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Renew Beauty tip of the Month

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Renew Beauty Centre

Tip of the month

As you all know Summer is setting in (well at least thats what it is supposed to be doing) so our top tip for the month is to moisturize! “The key to hydration is through exfoliation”-that was drummed into us at beauty school and it works! Its common sense really, what is the point of lashing on moisturizer if its not going anywhere. Your moisturizer needs to penetrate deep down into the skin to hydrate it, so how do I get it to do that I hear you say? The answer is simple, through exfoliation! Exfoliate twice a week before bed-time is the best. You have two choices, First a Scrub which contains granules which removes dead skin, build up of dirt and grim-good for oily/combination skin types, Second is a Peel, you have a choice of a hydrating gel or cream that gently removes the build up of dirt and grim while hydrating the skin, good for dry/sensitive skins. You will find your moisturizer will absorb into your skin much better, plus you will use LESS moisturizer! Your wallet will love you for it. I can promise you your skin will be glowing!!

Here are some great home recipes for exfoliating the face and body:


Coffee Scrub for the Body- This scrub is a great one for tackling cellulite. Caffeine is known for braking down the soft fat that causes cellulite. Use three times a week for best results!


2 cups of coarsely ground coffee

½ cup of sugar or sea salt

2-3 tablespoons of massage oil.



¬     Mix all together in a bowl.

¬     Take a hot shower to moisten skin & open pores.

¬     Using circular motions rub the coffee exfoliate onto your skin, with strong, even pressure.

¬     Shower off and pat yourself dry.

¬     Apply a good anti-cellulite body lotion (My favorite is Estee Lauder Slimming body gel; this also has caffeine extracts to further stimulate the brake down of that soft stubborn fat!) Volia!!!  You are now glowing!!

By Amanda Arthur


For more information please contact Renew Salon at:


·     Killarney Court Hotel (064) 37070

·     Riverside Hotel (064) 39200

·     Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort (064) 42599


Peaches in Lemongrass Syrup

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Peaches in Lemongrass Syrup


330g (11/2 Cups) Sugar

Juice of 1 Lime

2cm piece of ginger, peeled

6cm piece of lemon grass, sliced

1 Cinnamon Stick

6 Peaches

250g blackberries or blueberries



Combine sugar & 3 cups of water in a heavy based pot.

Stir over heat until sugar is dissolved

Add lime juice, ginger, lemon grass & cinnamon – simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes

Add peaches & simmer until peaches are tender

Remove peaches & peel, then return to syrup

Allow to cool

Serve peaches & a little strained syrup with a few blackberries & ginger cream

A day in the life of a head receptionist

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

We have a very hectic start to our day in the front office. Our first priority is to get the night audit done, so as to start the day’s business. Usually the tours are up and about ready to settle their accounts at 7.00 am. Of course there is always a comment about the weather and the hope that it will improve.


The tours are usually gone by 8.00 am and we then have a bit of quiet time until our private guests check out. We spend this time greeting the guests on their way to breakfast, filing and tidying the reception area after the first busy hour of the day. Hanneke the Reservations Manager starts at nine; we hand over any queries from the night before and it’s at about this time the phone awakens and keeps us on our toes for the day.


After breakfast we start to get busy with check-outs until midday. As our guests check out we take time to enquire if they had an enjoyable stay. There are a lot nice comments made about our hotel, especially in relation to our new leisure centre, holiday homes, lodges, the comfort of our hotel rooms, close proximity to town and friendly staff. If there are any issues we do our best to address them so the guests leave happy with their stay. We say a sad farewell and hope to see them in the future.


The afternoon is spent in preparing for the arrivals that day. The key cards have to be assigned, and we make sure the special requests are done and we are organised for all the groups. At 3.00pm we cash up, and hand over to the receptionist on the late shift so they are up to date with the day’s events. The tours check in late afternoon; they are often American, Australian, Dutch, German and French. We do our best to communicate with all nationalities, and if we don’t speak the language we try to improvise in any way possible.


Between check-ins we take dinner bookings, any request such as extra towels, room service etc. Once we had to contact Kenmare hospital to get a wheelchair for a poor lady who had had an accident while stepping down from the coach. We do our best to ensure everyone has a pleasant and comfortable stay.


The rest of the evening is spent printing up the registration cards and filing the following day’s arrivals. We are always busy on the phone taking reservations and answering any queries people have. At the end of the late shift we cash up, tidy the desk and have everything ready for the person the next morning. There’s never a dull moment!


Mary & Sandra

Head Receptionists

Message from the General Manager

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Everyone’s talking about the weather. Sure what can we do about it? Well just ignore it and book yourself in at the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort! We’ve loads going on to take your mind off the wind and rain.


Firstly, we are bringing back the hugely popular Irish Country Nights, including Set Dancing. These will run throughout the summer months, every Wednesday evening from 9.00 – 11.00 pm, starting on the 9th July. With music by The Breens and Autumn Gold, there will be plenty of different dances to keep you on your toes. If you don’t want to take part in the dances, come and watch – it’s hugely entertaining. Entry is free.


We’re delighted to announce that Eleanor McEvoy will be here in concert on Friday, 25th July.  Eleanor is a recipient of the Big Buzz Award for Best Traditional Female Musician and is currently touring to promote her new CD – ‘Love Must be Tough’. Tickets are only €20 each (over 21s only) and the show will kick off at 10.00 pm, with doors opening at 9.00 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Ireland’s top female traditional vocalists. Tickets are available from the hotel or Soundz of Muzic, Henry Street, Kenmare.


And as if that weren’t enough, John Spillane will be performing at the hotel on Friday, 22nd August. John, who won the Meteor Ireland Music Award in 2006, is well known throughout Ireland. Tickets for this show are €20 each also (again, over 21s only). What an opportunity! Don’t miss these 2 fabulous artistes.


If you’re thinking about getting away for a few days, try one of our 4* luxury lodges, from only €79 per person, per night for a minimum of 2 nights. These lodges are the height of luxury. They comprise 2 double/twin bedrooms, both en-suite and so are perfect for 2 couples or a couple with older children. Our Standard Holiday Homes sleep up to 7 and are more geared to young families. Take advantage of everything we have on offer to keep the kids amused; the Leisure Centre with a gym, 20 m pool and kids pool; kids clubs, outdoor playground, kids menus, kids drop-in playroom and teen activity clubs. We’ve got kids covered this summer!


And finally, there’s no better time to book your visit to the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort. The beautiful town of Kenmare, with its award-winning restaurants, is hosting the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in July, from 15th – 22nd. This is a huge event with a wide selection of indoor and outdoor concerts, dancing, singing, céilithe and workshops. The Kenmare Bay Hotel is hosting a mixed Ceili on the evening of Saturday, 19th July and then is proud to be hosting the closing ceremony for the event on Sunday, 20th July.


So don’t let the cold weather get you down; come and enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort

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