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The latest news from spa-ireland.com

It's hard to keep up with all the latest spa info - new openings, quirky treatments, best deals - so we'll do our best to keep you informed. We welcome your feedback and inputs - info@spa-ireland.com

 

Rihanna and the Elemis Intelligent Massage Chair - 29 Feb 2008

Elemis treats BRITs Stars backstage in the BRITs Spa at the 2008 BRIT Awards.

Elemis, the leading British spa and skincare brand, helped prep the musical stars of The BRIT Awards 2008 with MasterCard ahead of LIVE performances on ITV1. Backstage at this year’s awards ceremony, Elemis provided Power Booster Facials on their state-of-the-art Intelligent Massage Chair from the inaugural BRITs Spa at London’s Earl’s Court. Rihanna, who celebrated her 20th Birthday at The BRITs, treated herself to a 30 minute facial on the Elemis Intelligent Massage Chair in the morning (just before show rehearsals) and left with a selection of Elemis Pro-Collagen products contained in the specially created HD-TV Survival Kit. Mika along with his fellow band members enjoyed treats from the newly launched Elemis Time Defence Anti-Ageing men’s range. Pssst………The most requested Elemis product by talent and make-up artists was the Elemis Pro-Collagen Wrinkle Smooth Pen (£85) - clinically proven to reduce the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles by up to 68% in just 14 days (Independent Clinical Trials 2004). Good to know even the stars are conscious of those crows feet. To find out which spa-ireland.com partners use Elemis, check out the advanced search area Products Plus and tick on "Elemis".


 

VOYA Seaweed Baths - NEW - 25 Feb 2008

Organic and Proud - the very special VOYA Seaweed Baths are the latest addition to spa-ireland.com

VOYA is a family-owned Irish business, proud to have produced the world's first range of certified organic seaweed-based products.

Imagine relaxing back into a luxurious steaming bath of fresh seawater and wild, organic seaweed. Floating effortlessly in a soothing and tranquil state, your skin feels smooth and renewed. Breath deeply and sense the tensions, aches and pains simply slip away.

VOYA's organic treatments are especially recommended for those who are overworked, stressed or simply seeking an effective natural detoxing process for the skin.


 

Rain Spa and Wellness Clinic - 22 Feb 2008

Radisson SAS Limerick re-brands Spa from April 2008

From April 2008, the Radisson SAS Hotel and Spa, Limerick will rebrand and rename its Spa and Leisure offering to Rain Spa and Wellness Clinic. The property has always seen itself as an innovator in the local market and is very excited about taking their Spa a step further. The Irish Beauty Professionals Association have also short-listed the Spa among five others in the category of ‘Day Spa of the Year 2008’. Offering 9 treatment rooms, Relaxation Suite, Outdoor Canadian Hot Tub, Thermal Suite, Gymnasium, Saunas and Pool, the hotel has decided to rebrand to that of a Spa and Wellness Clinic with the addition of a number of cosmetic treatments, available from April onwards, complimenting an already comprehensive list of Elemis Spa treatments. These will consist of Botox, Microdermabrasion, Laser Hair reduction, Laser Skin rejuvenation, Thread Vein Laser Therapy, Acne Treatments and Teeth Whitening. When Rain Spa and Wellness Clinic starts its new treatments in April, it will become the first spa in the Mid West to offer such an extensive array of aesthetic beauty treatments.


 

Are We Bad Boys & Girls? - 19 Feb 2008

We don't think so, according to Amarach Research and a recent Eurobarometer study.

According to Amarach Research, though barely a week goes by when we are not reminded of some bad habit Irish people have acquired, it is encouraging to realise that most people in Ireland lead relatively healthy lives. This was brought home in a recent Eurobarometer report on health in Europe. It found that:

  • Only 30% of Irish adults smoke - the vast majority don’t.
  • Only 15% of adults never or rarely exercise - 85% do.
  • Only 14% say they are overweight - 86% don’t think so.
  • Only 13% admit to not eating very healthily - 87% do.
  • Only 14% tend to drink too much alcohol - 86% don’t.
  • Only 11% suffer from stress at work -89% don’t.


The picture that emerges from the survey is of a relatively sensible, healthy population not inclined to any of the extreme behaviours that so pre-occupy the news headlines. Assuming all those who responded to the survey did so honestly!

You can read more about the Eurobarometer study EB67 at http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/index_en.htm


 

Radisson SAS Hotel & Spa, Limerick - NEW! - 12 Feb 2008

Ireland's 3rd largest city now represented on spa-ireland.com

Limerick is a great city with lots to see and do and the Radisson SAS, situated on the Clare/Limerick border allows visitors explore the area and enjoy the benefits of an urban spa. The Renaissance is a new facility housing 9 treatment rooms, a thermal suite, outdoor Canadian hot tub, Relaxation Suite, wet treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art leisure club. Featuring the Elemis product range, the spa offers a wide range of treatments, all based on exotic rituals of celebration that capture the essence of sensuality, simplicity and vibrancy. The hotel itself offers all you would expect of the Radisson brand.


 

The Cream with Push-up-Effect - 12 Feb 2008

Babor Bust Contouring Lotion is giving busts a lift, without the price of going under the knife.

