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Events at the Park, Kenmare - 31 Dec 2007
Power of Three with Dr Alla and Katy Appleton, March 2008.
Power of Three
Dr Alla & Katy Appleton
The renowned life coach and healer Dr Alla joins Yoga Guru. Katy Appleton returns to Kenmare for this very focused and often life changing retreat. Limited to six participants, daily schedule includes one to one yoga, life coaching and meditation classes as well as consultations.
Pilates with Lynne Robinson
Widely regarded to be the Face of Pilates, Lynne Robinson brings her unique teaching skills to Kenmare for this highly popular weekend. Lynne leads her classes and discussions in a meaningful way directed at new comers to the discipline or experienced practitioners.
The Essence of Chiva Som
The world renowned destination spa Chiva Som visits Kenmare for this rare and very special event. The ethos and experience of the unique approach to life that Chiva Som is renowned for incorporating, cuisine, diet, body and mind balance, exercise and meditation will be practiced by Chiva Som professionals throughout the retreat. This is an opportunity to sample the delights of this renowned destination a little closer to home.
Cool Image, Hot Property - 21 Dec 2007
The Ice House in Ballina - just opened, now on spa-ireland.com
Just opened in December 2007, The Ice House Hotel in Ballina, Co.Mayo is Ireland’s newest luxury design retreats and combines the tradition of a historical riverside house with contemporary elegance and style.
Standing proudly on a spectacular site on the bank of the River Moy, the Hotel enjoys unparalleled views of the Moy estuary looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, which combined with the backdrop of the ever changing woodland vista of the Beleek forest across the water from the Ice House, produces a truly unique setting.
“Situated in the West of Ireland, the Ice House offers guests the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind. Its seamless fusion of design and warm hospitality provides a unique environment where you can indulge your senses in Chill Spa, explore the outdoors, sample delicious cuisine or get busy doing nothing at all” said Dara Cruise, one half of the expert management team of the Ice House.
“The Ice House is a place to relax, regenerate and renew. Our unique Spa location offers a specially designed range of treatments and our products are exclusively provided by BABOR. which incorporates skin care, body and spa care, sun care, and men's range” said Claire O’Sullivan, the second half of the dynamic duo who have relocated to the West to manage the business.
Ayurveda at the Yauvana Spa - 21 Dec 2007
The 5-star Kingsley Hotel and Yauvana Spa now live on spa-ireland.com
Yauvana, meaning "Youth" is a very special holistic lifestyle Spa focused on 100% fully-customised treatments based on ancient ayurvedic principles. Yauvana's philosophy is to recommend personalised specific treatments that will compliment a guests lifestyles, with follow-on advice on how to incorporate this approach into everyday life. The term Ayurveda comes from two Sanskrit words: ayus, meaning life, and veda, meaning wisdom or science and is the most ancient and traditional holistic system of Indian medicine, dating back to 5,000 years ago.
The 5 star Kingsley Hotel is situated on the banks of Cork's River Lee on the site of what was once the Old Lee Pool baths. The hotel has 131 guest rooms, including 9 suites and 1 Penthouse, some with spectacular views of the river Lee. The style is classic/contemporary.
Spa Ireland - More Choice - 21 Dec 2007
4 new spas now live on spa-ireland.com
Our site is less than 4 weeks old so we are thrilled that 4 new properties now feature on spa-ireland.com.
Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel, Kingsley Hotel & Yauvana Spa, BrookLodge and Wells Spa and the Ice House all offer unique spas to spa-ireland.com users. Whether your thing is Ayurveda; whether you love Babor, an exclusive product only available in one spa in Ireland; whether you must have organic food or whether your style is chic by the sea, we've got it on spa-ireland.com.
The Critics' Choice - 21 Dec 2007
Stylist Suzie Coen of the Irish Independent chooses spa-ireland.com for spa breaks.
In today's Irish Independent she goes on to say "The perfect spa escape is now only a click away with the launch of www.spa-ireland.com, a new homegrown website providing a one-stop shop for the most luxurious spa break options in Ireland. Featuring over 1,400 treatments, Spa-Ireland.com is an independent guide and full service booking facility for over 25 of Ireland's most sumptuous spas. This site also offers online shopping from hip beauty boutique, Nue Blue Eriu".
BrookLodge & Wells Spa - NEW! - 18 Dec 2007
For the foodies, we're thrilled to welcome our latest addition to spa-ireland.com
Home to Ireland's only certified organic restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, Brooklodge is situated deep in a spectacular Wicklow Valley, less than an hour's drive from South Dublin.
