every member of management present along with the proprietor Des, a personal touch that I cant imagine happens in every hotel. Drinks reception was lovely and that was where we decided to have the brief speeches which was a good idea as it turned out to avoid delays later in the evening. The food was amaing, we opted for a big menu, three starter choices (including chicken wings!) soup or sorbet, three mains (fillet steak, sea bass, chicken) and two deserts. everyone had more than enough to eat and the cooking of the dishes was excellent, I dont think I heard one person even contemplate complaining about anything. The management and staff of this fabulous establishment are what make it epic, they go above and beyond to make sure that your every need is catered for. I would have no hesitation in recommending Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa to anyone looking for a beautiful, personal and most enjoyable wedding or any celebration for that matter. It has become our go to home away from home in Ireland and I cannot see that changing! 15 out of 10!!
Mags Fitzgerald
Added 29th Mar 2023
Wedding 2nd Sep 2022
Highly recommend Imchydoney for anyone considering their wedding venue. Superb food & attentive service from all staff. All requests were never an issue, gorgeous bridal suite & brilliant facilities, can't wait to return.
Jenny Ward
Added 30th Mar 2023
Wedding 13th Aug 2022
The whole process was wonderful and stress free. I cannot say enough good things about the staff but one of the best things is how responsive my planner Emma was by email, which is very important to put you at ease when planning a wedding. I asked way too many questions and she consistently answered them one by one and always made me feel relaxed. Seeing what some of my friends are going through in comparison while planning their weddings elsewhere makes me so happy I chose this venue.
Rachel Lillis & Tommy Farrell
Added 21st Aug 2019
Wedding 26th Jul 2019
Inchydoney Lodge & Spa was the absolute perfect wedding venue for us, the staff were amazing and very professional. I would definitely recommend this hotel to any couple considering it as their wedding venue, it was exceptional.
Michelle O’Sullivan
Added 20th Aug 2019
Wedding 12th Jul 2019
It’s hard not to fall in love with Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa straight away given its amazing setting on Inchydoney beach. The setting alone sold the venue to us, but when we went for our meal tasting we were blown away. The food was absolutely amazing, and the portions very generous. The chef kindly accommodated us when we asked to make up our own medley of desserts which was not on the banqueting menu and they were superb. The meal on the wedding day was beautiful and our guests were raving about it, the fillet steak in particular which is cooked to order to each guests liking. The service was top class on the day, with offers of second and third helpings, and with Kieran in charge of the bar all guests were served quickly, he is a real professional. Our wedding coordinator Nicola was very helpful throughout the planning process, and when Nicola had to step aside due to an injury Emma was absolutely amazing in the lead up to the wedding day and on the day itself. I dropped some bits and pieces to Emma and Julie the week of the wedding with not much idea of what to do with them (decorations, photos, etc) and on the day everything was perfect and they even added their own few bits too. A wedding postbox was provided too which was kept in an area covered by cctv. We were very lucky that our wedding weekend was one of the nicest weekends of the year weather wise so we all made use of the beach on the hotel’s doorstep, but I visited the venue in March on a day when there was a winter storm and the place was still stunning, so it’s a fab location for a wedding in any weather. We had our day 2 barbecue here too, with around 130 guests, again all raving about the food, it was gorgeous. The bridal suite is fabulous too, very spacious with stunning views of the sea. The only issue over the whole weekend was that, given the beautiful weather on our wedding day, we had expected the drinks reception to be held outside. We were told that it was too windy to have it outside, which it wasn’t by the time we arrived, but this call was made by someone higher up than the wedding coordinators. It was too late to move everything out then. In hindsight it was probably better that it was held inside as we would have had trouble getting guests in for the meal and things would have ran late, and the lounge where it was held is a gorgeous room, but my advice would be if you really want your reception outside weather permitting then make that clear. I loved every minute of our time in Inchydoney for the whole weekend of our wedding and would highly recommend it as a wedding venue.
