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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


Bellinter Christmas Gifts - 19 Dec 2013

Bellinter Christmas Gifts

Santa Inspiration

Bellinter House, quirky, magical, located just outside Navan, Co Meath and easily accessed from most parts of the country, is a great place to escape to after Christmas or in the New Year.

Now is the time to look at some of their imaginative offers which include:

* A relaxing Mid Week Break, Sunday to Thursday from 9th December till 10th February and receive a 25% discount on your room rate or
* Treat someone special this Christmas to One Luxurious Night Bed & Breakfast at Bellinter and let Bellinter treat them with a gift on arrival...Choose One 30 minute Spa Treatment at the Bathhouse Spa per room OR Afternoon Tea for two guests

Each can be booked in advance to stay in January or February or as a Voucher. Great value, nice to get little extras or savings when our wallets are depleted from the gifting season. For more details check our the Bellinter website, click here


A Truly Green Christmas - 17 Dec 2013

A Truly Green Christmas

Under The Tree with Dr Hauschka

If you're tired of odd sounding chemicals in your beauty products, now is your chance to ask Santa to bring you some all natural Organic Skin Care Products courtesy of Dr Hauschka. This highly respected beauty brand has put together an array of luxurious Christmas Gifts Sets and Stocking Fillers, each one carefully selected to help pamper every inch of the body this festive season.

* Beautiful Gifts on a budget: The Dr.Hauschka 2013 Christmas Collection includes Daily Bath Care Kit (€15.95), Daily Body Care Kit (€17.95) and the Daily Face Care Kit (€18.95) which make the ideal stocking fillers. The beautifully presented kits include a selection of miniature sizes for Face, Body and Bath. These starter Kits are the perfect way to experience the Dr.Hauschka range.

Also, within the gift set ranges are the NEW Limited Editions - Dr.Haushcka Natural Touch (€24.95), Skin Care Essentials (€27.95), Almond Desires (€29.95), Rose Pamper Pack (€34.95), Rose Dreams (€44.95) and Natural Glamour Make-Up Bag (€57.95).

* Dr.Hauschka Natural Touch (€24.95) features a limited edition Hand Cream and Neem Nail Oil Pen which provides nurturing and fortifying protection for your hands and nails. This ‘handy’ set with deeply hydrating Hand Cream along with the Neem Nail Oil Pen strengthens, conditions and protects your hands, cuticles and nails giving them that extra TLC.

* Dr.Hauschka Skin Care Essentials (€27.95); this gift set is the perfect introduction to Dr.Hauschka's signature daily cleansing routine. A powerful selection of products works to transform your skin to a state of lasting radiance and vitality. Lavender Bath, Cleansing Milk and Facial Toner work with the skin's natural processes to renew, replenish and revitalize.

* Almond Desires (€29.95), includes two luxurious body products from Dr.Hauschka, the Almond Body Moisturiser and trial size Almond Soothing Body Wash. The rich Almond Body Moisturiser provides intensive, nurturing care for dry, sensitive skin. To complement this beautiful moisturiser we have combined this gift set with Almond Soothing Body Wash to cleanse the skin.

* Rose Pamper Pack (€34.95), the Dr.Hauschka Rose Pamper pack is a must have for glowing skin and offers the ultimate indulgence for the busy party season. This pack contains the Rose Body Moisturiser and Body Oil formulated with the finest rose essential oil to hydrate your skin leaving it supple, smooth and luxuriously soft to touch. * Our personal favourite, The Rose Dreams Gift Set (€44.95) includes Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Body Wash, Dr. Hauschka Rose Body Oil, Dr. Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence and Rose Soap is the perfect gift to truly indulge your senses this Christmas. The limited edition Rose Soap is exclusive to this gift set. Made by hand from the finest natural ingredients, this hydrating soap lends the skin natural moisture and gentle care.

* Natural Glamour Make-Up Bag (€57.95) - The decorative range of organic cosmetics is sure to provide long-lasting colour and deliver a healthy-looking radiant glow this party season. This limited edition make-up bag includes a glossy chocolate lipstick, smokey eye shadow duo palette and copper brown eyeliner to suit all complexions.

