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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


IMAGE Awards - 30 Apr 2008

Spa Ireland shortlisted in Entrepreneur of the Year category

After just 5 months in business, Alison Bell, founder and managing director of www.spa-ireland.com, has been short-listed for the prestigious ‘IMAGE Entrepreneur of the Year Award’. Spa-Ireland.com is the premier Irish website for researching and booking spa breaks in Ireland featuring 40 of Ireland’s top properties and hundreds of special offers. Spa-Ireland.com is a major showcase site for Irish spas and provides an important online distribution channel for spa properties.

The IMAGE Business Awards, now in their second year, grew from IMAGE Business, a magazine dedicated to women who “do business with style” and aim to celebrate the extraordinary successes of business women across Ireland. The Entrepreneur Award will go to a switched-on entrepreneurial woman with expert business acumen and who has developed an innovative idea from initial concept to commercial success. Previous winners include Mary Ann O’Brien of Lily O’Brien’s chocolates and Olga Gashi of Word Perfect Translations. Winners will be announced on 20 May 2008.


Life Enhancement at Farnham Estate - 23 Apr 2008

Walking, Dancing, Mind & Body and Silver Service.

Farnham Estate has launched 4 Life enhancement programmes for 2008, teaming up with Dean Hidgkin, voted Best International Fitness Presenter 2007 at the ‘One Body One World’ awards, in New York. The programmes incorporate 2 nights luxury accommodation, good food, amazing spa facilities, spa treatments and masterclasses and workshops with Dean. Above all, you’re guaranteed lots of fun.

8-14 June - Walk This Way - from €315.00 pps midweek/€385.00 pps weekend
17-23 August - Come Dancing - from €315.00 pps midweek/€385.00 pps weekend
14-20 September - Uniting Mind & Body - from €315.00 pps midweek/€385.00 pps weekend
9-15 November - Silver Service Week - from €295.00 pps midweek/€355.00 pps weekend

For bookings contact us at spa-ireland.com or contact Farnham direct - 049 4377700/ info@farnhamestate.com.


Best Day Spa in Ireland - 22 Apr 2008

Nádúr at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Tralee, wins ‘Best Day Spa’ at Irish Beauty Industry Awards

Nádúr at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa, Tralee, County Kerry, was declared as Ireland’s ‘Best Day Spa’ at the annual Irish Beauty Industry Awards on Sunday 6th April. Hosted by the IBPA (Irish Beauty Professionals Association), Nádúr was one of only 5 Irish Spas to be short listed in this very competitive category. Manager of Nádúr, Gina Groves (winner of IBPA Spa Manager of the Year Award 07) and her Spa Supervisor, Aoife Murphy, accepted the Award at the star studded ceremony in the Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, Dublin.

Gina Groves, Spa Manager, Nádúr at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa commented: “We were absolutely delighted that Nádúr won this highly coveted, Best Day Spa Award. It is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of all our team, and, of course, to the support of our valued customers, that we have once again been officially recognised by our peers as a beauty industry leader. The winning of this Award is even more significant to us, as we are currently celebrating 50 years since Ballygarry House Hotel first opened its doors in 1958! ”.

Nádúr features six Treatment Rooms, a Beauty Suite (including airbrush tan, nail bar, waxing, eye care and make-up), Thermal Suite with a Crystal Steam Room, Herbal Glass Sauna, Ice Fountain, Hydrotherapy Bath, Vitality Showers and an Outdoor Hot Tub. Nádúr offers treatments for face and body, for both male and female clientele. Ballygarry House stands on six acres of mature gardens at the foot of the Kerry Mountains, offering guests an inspiring mixture of mountain, lake, woodland and sea. The hotel has 64 guestrooms including 12 Junior Suites and 1 Master Suite - most with spectacular views over the Kerry Mountains.

Congratulations to Ballygarry on a well deserved award, we're delighted to have them as a partner spa on spa-ireland.com.


via.Helsinki - 21 Apr 2008

Sauna with a Runway view.

Finnair will open a luxurious Spa and Wellness centre in autumn 2009 adjacent to its new via.Helsinki Lounge in the Helsinki Airport terminal extension. The lounge and spa will offer unique wellness services to Finnair’s growing number of Europe-Asia passengers.

The Finnair lounge and spa will be constructed in the Helsinki Airport Non-Schengen Terminal extension, which will be completed in autumn 2009. The space covers an area of 1,580 square metres. The lounge and spa will be open to Finnair and oneworld top three tier customers and business class passengers as well as at a charge to all other customers.

”The Spa & Wellness centre offer Finnair customers quality spa and wellness services. The facilities include a sauna with a view of the runway, a mineral water bath, cold water baths as well as rooms for different wellness-treatments,” says Esa Saarinen, in charge of the spa design.

We wonder if in time Dublin airport will follow suit. Dublin Airport Authority have plans which include a 7,500 sq m extension to the existing terminal to provide more comfort, space retail and catering choice for passengers en route to Piers A and D; close to €100m worth of new aircraft parking areas, taxiways and environmental features on the airfield; and a new multi-storey car park and four-star hotel in close proximity to T2. The €2bn Transformation Programme incorporates over 120 separate projects in the first pre-2010 stage alone while the next stage, up to 2015, will include many others including a new parallel runway.

