As summer winds to a close and we contemplate the long winter months ahead, it’s an imperative to give our minds and bodies an additional boost. We’re fortunate to have a wealth of natural products, amazing views and impressive spas in Ireland. Here are some, with day or overnight offers, that are guaranteed to provide a safe oasis to escape the stresses and strains of the past few months.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
Velvære (pronounced vel-va-ray) is the swish new medi-spa located in Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin. Inspired by an original Norse word meaning wellbeing, it’s design-led, and spread over three floors. Treatments and therapies are from custom-made skincare range Codage Paris, (the spa is the first in Dublin to stock the brand), and the results-driven skincare brand, iS Clinical. There is a private consultation room, five treatment rooms, a dedicated medi room, two express medi-chairs for fast, focused treatments and a relaxation area. Velvære also has a thermal vitality pool, black aspen Finnish sauna, thermal steam room, drench shower, Caribbean storm experience shower and ice fountain … I’m already there in spirit! A further incentive is to try “A Day in Dublin”. That’s a bespoke Codage Paris facial, with vitamin B5 and exfoliating fine rice particles, which increases skin vitality and provides protection from the city environment. To celebrate the launch of Velvære Spa, there is a special opening offer of €175 per person sharing an overnight stay including breakfast, “A Day in Dublin”, bespoke facial with aftercare skincare routine to take home. www.velvaerespa.ie
Park Kenmare, Co Kerry
Do you have any Blue Book Vouchers? I’d be spending mine at Park Kenmare, where you can stay for two nights and receive a third night with the hotel’s complements. Guests can enjoy a “Daily Lifestyle Programme” which includes yoga, escorted hikes, private garden walks and falconry. Then, of course, the Samas Spa beckons, which has just introduced Bamford products – the first spa in Ireland to do so. In addition to Bamford treatments and facials, the three-hour “Samas Experience” appeals and is carefully choreographed. The first hour is dedicated to all things thermal and includes a rock sauna, crystal steam, ice fountain, tropical shower and a dip in the outdoor infinity pool. This is followed by the treatment of your choice and then a further hour’s relaxation in rooms overlooking the woods and Kenmare Bay. Treatments are from €125 – €200; www.parkkenmare.com.
The Spa at Slieve Donard, Co Down
Overlooking the (windswept) beach at Newcastle and the Mourne mountains, the Spa at Slieve Donard has been renovated this year. Facilities now include a double-treatment room, a private relaxation room for small groups, and a shared relaxation room. As part of the renovation work, the sauna, steam room and swimming pool have been refurbished, the changing rooms have been updated and the treatment rooms refreshed. The result is a mix of floor-to-ceiling sea views, gold-flecked mosaic pool and cocooning rooms, where Espa treatments are delivered expertly. Why not try the “Spa-tisserie Spa experience” which comprises a one-hour spa treatment (choose between a massage or facial or body wrap, pedicure or manicure) with a traditional Afternoon Tea. This offer is £105 per person Monday – Friday, or £115 per person on Saturday; www.hastingshotels.com.
Eden One, Dublin
Seeing is believing at one of Dublin’s newest and most talked about spas located at the equally impressive Number One Ballsbridge. Combining a Health Club, destination Day Spa and private Member’s Club, spaciousness and design-led features will impress even before you book in for a treatment. Why not try “The Eden Elements Sanctuary Package”, €195, guaranteed to relax the mind, release tension and nourish the skin. This personalised package includes a Natura Bissé Elements Signature Massage and Natura Bissé Express Skin Comfort Facial, as well as a complimentary lunch in the Members Lounge and access to all the exquisite Eden Elements Spa facilities. www.edenone.ie
Ashford Castle, Co Mayo
“The Royal Treat” is a two-night package which includes afternoon tea in the castle’s Connaught Room, access to the estate’s nine-hole golf course and use of the hotel’s relaxation pool – located in the castle’s state-of-the-art spa. Central to the Spa is the pool: a tranquil yet luxe space with seashell chandeliers and a Tree of Life mural – stretching the length of the relaxation pool and symbolising Celtic mythology apparently. Rates for The Royal Treat package start from €436 per night in one of the Castle’s elegant Corrib rooms, based on two people sharing until October 20. There’s plenty of scope for strolls along the shores of Lough Corrib and the Cong River, as well as 350 acres of ancient woodland, in addition to taking in the beautifully manicured lawns that surround the castle. www.ashfordcastle.com
