Finding that elusive slice of time to truly zone out and reboot becomes more and more difficult, so when you do, it must be extra special. The IMAGE team share their favorite Irish spas for a little bit of heaven on Earth.
The Well Spa at The Cliff House
Named for the nearby sacred spring, St Declan’s Well, this luxury spa has a stunning rock face setting.
The cult French skincare range, Anne Semonin, as well as Voya. The Well has a strong emphasis on wellness, and the bathing therapies, which take place in two special outdoor baths, provide an invigorating breath of fresh sea air, while you luxuriate in natural products.
Therapists at The Well are superb – hard to find better in an Irish hotel spa. And in terms of an experience, the couple’s room, which faces the sea, is especially worth checking out.
Middle Road, Ardmore, Co Waterford; thecliffhousehotel.com
Nádúr Spa at Ballygarry House
Situated at the foot of the Kerry mountains, the landscaped gardens and water fountains add to the super-relaxing vibe here. The hotel has also added a state-of-the-art fitness suite, which includes TRX and rowing machines.
Voya and Aromatherapy Associates; the Ballygarry spa team are always first with innovation, as well as warm welcomes and kindness.
Try the Recovery Retreat, which includes two nights in a junior suite, a tailor-made treatment of an Immune Recovery Massage or Touch Therapy Treatment, and a box of Voya goodies.
Leebrook, Tralee, Co Kerry; ballygarryhouse.com
Tonic Health & Day Spa at the Castleknock Hotel
An impressive range of therapies and treatments await at this luxury West Dublin spa, which is open to the general public, as well as guests.
Open until 9pm each evening, it’s the go-to destination for everything from a speedy St Tropez spray tan to a deeply relaxing massage.
Comfort Zone, an Italian brand, which is science-based and holistic, and Mama Mio for mums- to-be.
The afternoon tea package, which includes an indulgent glass of sparkling wine and a choice of three spa treatments, makes for a great girls’ day out.
Porterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15; castleknockhotel.com
This article originally appeared in the November issue of IMAGE magazine, on shelves nationwide now.