* For the men in your life why not treat them to a natural product for shaving? The daily routine of shaving can be tough on facial skin, take extra care with gentle, soothing and nourishing products such as the Cleansing Milk (€25.95) for shaving. After shaving mist with Clarifying Toner (€25.95) as it will sooth any redness or irritation. To complete the set, the Quince Day Cream (€24.95) is the ideal daily moisturiser for the indoor and outdoor man.

Each Dr Hauschka seasonal gift set feature the highest quality, natural ingredients and they are available in selected Health Stores Pharmacies, all Life Pharmacies, McCabes@Clery’s, Avoca and Harvey Nichols. For details of your nearest stockist log onto: www.drhauschkaireland.ie. Dr Hauschka


Elemis Treasures Collection - 07 Dec 2013

Elemis Treasures Collection

Discover a World of Beauty Treasures

Don't know about you, but I never tire of finding nice beauty gift sets under the Christmas tree, especially if they are packaged gorgeously, include some practical core essentials and other not so essential items I covet but resist spending money on.

Elemis get this too, which is why they have a fabulous range of gift options (apologies upfront for the sterling prices, though our Northern Ireland and UK readers will be happy). So - let's start with the gift that includes all you need for a gorgeously fresh face. The Skin Brilliance Set retails at £39.90 and is worth £59.00 The ultimate moisturising programme for a refreshed, hydrated and nourished complexion, you get the Maximum Moisture day Cream 50ml FULL SIZE, Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser 50ml and Soothing Apricot Toner 50ml Skin Buff 20ml. If you fancy gifting a little body luxury then go for Indulgent Treasures, RRP: £25.00 which includes Bodycare rituals to leave skin intensely moisturised, deeply relaxed and restored; Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml, Quiet Mind Bath Elixir 100ml Pro-Radiance hand and Nail Cream 20ml Quiet Mind Temple Balm 15ml FULL SIZE.

What about the men in your life? (those in mine are unabashedly happy to receive skincare items these days). Still, the name on this set is sufficiently macho to allow even the shyest of male-moisturizers rip open their gift with glee. The Adventurer, RRP: £39.00 Worth £59.00; Recharge tired skin and muscles with an easy 3 step programme to soothe and hydrate - Deep Cleanse Facial Wash 200ml FULL SIZE, Aching Muscle Super Soak 125ml, Daily Moisture Boost 50ml FULL SIZE.

All these gift packs and more can be purchased at a very wide variety of Elemis spas throughout Ireland including the Shelbourne Spa in Dublin city centre, Radisson Blu in Galway and the Slieve Russell Hotel.


Spa Christmas - 01 Dec 2013

Spa Christmas

Castlemartyr open for the Festive Season

Many hotels close their doors for Christmas and New Year and let the staff take a well earned break with family and friends. Which is lovely, but there are some of our readers who want to escape the normal routine, for whatever reason, which is why we are so pleased to see Castlemartyr, in East Cork, will stay open throughout the festive season.

There are several options to choose from but if you want to try the traditional two day Christmas escape, then arrive to Castlemartyr on Christmas Eve, 24th December and discover a magical retreat like no other. Upon arrival to the hotel you will be welcomed by the team to the manor house. After check in treat yourself to a Christmas buffet, filled with festive treats, such as delicious mince pies and Castlemartyr homemade mulled wine. Spend your afternoon at leisure. Castlemartyr has plenty to offer for you and yours to enjoy. Wrap up warm and take a stroll around the beautiful estate, followed by a relaxing hot drink by the fire in the Knights Bar. Why not book a horse & carriage ride, and cosy up under a blanket around the grounds. Take in the fresh air on the Inland Links golf course or enjoy a bicycle ride with the family around the resort.

