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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

 

Winners! - 20 Dec 2011

Winners!

Spa Ireland Competition Winners

Congratulations to all our Competition Winners! Each has won a fabulous spa package at one of our Spa Ireland partner spas - to whom we are eternally grateful for their ongoing support. The winners are:

Siobhan Daly - Slieve Russell Hotel & Ciuin Spa
Deirdre O'Reilly - Dunboyne Castle & Seoid Spa
Pearl Kingston - The Culloden Estate and Spa
Siobhan Flint - The Ice House Hotel & Spa
Sandra Delaney - Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick
Sandra Gough - Royal Marine Hotel & Sansana Spa
Nicola Waites - The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt
Michele Cronin - Ballygarry House Hotel
Cathy Healy - Carton House
Rachel McGlynn - Fota Island Resort

We know all our prize winners will have a wonderful, relaxing stay at their winning spa and are thrilled to share this early Christmas present with them.


 

Spa Finder - 01 Dec 2011

Spa Finder

Reader's Choice Awards 2011

SpaFinder is probably the most comprehensive and complete global spa website out there and a credit to founder and President Susie Ellis. One of the Spa Finder initiatives, the Readers Choice Awards, invites individuals worldwide to vote in a number of categories including Crystal - crème de la crème of spas; Country Awards - top spas in 44 countries; and Category Awards - the "best spa for" in 32 categories from Best for Romance to Best for Men.

Winners in the Crystal Awards, recognizing the favorite spas on each of six continents, were:

South Africa: One&Only Cape Town
Asia: The Peninsula Bangkok
Australia: Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Europe: Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
North America: Miraval, Life in Balance
South America: Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

We're delighted to see one of our partner Spa Ireland spas win the Ireland category. The Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin wins the accolade and having enjoyed a truly superb facial there not too long ago, I can say it is well deserved.

SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards


 

Spa Ireland Competition Bonanza - 01 Dec 2011

Spa Ireland Competition Bonanza

Win one of 10 Spa breaks!

To celebrate our 4th birthday, and the launch of our Facebook and Twitter pages, we're offering our Spa Ireland fans the chance to win one of 10 fantastic spa breaks. To enter, simply answer these three questions. We also invite you to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter:

1. How many properties feature on the Spa Ireland website (hint, check out the Spa Search page)?
2. What colour are the tiles in our Facebook icon pic?
3. What's our twitter address?

Email your replies to info@spa-ireland.com. All correct entrants will go into a draw and be contacted via email if they are lucky enough to be a winner over the coming weeks (closing date for entries is 31 December 2011). Prizes include:

VIP Spa Festive Treat for 2 at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
Win a fantastic prize for 2 this December and meet Sunday Independent beauty journalist, Triona McCarthy. Prize includes overnight accommodation and breakfast for 2 on Saturday December 10th with a choice of a VOYA mineralising facial or a broadening back massage on Saturday evening. On Sunday, you will be Ballygarry’s guest at their Spa festive day, which will include a meet and greet at 2pm with a glass of mulled wine on arrival, a run through of the information of the day and a complimentary spa lunch.

Ultimate Spa Break – Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Limerick
Enjoy overnight accommodation for 2 in a dedicated Spa Guestroom with a Super Buffet Breakfast the following morning. Enjoy three X 30 minute treatments per person – Elemis Deep Tissue Muscle Massage, Elemis Taster Facial and Elemis Body Wrap.

Chill Out at the Ice House
Escape to Ballina and enjoy a midweek two-night stay for 2 people, including Full Irish Breakfast each morning. You can also enjoy dinner on one evening from the Table D’Hôte menu with spectacular views over the River Moy.

Deluxe Spa Stay at the Slieve Russell Hotel Golf & Country Club
Your chance to enjoy a special overnight midweek stay for 2 people including Dinner and Full Irish Breakfast the following morning. Also included is use of the Hydrotherapy Suite and a Spa Treatment for each person.

Escape to the Country at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
Overnight stay for 2 people including breakfast with a one hour spa treatment each and complimentary use of the thermal suite.

Autumn Spa Experience at the Culloden Estate & Spa
This day spa experience for 2 people includes a Pressure Point ESPA Scalp Massage, Full Body ESPA Aromatherapy Massage, Boutique ESPA Facial, Delicious light lunch in our Juice Bar, Full use of all the Spa Facilities.

Your Private Spa Island – Fota Island Resort
Overnight accommodation for 2 people with Full Irish Breakfast and a spa treatment each in the Spa.

Overnight Retreat at Carton House
Just 40 minutes from Dublin and surrounded by gorgeous countryside, this is your chance for you and a loved one to sleep at Carton House, wake to a delicious breakfast and chill in the spa for a spa treatment each.

Capsule Spa Day Experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt
The Capsula Spa is a little taste of everything including a Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage, Classic Facial, Tidy Toes Pedicure, Re-polish to the hands, full use of the Spa Facilities and lunch in the Spa Cafe. Yours to enjoy with a friend.

Half-day Package at sansanaSpa in the Royal Marine Hotel
Enjoy a treat for 2 people including a VOYA Mini Facial Experience, Back & Shoulder Massage and Jessica Deluxe Manicure or Pedicure plus full use of the Relaxation Rooms and Thermal Suite.

