Thursday, 13 October 2016

Christmas Parties in Galway

the g is a glamorous wonderland of style and festive fun in the run up to Christmas. With no less than six beautifully decorated trees shining with thousands of twinkling lights, berry-strewn wreaths, glittering garlands and over 3,000 ornaments on ribbon-wrapped trees throughout the hotel, it is the perfect destination for your Christmas party this year.

Whether attending a festive lunch with colleagues, savouring the best Afternoon Tea in Galway or sipping on a pre-Christmas drink with  friends - add a little ‘g’ sparkle to your party and choosing the g Hotel & Spa for your festive celebrations.
A veritable gift box of delights, the g has a wide range of festive packages to help create the perfect Christmas party. The art deco g Suite is available for private hire up to 200 guests or the more intimate g suite bar is an ideal location for a private dining up to 30 guests. For guests wishing to join a larger party night, Thursday 15th December is still available at €50.00 per person including a cocktail reception with canapés on arrival, a 4 course meal, spot prizes, late bar and DJ.

Alternatively, Restaurant gigi's is very popular for festive lunches and evening parties. Offering two sittings to facilitate the large number of requests, there will be music in our Signature Lounges on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for guests to enjoy after their meal. Restaurant gigi's was awarded 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Galway' at the 2016 Irish Restaurant Awards and Head Chef, Jason O'Neill will be dishing up delicious menus packed with festive flavours and season produce.

Festive Lunch from €24.00 - Festive Dinner €39.00

To book your Christmas event at the g, contact our Christmas Elves on or 091 865200.

Monday, 12 September 2016

*New* Purifying Micellar Cleanser

September is here .. the kids are back to school and the days are getting shorter .. your schedule is as busy as ever and it is important to look not let your daily beauty routines suffer.  Effective cleansing is the starting point for clear, conditioned and healthy looking skin. Our new ESPA Purifying Micellar Cleanser is packed with hard-working plant actives and essential oils, allowing you to streamline your skincare routine when you need it. The ESPA Purifying Micellar Cleanser is just €31.00 for 200ml and our professional spa team will be delighted to assist you with further information. They may be contacted on 091 778460 or

With its non-rinse blend of Coconut and Sugar-derived cleansers,  plant actives and essential oils, the gentle 3-in-1 formula removes make-up, cleanses and tones in the sweep of a cotton pad. Suitable for all skin types, it contains delicately fragrant organic Rosewater and Chamomile Essential Oil to soothe and calm, Witch Hazel to tone and help balance oil production, and Hyaluronic Acid to help ensure skin remains hydrated after cleansing. Quick, convenient cleansing...naturally.

Whether you are late at work, always on the go, or just need to refresh skin during the day, Purifying Micellar Cleanser has been designed with ultimate convenience in mind. Its swiftly revitalising formula fits into even the busiest routine… it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...

With a pump designed for ultimate convenience, soak a cotton pad with Purifying Micellar Cleanser and sweep across face, neck and décolleté, paying special attention to the eye and lip areas if removing make-up. Repeat until all make-up and impurities are removed and cotton pad appears clean. Follow with preferred ESPA Serum, Oil or Moisturiser. Use daily, morning and night.

1. Steadily press a cotton pad down on the pump until it’s soaked with Purifying Micellar Cleanser.

2. Sweep the pad across your face, neck and décolleté.

3. Repeat until impurities and make-up are removed and the cotton pad appears clean.

Purifying Micellar Cleanser, as the name suggests, is made up of tiny yet powerful micelles which, when combined with our blend of hard working natural ingredients, trap and remove impurities, sebum and even stubborn make-up without the need to rub. Our professional spa team will be delighted to assist you with further information and may be contacted on 091 778460 or


"ESPA's Micellar Cleanser is quick and easy to use whilst thoroughly cleansing my skin, removing all traces of make-up leaving me fresh faced within a flash! I love it!" Charlotte

"I absolutely love the new Purifying Micellar Cleanser. It left my skin feeling incredibly clean and the aroma from it was fantastic as always with ESPA. 10 out of 10 from me!" Heather

"The Purifying Micellar Cleanser is the perfect product for me...quick and easy to use with no fuss! Great for those days when you don't have much time for a full cleansing routine with the new style bottle being handy for the gym bag." Erinna

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Winners of the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed at the Galway Races

What a day we had the 2016 Galway Races Ladies Day. There was so much amazing style and magnificent millinery, it was a tough decision for our judges to select their finalists. They strolled the enclosure at Ballybrit from 11am to 1pm and selected 20 finalists for the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed, all of whom were invited back to the #gHotelBestDressed marquee for bubbles and bites.