Your evening commences with our Christmas Eve cocktail reception in the manor house, accompanied by the festive sounds of the resident pianist. Pre dinner drinks will be followed by a delectable Gourmet Dinner in the Bell Tower Restaurant. After dinner enjoy the warm Christmas atmosphere in the surroundings of the Knights Bar, whilst listening to peaceful carols from the local choir. And for younger guests, a very special guest will be sure to bring festive cheer to all at Castlemartyr on this special Christmas Eve. Retire to your room for a luxurious nights sleep before the big day ahead.

Wake on Christmas morning and enjoy a Champagne Brunch in the manor house. Enjoy this magical setting on Christmas Day whilst opening gifts and listening to joyous melodies throughout the house. Time for the main event, Christmas Dinner prepared by the Head Chef, will be served in the Bell Tower Restaurant for all to enjoy. Indulge in the delicious delights of this festive feast whilst overlooking the beautiful formal gardens. After dinner retire to the Knights Bar or Living Room to relax and unwind. Enjoy some mince pies & mulled wine while sharing stories or playing games amongst family & new found friends. Later that evening be entertained in the bar and have some festive fun to the sounds of live music. Dance the evening away with Christmas melodies and traditional songs. Indulge in a light buffet supper, at your leisure, throughout the evening. After a day filled with cheer and lasting memories, relax by the fire in the Knight Bar or retire to you room for a peaceful nights sleep. From: €665 per night (for two people), you can also arrive on Christmas Day if you can't escape earlier. For bookings call 021 4219000 or email reservation@castlemartyrresort.ie


Aromatherapy Associates - 15 Nov 2013

Aromatherapy Associates

Revive Candle - NEW

We like Aromatherapy Associates, there is just something very authentic about this brand, so it's timely as we head into deep winter and towards Christmas, to share news of the candles Aromatherapy Associates are launching this month.

  The Revive Candle is an entirely new addition to the collection, whilst Relax and Indulgence have been stunningly re-packaged and enlarged, now boasting a generous burn-time of 40 hours. Choose from - Revive (€39.00) - an uplifting citrus blend of grapefruit & petitgrain; Relax (€39.00) - a warming blend of West Indian bay & myrrh or Indulgence (€39.00) - jasmine & geranium to take you back to exotic holidays. Personally, I'm with the Revive one, loving the colour of the box and needing the lift to get the most from our wintry weather. Available for purchase at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin or via the Aromatherapy Associates website. Click here


Shelbourne Spa - One Year Old This Month - 05 Nov 2013

Shelbourne Spa - One Year Old This Month

Special Celebratory Package for €120

The Celebratory Spa Package is the Spa at The Shelbourne's way to mark its first birthday. For a limited time only, you can enjoy the perfect treatment duo, a luxurious massage and facial including hot stones, where you will feel relaxed and blissfully pampered in this award winning five star Spa facilities. On this chilly November day in Dublin, sounds like just the thing to bring warmth and relaxation to a cold body.

Package includes:
• Elemis Face & Body Sensation with a Hot Stone Massage
• A glass of Champagne & Strawberry Refreshment Plate
• Use of the relaxation room where you can enjoy the tranquil and luxurious surroundings
• Full use of the hotel's fitness and thermal facilities

Available until 30th November 2013. To make your spa appointment please call 00 353 1 663 45 00.


Spafinder Wellness 365™ - 01 Nov 2013

Spafinder Wellness 365™

2013 Readers Choice Awards

We are in a global mood today so bring news from Spafinder Wellness 365™, a great resource for feeling good and living well all year round, which recently announced the winners of its coveted 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. Top honours went to Crystal Award winners in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Thailand that were voted the favourite on each of six continents. Country Awards went to the top hotel, destination or resort spas across 44 countries and regions, and Category honours were awarded to the top 10 spas and wellness locations in 26 unique classifications, from best beach spas to best for families to best fitness and wellness programs.

Congratulations to the Four Seasons Dublin which won the Ireland award (and is a Spa Ireland partner for many years). We are also in lust with the Mandara Spa at Lotte Hotel Moscow, Rancho La Puerto in Mexico and, for when that lotto ticket finally comes in, Four Seasons Resort at Bora Bora. Dreaming on.......


