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One particularly thoughtful touch is the hotel’s use of photographs. If a couple is celebrating an anniversary, for example
the staff will often track down a wedding photograph and place it bedside during turndown service.
For a wedding held on site recently, the staff even went so far as to print a photo from the wedding that took place earlier th
at day, to have it ready to display in the couple’s bridal suite after the evening’s festivities.
For another guest with Irish heritage who was hoping to reconnect with his roots, a staffer wa
s able to track down a local Gaelic hurling club that had a connection with the guest’s family.
”He drove [the guest] out to the club where his cousin used to play hurling back, I don’t know, a h
undred years ago,” Heery says. “You know, small things. But for the guest, it was a huge moment wh
ere we’re helping him with his family history.”The secret: A farm-to-table menu unlike anywhere else in Ireland
The Emerald Isle’s cuisine may be most famed for creative uses of potatoes, but contemporary Irish food encompasses far
more than spuds; highlighting the country’s excellent produce and meat is one of the hotel’s main culinary goals.
During Adare’s renovation, culinary director Loughlin Druhan loaded his team into a cam
per van and road tripped around Ireland to find the best vendors for every ingredient they needed.
At 845 acres, Adare’s property requires a significant amount of upkeep. And no area receives more loving care than the hotel’s
golf course, an idyllic stretch of emerald greens winding around the River Maigue.
”There are over 50 employees just on grass and greenery,” says Heery. And while Ireland may be ra
iny, these links will never be soggy: SubAir technology — a way to quickly vacuum water from the green
s — runs under the whole of the course.Far from being putting greens just for guests, the Tom Fazio-designed links we
re created with the intention of making Adare one of the top golf destinations in the world.
So far, so good. The course was crowned the World’s Best New Golf Course in 2018 by t
he World Golf Awards, and its JP McManus Pro-Am tournament, scheduled for July 2020, alr
eady has the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose signed on to compete.
Even the practice facility is known as one of the best in the country, with Scottish bunker sand specially imported for the most refi
ned experience.early equally alluring as the course itself is the sleek Carriage House, which acts both as a c
lubhouse for golfers and a dining destination not only for guests, but also for those in the surrounding village of Ad
are. After a round on the links, swing by the bar, an adults-only respite outfitted in leather and oak.
Toast to your success (or drown your sorrows) with a glass of wine. Adare’s list is an impressive 12,000 bottles deep, plus t
sive coladh samh massage (the name, pronounced “culla sauv,” is an Irish phrase meaning sound sleep) — a 50 or 80-minute trea
tment specifically designed to help with sleep issues, ranging from insomnia to epic jet lag battles.
The experience begins with a mixture of pressure and Swedish techniques, followed
by a cooling ceramic stone treatment designed to lull the body into a state of relaxation. This author can speak fro
m firsthand experience: My whole body felt like a happy, sleepy puddle by the end of the service.
And spa junkies rejoice: Adare’s spa is one of only 11 in the world (a
nd the only one in Ireland) to offer La Mer-branded treatments. For true luxury, boo
k the La Mer Miracle Broth Experience, a 180-minute service that includes a body polish with pure dia
mond powder, a circulation enhancing massage and the signature Miracle Broth facial.
Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick, V94 W8WR, Ireland; +353 61 605 200. Rates start at $370, including breakfast
Juliet Izon is a veteran lifestyle writer, covering fo
od, travel, interior design and entertainment. She lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.
there is a relatively stable world economy. The high-technology sector and e-commerce can be
especially fast-growing given their rapid development in both countries, Li Xin, director of the Ru
ssian Center for Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Institute of International Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday.
Li added that some traditional industries, such as energy, could witness a decrease in total trade as international fuel prices decline.
The expansion in China-Russia trade in 2018 was largely due to stable international economic growth and a closer
bilateral relationship, rather than a consequence of the China-US trade dispute, Li said.
Both countries have introduced policies encouraging trade cooperation, and these policies have clearly borne fruit, Li said.
However, the US-China trade conflict, which is hitting global confidence, could potentially play hav
oc with the world economy including trade between China and Russia if it escalates further in 2019, according to Li.
The world has been closely watching the latest round of high-level trade
negotiations between the US and China, which took p
lace in Beijing on Thursday and Friday, for clues as to whether a trade resolution
will be reached before the March 1 deadline.
With the slowdown seen in the economies of both countries and the
world in general, the US and China have a sober under
standing of the importance of reaching a trade deal, which is reflected by the
increasing flexibility shown by both parties. Last week, US Pre
sident Donald Trump even suggested that he could extend the deadline if both
parties are making good progress and are nearing a formal agreement.
As the US and China both have the need to reach a deal, it is generally expected
that both parties will make some compromises to avoid an escalation of tra
de disputes. In this situation, China will most likely significantly increase its
imports from the US in the short term, while at the same time making s
ubstantial changes with regards to issues like market opening and technology transfer.
At present, there is much speculation about what compromises China may
make or which industries the nation will open to more for
eign investment. Last year, against the background of the unprecedented trade war, the National D
evelopment and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner, published
a new version of the negative list for foreign investment. The negative list, w
hich took effect on July 28, removed foreign ownership limits for special vehicles and new energy vehicle m
anufacturing, with the ownership cap for passenger car manufacturing scheduled
to be lifted by 2022. Moreover, th
e latest list also eased or scrapped foreign investment curbs on sectors like
banking, insurance, ship and aircraft manufacturing, and power grids.