Julie Hastings is marketing director of Northern Ireland’s leading collection of hotels, Hastings Hotels.
She is married to John and has one son, two daughters, a step-daughter (ages 32 down to 17) and daughter-in-law who is expecting Julie’s first granddaughter in April.
Do you consider yourself to be healthy?
Yes, I like to live a healthy and active lifestyle – I like to eat well during the week and then enjoy a takeaway or a meal out at the weekend.
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Did you contract Covid? If so, how did it affect you?
Yes, very mildly just last week. Unfortunately, I got it just before I was due to go to Amsterdam as a birthday treat organised by my children, so I was disappointed to have missed that.
Fortunately, it was very mild and I felt nothing but cold-like symptoms.
Do you smoke/drink?
I don’t smoke. I love a glass of white wine, a nice chardonnay is my favourite – I’m not a fan of bubbles surprisingly!
Do you take supplements?
I take vitamins, but only when I’m feeling under the weather.
Any big health scares?
I found a lump a few years ago which I got tested and thankfully it was benign.
Do you take regular exercise?
I used to play a lot of tennis and played for Ulster and Ireland, but less so now.
I am still a member of the Belfast Boat club which I have been since I was 18.
I love to swim and use the spa at the Culloden for exercise.
I also enjoy long walks but always with company, not airpods!
How well do you sleep?
I sleep well, usually about seven hours a night – although sometimes my sleep can be unsettled depending on what is on my mind!
Have you tried alternative/complementary therapies?
I do love to have a massage and I have tried pilates and yoga. It’s definitely an area that I am interested in exploring and we have been investigating some new wellness packages to potentially bring in to The Spa at Culloden.
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