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We have used our free time during the lock-down and been busy building our very own interactive Bayview Hotel App.

Recently we have all became more and more reliant on high speed WiFi and devices to keep in touch with family and friends, we certainly are living in the digital era of smart phones & tablets with multiple devices in each home being used for multiple reasons.

There are hundreds and thousands of apps available to download ranging from games for kids & the big kids among us, cookery, home learning, news, social media, shopping, banking, this list is endless and in being confined to our homes we find our smart phones and device screens have become a little bit busier with apps used to keep us not only entertained but informed.

Apps are designed to be a functional and convenient way to communicate information to the app user and for the user to access information easily.  Our new app is designed to simplify things for the user whilst planning their trip to the Causeway Coast with everything at their finger tips.

Having the app on your smartphone or device will allow you to make reservations for accommodation, dining & spa treatments, purchase gift vouchers, view overnight offers and restaurant menus or simply chat to us.  The app is also designed to act as a concierge in your pocket when you are on your trip with the ability to check local weather and tide times, buy tickets for local attractions and excursions or book tee times at many of the world class golf courses on the Causeway Coast.  Helping to keep you safe and to limit touch points you can use your own device to browse restaurant menus safely without having to use shared menus whilst in our restaurant or bar area. 

Users will also receive notifications directly to their device detailing priority access to exclusive experiences and offers.

The app is available on both Apple App Store and Google Play Store for android devices, simply search for 'Bayview Hotel' with download available for both smart phones and tablet devices.

Stay safe and happy app browsing!


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As part of our recent investment we have installed interactive televisions in all our bedrooms.  From the comfort of their bedroom guests are able to access hotel services, information and restaurant menus.  World news and world radio in many different languages and a music library are also available with the touch of a button.

Guests can also order a wide range of food & refreshments, request a taxi or a leisurely late checkout via the guest services menu and our guest service agents can communicate instant messages and information to all guests or personal messages individually. 

This system allows us to instantly communicate and update hotel information, menus & services without endless printing and wastage of paper.  The system helps part of our sustainability promise which is to reduce paper usage and waste.  

Our priority is guest comfort and satisfaction and we believe that this interactive system enhances every guest's stay.

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A Co. Antrim hotel has been awarded four-star status following a £350,000 refurbishment.

The Bayview Hotel in Portballintrae has received the grading from Tourism NI, after the major revamp, completed in December.

The makeover to the hotel, included work to the ground floor reception, bar and restaurant area as well as all 25 bedrooms.

Bayview Hotel general manager, Steven Kane said the four-star grading is recognition for the hard work and investment put into the hotel to create an "exceptional setting" for all guests.

"We have enjoyed working closely with the quality advisors at Tourism NI over the past two years, who have offered invaluable support throughout the process. I am extremely thankful to have such a dedicated team at the Bayview Hotel who work tirelessly to provide high standards of customer service and hospitality to all our guests," Mr Kane said.

 

Samantha Corr, acting quality and standards manager at Tourism NI added:

“The Bayview Hotel is significant to the tourism offering as it provides the ideal location for visitors to relax as well as explore the popular visitor attractions nearby.

"It's a very exciting time for the hotel, with its recent makeover and indeed for the tourism industry in Northern Ireland as a whole. The Kane family and the whole team at Bayview Hotel have put in an enormous amount of work to achieve this award and I commend their efforts.”

The Bayview Hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in the picturesque harbour village of Portballintrae. The hotel and neighbouring accommodation providers are preparing for an influx of visitors for The Open, taking place at Royal Portrush Golf Club from July 18 to 21.

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We have christened our Junior Suites and named them after historical events and landmarks associated with the village of Portballintrae.

 

Junior Suite – “Lissanduff”

Lissanduff or the ‘Dark Fort’ as it’s known locally, consists of two sets of concentric circles (raths).  The site dates from the early Bronze Age and is a very important archaeological site in Ireland.  The main rath would have been a large standard enclosure used as a fortified home for people and animals, these were built in defensive locations to offer maximum protection from raiders.  The farthest set of concentric banks are more intriguing, they are oval in shape and have a water spring in the centre.  Archaeologists have discovered that non-porous clay was used to line the banks of the oval in order to create a deep pool of water, which would have been used for water rituals.

To fully understand the significance behind this site we must first understand the environment of the time.  The Bronze Age spread to Ireland around 2000BC when settlers from Europe arrived.  The culture of these people merged with that of the native Neolithic and so began the Irish Bronze Age.  The landscape here would have been very different from today, forests would have covered much of the lowland areas, the dune system and river would have existed as a natural boundary, created by the outflow from a receding ice sheet which covered the area some 10,000 years BC.  The view to the ocean at that time would have been much the same as it is today.