Remember to email your answers to info@spa-ireland.com and good luck!


 

Clarins at Harvey's Point - 15 Nov 2011

Clarins at Harvey's Point

New Beauty Treatment Rooms

The moment you reach Harvey’s Point you are greeted by a peaceful haven that completely captures the spirit of relaxation. The award-winning hotel now takes this a step further with the opening of the new beauty rooms, The Swan Rooms. They offer the perfect setting to enjoy a careful selection of Clarins treatments, making your stay here as good for the body as it is for the soul.

With over 50 years of unrivalled experience Clarins combines the power of plants and science in high performance formulae and you can enjoy a customised treatment with exclusive application techniques for a moment of pure well being for body and mind. After your treatment it's time to go for a walk in the simply stunning surroundings of the Donegal Hills. Who needs France when you can have Clarins a la Harvey's Point?

Harvey's Point


 

Spa Open Evening - 03 Nov 2011

Spa Open Evening

The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort

The European Award Winning Spa at The 5 star Heritage Golf & Spa Resort, Killenard, Co. Laois is opening its doors on Thursday 10th of November from 6.30 p.m - 9 p.m. Guests are invited to experience this oasis of calm first hand and to enjoy a pamper-filled spa escape bringing a little touch of paradise to your day.
There will be Facial Skin Analysis by Pevonia Experts with a tour of the award winning Spa & Health Club and Treatment Demonstrations by Professional Therapists. The Heritage will offer some great prizes on the night, Goodie Bags & Lots of Christmas Gift Ideas.
Check out the rustic sauna cabin (perfect for these cold November days), samarium, caldarium, tepidarium and hamman and discover first hand, what treatments are most suitable for you. Discover the warm hospitality and luxury of The Heritage Resort Spa at this relaxing, rejuvenating and fun evening. The event is open to all, those who wish to attend are requested to ring + 353 (0) 57 86 45500 or email spa@theheritage.com to confirm attendance. Enjoy!


 

Wellness Tourism - 14 Oct 2011

Wellness Tourism

2020 and Beyond

If we only had a crystal ball, how would we imagine spa and wellness resorts of the future to be? Personally, I think there will be a real shift towards integrated centres offering yoga and psychological therapy alongside facials and body maintenance products but the key will be in the calibre of professionals in such centres (I'm not sure we have really come of age yet in Ireland in terms of having a truly accessible wellness centre).

Wellness Tourism Worldwide (WTW) recently published two reports on what trends might shape the industry. Data was collected from 140 stakeholders representing wellness, tourism, spa and healthcare sectors in over 50 countries worldwide so we get a global and comprehensive viewpoint. Wellness hotels and resort spas are forecasted to become the most popular wellness tourism product in several important continents and regions by 2020 including: Africa, South America, Central America, Australia and New Zealand. Spirituality remains dominant in Asia. In Central and Eastern Europe, therapeutic services and treatments are mainly based on the availability of natural assets (e.g. thermal waters) and will stay/or become the most important.

Products that will be available globally and will lose their differentiating qualities by 2020 include beauty treatments, massage of any kind, sauna of any kind, day-spas, and some spiritual practices (e.g. yoga or meditation). Regarding certain new or fusion/crossover products and services, there is a clear need for further research: many respondents to the survey were not familiar with alternative therapies, fusion treatments, or new products such as wellpitals or medhotels.

Wellness Tourism Worldwide


 

Seasonal Skincare - 01 Oct 2011

Seasonal Skincare

Top Tips from Aromatherapy Associates

I've been fortunate enough to meet Geraldine Howard, the Co-Founder of Aromatherapy Associates, Geraldine Howard, and she has great, natural looking skin which is a testament to the Aromatherapy Associates range of products. Happy so to pass on her skincare tips as we move deeper into autumn and towards a cold Irish winter.

 “As we move through the seasons, it’s important to adapt your skincare regime accordingly as the climate dramatically affects the state of the skin. As you begin to have to wear thicker clothing and deal with colder weather, the skin can become more temperamental, generally dehydrated and more sensitive. Here are my top tips to help keep your face and body looking super radiant as we move into autumn.” Geraldine Howard, August 2011.

 Tip 1: Once a week, apply a layer of products to the face and body before bed. Begin on the face, with a serum, facial oil and moisturiser. If your skin is feeling dry and generally looking a little lacklustre, also apply a mask as an additional layer under the moisturiser to seal in the goodness. Then, layer a body gel, body oil and cream over the whole body. Wrap yourself in loose bed clothing and leave to absorb overnight. You’ll notice an immediate benefit.

Tip 2: Get into the habit of looking after the skin as well in the winter as you do all summer. Whilst not as many areas of skin are on show, the better condition you keep your body in throughout the year, the easier it will be when you do wear dresses or sleeveless items in the colder weather.

Tip 3: The circulation can be more sluggish in the winter, so it’s important to incorporate massage into your daily routine to keep a radiant complexion. Rather than viewing cleansing as just removing make up each evening, consider it an opportunity to perform a mini-treatment on the whole face. Carry out lots of small circular movements as you apply the product – this is an invaluable way to boost capillary circulation, helping to remove impurities and generate radiant, healthy skin.

