We help you show people how much you love them!
Wondering how it all began? Well, make a cup of tea, pull up a chair and let's have a chat.
My name is Aisling, founder of The Book Resort, a luxury book subscription and premium gifting company, created in Waterford in late 2019.
I was always a big reader who also happened to love chocolate and I had big dreams. I wondered if maybe, just maybe, I could turn my dreams into reality by combining two of my favorite things on this planet - books and chocolate - into a business that would bring joy to people.
As does everything, the initial idea started with a little ‘I wonder’ moment. I made a few lists and started researching and slowly the idea of The Book Resort began to take shape. I really wanted to give this 100% so I did what any sane & rational person would do and I left my job, my lovely, secure job! Yes, I was secretly terrified but very excited. It was all going okay for a couple of months and then.....
Covid hit which was a massive shock as suppliers closed while customers started asking for more products. After spinning in circles for a few days wondering what to do, I put my head down and got to work (aka, did not sleep very much) and have not stopped since.
Looking back, it scaled so much quicker than I initially anticipated as it literally turned from working at a kitchen table to a warehouse on my own property in less than 12 months.
So now in 2023, we have a shiny new premises, loads and loads of lovely suppliers, deeper relationships with our customers, a growing online community (10k on Instagram and 1500 in our Facebook Book Club) and a tiny but passionate & dedicated team (including my two sons) who are helping us grow.
Our number one goal is to help you show people how much you love them by delivering happiness and moments of magic
We also want to…
- Deliver happiness and delight with every experience by exceeding expectations
- Support our community-suppliers, customers, charity, staff and book club members
- Encourage passion about reading
- Inspire by championing other Irish businesses
- Constantly strive to improve, amaze and always be kind.
The rest of the story? We are living it and writing it right now in Co. Waterford...welcome to our little dream!
We also recently got our very first van! Make sure to give us a beep if you see us pass!
Aisling & The Book Resort Team 💕.
PPS. We have been very fortunate to have been mentioned a few times in the Irish media too:
Sunday Business Post (16 January 2023) The Book Resort featured in "This Week You Will Love" section in the print edition.
VIP Magazine (1 December 2022)
Magic Mum (28 November 2022)
Mummy Pages (28 November 2022)
Shemazing (28 November 2022)
Irish Times (19 November 2022)
The Irish Daily Mail (19 November 2022) The Book Resort featured in a Gifts for Her feature in the print edition
Star Chic Magazine (12 November 2022) The Book Resort featured in a double page spread in the print edition of Star Chic magazine.
Rte Gift Guide (1 November 2022)
Hi Style (1 November 2022)
Irish Examiner Gift Guide (31 October 2022)
Image (20 May 2022)
The Irish Times (2 May 2022)
The Sunday Times (1 May 2022)
Irish Farmers Journal (26 January 2022)
Pat Kenny show on Newstalk (20 December 2021)
Radio 1 with Claire Byrne (1 December 2021)
Irish Examiner (22 November 2021)
Evoke (19 November 2021)
Shemazing (18 November 2021)
Magic Mum (18 November 2021)
The Gloss Mag (16 November 2021)
Rollercoaster (15 November 2021)
Mummypages (15 November 2021)
Kiss (15 November 2021)
Irish Examiner (12 November 2021)
RTE.ie (9 November 2021)
Joe Duffy (28 May 2021)
Irish Times (28 May 2021) Printed edition & online edition.
Waterford News & Star (30 April 2021) Printed edition & online edition.
RTE (10 March 2021)
Irish Examiner (9 March 2021)
Irish Country Magazine (20 January 2021)
Irish Examiner (14 December 2020)
Evoke (16 November 2020)
Irish Independent Gift Guide (14 November 2020)
RSVP Live (10 November 2020)
Newstalk with Sinead Ryan (2 November 2020)
Ryan Tubridy Show (22 October 2020)
Ryan Tubridy mentioned us on his morning show on RTE Radio 1 when he was talking about shopping local and supporting small businesses.
The Irish Times (21st October 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in an article by Conor Pope in The Irish Times, titled 100 Irish retailers for all your online Christmas shopping.
Beat FM (4 October 2020)
I chatted with Orla Rappel on "The Sunday Grill" about how people can shop online and still support local businesses by shopping with The Book Resort
WLR FM (30th September 2020)
The Book Resort chatted with Mary O'Neill on "The Hot Desk" about its first year in business.
Today FM (16th August 2020)
The Book Resort was live on air with Mairead Ronan for "Beat the Business".
The Gloss ( August 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in an online article in The Gloss Mag by Penny McCormick.
Irish Tatler (4 August 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in an online article in Irish Tatler by Kate Demolder
Irish Examiner (1 August 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in an article in the printed "Weekend Loves" section of the Irish Examiner by Ruth O'Connor.
Sunday Independent (21 June 2020)
The Book Resort was referred to as a "Cult Product" in the Sunday Independent, Wellness magazine print and online editions.
Ireland AM (5 June 2020)
The Book Resort was featured live on air on Ireland AM by Triona McCarthy.
Evoke (12 May 2020)
Rollercoaster (7 April 2020)
The Irish Times (7 March 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in the print weekend edition of "The Irish Times" on March 7th 2020.
2FM (24 January 2020)
We were live on radio with Jennifer Zamparelli on Thursday 24th January 2020.
Womans Way (20 January 2020)
The Book Resort was featured in the print edition of Womans Way on January 20th 2020.
Live Lavishly Gift Guide (10 December 2019)
Lovin (20 November 2019)
Writing (2 November 2019)
Broadsheet (29 October 2019)
Waterford Live (23 October 2019)