Wells Spa is managed by Graham Anthony Ltd, Ireland's leading experts in beauty and health treatments, its extravagant experiences and water features are sourced around the globe. Amongst these are:
Serail Mud Chambers
Hammam Massage Room
Various Jacuzzi's & Water Features
An outdoor Hot Tub
There's also a huge variety of treatments including: Stone, Seaweed & Body Masks, the Full Decleor Skin Care Range and all the water used in the centre is from Brooklodge's own pure water wells. A unique Indoor-to-Outdoor Swimming Pool and Gym completes the experience.
Spa Style at Seafield - 14 Dec 2007
Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel newest property to feature on spa-ireland.com.
Set on 160 acres of tranquil parkland, Seafield is just an hour from Dublin, close to the sands of Ballymoney shore. Designed by Italian architect Francesco Beia, the style is clean and contemporary maximising natural daylight and fully promoting the awe-inspiring sea views.
Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation, fine dining, an 18 hole championship golf course and the really exceptional Oceo Spa.
The spa menu includes more than 60 treatments to choose from and offers the most exclusive of products - Payot, LCN and Biodroga. The Thermal Suite includes a hammam, rasul chamber, aromatherapy suites, monsoon showers, ice grotto, relaxation area, outdoor vitality pool and a 16 meter hydrotherapy pool. This "bath of bling" is lined with thousands of tiny gold leaf mosaic tiles, while fiber optic lighting casts shadows & dances off the gold Venetian plasterwork wall and cut stone.
Because He's Worth It - 29 Nov 2007
The Irish Times reports how spa treatments are a hit with men.
Louise Holden reports how Irish spas are keen to strip traditional therapies of feminine overtones. Fitness facials, power massages, golfer's tonics are all enticing men into spas alone.
Mark Browne, General Manager at Monart in Wexford estimates 40% of its clientele is now male. "Women seem to be the initial decision makers and when the male arrives the thought of wearing a robe for two or three days is a little daunting. However the men are the ones who seem to relax easier and by the time the guests are ready to depart, the man is the one who doesn't want to get back in his clothes. Interestingly he is usually the one to book the return visit."
Make Mine a Massage - 29 Nov 2007
Massage therapy remains the most-requested treatment at U.S. spas.
The International Spa Association (ISPA) released preliminary findings from its ISPA Global Consumer Report earlier this year. Among the findings:
• Full-body massage therapy tops the list of most-received treatments in the United States, with 68 percent of spa-goers reporting this as their number-one choice. In second and third place are manicures (57 percent) and pedicures (56 percent).
• The United States has the largest annual number of spa guests, with more than 32 million. In second, third and fourth place are Thailand (27 million), Japan (19 million) and Italy (18 million).
• There are 150 million active spa consumers worldwide.
• Sixty-nine percent of U.S. spa guests are female.
• Regardless of where they live, the primary reasons spa-goers visit spas are to relax and relieve/reduce stress.
Carton House Award - 17 Nov 2007
Carton House named the 2007 ‘best new hotel’ at the Hospitality
The facilities at Carton House include the Spa at Carton House, the Kitchen Bar, a conference centre and The Linden Tree Restaurant. The Linden Tree serves modern cuisine in a contemporary space punctuated by amazing views of Carton’s woodlands through huge picture windows.
The most recent addition to the Carton House experience is the arrival of Ireland Xtreme with activities including exhilarating 4x4 driving, archery, clay pigeon shooting and team building games. Carton also boasts two championship golf courses, the Montgomerie and the O’Meara and is home to the Golfing Union of Ireland head quarters and National Coaching Academy.
Slieve Donard Resort and Spa - 16 Nov 2007
£15 million transformation at Northern Irelands premier resort and spa.
It took 125,354 bricks, 143 new windows, 7,600sq metres of carpet, 78,529 gallons of water (to fill the pool!), 26 bricklayers, 23 joiners and even a ‘creative water engineer’, but 18 months and £15million later, in October 2006, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, Northern Ireland, threw open its doors to 70,000sq ft of luxurious hotel living.
The Slieve Donard has stood at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, Newcastle, Northern Ireland for more than a century. Standing in six acres of private grounds, leading to an expansive beach and the world famous Royal County Down golf course, the hotel’s redevelopment has drawn on the elements of natural beauty that envelop its imposing Victorian architecture. Magnificent views across the Irish Sea bring the ‘outside in’; creating an environment for relaxation that is second to none.
The transformation last year added more than 50 new enormous and superbly appointed bedrooms to give a total of 175, as well as a 16 treatment room Spa - one of the largest and probably the most highly specified in Ireland. Designed by ESPA, the company responsible for Spa Meccas such as The Metropole Hotel in Monte Carlo and The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa will undoubtedly rival any spa in Europe today.
As well as treatments, designed to balance mind, body and soul, the extensive leisure and exercise facilities include a 20 metre pool, vitality pool, thermal heat experiences, fitness suite with top of the range cardio vascular and resistance machines and luxuriously appointed changing rooms.