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Stress Relief - 27 Feb 2009
We recommend our top treatments.
Spa time is definitely something that each of us should indulge in now and again and it doesnt have to cost a fortune with many properties offering mini or introductory treatments. For the rookies amongst us, this provides a great way to get a taste of what's on offer before signing up for anything too expensive.
We all know that a build up of stress is bad for the body (and soul) and many spa treatments offer a holistic approach, easing the most burdened of shoulders. These are our top choices for stress relief and we'd always suggest that you try something that you have never done before - in itself, good for body and mind.
1) Massage is the first treatment we think of in the fight against anxiety. Massage involve manipulation of the body with pressure - how intense that pressure is, is up to you. It literally ebbs away your bodies knots, so you will emerge lighter both physically and in spirit. There are a symphony of massage types available from Hot Stone to Swedish to Thai. The majority of featured Spa Ireland properties offer massage so you will be spoiled for choice.
2) Floatation is a magical treatment that many approch with trepidation. Once you experience it however, you will be hooked. You can enjoy virtual body weightlessness and a 20 minute session equates to a 2 hour sleep. Not only does it aid relaxation, it relieves stress on joints and muscles. A great treatment for the jet lagged. And don't worry, you will be snug and dry throughout!
3) Ayurveda is the traditional medicinal therapy native to India. For those who prefer a more holistic cure, and who love hot oils, ayurvedic treatments are perfect. The Kingsley hotel in Cork offers the first dedicated ayurvedic spa in Ireland. All the therapists come from India and are on hand to offer you both a lifestyle consultation and unique treatment selection.
4)Sunlight therapy is a modern approach to the treatment of SAD and depression related illnesses. The idea is that you can experience artificial sunlight without the harmful UV rays. Dunboyne Castle in Co, Meath offers a Sabbia Med treatment which involves you lying on a virtual beach with heated sand, experiencing the sun rise and set. If you can't afford to jump on a plane then this is the next best thing.
For a full range of treatments available in Spa Ireland spas check out our advanced search on the website.
Spa for a Day - 20 Feb 2009
Great Value Day Packages
Here at Spa Ireland, we appreciate a spa treatment or two. What's even more fabulous is when time affords us a whole day away at one of our favourite spas but we can still make it home in time to watch Grey's Anatomy (it's about the plot of course, not Dr Mc Dreamy!).
The best time to make your day escape is midweek as most spas tend to be quieter than at the weekends. We have put together a compilation of some of the best day spa packages available at the moment, ranging from extraordinary value ones to top luxury treats. Ideal if you are preparing for impending nuptials, and equally nice just to get away with a friend for some quiet time.
Hotel Westport offers a great Ladies Escape Package which includes a body peel, facial, eyebrow shape, nail file and polish all for €125 per person.
Killarney Park Hotel uses the luxurious Elemis product in its spa and you can have a little taster with this day package including a mini facial, back massage, hand and toenail polish and a light lunch. €140 per person.
Dunboyne Castle always make the shortlist for great value luxury packages. Currently on offer is a gorgeous girls package which includes a suite of treatments for only €135 per person.
The Culloden in Belfast is a five star property that has hosted many celebrities but hey, who are we to name drop! Send your man here to enjoy the great day spa package on offer - €127 per person midweek. With lunch included, not to mention a feast of ESPA treats, he will surely thank you for this.
And to leave you all dreamy, imagine this - top to toe indulgence with 4 hours of carefully chosen treatments at the Ritz Carlton in Co. Wicklow. Garden Beauty Relaxation Ritual €355 per person.
To book any of these packages, send us a booking enquiry or simply call us on 01 7078617.
Mother's Day - March 22nd - 12 Feb 2009
It's official - she deserves to be worshipped in spa-style.
March 22nd is the official day for mother-worshipping this year. We figure spa is a great gift for anybody, but who better than the woman who has spent most of her life caring for you. And during this interminable credit crunch, why not round your siblings up to gift your Mum a spa getaway she will remember - a much better better option than buying her yet another cookery book or scarf.
Carton House offers a day package for the expectant mother including a massage and pedicure. €140 per person.
Temple Spa offers the perfect break to relax with the aptly named Mother Daughter Weekend Getaway. Enjoy a two night stay, 2 gourmet dinners and a healthy breakfast each day as well as 2 Signature Temple Treatments each for €465.00 per person sharing. click here
The Europe in Killarney has a fabulous gift idea for your mother with this luxury day package. Included is an ESPA holistic arm, hand and nail treatment, a manicure, lunch and access to the thermal facilities for €139 per person.click here
If you really want to impress your mum, a stay at Monart destination spa is sure to win some praise. 5 star luxury combined with top notch spa facilities amount to a perfect stress free escape. 1 nights bed and breakfast, Sunday lunch and manicure - €195 per person sharing.
Muckross Park and Cloisters spa in Killarney is set in the most beautiful surroundings. An elegant 1 night stay on Mothers day including dinner, champagne and choccies is €130 per person sharing.
Cooler than cool, the Ice House in Co. Mayo has yet again come up trumps with a special occasion package designed for Mothering Sunday. Included is a 2 night stay with lazy breakfast in bed, 1 evening meal and a spa treatment. €295 per person sharing.
Dunboyne Castle hotel in Co. Meath has a great 1 night spa package including dinner, bed and breakfast, a selection of treatments and a complimentary bottle of wine for Spa Ireland guests - €199 per person sharing ( €250 pps on Saturdays). click here
And for those of you whose father has done the job of both parents, a trip to The Grooming Rooms in Dublin might be a great way to say thanks. At €135 for haircut, hot shave, massage and manicure, he will emerge a new man.