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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

 

Shelter from Stress - 30 Apr 2009

Spa breaks from €99

For many of us, the recession has meant an overhaul in our spending habits and an increase in anxiety.

Spa hotels are recognising the need for stress reducing breaks at good value rates, and at Spa Ireland we’re glad to offer our customers a compilation of the best offers around suiting most pockets – even better, we have left no province untouched with packages available from the top to the toe of Ireland.

While all of the breaks are suitable for those seeking shelter from stress, we also think they are particularly good for group gatherings. With wedding season on our doorstep, the frazzled bride-to-be now has exceptional choice for those pre wedding celebrations.

Royal Marine Hotel , Dun Laoghaire – from €100 per person
The Royal Marine has a fabulous range of packages available, from half day to overnight stays. They are offering exceptional value for groups of 6 people or more with packages such as the Girls night in, which includes 3 course evening meal, overnight stay with breakfast, mini manicure, mini spa treatment, spray tan PLUS champagne and choccies - €218 per person sharing click here

For those on a tighter budget, try the half day Sansana package which includes mini massage, mini facial and mini manicure PLUS use of thermal suites and pool for only €100 per person. click here

No 1 Pery Square, Limerick - €99 per person sharing
An urban chic sanctuary with only 20 bedrooms , No 1 Pery Square is offering some fabulous introductory offers, such as an overnight stay with breakfast, 2 course lunch PLUS access to the thermal suites for only €99 per person sharing. click here

Slieve Russell, Co. Cavan - €95 per person
Perfect for a spa quick fix and great value at only €95 each. Included in the Spa Delight package - 2 x 25 minute treatments, afternoon tea PLUS access to the thermal Suites. click here

Bellinter House, Co. Meath - €175 per person sharing
We all love that Friday feeling and what better way to kickstart your weekend, than with this beautiful package which celebrates our favourite day. Friday Pampering includes dinner, bed and breakfast PLUS 1 spa treatment from a good selection - €175 per person sharing. click here

Aghadoe Heights, Co. Kerry - €180 per person sharing
5 star hotels don’t always mean 5 star prices. Aghadoe Heights is offering a Summer Getaway - 1 night stay with breakfast PLUS main course lunch, choice of either massage or facial, complimentary newspaper and valet parking. Don’t have a car? The lovely people at Aghadoe are more than happy to arrange complimentary pickup from Killarney train station or Kerry airport. All this for just €180 per person sharing. click here

Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan - €99 per person sharing
Perfect for when your escape can only be a short one. Enjoy an overnight Midweek Spa Break with 25 minute spa treatment for €95 per person sharing. click here

To book, or request further information on any of the above properties, please contact us on 01 7078617 or submit a booking enquiry on www.spa-ireland.com.


 

VOYA - Ethical, Organic & Affordable - 24 Apr 2009

10% off VOYA product for Spa Ireland fans

Ethically produced, environmentally friendly beauty potions needn't be overly costly or imported from outside Ireland. The proof is in VOYA, the Sligo based company who, for years have brought us seaweed baths, followed by a range of body products and who are now taking a leap into the world of skincare with the launch of their new facial products.

VOYA products are already available in many spas across the country, including Nadur Spa in Tralee, which also happened to be shortlisted for an Irish Beauty Professional Award for Best Spa 2008. And you can try out seaweed baths and fabulous VOYA body treatments at Dromoland Castle, Bellinter House and one of our newest partners, No 1 Pery Square in Limerick.

If you're not free to travel however, VOYA now offer a feast of products to give you that spa fresh feeling in the comfort of your own home. You're probably familiar with the endless benefits of seaweed, but imagine the delights of this organically certified marine miracle carefully blended with other goodies such as Shea Butter and Aloe Vera.
The results are products such as Cast Away Facewash (€22) or Love a Scrub exfoliant (€28). For the healing seaweed bath experience in your own tub, try Lazy Days (€16) - a seaweed bath in a box

Convinced yet? Well, it helps that VOYA are offering 10% off all purchases made between now and end June to all Spa Ireland users. Simply log onto www.voya.ie and when making a purchase at the checkout stage enter the promotional code "Spa Ireland".


 

Calling all Spa Managers - 15 Apr 2009

Spa Business Manager sought by one of our exclusive spa partners.

Spa Ireland is not a recruitment agency by any stretch of the imagination but every now and again we hear of an opportunity that we know will be a perfect fit for someone looking at our website.

The Ice House Hotel, Ballina, Co Mayo needs a Spa Business Manager to look after the Spa aspect of this luxurious 4 **** hotel property in Co Mayo.

The Spa operation is considered an integral part of the guest experience at the hotel and this role has three dimensions:

• Marketing - The Ice House needs a market expert to engage the local market and work closely with the PR and Sales team creating wonderful spa packages for clients.
• People Management - The Spa Business Manager will also have the proven people skills to bring out the best in the therapist team, organising regular training and upskilling opportunities.
• Customer Service – someone who loves being with customers and believes in delivering an unforgettable & integrated guest and spa experience.