No mention of a spa though.


Monart wins 3 in a row. - 16 Apr 2008

Monart has won the coveted Destination Spa of the Year Award for the third time at the IBPA awards.

The Awards, now in their sixth year, are firmly established as the premier showcase for the best of the professional Irish beauty sector and recognise and reward the skill, professionalism and excellence in the beauty industry.

Monart, Ireland’s first purpose built destination spa, offers the ultimate retreat. Located just outside Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, it offers a unique adults-only environment completely focused on health enhancement, wellbeing and self-renewal. The programme of luxurious treatments, deluxe accommodation and sumptuous cuisine are world class and Monart has also been voted as one of the top ten luxury destinations to visit worldwide by Forbes Magazine and included in the coveted 'Hot List' by Condé Nast Traveller in 2007.

Proprietor and Managing Director of the Griffin Group Liam Griffin commented, “We are absolutely delighted to win three in a row! In sport and life, it is difficult to accomplish and thanks to our top class team in Monart, and indeed the Griffin Group, this is a tremendous achievement. I am hugely proud of this incredible team effort.”


Spa Therapist of the Year. - 10 Apr 2008

Norma Cahill of The Spa at Aghadoe Heights honoured at IBPA Awards.

On the night of 6 April, 2008 The Spa at Aghadoe Heights took home two awards presented to them at the IBPA Irish Beauty Business Awards in Dublin including the title as the Best Destination/Hotel resort Spa of the Year.

Aghadoe Heights also won an award to show that their therapists match the spa's level of excellence when Aghadoe's own Norma Cahill was voted the Spa Therapist of the Year at the same showcase event.

Marie Chawke, General Manager at Aghadoe Heights was thrilled that their spa won both these awards, as they are proof of the consistent hard work put in by all those associated with the spa.

Congratulations to Aghadoe Heights - we are proud to have you with us.

To find out more on this award winning spa, visit their page here on spa-ireland.com.


Hodson Bay Hotel & Spa -NEW! - 10 Apr 2008

Spa-ireland.com welcomes yet another star spa.

The 4 star Hodson Bay Hotel, in Athlone Co. Westmeath, is nothing less than picturesque. Located on the shores of Lough Ree, you are sure to enjoy the stunning views and relaxed, lakeside setting.

Echoing the calm waters of Lough Ree, The Spa provides the ultimate environment for relaxation. After your professional spa treatment, lay back in their luxurious relaxation room, with the unique and refreshing “drink of the day”, with your own personal ipod, and look out onto the beautiful lake outside.

Offering a variety of room options, visitors can choose to stay in one of the hotel's 182 bedrooms, or the 5 star standard Hodson Retreat Wing.

Dining at Hodson Bay can be a difficult decision, since they offer such a wide variety of fantastic options. Visitors can choose between Hodson's AA award winning L'Escale restaurant, the contemporary Octagon restaurant, the casual Waterfront Carvery, the healthy Juice bar, or the fun loving Waterfront Bar. Hodson Bay is a proud member of Feile Bia charter, so no matter which option you choose, you are sure to get the freshest food Ireland has to offer.

To complete a total day of health, visit the Health and Leisure Center (complimentary to all of Hodson's guests). The glass fronted stucture includes an aquatic area and a gym. Bring the whole family to enjoy this section of the hotel as it was awarded the prestigious Parent's Choice Award for Most Family Friendly Leisure Centre.

Check out the special spa breaks on offer - we love the Hot Tub to Heaven!


Grand Designs - 09 Apr 2008

Spa-Ireland's very own Carton House celebrates three major Awards in just three weeks.

As it's first of three awards won in three weeks, Carton House in Maynooth Co. Kildare, has been voted the overall winner of the Conversion of an Existing Building to Hotel Use. The European Hotel Design Awards Ceremony in London judged the nominated hotels on intelligent use of space and materials, sensitivity to operational issues, heritage and planning requirements and sustainability and the surrounding environment. Judges praised Carton as one of the strongest projects entered into the competition, and were pleased by the hotel's design. Carton House successfully connects their new world 21st century wing to the traditional 18th century mansion without disturbing the feel of the property's natural surroundings.

It's second award, 2007's Best New Hotel, was presented at the Annual Irish Hospitality Industry Awards. The hotel's contractor and architect, Murray O'Laoire Architects / Pierse Contracting, also won an award at the Irish Architecture Opus Awards for their beautiful job restoring the estate. Judges admired how well the history of the estate was maintained and its unqiue 1,100-acres of park lands.

The third big win, for all you golf lovers, awarded Carton House as the European Golf Resort of The Year 2008. The International Association of Golf Tour Operators must have been impressed by The Carton House's two breathtaking courses, which allow golfers to simultaneously enjoy the beautiful Irish landscape and the challenge of the game.

Congratulations to Carton House on these three important awards!