As St Patrick’s Day approaches on 17 March, Spabreaks.com has tipped Ireland as a must-visit spa destination, offering world-class health and wellbeing breaks.
From exceptional luxury spa facilities, to natural beauty, and hotels in the most scenic locations, there are many reasons why Ireland has become a top spa destination. Aside from the very charming Irish accent, stunning landscapes, the world-famous Guinness and fine whiskey, Ireland offers some truly luxurious spa resorts located in both buzzing cities as well as beautiful remote locations. The cost of a spa break in Ireland compared to one in the UK can also be more cost-effective, and there is an emphasis on using traditional Irish products such as seaweed, which is known for its therapeutic qualities.
Abi Wright, the founder of spa booking agency Spabreaks.com, believes that Ireland is one of the best countries for spa in the world. “Spectacular landscapes, incredible food and drink, and welcoming hospitality make Ireland a must-visit destination for a short break, but it is the wealth of facilities on offer, extremely well-trained staff and great value for money that have elevated it to one of the world’s best spa destinations in my mind. Our customers seem to agree – the popularity of our Irish spa breaks continues to grow, with an 81 per cent increase year-on-year, and we have something to suit all tastes.”
We asked the expert team at Spabreaks.com to recommend the top five Irish spas to visit this year:
The K Club, County Kildare – Five-star luxury can be expected at this spa, alongside the most modern treatments and facilities available in Europe. The spa predominantly uses Carita and VOYA products, with the latter being known for its Irish heritage. This Irish gem hotel also has an outdoor hot tub and zen garden to relax in afterwards. An overnight break starts from £144 per person. Find out more at www.spabreaks.com/venues/the-k-club
Galgorm Resort and Spa, Northern Ireland – Located just 30 minutes from Belfast, this spa resort is ideal for a romantic break with excellent facilities to be enjoyed. These include a pool, orangery, Celtic sauna, snow cabin and sanarium. It’s an incredibly scenic place to stay at, as the hotel is surrounded by 163 acres of parkland with the River Maine flowing through the estate, right next to the spa garden. A one-night spa escape starts from £222.50 per person. Find out more at www.spabreaks.com/venues/galgorm-resort-and-spa
Slieve Russell Hotel and Spa, County Cavan – For those looking to combine a spa break with golfing, the Slieve Russel Hotel and Spa is perfect. The hotel has its own 18-hole championship golf course, which was voted the number one Overall Best Parkland in the Irish Golfers Guide 2016. The Ciuin Spa is a hideaway that includes an adult only hydrotherapy suite, 13 treatment rooms, a herb sauna, steam room, salt grotto and adventure showers. A one-night midweek overnight break starts from £123.50 per person. Find out more at www.spabreaks.com/venues/slieve-russell-hotel-and-spa
Aghadoe Heights, County Kerry – This award-winning spa hotel has stunning panoramic views of Lough Leane and Killarney mountains, providing a perfect example of the sought-after Irish countryside. Peace and tranquility are to be expected in the spa, which includes a Laconium, Hammam, RockSauna and an Aroma Grotto. A one-night break starts from £234 per person. Find out more at www.spabreaks.com/venues/aghadoe-heights
Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa, County Donegal – The whole experience at Lough Eske Castle is relaxing and not just limited to the spa. The fresh air and great outdoors can be enjoyed, with activities such as fishing, horse riding, surfing and golf available to guests. The Spa Solis has excellent facilities, including seven treatment rooms, a pool, jet bath, sauna, steam room, ice fountain, sanarium and experience showers. Locally sourced Irish produce can be enjoyed at the Cedars Grill Restaurant, alongside views of the beautiful grounds and scenery. A two-night break starts from £259 per person. Find out more at www.spabreaks.com/venues/lough-eske-castle-a-solis-hotel-and-spa