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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Spacations in Ireland

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We’re fortunate to have a wealth of impressive hotel spas in Ireland, with amazing facilities, views and amenities. With day or overnight offers to suit every budget, these spacations are guaranteed to provide a safe and rejuvenating oasis to escape the stresses and strains of the past few months …

Killsahee Hotel, Co Kildare

Against a backdrop of 80 acres of gardens and parklands, the four star Killashee Hotel, outside Naas, provides an inspiring setting. Currently on offer is a two-night “Relaxation Spa Break” for two from €380. This includes full use of the leisure centre with access to the hydrotherapy suite and a 30-minute spa treatment per person, with a choice of an Elemis booster facial, a Swedish back massage or a head, neck and shoulder massage. A full Irish breakfast is available each morning and a three-course dining experience is offered on one evening in The Terrace Restaurant overlooking the gardens; www.killasheehotel.com.

Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links, Co Dublin

Indulge in a one night spa break for two, which includes a stay in a stylish bedroom or suite, a three-course dinner and breakfast the following morning and a choice of one of four spa treatments. These include a relaxing hot lava shell massage, a Swedish massage, a Superfood facial or a detoxifying body wrap. The latter is a head-to-toe treatment, which begins with body brushing and body scrub to refine the skin, before being cocooned in clay to encourage perspiration while your therapist performs a soothing scalp massage. The treatment concludes with an application of nourishing body cream; www.portmarnock.com.

Monart Destination Spa, Co Wexford

The five-star Monart Destination Spa is an adult only environment and as such is a hot spot for spa pros. It has a tempting “Midweek Haven” break in one of its deluxe rooms. In addition to breakfast and a table d’Hote dinner, guests have unrestricted access to the extensive thermal suite (try the sauna ritual to increase blood circulation) as well as a treatment. Choose from a tension release massage, a silky skin body scrub or a reviver facial. The Midweek Haven is available from Monday to Thursday, from €210 per person sharing. www.monart.ie

The Imperial Hotel, Cork

Cork’s grand dame hotel is offering an indulgent “New Me” spa package which includes several rejuvenating treatments at its Escape Spa (where Voya and Aveda ranges are used) and an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s classic rooms with breakfast; prices are from €442 per couple. The “New Me” package includes all of the following treatments: 60 minutes hydrotherapy at The Vitality Suite; a 30 minute express facial; a 20 minute back, neck and shoulder massage; a 10 minute head and scalp massage with hot oil hair treatment; and a 30 minute dry floatation experience. All these are followed by relaxation time at the spa’s Starlit Relaxation Room; www.imperialhotelcork.com.

Bellinter House, Co Meath

With an ongoing investment in its spa facilities, the latest addition to the Bellinter House’s spa offering is Crystal Clear microdermabrasion. This is an ideal treatment for delivering a post-lockdown glow as it delivers instant, visible results. It is suitable for all skin colours and skin types and can be used to treat a wide range of skin problems on the face, hands, and body. Crystal Clear microdermabrasion treatments starting from €90, while an overnight stay is from €149 for bed and breakfast; www.bellinterhouse.com.

The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, Co Antrim

One of the most exciting new hotel openings is The Rabbit, only 20 minutes from Belfast, the latest venture by Galgorm Collection, owners of the renowned Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Ballymena. This new 33-bedroom boutique hotel offers stylish accommodation with four room types (Snug, Attic, Comfy or Luxe). The outdoor spa area offers Roman baths and hot tubs, Swedish saunas, an aromatherapy steam room and halotherapy salt chamber as well as a collection of hot tubs. There’s also a lakeside beach complete with heated sand, a Lake Bar, sunken lounge and chic cabanas. Why not try the “Hop To It” package, featuring access to the hotel’s “Relaxation Burrow” and a bottle of bubbles to kick off your stay from just £180 per night. Or go for the full package and avail of The Rabbit’s Dinner, Bed & Breakfast deal, with experiences starting from £240 per night; www.rabbithotel.com.

Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate, Co Galway

The team at Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Estate has been busy during lockdown, completing renovations including refurbishment of The Tapestry, The Ffrench Room, and The Abbey. New additions include Palmers Bar & Kitchen, 73 new bedrooms and a glorious new boutique spa – Glo Spa & Wellness. Why not see the new additions for yourself, with one of the “Summer on the Estate” stays, with a choice of either an overnight or three-night stay. Ease your way back into the swing of luxury living, with an overnight stay in elegant accommodation and have dinner aboard the iconic Pullman Restaurant, then enjoy a cooked to order breakfast in The River Room, where you can sit, read the paper and enjoy the uninterrupted estate views. In addition, the experience also includes a choice of activities – 25-minute relaxation treatments in the new Glo Spa & Wellness, a round of golf or Glenlo’s Classic Afternoon Tea for two. “Summer on the Estate” package prices are from one night €550 per room; www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.

