How do you like to spa? Solo or with someone else? Whether you prefer to switch off in dark design-led spas or at cosy country house retreats, the benefits of an overnight break are numerous. Here’s some ideas for recharging the batteries – from a focused detox week to a decadent al fresco bathing ritual …
Cliff at Lyons, Co Kildare
The latest addition to lovely The Well in the Garden at Cliff at Lyons is a charming terrace with a treatment pavilion, featuring two impressive outdoor copper baths, outdoor showers, a curved sauna and a beautifully planted relaxation area. Bathing therapies are a forte using flowers and herbs picked from Cliff at Lyons gardens by gardeners Tom and Stina. Other options include an organic peat and ginger bath (great for relieving stress and soothing aches and pains) or a seaweed bath which supports skin-rejuvenation. Treatments cost €150 for two people for 60 minutes. The “Refresh and Renew” package includes a 30-minute scrub prior to the bath, facial mask and hydrating cream. The bonus is this treatment is al fresco in such beautiful surroundings; www.cliffatlyons.ie.
Screebe House, Connemara
If you’ve read this month’s issue of THE GLOSS, you’ll know that intermittent fasting is on the rise and has many benefits as does regular detoxing. Screebe House is offering an innovative “Basenfasten Retreat”, which combines the benefits of an alkaline detox with the rejuvenating spa facilities. Adjacent to the hotel is the Spa Lodge featuring an indoor saltwater pool and outdoor hot tub, overlooking the Atlantic – the perfect place to unwind.
The seven-day programme (with six nights’ accommodation) has been carefully curated and planned in tandem with chef Maximillian Schindler. Only food – mainly fruit and vegetables – that can be 100 per cent metabolised is consumed during the week but that doesn’t mean meals are boring. Says chef Max, “It’s exciting as a chef to be challenged by these limitations and create spectacular meals for our guests using the freshest and best quality local produce.” The retreat includes freshly prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, two seaweed bath treatments, two yoga classes, one meditation class and a full body massage from €1,999 per person sharing; www.screebe.com.
The Ice House Hotel, Co Mayo
Adding to its Chill Spa offering, the Ice House Hotel has a new outdoor thermal extension, which includes The Wellness Room – a new duo therapy pod with Gharieni quartz treatment beds (inspired by Egyptian rituals) and a private outdoor hot tub for two, with floor to ceiling views of the river and Belleek woods. In addition there are two new sunken outdoor hot tubs, four new two-person outside baths for shared bathing rituals, and The River Room – a gorgeous new relaxation room, which is actually a glazed room on stilts over the river, offering great views of the river estuary, the woods and its nature and wildlife. Why not enjoy the current “Chill & Stay” package which includes two nights’ accommodation in a river view room, a signature Voya treatment in the spa and dinner on the evening of choice in the riverside restaurant. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the hot tub and outdoor barrel sauna. From €290 per night (based on two people sharing); www.icehousehotel.ie.
You know you’re in safe hands the minute you walk through the doors of the swish spa at InterContinental Dublin – it’s a haven of calm and relaxation. The wellness area has a sauna and steam room and a pool for taking a dip before a bespoke ESPA treatment. Currently “The Wellness Retreat” package is available from €495 per room per night. This includes the option of an elegant deluxe room or one bedroom suite, breakfast in Seasons Restaurant and a 55-minute ESPA treatment. Guests can choose from a full body brush, salt and oil exfoliation followed by a relaxing back massage with hot stones, or a soothing facial with focus on the pressure points and scalp massage. There’s lots of other complimentary bonuses too. Do make time for a drink or dinner on the pretty Garden Terrace; www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
Eccles Hotel & Spa, Co Cork
With three luxurious treatment rooms, a deluxe treatment suite overlooking Bantry Bay and a selection of organic Voya treatments, the Spa at Eccles Hotel is something of a hidden gem. To make wellness breaks more holistic guests can enjoy yoga, use the complimentary bicycles for exploring, and try a range of fresh air activities from sea kayaking and seal watching to golfing or nature walks. Why not book a “Dine and Dream” package, €230, an overnight stay which includes a three-course dinner by chef Eddie Attwell, a peaceful night’s sleep and a tasty breakfast the next morning for two people. The “Mindful Dreams” massage is the perfect accompaniment to this package and is €135 per person; www.eccleshotel.com.