This Spa Business Manager could have a hospitality background in beauty, leisure, customer service or front office with the relevant characteristics listed above.

For more information call Linda at The Firm on 01 4752903 or send your CV details in confidence to linda@thefirm.ie.

For more about The Ice House click here or click here


 

Yoga at the Ritz-Carlton - 15 Apr 2009

Deep - and Luxurious - Breathing from €385.00 per couple.

One of our most popular spa resorts, The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt has partnered with Yoga Dublin Studios to offer guests a yoga retreat in one of the most scenic estates in Ireland (just 30 minutes from Dublin city centre).

This weekend retreat will take place on Sat 25th April for 1 night and includes accommodation in a deluxe room, lunch in Gordon Ramsay on Saturday and dinner McGill’s that evening following a yoga class to suit every level with Colm Walsh, Director of Yoga Dublin. This weekend retreat is priced at Euro €285 per person or Euro €385 per couple and includes a delicious breakfast on Sunday morning before departing the hotel.

So you can plan......the weekend will start early on Saturday 25th April with registration in ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt at 8.30am where herbal teas and fruit will be served. The advanced class will begin at 9.30am, whilst other attendees can relax in the Swarovski lit heated swimming pool and Hammam Suite, in preparation for their class at 11am. Following a healthy lunch in Gordon Ramsay, attendees will have the choice of going on a guided walk by The River Dargle, visiting Powerscourt Gardens or relaxing in their room. Preferential rates will also be offered to attendees who book a massage in ESPA on the Saturday or Sunday. If you have not visited Powerscourt yet, be prepared for some glorious views across the Wicklow Hills to the Sugar Loaf.

Colm Walsh of Yoga Dublin has been teaching yoga in Dublin for over ten years, and practising for longer. He opened his own studios five years ago in Ranelagh, Dublin and has shared his knowledge of yoga with men and women of all ages, walks of life, and levels of experience during this period. Colm is delighted with this new partnership “The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt offers attendees a stunning tranquil location to practice yoga and an opportunity to relax in comfort for the weekend. I hope the attendees get enjoyment from this weekend which is needed more than ever today”.

This retreat is a fabulous way to learn or improve yoga techniques with a reputable yoga teacher and also a chance to experience the relaxing surroundings of Powerscourt Estate whilst staying in luxury at The Ritz-Carlton. Go for it! click here


 

Introducing Somewhere Special - 03 Apr 2009

No.1 Pery Square, Limerick.

Every now and again we come across somewhere special and invariably, the really special places are a labour of love. No.1 Pery Square is no exception. Overlooking the tree lined "People's Park" in Limerick's historic Georgian quarter, and dating back to 1830, owner Patricia Coughlan has lovingly brought this great house to life.

The holistic Irish Organic Spa located in the vaulted basement is the ultimate urban retreat and the choice of products - Voya, Sodashi, Aromatherapie, MAC - is testament to the owners great taste in all things beautiful.

No 1 Pery Square offers 20 very individual bedrooms, delicious food & wine at Brasserie One (with great views of the Georgian streetscape) and what we think may well be the most gorgeous bathrooms in the city.

A wide selection of introductory packages is on offer and we like the No 1 Spa Experience for 2 where guests can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in a beautiful club room and also enjoy a bathing ritual using Voya 100% organic salt/seaweed, use of the thermal suite with its herbal cocoon, aroma steam, coal bunker sauna, sole pole and Irish mist showers and of course the Snooze room...

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BABOR in transit - 03 Apr 2009

Frankfurt Airport's New First Class Spa Opens.

In keeping with the trends for 2009 when in-transit spa-going was predicted, Frankfurt Airport has caught up with London’s Heathrow Airport and is now offering a first class spa.

BABOR has landed in Lufthansa’s new first class lounge, providing premium service all year long. According to Norbert Rietfort, head of the BABOR SPA Division, "business travellers in particular will appreciate the new possibilities offered by our spa, especially when they wish to arrive refreshed and relaxed for their next appointment. A visit to the First Class Spa is also the perfect way to begin a relaxing holiday.”

Travellers can enjoy BABORs extensive bathing area, featuring six high-quality shower baths, two with jacuzzis and two with spa rooms. With treatment times ranging between 15 and 90 minutes, guests are able to enjoy a refreshing express facial or lie back and relax with a complete wellness treatment. The time thing really is key as for many people, the only thing preventing them from enjoying airport-spa'ing is fear of missing a flight.

We're still waiting for Dublin airport to offer us Spa In-Transit.


 

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin - NEW - 02 Apr 2009

Introducing our newest Dublin spa partner...and it's a goodie.

We're so happy to be adding a great new Dublin partner to spa-ireland.com as we're of the view that the city centre is bereft of quality spas that also offer luxurious accommodation.
With 197 elegant guest rooms and suites, Four Seasons Dublin offers a wide choice of accommodation options. It also offers, uniquely in Dublin, an urban spa retreat with exclusive La Prairie treatments - which is why you're finding it on spa-ireland.com. Nestled deep in the heart of the hotel, it's an oasis of calm and tranquility.

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