In the meantime, our g Hotel & Spa team were roaming the enclosure with our photo props and plenty of gorgeously dressed and fun loving racegoers got into the spirit of the day with lots of photos appearing on social media channels with the official hashtag of #gHotelBestDressed. Marietta Doran was also busy on the pop up runway interviewing finely dressed attendees of all ages including the legendary Kitty who was celebrating her 90th birthday and has been at every Galway Races since she was a wee girl. At 2.30pm, the crowds gathered at the #gHotelBestDressed Marquee for the announcement of the winners.

the g Hotel Best Dressed Lady Winner was the lovely Lisa McGowan, an insurance broker from Tullamore in County Offaly and owner of Lisa's Lust fashion blog. Lisa was wearing a hat by Northern Ireland designer, Marie Claire Millinery, a stunning 'Strawberry & Lime' dress which is from her own soon to be launched collection, a handbag from Glitz, jewellery from Dessert Diamonds Ireland and shoes from Dunnes Stores.

the g Hotel & Spa Best Hat went to worthy winner Ciara Murphy from Dunboyne in County Meath, a Garda in STore Street in Dublin. Ciara’s hat was by Fiona Rafter Millinery in Dunshaughlin and is described as a bronze feathered piece with arrows and rose buds inspired by Game of Thrones.

Our judging panel included Triona Barrett General Manager of the g Hotel & Spa, Louise Duffy Today FM radio broadcaster, Mandy Maher from Catwalk Models, Melanie Morris from Image Publications and Bairbre Power Fashion Editor with the Irish Independent. We would like to thank all those that supported Ladies Day at the Galway Races 2016. It was our first year as sponsors of the Best Dressed competitions and we look forward to next year. 

Throughout the Galway Races, you will be assured of stunning style, gorgeous cocktails, delicious food and music every night of the week at the g Hotel & Spa. From chart topping favourites to smooth Jazz, our entertainment line up at the g Hotel will have you on the dance floor well into the early hours. A full section of delicious pre and post racing drinks and food options are available for race week. To make an enquiry for 2017 please contact the team in the g Hotel & Spa on or 091 865200.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Choosing a Hat for the Races

A headpiece is the crowning glory of your Galway Races outfit and the right hat is just as important as your dress as it can make or break an outfit. As sponsors of the official Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions (#gHotelBestDressed) at the Galway Races as well as hosting our own Best Hat (#gBestHat) event at the g Hotel & Spa as part of our Ladies Day After Party, we have researched all of the expert advice on choosing a hat for the races.

Choosing a hat should be a pleasure. There are no hard and fast rules, only guidelines to help and assist. Show your personality and choose something comfortable that you love. Experiment until you find the hat you like best and makes you feel fabulous – you are worth it!

A day at the Races and in particular Ladies Day at the Galway Races is one of the few occasions where we have an opportunity to be daring and express our personality. Make a statement at this year’s Galway Races and turn to one of Ireland’s leading milliners by choosing one of their beautiful creations whether sleek & refined or show stopping & bold. If you have chosen your outfit but are still looking for the perfect hat, bring your dress with you and most milliners can match a piece or create a sensational contrast for stand out appeal.

Matching your hat to your figure
It is important to your physical features into account when choosing a hat. Your height and shoulder width is the best guide for dictating the brim width of your hat. Generally the taller you are, the wider the brim you can carry off. Here are some hints that subtly alter proportions.

A petite woman may be best with a smaller hat to keep your look in proportion and should you have a very ornate headpiece, many stylists suggest an understated dress to showcase the hat. Try to avoid hiding your neck if possible as this can take from your height.

A tall woman could opt for a wider brim ensuring you take shoulder width into consideration to maintain balance. Wide brims also look well on fuller figured fashionistas and ladies wearing wider skirts.

Choosing a hat to suit your Face Shape
It is very important to choose a hat or headpiece that works for your face shape.

Round faceMore structured or square styles usually suit round faces best. Ladies with rounder faces may consider adding height to your crown to elongate your face and a small brim can also add to the effect.  Cloche inspired hats look great and it can be fun to play with slants.

Heart face – A tilted style headpiece can really compliment and highlight your cheeks and distinct a jawline. If you have a very petite face, avoid being overpowered by a large heavy looking crown.

Square face – With defined features and stronger bone structure than other face shapes, ladies with square faces tend to look great in rounder styles so opt for a hat with softer lines. Narrow crowns can be unflattering unless they are balanced by a trim that gives it both softness and width. Asymmetrical silhouettes look well.

Oval or Long Face – Avoid hats with tall crowns and this will only further elongate your visage. A wider brim will balance an oval or long face but remember to use your shoulder width as a guide or you may overbalance!

Some Interesting tips from the Horse & Hound Magazine

  • Traditionally ladies hats are worn down to the right and up to the left. This means that most small hats sit on the right hand side of the head.
  • In general it is more flattering to have your hair parting hidden beneath the hat.
  • If you are wearing a bold print or lace dress, avoid wearing a hat with an elaborate or fussy trim.
  • If you want to make a statement with your hat, pair it with a simple outfit.
  • Avoid matching your hat, bag and shoes as it will cut your silhouette in too many places.
  • Make sure your hat feels secure and comfortable so that you will not have to re-adjust it during the occasion.
For more information on the Ladies Day Best Dressed Events please see the g Hotel & Spa website - official sponsors of the Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions at the Galway Races. Also hosts of a Best Hat with Philip Treacy Prize and Most Stylish Man competition during the Après Racing Party which kicks off at 7pm on Thursday 28th July 2016.

Hats featured in this blog post are from from Carol Kennelly, Aoife Kirwan and Edel Ramberg.