Although stone implements were still used, bronze revolutionised tools and weapons and as the skills developed more and more sophisticated decorative bronze items were produced and the first workings of gold appeared.  Why a water ritual site here? No one can categorically say why, however, we know that similar sites excavated have produced valued items of a similar style and look.

At this time there were three major influences upon life, belief and culture.  These were the sun, fire and water.  Water in particular held a significant mystery and importance, not only was it life sustaining it was the only physical material that could reflect your image.  In a time of no mirrors and when people had very little idea of what they looked like this would have been quite significant in importance.

In traditional early Irish mythology the other world could be reached by water through a pool, a lake or the sea.  This idea of water as a gateway between worlds is linked with boundary-symbolism.  To pass an axe or other valued item through this reflective portal, let it go and then withdraw your hand back to your world would have been a significant and symbolic action.  Water to this day still has a symbolic link through religions, baptism and holy wells.  Another significant factor to consider about Lissanduff is that it is located on the boundary of the western extreme of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada and the end of the Ballaghmore, the great road which ran from Tara to the northern coast of Ireland.

 

Junior Suite – “Lacada”

The dramatic cliffs of the Antrim coast tower over the site of one of the richest shipwrecks ever discovered in our coastal waters.  It was here at Lacada Point that in June 1967 a diver and treasure hunter, Robert Stenuit, located the traces of what proved to be the wreck of the Spanish Armada galleass, Girona, a craft that had sunk on 28th October 1588.  Many of the artefacts were kept securely in the safe of the Bayview Hotel.

Over the next two years, Stenuit amassed over 12,000 artefacts from the wreck, and in 1972 they were purchased as an entire collection by the Ulster Museum, where they are now displayed.  The bay where the wreck was found is still known locally as 'Port na Spaniagh'.

The Girona was one of 130 ships that set sail from Lisbon in 1588.  After defeat in the English Channel the expedition was aborted, and the fleet attempted to return home via Scotland and Ireland.  However, the scattered ships were battered by storms, and between 15th and 28th September, 28 ships were wrecked on the Irish coast.

The Girona was actually sailing northwards back to Scotland, crammed with 1,300 men on board, when it struck the razor sharp rocks off Lacada Point.  It seems likely that the repaired rudder failed, and the ship was literally cut into two by the rocks. Only nine sailors survived and were able to climb the massive cliffs to safety at nearby Dunluce Castle.

The most spectacular finds from the wreck were the 45 pieces of gold jewellery belonging to the commander and officers.These included six gold chains (one of which was 8 feet long), crosses and military decorations, finger rings and 12 portrait cameos of Byzantine Caesars. One ring has a hand holding a heart, with the Spanish phrase: 'I have nothing more to give you.' The site is the only protected wreck in Northern Ireland waters.

 

Junior Suite – “The Watch House”

During the 1600s, Portballintrae had its own Customs House which served the village and the town and castle of Dunluce.  The harbour was the nearest safe anchorage and landing place which serviced the growing settlement and its commerce.  Dunluce grew into a thriving location for goods and several Scottish merchants settled here.  The flow of commerce must have been high to justify the building and operation of a Customs facility.  The graveyard at St. Cuthbert’s has several identifiable headstones of merchant families from Scotland including one dating to 1610.

The present Bayview Hotel stands on the site of an older Bayview Hotel which had a small one storey building on the end known as The Watch House.This was the original customs house and coastguard building prior to the new station being built in 1874 which still stands today on Beach Road.  Its prominent location overlooking the bay and harbour meant this was the perfect location for the original customs & coastguard building prior to a larger building being required.  The Watch House was added to the former Bayview Hotel and prior to demolition in 1998 it was used as a restaurant within the hotel.

 

 

 

Apr 30

Smart Phone & Device App Launch

Apr 21

Interactive & Sustainable TV's

 

"Ideal stop when touring the coast"

TripAdvisor Review

Happy Customer (TripAdvisor)

"Magnificent seafront location with panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean."

 Happy Customer 

Happy Customer (TripAdvisor)

"Close to the Giants Causeway this hotel had gorgeous views of the bay and would be a great base for anyone touring the area. Would I recommend it? YES!"

TripAdvisor Customer

Happy Customer (TripAdvisor)

"The room was clean and fresh and the bed was the most comfortable we have slept in."

TripAdvisor Customer- October 2015 

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