A relaxing and rejuvenating spa retreat is top of the list for many of us this summer. Here’s where we’re going …
Bellevue Spa at The Montenotte Hotel, Cork
Those familiar with The Montenotte Hotel in Cork will know it’s a gorgeous design-led haven with landscaped Victorian gardens (check out the current sculpture exhibition on until August 28), a new Art Deco inspired rooftop bar – The Glasshouse – and a cosy Cameo Cinema for guests. In keeping with the boutique vibe and style is its Bellevue Spa, which has six treatment rooms and relaxation area, completely separate from Motion Health Club, with its 20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and gym. “Feel Rejuvenated” is the current summer package, €95, which includes the choice of two 30-minute treatments (including a Dermaviduals enzyme facial, or a hot oil back, neck and shoulder massage, or detoxifying back scrub followed by a massage) with a glass of bubbly. Do try the spa’s own range of products which include a Bamboo and Olive Blossom candle, or Bellevue Botanicals hand cream and massage oil. After a treatment, why not book dinner at the Panorama Bistro or enjoy a cocktail on the Botanical Panorama Terrace and toast the hotel’s recent partnership with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World; www.TheMontenotteHotel.com / www.slh.com.
Brooks & Co Spa, Glasson Lakehouse, Co Westmeath
There’s been a real buzz around Glasson Lakehouse, Co Westmeath, formerly a discreet golf resort in Westmeath, which Press Up group acquired for a reported €9m. The hotel is now a funky four-star resort overlooking Lough Ree bearing all the hallmarks of other Press Up hotels such as The Devlin or The Mayson – bold Irish art, hip young staff, neon signs, in-room Munchie Trays and a priority on comfort. Land and lake activities available include boat tours, kayaking, golfing on the 18-hole golf course and academy, or cycling. There’s also an outdoor pool (heated all year round) and three hot tubs located beside a sunken terrace. Its new Brooks & Co Spa is the latest addition to the amenities. The cocooning rustic vibe, aromatherapy-inspired treatments and luxe manis and pedis (from Bare Luxury by Morgan Taylor) are all part of its multi-sensory approach to wellness and beauty. To sample, there’s a “Stay & Spa” offer which includes accommodation, breakfast, a one hour Swedish massage, access to the heated pool and hot tubs and a cocktail in the highly Instagrammable Bonnie’s Restaurant, from €245; www.glassonlakehouse.ie.
Nádúr Spa, Ballygarry Estate Hotel, Co Kerry
Part of the family-owned Ballygarry Estate Hotel & Spa, Nádúr Spa is surrounded by natural beauty with views of the Kerry mountains and the hotel’s landscaped gardens. Holistic rituals and organic products – such as the spa’s own honey and whiskey scrub and from Voya – align with the hotel’s impressive sustainability credentials. It recently expanded its grounds and now includes wildflower meadows, woodlands, an apiary, insect hotel and wetlands, where reed filtration to treat waste water is helping reach the hotel’s goal of becoming carbon neutral. Long term plans include a route which guests can walk or cycle from the hotel to the Atlantic coast – part of the Kerry Green Way project. The spa includes an outdoor hot tub, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy bath, treatment rooms and a list of tempting revitalising rituals, while Skin Formula facials are recommended to treat pigmentation, acne, dryness and rosacea. Currently on offer for the month of July is the choice of a 60-minute full body massage and mini facial or vice versa (a facial and mini massage) with access to the sauna and hot tube and lunch in the Brasserie, €150. While you’re at the hotel, do take a peep at The Lodge – modelled on a New England-style barn – it’s the pretty setting for civil, spiritualist or humanist wedding ceremonies; www.ballygarry.com.
Tess Rose Ocean Spa, Ballyliffin Town House Boutique Hotel, Co Donegal
Having opened a few months ago, the Tess Rose Ocean Spa complements the amenities at the four-star Ballyliffin Town House Boutique Hotel & Spa in Inishowen, Co Donegal. While the boutique hotel is known for its proximity to Ballyliffin Golf Club’s links courses, there is lots to see and do in the area from dolphin spotting at Pollan Bay, hiking in the Urris hills, kayaking at Fort Dunree or discovering the Glenevin waterfall. For weary muscles and complete rejuvenation, the spa and wellness centre includes a sunken jacuzzi, infra-red saunas, and amazon rainfall and bucket showers. In addition, there are six treatment rooms, offering massage, body, facial and foot treatments, as well as seaweed and hydrobaths. The crowning glory is the rooftop garden and its Canadian hot tubs. Overnight spa packages start from €89 per person sharing during summer season and include full use of the thermal suite, rooftop garden hot tubs and relaxation lounge; www.ballyliffintownhouse.ie.
The Village Thermal at The Well in the Garden
The Well in the Garden is one of THE GLOSS team’s favourite spas which recently added a Garden Room, an immersive outdoor experience, to its offering. Tucked away among the rose-clad cottages and herb gardens guests will find outdoor showers (under a canopy) and two free-standing copper baths offering a selection of bathing therapies. The latest al fresco addition is the Village Thermal – two Finnish barrel saunas nestled in the greenery, the perfect prelude to soaking in the hot tubs, while enjoying a side helping of some forest bathing.
All hotel guests at Cliff at Lyons are offered a complimentary 45-minute session in Village Thermal, which is open daily from 9am to 7pm. For a luxurious treat book the “Lyons Heart” package, from €520, which includes an overnight stay in an Estate or Lily pond room, dinner at The Mill, breakfast in The Orangery and access to the new Village Thermal. A choice of one 60-minute spa treatment per person, either indoors or outdoors, is part of the experience for two people; www.CliffatLyons.ie.