Tip 4: I recommend a full body exfoliation at least once a week, and the same for the face. But always be conscious of which of your products actually contain a form of exfoliation, so that you don’t overdo it. One of the biggest causes of premature aging is over exfoliation of the skin, which causes inflammation.
Tip 5: If you wear a hat in the cooler months, hair can get very dry and become static. Treat it weekly with a nourishing hair oil, massing into the scalp through to the ends of the hair.

There you go, sensible advice anyone can follow.  


 

AVOCA - 15 Sep 2011

AVOCA

New Beauty and Skincare Ranges

I'm a long-standing fan of the Avoca shops here in Ireland and once did my entire Christmas shop in their Suffolk Street Store. Great food, gorgeous clothes and now Avoca offer a whole new treasure trove of beauty and skincare ranges to tempt you.

Choose from a selection of gorgeous hand creams and lotions, lip balms and perfumes, soaps and bathwares and much more besides. And all from more interesting, more individual beauty and grooming labels, many with a focus on natural ingredients, ethically sourced - and all exquisitely produced and beautifully packaged. These include Irish success-story Voya, Green & Spring, Amélie & Mélanie, Lothanique, TokyoMilk, Lollia and Love & Toast. They've even got the legendary Egyptian Magic Skin Cream which is championed by Madonna, Emily Blunt and Kate Hudson among others (exclusive to Avoca). Plus they have the best customer service in the city (store manager Grainne will be happy to steer you on your purchasing).

Avoca


 

September Spa Offers - 01 Sep 2011

September Spa Offers

Rain Spa at Radisson Blu

Throughout the month of September, Rain Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick is offering you the following great offers:

Elemis Coconut Rub and Milk Ritual Wrap - just €50 (normally €80)
Elemis Tahitian Bloom and a Taster Facial - just €99 (normally €120)

These promotions are available 7 days a week throughout the month (unusual as many special offers run only during the week so this is great value). To book, simply call the spa on 061 456299.


 

Think Pink - 01 Sep 2011

Think Pink

Elemis supports Breast Cancer Care

There is no woman who has been untouched by breast cancer in some way, whether through direct experience or through knowing someone close who is affected by the illness. Having just lost one of my most precious friends, Helen, to the disease it seemed timely to find a press release from Elemis in my in-box.

Created exclusively for Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, Elemis continues its support of Breast Cancer Care by pledging £10,000 to help continue their incredible work that offers support and information to anyone who is affected by breast cancer.

Available from 1st September 2011, the must-have Think Pink Beauty Kit RRP. £29.90 / €41 (worth £59.80 / 50% saving) will hit the shelves. Containing 3 hero skincare products, including Elemis limited edition Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust ‘Boob Tube’, 15ml created to apply daily, as the perfect excuse to follow the Elemis 5 Step Breast Check to make sure you are more aware of how your breasts look and feel.

Spa Ireland has a wide selection of Elemis spas on our website, just check out the advanced spa search function to find the one nearest to you.


 

Back to Basics - 15 Aug 2011

Back to Basics

Advice from Anni Hood at K.I.S.

K.I.S. stands for Keep It Simple which is the new lifestyle group founded by my friend Anni Hood and which provides services to "assess, guide and recommend the best possible proactive health routes for clients". In this months edition of European Spa Anni gives some really sound - and simple - advice to spa owners and we thought it would be good to share that advice.

1. Establish the break-even point of your business 2. Work out the margins on your various services 3. Manage your customers - CRM is key 4. Offer value and flexibility in what you do These might sound obvious but we know it's easy to get caught up with the day to day of running a spa and to forget to review strategy and customer management. For more check out K.I.S.


 

ESPA @The Maryborough Cork - 01 Aug 2011

ESPA @The Maryborough Cork

Treatment of the month

Save €40 on this offer from ESPA@The Maryborough in Cork.

A 25 minute Salt & Oil Scrub & a 40 minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage with Hot Stones - all for €90 (available Sunday-Thursday). And for a home take away treat, ESPA Product of the Month is ESPA Bath Oils 200ml. Choose from Soothing, Energising, Fitness, Detoxifying, Resistance or Restorative to relax and enjoy in the comfort of your own home - Special Offer Price of €55.

Contact the spa on 021-4918350. And as ever, please do note that terms and conditions apply and each booking is subject to availability.


 

Pure Air - 01 Aug 2011

Pure Air

The 02 Bubble

BurbujaO2 has been designed and developed by the Spanish company ZONAIR3D in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and claims to be "the first space which allows you to breathe 99.995% pure air".

The large inflatable space is being used for beauty treatments, sports players and those with respiratory allergies or asthma. Currently distributed in Spain, France and Portugal, the owners have yet to find a UK or Ireland distributor but it's just the kind of thing we'd love to see at Electric Picnic!

02 Bubble


 

Gordon Ramsay - 15 Jul 2011

Gordon Ramsay

New Heated Terrace at the Ritz-Carlton

For those of you who have enjoyed the fine dining on offer at Gordon Ramsay at the Ritz-Carlton, you'll be glad to hear there is now a new wine bar and heated terrace where you can enjoy that glass of chilled Spumante. If you have not yet visited the Ritz-Carlton, then now is a good time to do so. The Gordon Ramsay Dining Experience offer is valid through to the end of December 2011.