Firm and beautiful breasts - without the risks of plastic surgery? Surely every woman’s dream! With BABOR BUST CONTOURING LOTION this dream could become reality in time for the 2008 Bikini Season. According to BABOR, this smooth and fast acting gel-cream has a proven innovative CellActiveFormula and a noticeable anti-Cellulite effect. The BABOR BUST CONTOURING LOTION with Push-up-Effect is used in the morning and evening after cleansing, using circular movements to rub the lotion into the breast area. Fat storage in the chest is activated, improving the firmness and elasticity of the skin, which gives the breasts strength and stability. After daily applications over 80 days, the breast volume can increase by up to 13 per cent. The breasts are firmer, have a clearly improved outline and have an altogether more youthful and fresher appearance. This effect can be attributed to neither witchcraft nor magic, but rather to two active ingredients, which have been invaluable to women since antiquity. The BABOR BUST CONTOURING LOTION contains Mangostan extracts to stimulate the formation and storage of fat reserves by Polysaccaride, Flavonode and alkaloids, which cause the enlargement of the breast size. Quince extract – also appropriately known as the fruit of Aphrodite - improves the elasticity of the skin with Polysaccaride, vitamins and minerals and this way supports their basic and underlying function. The Babor product brand is available at the Ice House Spa in Ballina.


 

Galgorm Resort & Spa Officially open - 05 Feb 2008

The First Minister Ian Paisley and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern do the honours.

Two of the most influential leaders on the island of Ireland have said the expansion of the tourism industry is one of the key elements in the future prosperity of Northern Ireland. The First Minister Ian Paisley and the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern joined forces on February 1 to support a landmark development which it is hoped will attract tourists from all over Ireland, the United Kingdom and further afield. The Taoiseach flew in to Ian Paisley’s constituency to help him officially open a major new Resort and Spa in Ballymena. Work on the luxury Galgorm Resort and Spa began in 2005 and was completed towards the end of last year at a cost of £17M. The completed property is set in 160 acres in the heart of Co.Antrim and has seen the addition of a lavish spa, with all elements based on the highest possible specification, a fine dining restaurant with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of the River Maine along with an additional 51 bedrooms and luxurious suites. The First Minister, Ian Paisley welcomed the Taoiseach to Ballymena and thanked him for his support. The Taoiseach commented: "I am delighted to be here in the heart of Co. Antrim today with the First Minister. Today's event shows once again that the new Northern Ireland is open for business and can compete with the best in the tourism market in these islands and internationally. Tourism offers huge potential to help build prosperity for all of us on this island. I look forward to working together with the Northern Ireland Executive to ensure that potential is fully realised. " To mark the occasion, an official plaque was unveiled alongside the planting of a Norwegian Spruce tree on the edge of the River Maine. A specially commissioned photograph of the Co. Antrim landmark Slemish Mountain, by renowned local photographer Roy McKeown, was presented to Dr. Paisley and Mr. Ahern to also celebrate the occasion. To welcome guests, world famous musician Phil Coulter played a selection of music to entertain the guests. The hotel now stands proud as the ‘Gem of the North’ with the bespoke Spa offering a Fitness Suite, 11 Treatment Rooms including a Serail Mud Chamber, Cleopatra Bath, Hamman Room, Relaxation Room and a Thermal Spa featuring five individual Climate Rooms, Thermal Stone Heated Relaxation Loungers, an infinity hydrotherapy pool. An outdoor hot-tub offers stunning views of the waterfall from its elevated position.


 

Body Confidence Weekend with Astrid Longhurst - 05 Feb 2008

Special weekend away at Farnham Estate - €350.00 per person sharing.

Join the team at Farnham Estate for a Body Confidence Weekend with Astrid Longhurst Friday 14th & Saturday 15th March 2008 More than a destination, Farnham Estate is aiming to be the first true health resort in Ireland. This March, they have a wonderful Body Confidence Weekend package to offer you. Self-esteem is one of the key issues facing society today and in the ever changing, fast paced lifestyles that we have, it is never more vital to be life and body confident. From just €350.00 pps/ €490.00 single room rate, you can experience • Two nights luxury accommodation in the beautiful Radisson SAS Farnham Estate Hotel • Super Buffet Breakfast each morning • Dinner in the Botanica Restaurant on an evening of your choice • Refreshments during the workshops • Light Buffet Lunch on Saturday afternoon • Unlimited use of the amazing facilities and Water Mint Thermal Suite in the Health Spa during your stay And, hosted by Astrid Longhurst • A Welcome meeting & Workshop on Friday afternoon • The “Love your body” Relaxation/visualisation session on Friday evening • The Body Confidence workout on Saturday morning to start the day • A Workshop on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning The Body Confidence Business was founded by Astrid Longhurst who achieved phenomenal success after presenting the fitness slot on GMTV and showing how fitness, beauty, health and confidence can be achieved at a size 20. She is also author of the highly acclaimed book “Body Confidence” Her transformational life and body confidence coaching programmes are designed to motivate, reinvigorate and energise you, renewing enthusiasm, vitality and performance in your life. To book, simply call the Farnham Estate reservations team on 049 4377700 or email info@farnhamestate.com. Mention Spa Ireland to avail of a special welcome bottle of wine in your room on arrival.