Gillian and David Ryan
Added 4th Aug 2019
Wedding 6th Jul 2019
The staff at Inchydoney were fantastic. They made our day magical. The food was amazing.The went above and beyond for us. We would highly recommend it for a couple to have their wedding day.
Clair & Stuart Daly
Added 30th Jul 2019
Wedding 1st Jun 2019
We cannot rate Inchydoney Hotel Highly enough!! We were planning our wedding from Australia and they answered every question we ever had. I was stressed leading up to the big day but once I sat down with Nicola and went over everything my stress just melted away, I knew they had everything under control and her relaxed pleasant nature made it so much better. My day ran so seamless and stress free. The food was incredible and everyone raved about how good it was. Everything came out on time and nice and hot, Especially the beef, it was to die for. There was some serious satisfied guests on every table. People are still talking about our wedding meal which is so great to hear!! All the staff was incredibly attentive and they couldn't do enough for us, anything I asked they done without question. The beautiful location meant for some great pictures as well and meant we had more time with our guests at the drinks reception. The bridal suite was incredible and the views of the beach are insane. We had treatments in the spa and they were so good to us, we really got to relax after our big weekend. I really wish we could do it all over again! Inchydoney will hold a very special place in our hearts and we cant wait to spend many more anniversaries there in the future. I would highly recommend Inchydoney for your wedding, you wont regret it.
Lorna Murphy
Added 29th Jul 2019
Wedding 25th May 2019
Excellent service, communication, food. Nicola was amazing and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend, fabulous experience and location for anyone's big day or holiday
Added 19th Aug 2019
Wedding 5th Oct 2018
From our first point of contact I knew our day was going to be in the best of hands but they really went above and beyond for us and nothing was ever too much! That applies to every staff member of Inchydoney! The service, friendliness and level of professionalism and perfection is 5 star! Inchydoney is a spectacular venue, from the incredible bridal suites to the magnificent views and the reception room! The wedding planning team are fantastic to deal with from start to finish! All of our guests are still talking about the beautiful food and incredible venue! We can’t wait for a night back there!
Ciara and Ray
Added 4th Aug 2019
Wedding 22nd Sep 2018
We had our wedding at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa on 22 Sep 18 and couldn't have been happier with how the day went. The staff at Inchydoney were excellent. Everyone commented on how helpful they were throughout the entire weekend. We enjoyed every moment as did our guests!
Added 11th Nov 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2018
I cannot recommend Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa enough for your wedding. We recently had our wedding there which we planned from overseas and I cannot fault the hotel in any way. The wedding co-ordinator Nicola couldn't have been more professional or helpful. She always replied to e-mails promptly, has an incredible eye for detail and was happy to help in any way. The banquet manager Lisa and head chef Adam had our wedding meal run so smoothly with perfect food which everyone commented to us about, especially the beef fillet which was cooked to order. Our guests had a great time staying in the hotel which have great facilities and staff. We had a BBQ and music the following day which again, was outstanding and many people commented that the quality of the food and service matched the wedding day. I honestly would highly recommend Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa for a wedding, particularly with the amazing team of Nicola and Lisa.
Emma and Ross
Added 29th Jul 2019
Wedding 4th Aug 2018
I've always dreamed of getting married in inchydoney. My mum was from clonakilty and I spent my summers down at the beach admiring all the beautiful brides coming from the hotel. To get married there was an actual dream come true. The staff are all so wonderful and again because we still go down so often the girls at reception etc recognise us when we come in. As much as I had always wanted to get married in inchydoney I felt it necessary to price around to make sure my dream was actually financially viable. When checking with similar venues I found inchydoney was around the same but much easier to compare with as they had one price which included everything that was really helpful and had no hidden costs. I can't talk about our lovely wedding and the fantastic venue without mentioning Nicola the wedding coordinator. Nicola had such a calming effect on my spirals she was nearly acting as a counsellor at the same time! She was very honest when asked her opinion and ready to offer suggestions. We had a very DIY wedding where we made our centre pieces and a lot of props which were dotted around the hotel. We had stressed just how many items would need to be stored in the week prior to our wedding and Nicola, despite there being a wedding the day before was always available to help, store the ridiculous amount of props we made and brought and also make us feel like ours was the only wedding happening in the entire year. I cannot express in words just how important Nicola was to creating our dream wedding. As previously mentioned there was a wedding the day before so our entire supply of.props were left in her care to put together. Truthfully not only did she get the look we had envisaged perfectly, I believe she made it better than we could ever have! Aside from Nicola, who I could honestly praise forever, all the servers and staff were wonderful helpful and approachable. We had people turn up late and when I enquired if there was anything left in the kitchen, they were incredibly helpful. The food was absolutely beautiful and all the guests were delighted with it. An unexpected delight was when the waiters brought seconds of the fillet beef and monkfish for those who (surpsiringly) still had room for more. I don't think I really need to talk about the incredible setting of inchydoney and the beautiful pictures we got. It goes without saying, a wedding by the beach is always going to be beautiful.