The Montenotte, Cork
The “Restoring Autumnal Stay” package is definitely one to enjoy with a friend or partner in this design-led, eclectic hotel (built within the former 18th-century residence of a merchant prince). The package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast, a botanical afternoon tea served in its Panorama Restaurant as well as a rejuvenating spa offer which allows guests to choose any two 30-minute spa treatments of their choice. Options include a comforting hot oil, back neck and shoulder massage, a re-energising Dermaviduals enzyme facial, a detoxifying pink salt back scrub followed by a relaxing back massage or an Indian head massage. All packages include access to The Montenotte’s in-house Cameo cinema, with full use of the hotel’s “Motion” Health Club. Do have a cocktail in the new Glasshouse bar (order the Royale Rose cocktail). A one-night stay starts from €205 per room; www.TheMontenotteHotel.com.
The Marker, Dublin
Sophisticated and minimalist, The Marker spa is introducing a different treatment each month throughout the autumn. For example, the “30/30” package includes a 30-minute back massage and 30-minute facial using Elemental Herbology products. Anyone who avails of the offer, €105, will have access to The Marker Spa’s 23-metre infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna and the eucalyptus-infused steam room. The bonus? The spa is open seven days a week with late opening hours for an after work treat; www.themarker.ie.
The Heritage, Co Kildare
If your idea of the ideal weekend is a bit of shopping and spa-ing then The Heritage’s “All the Frills” package will appeal. This includes one night accommodation, with breakfast, a Sparkling afternoon tea served in Blake’s Restaurant, one hour access to the thermal suite and an ESPA gift in your room on arrival. On-site, activities such as golf, tennis, country walks on the 5km and cycling are on offer (check out the Rock of Dunamse or Emo Court). The hotel also has a leisure centre, cinema and of course a spa. As part of this package, guests will be chauffeur driven to and from Kildare Village Shopping Outlet, and receive a ten per cent discount code as an extra treat (there’s also ten per cent discount for Newbridge Silverware). The “All the Frills” package is from €159 for two people sharing; www.theheritage.com.
Killashee Hotel and Spa, Co Kildare
There are lots of indulgent packages in the magical setting of Killashee Hotel. The “Midweek Overnight Spa Escape” is a luxurious retreat from the norm and includes a three-course evening meal, breakfast the next morning and full access to the hotel’s impressive hydrotherapy suite. Guests can also choose a 30-minute treatment from the spa menu including an Elemis Skin booster facial, or a head, back and shoulder massage, a tired leg soother (which includes exfoliation and massage). This costs €165 per person sharing. For other spa offers visit www.killasheehotel.com.
Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
The “Day in Dublin” experience at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin allows guests to be tourists in the capital and also enjoy its (relatively) new medi-spa Velvære (pronounced vel-va-ray), for the signature “A Day in Dublin” treatment. This bespoke Codage Paris facial is designed to meet the needs of skin subject to the changing climate of Dublin. With vitamin B5, detoxifying silk tree and gently exfoliating fine rice particles, the facial will erase traces of fatigue revealing a brighter complexion. The “Day in Dublin” experience is from €240 per person sharing for an overnight stay with breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, plus complimentary parking and of course, the one-hour facial; www.radissonblu.ie/royalhotel-dublin.
Hayfield Manor, Cork
The “Spa Renewal” stay at Hayfield Manor includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious Manor Room with full Irish breakfast and a four-course dinner. Guests have full access to the leisure facilities, including swimming pool, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi. Also included in this indulgent retreat is a one hour treatment at The Beautique Spa, where options include a full body Swedish massage, an Elemis Superfood Pro-Radiance facial or a combination of back massage and booster facial. From €534 per night based on two people sharing; www.hayfieldmanor.ie.
No.1 Pery Square, Limerick
The current “Couples Spa Escape” package at this posh address includes overnight accommodation in either a club style or period bedroom with a la carte breakfast the following morning. Also included is an aroma salts bathing ritual followed by a thorough back, neck and shoulder massage in the bijou spa’s couples suite. A glass of Prosecco tops off the treatment. From €378 total stay (based on two people sharing); www.oneperysquare.com.
The g Hotel, Galway
Dark, decadent and designer-led (I love the David Downton illustrations throughout the hotel, especially of supermodel Linda Evangelista), the g hotel has several tempting spa offers. One of these is the “Pamper Me” package – an overnight stay with breakfast in Gigi’s restaurant and access to the thermal suite. Plus there’s a choice of body massage or wrap for two adults; www.theghotel.ie.
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