Starting from €365 per couple per night you can combine an overnight stay in one of the luxurious suites with an exclusive dinner in Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt. The Gordon Ramsay Dining Experience includes Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room; Complimentary upgrade to a Suite subject to availability upon arrival; Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt dinner for two (excluding beverages); Complimentary welcome glass of Spumante in The Wine Bar before dinner; Breakfast in the restaurant.

Spacious Garden View Suites are also available at a supplement of €40 or Mountain View Suites at a supplement of €50 per night. As always, rates are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Advance reservations are required; rates do not apply to groups. Rates listed are per room, per night, single or double occupancy and include local taxes. Gordon Ramsay Dining Experience


 

Treatment of the month - 01 Jul 2011

Treatment of the month

ESPA at Maryborough House

For the Month of July ESAP at the Maryborough Hotel in Cork are bringing you an exclusive Treatment, the ESPA Skin Radiance Facial, incorporating their Brand New Vision Lamp which will help to identify all your skin needs (scary but necessary!). At €49 this is great value; not only are you giving yourself a summer treat but also you are helping to protect your skin against any further sun damage by identifying key areas of concern. For bookings call the spa directly on 021-4918350 or email spa@maryborough.ie. As ever, Terms and Conditions apply, bookings are subject to availability. This is a Sunday – Thursday only offer.


 

Mobile Medical Sensors - 01 Jul 2011

Mobile Medical Sensors

Healthcare on the go

We are grateful yet again to Susie Ellis at spafinder.com for keeping us in the loop on the latest from the Global Spa Summit which took place recently in Bali.

Most of us have smart phones and just in case you're bored with the usual tweeting and facebooking, why not use your phone as a medical sensor device. Susie provides a list of the companies that use this new technology currently, check them out for yourself:

Quantified Self.org: Helps to keep detailed records of your own health and wellness
Fitbit.com: You clip the device to yourself, and when you walk by your computer, the data transfers automatically
Bodybugg: Uses specialized sensors to track calories burned; manages calories consumed via a web based program; tracks your steps with a built-in pedometer
Runkeeper: will tweet “Mark has just run 4.5 km”
Nike + iPod: Tracks how fast you run and socializes this. Gives you encouragement from friends to keep at it, it also satisfies any kind of competitive urge
Body media: Keeps track of weight loss activity and encourages you to keep going!
Zeo headband: You simply sleep with it, and it tracks your sleep cycle
Tweet What You Eat: A twitter-based food diary. Use Twitter to track what you eat by 'tweeting' food items to your personal food diary on the web
Meal Snap: iPhone app that lets you take pictures of your food, and auto-magically get back calorie and caption information
Lose It!: iPhone application that helps you to stay on track each day by recording your food and exercise while staying within your budget
Ovi: Wellness diary, using the “experience sampling” methodology
WellApps: A website full of applications to assist in your quest for wellness
GoogleHealth: With a Google Health account, you can store, manage and share all of your health and wellness information in one central place. It’s available from Google at no charge
Microsoft Health Vault: Similar to GoogleHealth it is an online health tool and device directory
CureTogether and PatientsLikeMe: Helps to connect you with someone else who suffers from your condition; essentially a support system
FourSquare badges: Unlocking badges is very motivating to people; they enjoy earning status markers


 

Global Spa Summit - 23 Jun 2011

Global Spa Summit

New Board Member - Philippe Bourguignon

The Global Spa Summit (GSS) has recently announced that Philippe Bourguignon, Vice Chairman of Revolution Places, a division of investment firm Revolution LLC, has been appointed to the organization’s Board of Directors. In addition to helping steer the future directions of the leading annual conference for the global spa and wellness industries, he has been named Co-Chair of the next Summit, scheduled for June 4-6, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado.

As an attendee at two of the Summits, I can vouch for the relevance of this organisation which strives to provide a voice for the global spa industry and which also drives the standards consistently upwards. It's always good to see fresh Board inputs, particularly from someone as experienced as Bourguignon. As Vice Chairman of Revolution Places and CEO of both Revolution Places Development and a top-rated U.S. spa/wellness resort, Miraval, he is recognized worldwide as a leader in the creation of new models of health and wellness tourism. Prior to joining Revolution he served as co-CEO of the Davos-based World Economic Forum for two years, the very institution the GSS is, in part, modeled after.


 

June at Carton House - 15 Jun 2011

June at Carton House

Mini Retreat Spa Package

I was lucky enough to enjoy a stay at Carton House this month and it was truly wonderful. The occasion was a family affair, my Mum's 75th birthday; it's always tough trying to please three generations but Carton managed to keep everyone happy. A fantastic setting, even better with the glorious June bank holiday sunshine; friendly and professional staff who actually look like they enjoy their work; an excellent dinner in the Linden Tree Restaurant; spacious, light-filled bedrooms and of course the spa.

During June you can enjoy exceptional value with the Spa Mini Retreat Package. For just €70.00 you can indulge in an hour of relaxation with an Elemental Facial (a personalised treatment which is designed to restore balance through the use of essential oil aromas). Also included is a massage tailored to suit your needs. Note, this price does not include accommodation or meals but you will be pleasantly surprised at the excellent value offered at Carton House, especially on Sunday nights. Carton House


 

Voya - 01 Jun 2011

Voya

International Success for Irish brand

It's great to see the nice people from Voya really begin to succeed in international markets. The Burj Al Arab in Dubai recently announced a new spa partnership with Voya which sees the Assawan Spa introduce the Irish seaweed bath to clients in the Middle East. Guests can try Voya's Organic Seaweed Hot Stone Massage & Foot Retreat, and the Irish experience is the only organic treatment on offer in the spa.