The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Co Antrim

“Sanctuary in the City” is a revitalising overnight stay in The Merchant Hotel. This package includes breakfast in the hotel’s newly refurbished Great Room Restaurant, with any 60 minute spa treatment from the spa menu. Other extra treats are a glass of Prosecco, complimentary in-room movies and late checkout. Prices start from €395 per room; www.themerchanthotel.com

Powerscourt  Hotel, Co Wicklow

Try the “ESPA Retreat” package which includes an overnight stay for two, dinner in Sika Restaurant, breakfast the following morning and a one hour ESPA treatment from €301 per person sharing. Guests also have use of the 20m indoor Swarovski crystal-lit swimming pool, a fully equipped gym (open between 7am-9pm) and an array of outdoor pursuits on the doorstep. The hotel can organise mountain climbs, escorted walks or more strenuous activities including abseiling and mountain biking; www.powerscourt.com.

Clanard Court Hotel, Co Kildare

Its “Summer Getaway Special” starts at just €150 per night for two people, offering breakfast and an evening meal as part of the price. This package also includes a €20 treatment voucher per person for the on-site Revive Garden Spa, plus a VIP discount card for nearby Kildare Village and Newbridge Silverware. Other bonuses include complimentary parking and discounted entry to a range of top tourist attractions; www.clanardcourt.ie.

Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Co Kildare

Kilkea Castle’s “Midweek Spa Indulgence” is now available to book and includes 45 minutes of bliss in the state-of-the-art thermal suite, followed by a 30-minute treatment in the Boutique Spa. After the full pampering experience, enjoy a three-course evening meal in Hermione’s Restaurant, situated in the Clubhouse, overlooking the ninth Green. Guests can choose from Carriage Rooms from €227 per person sharing, or Castle Rooms from €177 per person sharing; www.kilkeacastle.ie.  

Sheen Falls Lodge, Co Kerry

Overlooking the picturesque Sheen Falls, this five-star Relais & Chateaux hotel has undergone a year-long refurbishment programme with the Easanna Wellness & Spa opening three new treatment rooms, in addition to enhancements made to the hotel lobby, the Falls Restaurant and bedrooms. There are new outdoor activities too such as paddle boarding, archery, horse and cart excursions and clay pigeon shooting. Book in for two nights bed and breakfast and guests will have dinner on one evening in The Falls Restaurant, and an Afternoon Tea for two on one afternoon during their stay plus a €50 Spa credit per person. Rates from €1,195 in total for two people sharing for two nights in a Classic Room; www.sheenfallslodge.ie.

Adare Manor, Co Limerick

The Spa at Adare Manor is first in Ireland to offer customised facial and body treatments featuring 111SKIN products. The Spa at Adare Manor also boasts private manicure and pedicure rooms, a relaxation pool for guests of The Spa only and a new relaxation room. Combine a visit to the spa with “The Padel Club Activity Package” which is a two night stay in a classic room in the Manor House for two people, breakfast each morning and a choice of activities including a one hour Padel tennis session, or a one hour games or golf session in the sports simulation room. Use of The Padel Club swimming pool and gym is complimentary for hotel guests. The package price is €1,400 or €700 per night; www.adaremanor.com.

The g Hotel & Spa, Galway

Every square inch of this double storey Philip Treacy-designed oasis maximises comfort and enhances well-being. The spa comprises twelve treatment rooms, a thermal suite with vitality hydro pool, a soothing crystal steam room, lifestyle rain showers, a rock sauna, a cooling ice fountain, tepidarium heated loungers, and a fully-equipped fitness studio. Guests can choose from an extensive menu of treatments, delivered by the team of skilled ESPA therapists. Before and after treatment, guests can relax in the glass pavilion overlooking the rooftop Zen bamboo terrace. For a taster experience, try the “Pamper Me Package” – a luxurious overnight stay, with full Irish breakfast, which includes access to the thermal suite and a 55-minute massage or body wrap; www.theghotel.ie.

Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, Co Antrim

For an overnight nature retreat, switch off with the “Shepherds Huts Bed & Breakfast experience” from £330. New this season, these fully equipped one-bed huts are located in the Secret Meadow and provide an authentic woodland retreat, including an outdoor bath to experience the restorative benefits of the surrounding forest. This package includes access to the Thermal Spa Village from check-in until check-out and breakfast in Gillies. The Thermal Village has recently been enhanced and now includes a vitality pool on the shores of the River Maine, a Palm House relaxation area and bar and a new Salt Cave for halotherapy experiences; www.galgorm.com.

Park Hotel Kenmare, Kenmare, Co Kerry

The “Three Night Enchanted Break” at Samas Spa is devoted to nurturing the mind, body and spirit. This package includes three nights accommodation with breakfast each morning and a seven-course Signature Tasting Menu Experience on one evening. Guests also have full access to the 25m lap pool, glass box sauna and gym. Guests can partake in all classes and activities associated with the spa. In the evening, relax in the in-house cinema and choose from 300 films available at reception. From €117 per person sharing per night; www.parkkenmare.com.

Ice Hotel, Co Mayo

Following a significant investment, a new wellness focused extension adds over 250 sq metres of additional space to Chill Spa. Guests will discover The Wellness Room – a new duo therapy pod with quartz treatment beds and two new sunken outdoor hot tubs overlooking the river, with state of the art technology and ambient lighting, four new two-person outside baths for shared bathing rituals and The River Room – a gorgeous new relaxation room. The latter is a glazed room on stilts with views of the river estuary, the woods and wildlife. Scheduled for completion this month, experience these changes with the “Chill Spa Escape”, a two-night break for two people with dinner on one evening and 50-minute signature Voya treatment each. From €720 based on two sharing; www.icehousehotel.ie.

Hayfield Manor, Cork

The Hayfield’s “Spa Renewal” offer includes two nights of luxurious accommodation with breakfast each morning, in addition to a four course dinner, on one evening of your choice, in the Orchids restaurant or the popular Perrotts Garden Bistro. There is the choice of several one hour treatments in the Beautique Spa. Choose from a Swedish massage, Superfood Pro-Radiance Facial, Back Massage & Booster facial, luxury manicure or pedicure, along with 20 per cent discount off any additional pre-booked treatments during your stay. Following your treatment, enjoy Hayfield Manor’s renowned Afternoon Tea. From €410 per person total stay; www.hayfieldmanor.ie.

The Heritage, Co Laois

The Heritage’s “Absolute Appreciation” package is a two night escape. On check-in head straight to the award winning spa where the thermal suite offers an array of heat, sensory and aqua therapies, before being pampered further with a 30-minute spa treatment. Included in the package is a three-course evening meal in Blake’s Restaurant, breakfast the following morning and full use of the leisure centre and swimming pool throughout your stay. The Heritage also has a wide range of complimentary activities from a dip in the leisure pool at the Health Club to a walk on the 5k Walking Track and Trim Trail. The “Absolute Appreciation” at The Heritage includes two nights bed and breakfast, a bottle of wine on arrival, a three course meal in Blake’s Restaurant, a 30 minute spa treatment and one hour Spa Experience from €249 per person sharing; www.theheritage.com.

No.1 Pery Square, Limerick

The “Two Night Sparkle in the City” includes accommodation in the individually decorated bedrooms, a la carte breakfast, and a three course dinner on an evening of choice with a glass of prosecco. Each guest receives a €35 spa voucher towards treatment of choice. This package is €478 total stay, based on two people sharing; www.oneperysquare.com.

The Shelbourne, Dublin

The Rosé Spa Escape at The Spa at The Shelbourne is a dreamy, indulgent 85-minute treatment available throughout the summer for €239. It begins with a wild rose and Mediterranean sea salt back scrub and a lavender back treatment mask. This is followed by a calming warm rose oil back massage and a wild rose and Mediterranean salt foot scrub, before concluding with a Pro-collagen Rose Provence Lavender Essential facial. A fitting finale is a glass of Whispering Angel rosé in the opulent relaxation room overlooking St Stephen’s Green. A special overnight rate to stay at The Shelbourne post-treatment is available from €379 which includes breakfast and car parking, based on two people sharing; www.TheShelbourne.com.

Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, Co Cavan

“Summer Senses” is a two night stay at Farnham Estate with dinner in Maxwell’s Grill Room which is available from €174 per person sharing. This includes unlimited use of the Health Spa’s infinity pool, Water Mint thermal suite, gymnasium, and relaxation rooms. Farnham Estate also raises the spirits with 11kms of beautiful walking trails ranging from more relaxed, shorter routes to more challenging, depending on fitness levels. Along the treks, you can enjoy an incredible range of trees including ancient redwood, cedar, copper beech and Scots pine, as well as wonderful views of Farnham Lake; www.farnhamestate.ie.