Martin and Helen Norton
Added 8th Jul 2018
Wedding 31st May 2018
This is an unbelievable wedding venue. The hotel is stunning and the beach location is magical. We were fortunate enough to get married outside on the headland and it was the most amazing day ever. The views are picturesque and beautifully natural. The reception inside the hotel was also perfect. The food is simply sensational and the whole staff at Inchydoney cannot do enough for you to make your day special. The attention to detail is unbelievable and we were there for 6 days and were treated like royalty from the minute we arrived to the minute we left. The place offers tremendous value for money also and we feel so privileged to have shared our big day at such a special location. Thank you to Nicola and her team and every single staff member at Inchydoney. We can’t wait to come back and the same goes for many of our wedding guests.
Catherine-Ann Counihan
Added 21st May 2018
Wedding 28th Apr 2018
Damian and I were so happy that we picked the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa for our wedding. We had both the ceremony and reception there and Nicola and her team were absolutely amazing to work with. The coordination of the day, the room set up and of course the food and drink were fantastic and we received really positive feedback from our guests who all enjoyed the day. The Mr. Tayto cart at the end of the night also went down a treat! I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it for future couples!
Added 14th Feb 2018
Wedding 8th Sep 2017
We got married in Inchydoney last Summer and had the best day of our lives. We had our ceremony in the ballroom overlooking the headland and beach & it was just perfect. The natural light in the room was beautiful & we got to go out on to the beach for photographs afterwards. A lot of family travelled a long way to be with us (America, UK, New Zealand) & still talk about how fabulous the location is and the service they received was second to none. We were especially blown away with the attention to detail and every single thing we asked for was done, we didn't even need to think about it on the day it all just flowed and we were able to relax and every ourselves. Our only complaint was that the day went too quickly!! If we were to make the decision again we wouldn't change a thing! Thank you again to all of the management and staff of Inchydoney, we can't wait to come back.x
Christopher Holroyd
Added 22nd Dec 2015
Wedding 9th Oct 2015
Fantastic service and a fantastic venue. My wife and I held our reception at Inchydoney Lodge and Spa in Oct 2015 and we could not have been happier with the venue. Amy and her team were on hand at every step to help and advise on all aspects of the wedding prep right up until the day. Everything was agreed and detailed in the paperwork and nothing was too much trouble from the start of the process to the wedding day itself. The venue were happy to liaise with supplies, help with and provide any request and were very flexible with us which we found reassuring. The day itself went without a hitch, food was very good, all our guests had a great time and made a point of saying to us how helpful and friendly they found the hotel and its staff. It goes without saying the location is stunning but the facilities and staff are both great and made for a great weekend.