The Jumeirah-owned hotel deal adds Dubai to a list which includes the Six Senses in Paris and the Berkeley Spa in London so Voya is truly expanding its global footprint, which is great news for CEO Mark Walton and his team and which is richly deserved recognition for their hard work promoting the brand. We lucky Irish don't need to travel to Dubai though, just head to Strandhill Baths in Sligo for a real seaweed bath experience or try out some of the Voya treatments in our Spa Ireland spas (you can use our advanced search and tick Voya to find them).


 

Yes to Cucumbers - 15 May 2011

Yes to Cucumbers

Cool as.....

Yes To Cucumbers is brand new line from the popular ‘Yes To’ brand which brought us Yes To Carrots and Yes To Tomatoes. The new range for skin, hair and body is excellent for sensitive skin, naturally soothing and calming and gently cleansing. Your skin is left looking and feeling great, while your body is perfectly nourished and hair is left hydrated and fresh.

Nature’s finest ingredients combine to give your skin a helping hand: The rejuvenating vitamins, cleansing and cooling properties of Cucumbers work in combination with anti-oxidant rich Green Tea, natural moisturiser Aloe Vera – keeping skin and hair supple, fresh and cool as a cucumber! This 96% natural, paraben, petroleum and SLS free collection gently cleanses while easing redness and irritation caused by sensitivity, over-use of aggressive beauty products and changes in weather conditions.

The collection includes a selction of skincare, inclduing handy Facial Towelettes while the bodycare includes a refreshing shower gel, and the haircare a cleansing shampoo and hydrating conditioner. Available at www.victoriahealth.com


 

Elemis - 01 May 2011

Elemis

New Melting Cleansing Gel

Recently launched and new to the Elemis skincare range, Melting Cleansing Gel is suitable for all skin types and is especially gentle on sensitive skin.

This luxurious gel glides onto the skin, picks up dirt, loosens grime and cleanses skin at a satisfyingly deep level. Once the gel has been massaged into the skin and warm water is applied and worked in, the gel emulsifies and melts into a soft milk which flows off the skin, leaving it deeply cleansed, radiant, and fresh.

The good news is that this is a perfectly affordable cleanser during these frugal times - RRP €27.00, order your Gel from Elemis spas around the country.


 

June Bank Holiday Weekend - 22 Apr 2011

June Bank Holiday Weekend

Go West

Ballina is a great base to explore the west of Ireland. The Ice House is a 5 minute drive from Enniscrone Beach and offers an amazing array of activities from surfing lessons to seaweed baths. On offer this June bank holiday you will find some great relaxing spa options including one, two and three night options.

If you fancy escaping to the west for a few days, then why not book the three night package that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. From €325 per person sharing it includes luxurious extras such as fluffy robes and slippers and pampering Yonka goodies to enjoy in your river view room on arrival, a Candlelit Signature Bath from the Chill Spa Bath Menu to help you unwind after your journey. The following morning you can relax over breakfast in bed with a light spa lunch and signature smoothie to follow in the Spa Garden. Also included is complimentary access to the thermal areas including Two Outdoor Hot Tubs, Steam Room, Laconium and Rain Shower.  That evening you will be treated to a Manicure and a Martini before you sit down to a fabulous dinner at the AA 2 Rosette - Pier Restaurant.

If you cannot stretch to a three night stay then the two night option is available from €250 per person sharing and includes a glass of bubbles as you de-stress in the outdoor Cedar Wood Hot Tubs and a Signature Bath in the privacy of your room on an evening of your choice, unlimited access to the thermal areas, breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening at Pier Restaurant with a complimentary bottle of wine.

A quick overnight option is also available at €130 per person sharing and includes use of the thermal suite with a complimentary smoothie in the Spa Garden. Also included is wine and nibbles from the Tapas Menu on the wonderful Terrace overlooking the River Moy and breakfast in bed the next morning.

The Ice House


 

April Facials - 12 Apr 2011

April Facials

Rain Spa at Radisson Blu, Limerick

This April, take advantage of the special offers at Rain Spa & Wellness Clinic at the Radisson Blu in Limerick.

We know that Elemis is one of the most popular product brands with our Spa Ireland customers so now is a great time to try the Skin Specific Facials (55 mins) €50.00 - normally €70.00. You can also try the Modern Skin Facial (55 Mins) €60.00 - normally €80.00 or the Advanced Anti Ageing (70 Mins) €70.00 normally €100.00.

This promotion is available 7 days a week throughout the month of April. To book, please call the Rain Spa directly on 061 456299.


 

Maryborough Spa Cork - 08 Mar 2011

Maryborough Spa Cork

ESPA treatment of the month

The Sun is finally shining and the temperatures are starting to rise, so why not treat yourself to something very special this March. Shed those hibernation clothes and dust off those summer dresses, it is time to get your skin ready for Summer.

Book a 55 minute ESPA Full Body Massage and A 25 minute Full Body Salt & Oil Scrub for just €115 ( a saving of €30). For bookings call 021-4918350 or email spa@maryborough.ie. Terms and Conditions apply, available Sunday-Thursday.


