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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

 

Members Competition - 31 Mar 2008

Win a fabulous 2 night stay at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa.

The prize is for 2 people who will win the chance to stay in a stunning lakeside room, enjoy Full Irish Breakfast each morning and have a fabulous Journey of the Lotus Spa treatment each, along with free access to the Thermal Suite at Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa.

Simply answer the following 3 questions and submit your replies via email, giving your full name and contact number, to info@spa-ireland.com

1. Tell us the most important single factor to you in choosing a spa break in Ireland (e.g. price, location, treatments, therapists, food, product, other)

2. Tell us your top reason for going on a spa break (Retreat, Detox, Pamper, Medical, other)

3. Name 2 of the beauty products used in the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Note - the competition is only open to spa-ireland.com members. To become a member simple register FREE in our members area.

The winner will be notified by phone and email in May 2008. The closing date for this competition is 30 April, 2008.


 

Welcome to Westport - 28 Mar 2008

Ocean Sprit Spa at the Hotel Westport - NEW!

Westport, situated at the edge of Clew Bay and nestling at the foot of Croagh Patrick is an ideal for people who want to experience the beauty of the West of Ireland.

Located in the Heart of Westport, Hotel Westport is just a 5-minute walk from the shops, cafés, restaurants and bars where there is always a lively atmosphere. The town is steeped in character and history and Westport is one of only two planned towns in the country. This is a really popular hotel and offers excellent value for money and friendly service in comfortable surroundings. Very suitable for families and elderly guests who may need a little extra TLC as the hotel is fully wheelchair accessible.

Ocean Spirit Spa has a rich menu of treatments with tempting options such as the Tahitian Flower Bath, Black Mud Energiser Treatment or the White Facial, a luxurious facial treatment ideal for sun-damaged skin.

Black Mud, White Facial and Clew Bay - what more could you ask for?


 

Fitness at Farnham - 19 Mar 2008

Award-winning fitness guru Dean Hodgkin leads a selection of workshops.

The beautiful Farnham Country Estate, in Cavan, welcomes fitness professional Dean Hodgkin to their health resort. Dean has appeared at events in 36 different countries and was voted Best International Fitness Presenter 2007 at the ‘One Body One World’ awards, in New York. Dean's workshops specialize in all forms of fitness ranging from mind-body, conditioning, dancing, and even juggling! He has published fitness articles in publications such as The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Express, FHM, Men’s Health, GQ, Esquire, Zest, Health & Fitness, Slimming and Women’s Health, and has consulted for companies such as Whitbread, Marks & Spencer, Reebok, RAC, David Lloyd Leisure, Norwich Union Healthcare and NIKE.

Utilising his superb fitness knowledge, Farnham has organized a number of different programs at the estate for visitors to work one on one with Dean. Developed for fitness buffs or those just starting out, there is truly something for everyone.

Walk this Way Week 8th – 14th June Delight your senses, challenge your body, and awaken your spirit on the beautiful nature trails at Farnham Estate, this programme is for beginners and regular exercisers.

Come Dancing Week 17th – 23rd August Dean has put together a timetable of dance based fitness classes for everyone to enjoy. The choreography is easy-to-learn, with the emphasis on simply enjoying moving to the music. Fitness exercise will seem like a cake walk!

Uniting Mind & Body Week 14th - 20th September Emphasizing the importance of both mind and body, classes on Tai Chi, Relaxation, Stretch, and Fitness Yoga sessions, together with mini-workshops, promises to re-energise and rejuvenate.

Silver Service Week 9th – 15th November This is a carefully designed programme for the senior client, offering Walkfit, Aquafit, Strength For Life and Healthy Backs together with mini-workshops Fit For Life (how to make daily tasks easier) and Strong To The Bone (exercises/diet to reduce risk and/or effects of osteoporosis).

A healthy lifestyle is just as much about pampering yourself as it is about staying fit, so Farnham has included two nights luxury accommodation, good food, use of the amazing health spa facilities, and spa treatments in addition to the master classes and workshops with Dean Hodgkin. Guests can also receive nutritional advice, cholesterol tests and lifestyle assessments.

Packages start from €295 pp sharing midweek / €355 pp sharing weekend. A personalized session with Dean is also available at an additional cost.


 

Get Thee to a Spa - 19 Mar 2008

Research reveals that beautiful applicants are more successful at securing loans.

A paper by Enrichetta Ravina at New York University reveals borrowers whose appearance is rated above average are 1.41 percentage points more likely to get a loan and, given a loan, pay 81 basis points less than an average-looking borrower with the same credentials.

However, beautiful borrowers are far more likely to default on those loans and miss payments, taking them into the group of borrowers referred to as "delinquents". Given the current credit squeeze, perhaps we can expect more people to visit spas - on credit of course - before approaching their bank for an overdraft.

With grateful thanks to Amarach Research for highlighting yet another hard fact of life.


 

Temple Country Retreat & Spa - NEW - 12 Mar 2008

Take your body to Temple.

Spa-ireland.com is proud to welcome Temple Country Retreat & Spa to our growing list of hand-picked partner properties. Temple, located in Westmeath is a peaceful escape dedicated to relaxation and well-being. Set in the serene Irish countryside, Temple offers much more than just spa treatments. A stay at Temple will take care of the health of your mind and body using the healing powers of heat, water, plants, minerals, physical therapy, human care, nutrition, exercise and rest. A variety of healthy activities such as yoga and tai'chi and an array of unique treatments are on offer. Temple's main focus centres around the importance of nature. Their rooms are flooded with natural light and visitors enjoy the beauty of natural fabrics, textures and colours during a stay in one of their 23 bedrooms. A stay at Temple is quite unique and you can expect, in the words of the old Latin proverb -"mens sana in corpore sano" - "enjoy a healthy mind in a healthy body".


 

Bank Holiday Weekend Breaks - 06 Mar 2008

It's not too late to book the perfect escape.

Whether it's a "Chllin for the Bank Holiday Weekend" 3 night break at the Ice House in Ballina (€535.00 pps), or a 3 night Easter Extravaganza at Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Country Club in Carlow (€239.00 pps), there are some great breaks waiting to be booked. There are also some great Day Package offers at The Culloden and Slieve Donard Spas. Check out the details in the Special Offers zone on the website for last minute offers.