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Galgorm Resort & Spa - 29 Sep 2009
Eve Lom & Lava Shells
Many moons ago an amazing therapist converted me to the magic that is an Eve Lom facial. I've used Eve Lom products ever since and even thought I've transgressed to other brands from time to time, ultimately I always go back to Eve.
The Eve Lom Signature Facial combines the Ultimate Cleanse Facial with enhanced lymphatic drainage and massage on the neck, décolleté and back to achieve greater detoxification as well as relaxation. This is a deep massage and facial, it really does leave your skin tingling and glowing.
Now available at Galgorm Resort & Spa near Ballymena, Co Antrim, you can enjoy an 85min Signature Facial and take home an Eve Lom goody bag worth over £40 plus receive 1 hour free access to The Thermal Spa for £115 (approx €126.00 euro).
Alternatively, try out the new Hot Lava Shell Massage (we wrote about this earlier this year - click here)
The Autumn Luxury Package includes one hour relaxing, reviving and detoxing in Galgorm's Thermal Spa, hydrotherapy pool, outdoor hot-tub, thermal cabins and heated relaxation loungers. This is followed by a Hot Lava Shell Full Body Massage - one of the first of its kind in Ireland. Enjoy an intense, comforting massage with hot lava shells. The sustained heat allows deep muscle work, releases tension and leaves you feeling stress free for £80.00 per person (approx €88.00 euro).
Offer available during October only (Autumn Luxury Package not available on Saturdays)
For more information or to make your booking, contact Galgorm's Spa Reservations Team on 048 2588 2550 (from the ROI) or email spa-reception@galgorm.
Essence Spa at the Clarion Sligo - 18 Sep 2009
iS Clinical Harmony Cancer Care facial now available
We have literally hundreds of facials listed and described on our website but this is the first time we have seen a facial specifically designed for cancer sufferers.
Described as " a soothing & revitalizing facial which helps create vibrant healthy skin, it incorporates powerful antioxidants, essential vitamins & penetrating hydrators to restore skin. It addresses important issues such as acne, chafing, uneven complexion, burns and scar tissue and iS cancer care provides skincare solutions for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments". It is not cheap (€120.00 for 60 minutes) but if it delivers on its promises, then it will be the best value treat you can offer someone suffering from the effects of cancer treatments.
We also like the sound of the other facials which Essence Spa has introduced - iS Clinical Fire and Ice Facial
- a results oriented treatment, it decongests pores, minimizes lines & brightens complexion; iS Clinical Red Carpet Facial - this intensive clinical treatment is designed to resurface the skin, thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles & deep cleansing blocked pores. (This facial can not be performed if you are currently using any type of retinols, Retin-A or accutane).
And finally, one for the gentlemen - iS Clinical Gentlemen’s Refresher Facial. This deeply cleansing therapeutic facial is designed specifically for the skin-care needs of men, addressing ingrown hair and razor burn.
Slieve Russell Hotel opens Spa Doors - 15 Sep 2009
Open Evening at Ciuin Spa and Wellness Centre - 15th October 2009
October tends to be dark...and damp...so we love any excuse for a night out.
If you're in the vicinity of the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan, make your way to Ciuin Spa and Wellness Centre on October 15th at 6pm for a spa tour and open evening.
Fantastic offers not to be missed for 1 night only include:
• Complimentary Hand and Foot Massages and Nail painting
• Elemis skincare consultations with Elemis Representative
• Treatment and Make-Up demonstrations
• Mini Makeover’s with tips for using mineral make-up and looks for the winter months.
Plus, many discounts and promotions:
• 20% off all treatments booked and paid for on the evening
• 15% off all Bare Escentuals Make-up
• 3 for 2 on all Elemis products
• Elemis and Bare Escentuals Christmas gifts with special discounts on the night
Wine and canapés will be served on the evening along with other refreshments. Tickets are €10.00 which can be redeemed on the evening against products or treatments purchased. And..all tickets purchased will be entered into a prize draw to win some fantastic Elemis and Bare Escentuals gifts on the evening.
Terms and conditions apply to all promotional offers.
Contact the Ciuin Spa Reception to book your ticket now on:+353 (0)49 9526444
Top 10 Spa Days - 08 Sep 2009
Day Spa Packages from €120.00
So you can’t get away for a night, no babysitter; and you can’t afford it anyway. But your body is screaming with fatigue, your head hurts and it’s been months since you and your friend just took off and did a ‘Thelma and Louise’. Here’s our compilation of some of the most luxurious, unusual and great value day spa packages at Spa Ireland.