Eileen and Kevin
Added 4th Oct 2015
Wedding 1st Aug 2015
Our experience with Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa was very positive throughout from our pre-wedding contact with the sales team, right up to the day after the wedding. Amy answered all our queries promptly and was always available to meet with us and assist us whenever we wanted to discuss anything. We were facilitated in tasting as many dishes as we wanted when trying to choose our wedding menu. On the day of the wedding, our guests raved about the standard of the food and mentioned that the food was plentiful and the wine was flowing so we were delighted with this aspect of the Inchydoney experience. In terms of accommodation, our guests were very happy with the quality of the rooms and the hotel is in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland; right on Inchydoney beach. The only issue we had was that a lot of guests chose not to stay in the hotel due to the cost of rooms in the hotel. The hotel did reduce rooms rates marginally but our wedding took place on the August bank holiday weekend. The views from the bridal suite were amazing and while it was lovely, we stayed in a 5 star hotel in another part of Cork for 2 nights after the wedding and the delux room in that hotel matched the bridal suite and the bathroom was far bigger and nicer than the bridal suite in Inchydoney. However the bridal suite was complimentary on the night after the wedding for us so this was a lovely touch. Our experience of the staff team as a whole was brilliant; all our guests commented on how friendly and helpful staff were in Inchydoney. The breakfast, like our wedding meal, was absolutey beautiful and served in the beautiful dining room overlooking the sea. The decor, service, location and food make Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa the best place to get married in Clonakilty in our opinion and we are very glad that we chose this venue for our special day. We would highly recommend this venue for any couples considering getting married in West Cork.
Added 4th Aug 2015
Wedding 31st Jul 2015
Just perfect! Venue - amazing! Location - amazing! Food - amazing! Staff - amazing! Our guests loved it and we had the best time of our lives. The service before, during and after was first class.
Nicola McEvoy
Added 29th Jul 2015
Wedding 24th Jul 2015
To say that Inchydoney gave us the wedding of our dreams is an understatement! We had the most amazing time for our wedding weekend. From start to finish Amy our wedding coordinator was on hand to make our dream day come to life. The staff are exceptional, the food was out of this world and you simply cannot find a nicer setting! I had a list of decor that I was hoping for and everything was just how I wanted. We even had a brilliant evening the night after in the bar with finger food and live music. I couldn't recommend Inchydoney enough, I just wish we could do it all over again!
Mr & Mrs Finch
Added 11th Jul 2015
Wedding 4th Jul 2015
From my initial wedding enquiry, to checking out the day after our wedding, the staff at Inchydoney Island have blown our expectations away. We have stayed in many 5* accommodations before, but never have received the service that Inchydoney staff provided. Nothing was too much trouble, and everything was done with upmost sincerity and a big smile. I cannot express how happy we are that we chose Inchydoney Island for our wedding & for all our guests to stay. And how grateful we are to Amy, Ciara and all the staff at Inchydoney for making our wedding so perfect. Since returning back to England, everyone has been commenting how beautiful the hotel location was, how brilliant the staff were & what a perfect day it was. To say the staff went beyond their duty would be a massive understatement, from sending out our wedding suits to be pressed a few hours before the wedding, to the staff member who went to a pharmacy for my friend in need, they did everything to make sure our day went smoothly. Thank you so so so much Inchydoney, you made our wedding perfect!!
Samantha McCarthy
Added 10th Jul 2015
Wedding 19th Jun 2015
We got married in and had our reception at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on a sunny Friday in June and from start to finish everything was just perfect. From the first day we went to view Inchydoney we knew this was the venue for us, stunning location beautiful hotel and fabulous food. Amy Dorgen was our coordinator and was outstanding from the first day we met her to the day of our wedding, with having two boys of our own some things didn't go to plan but with the help of Amy, Julie ,Ciara and Brendan they sorted out the little hiccups and got me up the aisle!!!!! We knew the food was outstanding at Inchydoney and on our wedding day it didn't disappoint all 110 guest were raving about the quality of the food and the portions, some said it was the best meal they had ever had at a wedding. We just cant thank Amy and all the staff at Inchydoney for being so efficient & friendly and making our wedding day one we will never forget, we just cant wait to go back down there with our boys and reminisce on what a perfect day we had.