 

Mum's Day - 05 Mar 2011

Mum's Day

Special Treats at Aghadoe Heights

It’s a tough job being a mum.  Often taken for granted, she offers unconditional love, bucket loads of good advice and a shoulder to cry on when things get tough. And even though she offers such love and devotion, she seldom asks for much in return. Mother’s Day is an opportunity for us all to show how much she means to us so what better way than to whisk her off for a night of pampering.

The Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is offering an amazing overnight stay to include luxurious accommodation, mini spa treatment at the awarding wining Spa at The Heights plus unlimited access to the Thermal Suite throughout the stay, dinner that evening at the magnificent Lake Room Restaurant, breakfast the next morning plus Mother’s Day lunch on Sunday afternoon with a special gift for mum on departure.  This package is based on two people sharing and costs €195 per person.

If you can't stretch to an overnight and you live in the area, why not simply take your mum to the Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa for a fabulous Mother’s Day buffet lunch with a glass of bubbles to celebrate; at €45 per person. All the mums will also receive a complimentary hand massage from the wonderful spa therapists plus Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa will donate 10% of your lunch bill to The Marie Keating Foundation. To book phone 064-6631766.

Mother's Day at The Aghadoe Heights


 

Spafinder Trends for 2011 - 01 Mar 2011

Spafinder Trends for 2011

Extreme Beauty, Maple Scrubs, Groupons....

In January we gave you the heads up on the Top 3 Spa Trends for 2011 from Susie Ellis at Spafinder and it would be remiss of us not to give you the lowdown on the remaining 7 trends for the year.

4. SPA BRANDWAGON
The spa industry is moving rapidly in the direction of branded experiences. The year of 2011 will be a watershed year for franchised/branded spas, as consumers seek the consistency of treatments they know and love, and major players expand into new markets. Globally, choose from the cool, urban Bliss or Exhale or the eco-luxury of Six Senses, or the lavish opulence of Mandarin Oriental. Here at Spa Ireland we wouldn't be a bit surprised to see A Sanctuary open in Ireland, it's about time we had one.

5. DEALS GONE WILD
Gone are the days when coupons were unfashionable things people snipped out of the newspaper and spas wouldn’t think of using the term “deal.” Well, put an “e-” or “group” in front of “coupon,” and you suddenly have the Internet mania of 2010, poised to accelerate at an even more dizzying pace in 2011. Online group-buying deals have burst onto the global scene, and the old-fashioned “deal” has morphed into a hip online industry. Citydeal.ie is the big player here in Ireland and expect to see even more discounted deals as the year progresses but there may be some truth in Spafinders predictions of 'deal fatigue' and a preference for customers to stick with a regular appointment at their favourite spa.

6. THE SCIENCE OF SPA
Is there scientific proof that massage reduces stress? Are mudpacks and mineral-baths medically proven to alleviate pain? The answer, in many cases, is increasingly “yes.” Get ready for a new era where more questions about the effectiveness of spa therapies will be asked, as the emphasis on evidence-based medicine and the “science behind spa” heats up.

7. HYPER-LOCAL SPAS
A current trend that complements the move toward branded spas is the desire for authenticity and immersion in the traditions and elements of a spa’s local environs and culture. A maple scrub in Canada, organic food from the spa garden, or facilities built of local stone, while not new, were, until relatively recently, novelties. But spas are now trending with the “farm-to-table” movement, offering farm-to-massage-table treatments. Locally sourced fruits, herbs and honey are grown on site, and then dished up in both meals and in spa treatments. Even the well-known branded spas are sure to reserve a portion of their services for locally infused treatments, as consumers look to take advantage of the diversity of their surroundings. We've said it before, we think this is ideal for Ireland and would love to see some spas getting creative with integrated activities, especially given the stunning location of many Irish spas.

8. EXTREME BEAUTY: SPA EDITION
The common element in spa beauty these days is that beauty-seekers are taking it to the max. We are far beyond Botox®; stem-cell facials and plasma therapy (yes, that’s where blood is drawn and re-injected) are new buzzwords. But let’s also look at extreme pain, which people are tolerating more and more as long as it delivers results. Derma-rolling hurts, chemical peels can be uncomfortable and the zapping of lasers is no picnic. And facials aren’t just for faces anymore; now they are being applied to every extremity, including “booty” and “vagina” facials (yep, that thought just made me cross my legs firmly). Then there are boot camps, Rolfing and Bikram yoga, where pain meets pleasure. Even organic and natural products are being taken to the extreme, with raw food cuisine gaining popularity during intense detox retreats. Finally, what might be considered the most interesting extreme: People seem to be able to partake in both the "yin" of the natural and the "yang" of science and invasive cosmetic procedures at the same time. In the end, what people demand are extreme results, and they’re happy to pay the price for it: A staggering $679 billion annually, by far the largest share of the estimated $1.9 trillion wellness market.