Kilkea Castle, Co Kildare
Situated on a lush 180-acre estate, Kilkea Castle, dating back to the 12th century, is perfectly positioned to leave you feeling rejuvenated, especially if you book a luxurious overnight spa package. In the new state-of-the-art Elemis spa, indulge in a 50-minute treatment of your choice and enjoy use of the thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool. Guests also have use of the championship golf course on the grounds and there are lots of routes for rambles. Breakfast is served in Restaurant 1180 the following morning, after a good snooze in one of the stylish Carriage bedrooms. Priced from €285 per room. www.kilkeacastle.ie
Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Co Donegal
According to the Director of Midwifery at the National Maternity Hospital, Ireland is set for a baby boom this coming January 2021, with the hospital reporting a 10 per cent surge in the number of women registering pregnancies compared to last year. With this news in mind, lots of expectant women will be looking for a little pick me up over the coming months. This is where Lough Eske Castle’s “Babymoon Package” (€449 per couple) comes in. Mums-to-be can relax in the Castle’s Cara Spa, with a 90 minute spa session beginning with a soothing foot soak followed by a full body massage using hydrating Espa products. Partners also have a choice between an express facial or shoulder and back massage, and relaxation time in the thermal suite after the treatment. This offer also includes a three course evening meal in the 2 AA Rosette award-winning Cedars restaurant, with breakfast the following morning; www.lougheskecastlehotel.com
No. 1 Pery Square, Co Limerick
The basement vaults at No. 1 Pery Square were especially restored to create the hotel’s Voya Spa – the definition of an urban retreat. With exposed brick and original stonework, it’s a soothing backdrop for a holistic experience. Guests can choose from a range of wellness, pampering and beauty treatments. Highly recommended is the thermal experience which includes a herbal cocoon, coal bunker sauna, aroma steam room, mist showers and the chance to relax in a zen garden. An overnight stay is from €75 per person sharing; www.oneperysquare.com.
Wineport Lodge, Co Westmeath
As a hideaway to revive the jaded or just plain tired, Wineport’s Treatment Suite makes relaxation easy, as does its range of indulgent body treatments and bodycare. Don’t leave without trying the rustic outdoor cedar-clad hot tub which is perfectly placed to enjoy the views across the lake. An overnight stay is from €85 bed and breakfast per person sharing; www.wineport.ie.
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa,
You don’t have to be a hotel guest to access the gorgeous spa at Powerscourt Hotel Resort Spa. Espa at Powerscourt is currently open to non-residents too, meaning the indoor 20 metre Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool is also yours to use, plus the fully equipped gym. Not forgetting the hammam suite, hot pool and Serenity room. There are lots of day packages starting from €140. For example the “Time for Calm” day package offers two, 30 minute treatments from a choice of an express facial, or back, neck and shoulder massage, or head massage or a salt and oil body scrub. The “Afternoon Treat” meanwhile offers a one-hour treatment (of a facial, Swedish massage or Inner Calm Massage) and Afternoon Tea in the Sugar Loaf Lounge, from €160 per person. For the full list of offers visit www.powerscourthotel.com.
Eccles Hotel & Spa, Co Cork
Set on the shores of Glengarriff, overlooking Bantry Bay, the cliff top Spa at Eccles Hotel has been recently refurbished, with the addition of an outdoor thermal area, three luxurious treatment rooms, a deluxe treatment suite. There’s also a comprehensive selection of Voya Organic spa treatments and journeys. Blending natural, organic, sustainable, locally and ethically sourced ingredients designed to give immediate, visible results and long-term benefits, spa breaks are enriched by yoga, cycling and the chance to explore local walking routes. The “Mindful Dreams” sleep-inducing massage comes highly recommended. To book a treatment visit www.eccleshotel.com.