Fota Island Spa, Co Cork

Wellness curator Peigín Crowley recently designed Ground – a collection of natural aromatherapy oils and balms to encourage mindful self care. Fota Island Spa has launched a range of exclusive restorative Ground rituals, created to encourage participants to “tóg go bog é” – to take it softly, and mind ourselves. Read a full review of the Fota Island Spa here. There are five gorgeous Ground Rituals available: The Grounding Full Body Massage (€105), The Grounding Ritual (€125 or €150), The Restorative Face, Neck & Scalp Ritual (€125), and The Comforting Ritual (€125). Each ritual includes gentle breathwork, hands-on rhythmical pressures and techniques, including gua sha and aromatherapy oils. An overnight stay at Fota Island Resort with breakfast in Fota Restaurant and access to leisure facilities at the resort costs from €245 per room per night. Stay two nights and get five per cent off the total price, stay three nights and get 10 per cent off the total price or stay four nights or more and receive 15 per cent off the total price of your stay; www.fotaisland.ie.

The K Club, Co Kildare

The K Club Spa and Golf package is from €250 per person and includes overnight stay, full Irish breakfast, dinner in Barton Restaurant and a 50 minute Natura Bissé spa treatment or a round of golf on one of the Arnold Palmer designed championship golf courses per person; www.kclub.ie.

InterContinental, Dublin

Treat yourself to an “Afternoon Tea and Spa Retreat” and stay in a deluxe room or luxurious one bedroom suite. Enjoy a decadent Afternoon Tea expertly prepared by head pastry chef Orna in The Lobby Lounge or Garden Terrace. Then unwind with a 25-minute treatment (back massage, reflexology or a head massage) from one of the talented therapists. Chill out in the wellness area with pool. The Afternoon Tea and Spa Retreat from €465 per room for two sharing, complimentary parking and breakfast is also included; www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.

Carton House, Co Kildare

Nestled in the historic heart of the 1,100 walled estate, surrender your stress and choose from a carefully curated menu of treatments delivered by the hotel’s highly skilled therapists. The spa experience includes overnight accommodation in a Fairmont King bedroom in The Garden Wing with breakfast the following morning, a relaxing 55 minute spa treatment per guest at Carton House Spa, access to Carton House Wellness facilities which includes an 18m swimming pool, gymnasium suite and thermal facilities. Other activities include numerous self-guided walking/cycling trails, tennis courts, fishing, two championship golf courses and much more. Prices start from €235 per person; www.cartonhouse.com.

Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford

Replenish your reserves in Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore with an overnight stay in a Seaview room, a 45-minute outdoor bathing therapy using seaweed harvested from the Irish coast and a three-course dinner in The Bar Restaurant. Spend your day walking the beach or sea swimming. A one-night stay with breakfast, a three-course dinner in The Bar Restaurant, a 45-minute organic seaweed bath costs from €454 to €690 for two people for a deluxe sea view room, pending season; www.cliffhousehotel.ie.

The Merrion, Dublin

In partnership with Shirley Gleeson, an experienced ecotherapy guide, the “Wicklow Wellness” experience offers guests a bespoke session to explore the healing powers of nature. Spend the morning wandering through the Knocksink Nature Reserve with Gleeson who will share valuable insights into the natural world. Following the session, guests return to The Merrion where an hour-long massage using Forest Therapy oils awaits at the newly renovated Spa & Health Club. (The six treatment rooms feature Zuber & Cie Wallpaper depicting an ancient oak forest, creating an illusion of being immersed in woodland). In the evening, The Garden Room Restaurant will serve a three-course meal by executive chef Ed Cooney. The Wicklow Wellness stays start from €670 per person and include a stay in a garden wing room, chauffeur driven service to the nature reserve, two hour forest bathing session with Shirley Gleeson, massage and dinner; www.merrionhotel.com.

Slieve Donard Resort, Co Down

Located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, The Slieve Donard spa has undergone a €620,000 renovation. The sauna, steam room and swimming pool have been refurbished, the changing rooms updated and the treatment rooms and décor refreshed. The investment programme also included the introduction of a double-treatment room, as well as a private relaxation room for small groups and a shared relaxation room. “Spa-tisserie” is a special offer which includes a 50 minute spa treatment with afternoon tea. On the treatment menu is a choice of body massages, facials, manicures, pedicures or body wraps. Afternoon Tea is served between 2pm – 5pm and costs from £105 per person; www.hastingshotel.com.

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