9. SPA, IN A NEW YORK MINUTE
“In a New York minute” is jargon for how things move faster in hectic New York City. It’s also the name of a suite of mini (15- to 30-minute) spa treatments (designed to be performed simultaneously by multiple therapists) at the new Auriga Spa at The Setai Fifth Avenue (NYC). In our stressed-out, 24/7 world, we seem to be morphing into New Yorkers. The spa industry is responding, helping people spa anytime and offering “sample” and simultaneous treatments. In the US, a 9 p.m. closing time is the new spa norm, and “open late” now means midnight, 2 a.m. or all night. The trend is also towards earlier: For instance, most major Las Vegas spas (i.e., Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Qua Baths at Caesars Palace or Hard Rock’s Rock Spa) open at 5:30 a.m. or 6 a.m., while the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, London, opens at 7 a.m. This attracts both business people jumpstarting their day and revelers calling it a night.

10. SURPRISING SPECIAL EVENTS
Increasingly, spas are developing distinctive specialty programmes to draw patrons seeking a unique group experience. While destination spas have been offering yoga and healthy cooking weeks for years, retreats now span everything from a high-flying “Trapeze Experience” to a creative jewelry-making class to the more sober and grounded gathering for survivors of loss (these options have yet to hit Irish shores and we're not sure about the trapeze experience but who knows?.

What is clear is that spas will need to be increasingly creative and authentic in the delivery of spa packages and treatments. We're in for a tough year economically and a spa treatment that works out at a euro a minute needs to deliver the goods. And in case you're wondering, our pic is from VIVINLINEA SPA in New York, "Unique Science For Body Reshaping."


 

Hilton Unveils New Spa Concept - 15 Feb 2011

Hilton Unveils New Spa Concept

Hilton Goes Global with Spa

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has a new spa concept - 'eforea: spa at Hilton' which will be used across the entire Hilton chain.

It's a turnkey spa solution and as such offers spa investors an easy-to-implement spa solution. The treatment menu will focus around three signature spa experiences which have been developed alongside Hilton's preferred product houses - L'ITYA, VitaMan and the gorgeously natural Kirstin Florian. The first eforea is now open at Short Hills, New Jersey and there are more to come in Australia, Japan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. Let's see does the concept reach Ireland.


 

Slieve Russell Visibly Radiant - 01 Feb 2011

Slieve Russell Visibly Radiant

Treatment of the Month

Make your way to Ciuin Spa at the Slieve Russell Hotel in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan and avail of this excellent value treat.

Visibly Radiant day package - €85 includes:
• Hydrotherapy Suite - 1 hour
• Elemis Advanced Visible Brilliance Facial - 70 mins
• Use of the Relaxation Suite - including refreshments
• Elemis Anti-Ageing Detox Regime Set - RRP €46
And don't forget to read the small print!. Valid Monday - Thursday during February 2011. Terms and conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability, pre-appointment is essential. Gift can be altered. No other discount can be used in conjunction with this offer.

For bookings telephone +353 49 952 6444.


 

Valentine's Special - 23 Jan 2011

Valentine's Special

Get Loved Up at The Ice House

One of our favourite places to stay, The Ice House in Ballina is the perfect Valentine's hideaway. Let the team at The Ice House set the romantic scene for you – rose petals, romantic music, luxurious bedrooms and sensuous food. For your loved one, the Ice House cupids will shower them with pampering treats from lavender de-stress bath, hot chocolate whilst they linger in the outdoor hot tub to some Yonka spa goodies.

These weekend packages run from February 11th-21st and include 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfast in bed each morning, chocolate dipped strawberries and a glass of bubbles on arrival and a special 6 Course Gourmet Valentines Menu in Pier Restaurant with a rose for the lady. Guests can also enjoy unlimited access to the thermal spa. Rates start from €250 per person sharing.

The Ice House


 

Spa Trends for 2011 - 20 Jan 2011

Spa Trends for 2011

Top 3 Trends from Spafinder

We always like to see what Susie Ellis from Spafinder predicts for the Spa year to come, and she is usually spot on. Admittedly, she takes the global view - her report is based on analyses from a large team of experts who visit hundreds of day and stay spas each year; interviews with top industry analysts; ongoing research across the spa, travel and beauty sectors; and data derived from SpaFinder’s relationships with over 9,000 spas and salons across the globe. Ireland doesn't always get keep pace but see what you think of the Top 3 Trends for 2011.

1. AGING…RAGING
Baby boomers are the fastest-growing demographic in the world. In the U.S. alone, 39 million consumers account for nearly $2 trillion in annual spending. This is not lost on spas, which are showing ever-more awareness of the needs of older spa-goers. Modeling after pioneers such as Canyon Ranch, many spas are now beginning to incorporate exercise physiologists, chiropractors, orthopedics and naturopaths who focus on rejuvenation of joints, pain relief and mobility. Thermal bathing is seeing a renaissance, particularly with this growing group, as the benefits of soaking – or santias per acqua – are rediscovered.
But woe is the spa that attempts to label this active, and often affluent, demographic. The days of “over 65” as a catchall category will soon become ancient history. After all, there’s a huge difference between a 70-year-old who plays tennis three times a week and an 85-year-old seeking pain relief. Forward-thinking examples: Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spas; Scandinave and Le Nordic models in Canada; and the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun in Japan.