Added 7th Jul 2015
Wedding 12th Jun 2015
Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is situated in one of the most stunning locations in beautiful West Cork and I can honestly say the service & hospitality we received at the hotel on our wedding day in June 2015 was equally as impressive. The quality of the food in particular was absolutely superb, with many of our 220 guests commenting that it was the best meals they had ever had at a wedding and I would have to agree. Meat dishes were cooked to individual preferences perfectly, something which is very rarely an option at a large wedding. From start to finish everything ran to perfection on the day and I could not commend the staff highly enough. I would highly recommend Inchydoney as a wedding venue, and our guests many of whom had travelled to West Cork for the occasion absolutely loved it.
Added 23rd Jun 2015
Wedding 30th May 2015
I can not recommend this hotel enough. We recently had our wedding here and are both delighted with our choice. The quality of service from staff/ food and facilities are all amazing. There was absolutely no stress on the day as all staff are so efficient and most importantly friendly. My family are still raving about it - delighted with our choice!
Triona & David Brosnan
Added 2nd Aug 2015
Wedding 25th Apr 2015
What can we say, we had the day of our dreams! From the beautiful surrounding, to the fantastic food and the support, warmth & friendliness off the staff. We could not have asked for more. Our family and friends are still commenting on how impressed they were. A sincere thank you to Des, Amy and all the team at Inchydoney. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Noelle & Steven
Added 23rd Apr 2015
Wedding 17th Jul 2014
We got married at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa on a sunny Thursday in July. From the first time we visited this hotel we knew instantly that would be the place we'd exchange our vows, its such a unique and special place. We had our civil ceremony and reception here. Our ceremony was so intimate and private, over looking the sea. Our photographs from around the hotel and the beach are amazing. All our guests complemented us on picking such a relaxed, fun and first class venue. Amy, Robert, Helen and the entire staff at Inchydoney Island were brilliant in making sure our day went smoothly and stress free. They were so organised, friendly, attentive and efficient throughout- in a nut shell they were flawless..The food surpassed our expectations. From our first tasting to our wedding meal and our post wedding buffet the next day, we were blown away with the quality of the service, on a par with any 5* star hotel. So all you brides & grooms looking for a place that will knock your guests socks off and give you the most unforgettable memories of your special day, this is your venue..!! Happy Planning..
The hotel staff could not have been more helpful, Amy, Helen lorraine etc. went above and beyond. One of our guests had her relatively newborn with her and one of the floor staff actually held the baby for half an hour so that she could have her dinner. he was a bit too restless though so his mum took him to the bedroom for the rest of the meal and they brought her dinner to her in the room. Thay's just a sample of how well my guests were treated. Absolutely delighted we chose there. Even with the rain bucketing out of the heavens,and the waves crashing on shore the setting is incredible. Most of my guests had never been to W cork and came away wanting to buy there. All good!!
We arrived at the hotel on a Wednesday, got married in West Cork on Friday and had our reception afterward. Firstly Amy, she was the girl we dealt with all the time about wedding details etc, could not have been nicer and more helpful. As a matter of fact every single member of staff down there could not have been nicer or more helpful, and lots of our guests commented on this. Our champagne drinks reception was wonderful and the transfer of the guests from the residents lounge to the reception room was seamless. The room was beautiful ( Catherine from the Mulberry Tree decorated it for us), and warm and cosy. Every course was served on time and the food was excellent and hot! THe service was unbelievable! THe whole day was stress free and everybody enjoyed it. So all you Inchydoney Brides out there, you are in for a wonderful, wonderful day!!!
We are back from honeymoon and we had a wonderful time. I wanted to say thanks for making our day so enjoyable and stress free. The staff in the hotel are a credit to it and everyone just heaped praise on you all. From the get go I didnt have to worry one bit about anything to do with the reception. Honestly I would recommend the hotel to anyone. It was better than I ever could have imagined
To all you brides out there that havent checked this place out yet as a venue for your wedding shame on you! We held our wedding there in September and words cant describe how happy I was with the entire package. The staff are a credit to the hotel and made everything stress free for us. Every guest at our wedding praised the food for both quality and quantity! The guests that decided to stay in the hotel werent disappointed either. The entire place is an oasis of calm and relaxation. Its a must visit place
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