“Reconnect and Revive” is the luxurious spa package this autumn at the five-star InterContinental Dublin. In its award-winning Espa Spa, guests can choose a 25-minute treatment – from back massage to head massage, or reflexology – before unwinding in the tranquil relaxation area. Guests can also enjoy full use of the Wellness Area with a 14-metre heated indoor pool. Then, stay overnight in a stylish deluxe guestroom or spacious suite, with a full Irish breakfast in the elegant Seasons Restaurant the following morning. There is complimentary car parking for guests too. Don’t leave without an apertivo on the Garden Terrace. This package is available from €185 per person sharing; www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
Ice House Hotel, Co Mayo
Five treatment suites, a beauty room, steam room, outdoor sauna, experience shower, two outdoor cedar-wood hot-tubs, and outdoor spa garden, a relaxation room and a full range of yon-ka and Voya products … The spa facilities at Ice House match its idyllic location. Book in overnight to make full use of the amenities and the views. Prices are from €60, bed and breakfast per person sharing. There is also a great range of spa day packages; www.theicehouse.ie.
The Heritage, Co Laois
Missing some (foreign) sunshine? The Heritage, set in the pretty village of Killenard, has just the ticket to give you that feeling of heat on your skin. The “Sunshine Ritual” treatment includes use of its spacious thermal suite with an array of heat experiences available, from a stimulating sea salt body scrub and a full body positivity massage with jasmine, gardenia and sweet orange oil to evoke the scents of a holiday. Available from €110, make a night of it and book to stay from €89 bed and breakfast per room; www.theheritage.com.
Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford
A stay at Cliff House Hotel is always restorative. Spend the day walking along the beach, enjoy sea swims, breathing in the fresh sea air and sleeping soundly as the waves lull you to sleep … Currently on offer is an overnight stay in a sea view room, a 45-minute outdoor bathing therapy using organic seaweed harvested from the coast, and a three-course dinner in The Bar Restaurant. When guests leave they are offered a jar of lavender and Atlantic seaweed bath salts to recreate the experience in their own home. Available from €559 for two people sharing; www.cliffhousehotel.ie.
The Shelbourne, Dublin
With seven elegant treatment rooms and an opulent relaxation room overlooking St Stephen’s Green, The Spa at The Shelbourne is the ideal place to experience a lavish five-star spa experience to boost immunity. “The Super Boost from Elemis journey” in The Spa at The Shelbourne begins with an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory shot. This is followed by a stimulating green tea back exfoliation, before an Elemis fire and ice back massage that incorporates both hot stone massage and a refreshing gel with arnica, camphor and menthol, to stimulate and improve the circulation. Then enjoy a restorative Elemis Superfood facial, incorporating Elemis’s new AHA Glow Cleansing Butter, a multi-tasking cleanser that removes daily pollutants and city grime. The facial also uses Elemis’ Superfood Glow Priming Moisturiser (a lightweight, multi-use formula that leaves skin hydrated while blurring imperfections). This 95 minute Super Boost treatment is available until October 31 for €185. Add The Shelbourne Escape package, overnight, bed and breakfast and car parking from €299 per night based on two people sharing. www.theshelbourne.com
The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Co Galway
Enjoy a pamper session with a girlfriend and completely relax with the new “Midweek Morning Retreat” at The Galmont’s Spirit One Spa. Choose from a Himalayan salt stone massage or an Elemis pro collagen facial, a lava shell full body massage or the aroma spa ocean float. After their treatment, guests can take some time out in the jacuzzi, outdoor hot tub and in the spa’s relaxation room. The Midweek Morning Retreat at Spirit One Spa is available Monday to Friday from €99 per person. Make a night of it with an overnight stay at The Galmont including delicious breakfast from €135 per night staying in a superior room; www.thegalmont.com.
Cliff at Lyons, Co Kildare
“Switch off Sundays” at Cliff at Lyons is a perfect Sunday overnight break for those looking to recharge their batteries. Arrive on Sunday, switch off devices and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of The Well in the Garden – a GLOSS team favourite. There’s a choice between a hot towel ritual, a botanical facial or a back, neck and shoulder massage. You’ll find a complimentary “Deep Sleep Kit” in your guest room, which includes a lavender bag, camomile tea, eye mask and ear plugs, and will ensure you have a restful-night’s sleep, before waking to a cooked breakfast the following morning. From €345 per single room, or €505 for two people sharing, this includes accommodation for one night, a detox juice on arrival, a 45 minute spa treatment, dinner and breakfast; www.cliffatlyons.ie.
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, Co Kerry
Enjoy an overnight stay in a deluxe bedroom and unwind with two 60 minute spa treatments of your choice at The Spa at Muckross. Also included in this stay is dinner in Yew Tree restaurant for two people and breakfast the following morning. Available from €239.50 per person sharing. www.muckrosspark.com
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