2. ALL EYES ON ASIA
Asia has had a profound impact on the spa industry: Yoga, Thai massage, Ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture are staples on many spa menus, and the “Zen” nature of Asian design can be seen in spas worldwide. But historically, it’s been a tale of the mass exportation of Asian spa influences. Now a powerful new story is unfolding: The explosive growth of hotel/spa development within Asia (a market of 4.1 billion people), especially within the two fastest-growing world economies, China and India. These markets and others are developing at a breakneck pace, unleashing extraordinary new class mobility and massive opportunities for hotel/spa development. Consider just two facts: Asia-Pacific has the largest number of spas and hotels under development of any region in the world, and by 2015, China will have 100 million outbound travelers, many seeking a luxury lifestyle that includes a Westernized spa experience. Stay tuned as the new “Spa Road” runs from China to India and beyond, and hotel/spa developers look to please both tourists seeking authentic ambiance and indigenous treatments and local spa-goers looking for Western-style spa-going. Keep your eye on: Starwood Hotels & Resorts, 60+ hotels in China and 86 in the pipeline; Marriott International, 89 new hotels in India by 2015; Mumbai-based Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces, 47 luxury resorts in the pipeline.

3. SALT ROOMS AND SALT CAVES
Healing traditions that involve basking in salt caves or water may be centuries old, but they are truly coming of age in some of the most modern spas. The benefits to skin, breathing and rejuvenation are making salt therapy – or halotherapy – one of the hottest trends to watch in 2011. More than folk tradition is behind the spa-salt resurgence: Clinical trials reveal it’s beneficial for respiratory illnesses like asthma, considered a global epedemic, and skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis. Spas are finding stylish new ways to recreate the natural salt cave microclimate, infusing salt and negative ions into the air. Some examples have encrusted, stalactite-drenched grottoes (comprised of tons of imported Himalayan salt crystals). With decreased need of a therapist’s involvement, the treatments are attractive to spas from a cost side. Bottom line is that salty is sweet for spas and consumers in the coming year. For a healthy dose of salt, see: 1,000-plus traditional Eastern European salt caves/spas; CastaDiva Resort (Lake Como, Italy); and Salt Therapy Health & Wellness Center (Ontario, Canada). Our pic for this story is from the Dead Sea Salt Grotto in Rogner Bad Blumau in Austria.

As Ireland's baby boomers all grow up we will be watching out to see what our spas do to meet the needs of this growing demographic. More trends to come soon so watch this space.


 

Start Afresh This January - 10 Jan 2011

Start Afresh This January

New Year Tips From Elemis

New Year is a great time to kick-start a new detox regime and help your skin and body recover from all the festivities. Here are a few words of wisdom from the professionals at the Elemis day-spa in London.

“Elemis Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow is the ultimate exfoliation ritual to rid the build up of dry skin during the winter. I love this time of year as I have more time to re-create my ‘spa at home’ treatments and you can guarantee that I will be massaging this all over my body. I love how the sea salt effectively removes dry skin and you feel cleansed knowing the lime peel purifies the skin so you feel as if you’re getting a real treat in the comfort of your own home. Plus the intoxicating smell whisks you away from cold, dreary January weather to somewhere altogether more exotic, I love it!“ Angela Kwakwa, Spa Manager

“At this time of year I’m very conscience to get my body ‘detoxed’. Christmas and New Year is always a time when I like to indulge on Christmas treats and there’s never a time when you have can have too many mince pies! However, I need to watch my figure for my forthcoming wedding, so January is the perfect time to start. Cellutox Herbal Bath Synergy Sachets help cleanse my body and boost my sluggish system. With the powerful detoxifying Algae, Sea-buckthorn and Sea Fennel Extracts I can have my own relaxing treatment bath in the comfort of my own home and be ready for my wedding in no time.” Sarah Cole, Assistant Spa Manager

Skincare collections available from 1st - 31st January 2011, check out your local Elemis Spa by doing a search on our advanced search page.


 

Skill Perfecting - 01 Jan 2011

Skill Perfecting

Carton House activity breaks

Carton House has put itself on the map as the place to hone your skills. From pre-season training international soccer teams to an ALL-Ireland winning hurling team preparing to defeat the ‘Cats’, Carton has the facilities and experience to help people to achieve their own personal goals, even if that goal is simply to relax and enjoy some chakra balancing in the Aveda spa.

This Winter Carton offers a choice of specific themed breaks at no extra cost. They are designed to make your stay even more enjoyable than a standard 2 nights escape and informal courses are scheduled with some of Ireland’s leading specialists including; ‘Mastering the Art of Wine Tasting’, ’Short Game Golf Clinic’ and ‘Cast off at Carton’ but if you simply want to chill, the estate has so much to offer including an impressive leisure centre with 18 metre pool, Aveda Spa, two Championship golf courses not forgetting their amazing 16km of walking and biking tracks.

Rates start from €160 per person sharing a luxurious room, breakfast daily, scheduled activity and dinner on one evening in The Linden Tree Restaurant.   Pastimes run until March 28th 2011.

Carton House


 

Winter Warmer - 01 Jan 2011

Winter Warmer

January Offer of the Month

This month sees the return of the Winter Warmer promotion at the Rain Spa at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa in Limerick. For just €99.00 you can enjoy:

An Elemis Taster Facial
Elemis Back Massage
File and Polish
Lunch to the value of €15.

This promotion is available 7 days a week throughout the month of January. To book, please call the spa on 061 456299 and tell them Spa Ireland sent you.