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Relax - 27 Jan 2010
The ultimate relaxation space
The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall is another one the new breed eco-boutique-hotel-spa's and we can think of 3 great reasons to try it out.
1. It's on our doorstep and just a quick hop across the English channel.
2. They use VOYA products so this makes them practically Irish!
3. Their deep relaxation space with it's hanging pods has got to be once of the coolest spaces of it's kind. We love bravery in design and style and The Scarlet has it by the bucket load.
The Scarlet Hotel
Spa 2010 - 21 Jan 2010
Escape the Island - Top Tips from the Sunday Times
We know we're Spa Ireland and we spend a lot of time advocating the use of our home spas. That said, the relentless snow and cold we've endured for the past month does give us an urge to dream a little and visualise steamy pools in exotic locations, poolside massages and post facial siestas under a warm sun. And the best inspiration so far was provided by the Sunday Times Style magazine dated 27 December, with a whole 5 page spread on what they deem to be the hottest spas on the planet.
The Six Senses Resorts in Jordan may be easier to reach than you think (we see bmi offering great flight deals ex Heathrow to Amman). Evason Ma'in Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa is close to the Dead Sea and so treatments make the most of that natural resource. This is the place to relax after you've toured Petra and trekked the desert.
Closer to home, La Reserve Ramatuelle near St Tropez in France is about 10 minutes drive away from the resort itself, tucked away in the hills. The emphasis is on rest and rejuvenation and 6-day programmes are recommended so you can lose weight, manage your stress and basically reinvent yourself for 2010.
Shunya in Spain, Palace Merano in Italy and the One and Only in Cape Town all make the list but if we had to choose, and if we manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat by winning the Euro Millions, we'd be on a flight to Constance Halaveli Resort in the Maldives and signing up for their three day personalised Wellness Journey. The Times tells us that the sand is raked daily and the island is sprayed for mosquitoes. All treatment rooms have glass-covered holes in the floor, giving you a nice view of the fish swimming below you as you lie face down having your worries massaged away. Somehow 'bliss' doesn't quite sound strong enough to describe it. But it's now firmly on our list and will provide endless dreamy moments in the months ahead as we work out how to make it a reality!
The Sunday Times Spa Special 2010
Mount Juliet, The Heritage, Whites - NEW! - 15 Jan 2010
Giving you more spa choice.
We're happy to say we've just added three new spa properties to www.spa-ireland.com and in keeping with our aim of offering you the best, and most reliable choice, we've got 3 very different options.
Whites of Wexford is bang in the heart of Wexford (which, incidentally, has more fabulous cake shops than anywhere else I know in the country). White's is famous for it's Cryotherapy treatment, a respected, if somewhat chilling approach to treating sports related injuries.
Electric Picnic goers will all be familiar with The Heritage in Killenard, especially those who have camped out in wet conditions during the music festival and dreamt they were tucked up like the celebs in the nearby 5-star hotel. The spa here is a serious spa, a huge choice of treatments are on offer and the spa 'journey' is well designed.
And last, but not least, Mount Juliet is one of our personal favourites, located so brilliantly within easy reach of almost everywhere in the country. The spa is compact and the treatments are excellent.
The Mount Juliet January Offer features overnight accommodation with Full Irish Breakfast from just €69.50 per person sharing for the months of January, February and March. Guests can then choose a spa treatment of their choice from a large range of treatments, for just €25. Yes - you read that correctly, €25.00. The range includes: the rebalance facial, Matis chocolate wrap, reflexology, Reiki, full body massage, facial, scalp and tension massage and Softime dry flotation. And for guests who book this offer there is an additional 40% discount on further spa treatments booked. Due to limited availability and high demand, guests are advised to book before January 31st, to avoid disappointment (and terms and conditions do apply so please check when booking).
Don't dally, go to Mount Juliet Spa Offer
Spa Days - 13 Jan 2010
Treat yourself to one of our top choices.
So it’s all over, and all you have to show for it, is a gaping hole in your pocket and a waistline to rival Santa’s. As much as we love Christmas, we can’t help but be glad to say goodbye to it, as the over-indulgence has left us feeling sluggish and lethargic. January is perfect to re-connect with yourself, as its your social life’s low season, so why not grab your spa gear, leave your worries aside and head for a day of body bliss. Ok, so the waistline may require a little more than a day but your body confidence will soar when you emerge with a newborn spa glow. Some Spa Ireland choices...
Counting the euros? – Slieve Russell, Co. Cavan. Ciuin Spa at the Slieve Russell are offering a Spa Taster package which includes 2 x 25 minute treatments, access to the hydrotherapy suites and afternoon tea - €95 per person
For the blow your budget gals– Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin. Expensive – but boy is it worth it. La Prairie beauty package includes head to toe intensive body treatment PLUS luxurious little extras such as glass of champers and 2 course lunch - €420 per person.
For the “2 is company” types. Ok so we're breaking the rules with this overnight package but at €99 for a nights midweek spa stay per person sharing, its time to repay the many favours your best mate has given you..or time to call in that favour yourself at Farnham Estate, Co Cavan. Farnham Estate
For ultimate luxury at an affordable price. ESPA at the Ritz Carlton is a heavenly spa haven offering goodies such as a Private Spa Suite, Ultimate Four Hand Synchronised Massage and Swarovski crystal – lit pool. We love them so much we even have an exclusive spa package available uniquely to Spa Ireland customers. Included are 4 spa treatments, lunch and thermal suite access - €155 per person. Ritz-Carlton
Beaut.ie Guide to Gorgeous - 08 Jan 2010
Your definitive beauty bible for 2010.
These days there are almost too many beauty bibles around and we get dizzy trying to find the ones that best suit our skin type, not to mention our budgets. Many are inevitably, and justifiably, biased in favour of the beauty product houses that have produced the tomes - think Bobbi Brown's wonderful Make-up Manual.
We do really like the beaut.ie Guide to Gorgeous because it is refreshingly lacking in corporate brand-speak and instead, filled with tip after tip on best beauty buys.
Divided into logical sections dealing with the likes of foundation, cleanser, body scrubs etc, it offers opinion and advice in equal measures. Written by Aisling McDermott, who together with her sister Kirstie, are the queens of beauty blogging with their beaut.ie - Beaut.ie, it's pithy, funny and will make you want to clear out your beauty bags and try out some of the suggested products (for Eve Lom virgins everywhere it is truly THE best cleanser in the world, though we are very keen to try out the cheaper suggested alternative from Liz Earle).
Available from all good bookstores and beauty palaces, including Queen Beauty Emporium on Aungier Street in Dublin. Go on, curl up in front of the fire and read on.
Something Fishy - 04 Jan 2010
It is not an altogether new concept but here on Irish shores, where our ethnic spa offering is still evolving, the idea of fish pedicures usually results in rapturous laughter.
America, however has been enjoying this odd treatment for over a year now. The founder of Doctor Fish Massage, John Ho, wanted to offer his clients an alternative to razors used to remove skin during pedicures (clients expressed hygiene concerns about the razors). Enter Garra Rufa, or Doctor Fish, as they are aptly known.
These toothless fish nibble away at dead skin on the feet, as it is the only food source available to them in the hot water foot tanks. The client then enjoys a pretty normal pedicure experience with 15 – 20 minutes of foot pampering after the fish-fest. The treatment has received positive reviews, with many describing the experience as pleasant, if a little ticklish.