1. Europe Hotel and Resort, Killarney – Spa and Rest Package
5 star quality needn’t always cost 5 figures, even if the new spa at the Europe Resort cost €35 million to build. Book the ‘Spa and Rest’ package which includes a 2 course lunch, access to the thermal suites plus a 90 minute ESPA treatment experience for €149.00.click here
2. Queen Beauty Emporium, Dublin – The Royal Makeover
Be a Princess or Queen for a day. The perfect treat for that special night out - with blowdry, facial and makeup application included for €150.00. click here
3. Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow – Spa Ireland Exclusive Day Package
One of our most popular packages, fabulously exclusive to our Spa Ireland clients and your chance to swim in the sparkly Swarovski crystal-lit pool. Exceptional value with 4 treatments (body scrub, massage, facial and toe or finger paint), thermal suite access and a healthy lunch for €155.00. click here
4. Maryborough Hotel, Cork - Body Bliss Package
This special day is designed to ease away your stresses. Start the day with a personal consultation, be nourished with a 2 course lunch in the Spa Tea Pavilion and pampered with 2 spa treatments choosing from an ESPA Skin Hydrator Wrap, a Full Body Hot Stone Massage or an ESPA Skin Brightener Facial for €165.00. click here
5. Bellinter House, Navan, Co.Meath – A Day of Indulgence
Pretend you’re a film star and hang out in one of our grooviest retreats for the day. Be Cleopatra and start with a Voya Organic Seaweed Bath followed by a Full Body Aromatherapy Massage and a USPA Clarity Facial. That will work up quite an appetite so enjoy your two-course lunch in the Drawing Room and then finish with a Full Spa Manicure and Full Spa Pedicure including arm and leg massage for €205.00. click here
6. The Grooming Rooms, Dublin – Package 4
One for the boys (and we know you read us too because lots of you call us to book your spa breaks). Slip into the uber-chic Grooming Rooms on South William Street in Dublin and enjoy a haircut, hot towel shave plus a deeply relaxing Hot Stone Massage for €160.00. click here
7. The Kingsley Hotel & Yauvana Spa, Cork – Yauvana Revive Special Offer
Escape to India for a day by way of the unique Ayuverdic Spa tucked away in the Kingsley Hotel on the banks of the River Lee. Treatments are designed to treat the body as well as the soul so this package includes an Udvartana Massage (suitable for weight loss and lymphatic drainage) plus a traditional Ayurvedic Facial for €150.00 (this is great value, the package usually retails at €205.00 per person). click here
8. The Shandon Hotel, Marble Strand, Co.Donegal – Hen Party Package
Located in one of the most northerly parts of Ireland the Shandon Hotel Spa has spectacular views over Sheephaven Bay and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to enjoy them from the outdoor hot-tub. This specially designed package is for pre-wedding hen celebrations and includes 4 treatments plus the Shandon Spa Experience for €140.00 per person.
9. Castlemartyr Resort, Cork – Afternoon Tea Package
Recently re-opened as sister hotel to Dromoland Castle, Castlemartyr Resort is 5 star all the way. From the moment you drive up the avenue, you’ll feel like the complete Lady of The Manor with this sumptuous package. Enjoy a mini facial, a back, neck & shoulder massage, full afternoon tea plus use of the thermal and relaxation area for €135.00.
10. Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan – Yummy Mummy Package
Given the country is experiencing the biggest Baby Boom in decades, this one is the perfect treat for the expectant mother. The Yummy Mummy package features an Elemis Mother-to-be Back Massage, Elemis Skin Solution Facial, Finishing Touch Of Colour, File & Polish (choice of hands or toes), and to take home a complimentary Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath 60ml for €120.00. click here
The Ice House - 07 Sep 2009
Scooping up the awards in Ballina.
The Ice House is no stranger to awards - Chill Spa was nominated for Best Service in Tatler's Spa Awards 2009, the hotel featured on Conde Nast Traveller Hot List 2008 and the restaurant was named Best Newcomer in the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2009.
Now, they've been honoured in what is seen by many in the industry as the ‘Oscars’ for the hospitality industry, the FOOD&WINE Magazine Edward Dillon Restaurant of the Year Awards 2009, which were announced at a recent event at The Mansion House Dublin.
Readers of FOOD&WINE Magazine were asked to nominate their favourite restaurants, chefs and sommeliers. A regional panel of experts (including academics, food writers and industry specialists all too intimidating to mention) then provided their own feedback on the list and created a shortlist from the nominations. Finally an expanded panel of national judges, using a secret ballot, voted on the various categories. So, safe to say this was a pretty rigorous process resulting in The Pier Restaurant winning the title of Penfolds Best Connaught Restaurant..
Congrats to the team at the Ice House - well earned - and if we could share with readers our personal tip - go now! The Ice House has stunning forest views across the River Moy and with the foliage just beginning to turn, there is no better time to see the area in full autumnal glory. Might even see you there!
Aromatherapy Associates - 07 Sep 2009
Miniature Collection - little bottles of happiness.
I like Aromatherapy Associates, largely because the names behind the brand, Geraldine Howard and Sue Beechey are still very much involved in the business and really know their stuff when it comes to essential oils.
As autumn creeps up on us, 'tis the season of baths so turn a warm bath or shower into a wonderful aromatherapy experience by choosing a miniature oil from the collection.
Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil: essential oils of vetivert, camomile and sandalwood help to restore peace and tranquillity and promote a restful nights sleep.
Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil: a blend of lavender, ylang ylang and petitgrain help to unwind and ease a tired body.
De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil: combines essential oils of wild camomile, petitgrain, frankincense and rosemary to help clear the head and ease stress.
De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil: the perfect way to soak away aching muscles and joints, this blend incorporates lavender, ginger, black pepper and rosemary.
Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil: an energising blend of geranium, patchouli and ylang ylang to help enhance feelings of self-esteem and pep up the senses.
Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil: a detoxifying, balancing blend, perfect after a little over-indulging, after a long flight or when generally feeling sluggish.
Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil: helps to lift the spirits, this floral blend of geranium, rose, frankincense and bergamot is perfect during times of emotional stress.
Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil: this cooling blend helps clear the head, soothe the body and is recommended for use after a long hot day in the sun (and which, if any of us, can recall what that particular feeling is like!).
Support Breathe Bath & Shower Oil: essential oils of eucalyptus, peppermint, pine and tea tree help to clear a stuffy head and sharpen the mind.
The Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Collection (approx €30.00 for 9 x 3ml) is available at a number of Spa Ireland partner outlets including Solis Lough Eske, Royal Marine Dublin, Muckross Park Killarney, Galgorm Manor, the Hodson Bay Hotel and Farnham Estate. Mail order direct from Aromatherapy Associates on + 44 (0)20 8569 7030 or purchase online at www.aromatherapyassociates.com.