Hallowe'en Thriller - 14 Oct 2013

Hallowe'en Thriller

Overnight at Bellinter House for just €110 per person sharing

Experience a real thriller night at Bellinter house with an overnight stay including dinner and halloween treats in your room. Full Irish breakfast included. Upgrade to one of the main house rooms and search for 'Macario' the Bellinter Ghost! All for just €110 per person sharing. Offer available from Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October 2013. Rates are always subject to availability. Whilst you are there, why not book into the spa for one of the fabulous facials, just the thing to get rid of all that Hallowe'en make-up. For reservations Tel: + 353 (0) 46 903 0900 | reservations@bellinterhouse.com


L'Occitane - 16 Sep 2013


Spanish Debut

A very French brand since its inception, it's good to see L'Occitane make its Spanish debut at the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque in Tenerife. With 20 treatment rooms and 5 open air massage cabanas, the Spa by L'Occitane has been designed to consider all things ecological - roofs that can be walked on, spaces that blend seamlessly into the landscape and a smooth transition from the spa to its surrounding gardens. Clearly, this is a break from Ireland that is not for those who are heavily over spent already on credit cards but it's one to dream about and add to the bucket list. Click Here


Kiehl's - 01 Sep 2013


The Scary Truth About Stressed Skin

I adore Kiehl's and rate its Midnight Recovery Oil as one of the top beauty products ever invented. Last time I indulged in a little Kiehl's retail therapy in their shop in Wicklow Street the kind lady gave me a sample of their brand new Skin Rescuer, a stress-minimizing daily hydrator (that's a miracle moisturiser for worn out skin to you and me).

I love this - it's extremely light and soothing, helped along by Chamomile, Mannose and Rosa Gallica Botanical Extract. In a survey of 119 Irish & UK consumers, 75% saw reduced visible signs of stress on their skin and 93% would recommend to a friend. Available at all Kiehl's stores, ask for a sample and see what you think yourself.


Diary Date - 15 Aug 2013

Diary Date

Irish Beauty Show 2014

It's a long way off but tempus fugit as they say in Latin and you're always better to know in advance what's happening in the beauty world. 9th & 10th March 2014 sees the Irish Beauty Show taking place at the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Held in partnership with Associated Irish Therapists and Irish Beauty Magazine, this is a day out for all professional therapists, salon owners,nail techs and complementary therapists. Register now to get 2 free tickets worth €40.00. Click Here


NEW Elemis Body Scrubs - 01 Aug 2013

NEW Elemis Body Scrubs

An Exotic Spa Holiday in a Jar

If you're like me this glorious summer in Ireland, you've been layering sun-cream on your fair celtic skin, slopping on the after sun to prevent yourself losing that 'glow' and neglecting to recognise that you've got a fairly hefty pile of dead skin cells piling up with each sunny day that passes. Pass me the body scrub, and in this case, the new Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow.

This jar of wonder cleanses and exfoliates: mineral rich salts and hibiscus cleanse and exfoliate dead cells to help brighten skin; a nourishing coconut oil base melts on contact with the skin to seal in moisture and smell delicious and a rich infusion of exotic Tahitian monoi oil and frangipani flowers leaves skin delicately fragranced. So transport mind, body and soul to the shores of the South Pacific with Elemis Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow. Perfect for prolonging that holiday feeling. Ask about it at your local Elemis spa (several feature on Spa Ireland - use the search function, tick Elemis to find them); or buy online at Time To Spa - Click here


Spa Style Winners - 15 Jul 2013

Spa Style Winners

The Spa at The Shelbourne

Our newest Spa Ireland spa is the deserving winner of The Irish Tatler Spa Style Award, due to its offering of all the luxury and elegance of a destination spa. The judges particularly noted the opulent relaxation room, which overlooks the iconic St. Stephen's Green, plus the architectural features which make the interior of The Spa truly stylish and original. For more information call 01 663 4500 or visit www.shelbournespa.ie


Irish Tatler Spa Awards - 01 Jul 2013

Irish Tatler Spa Awards

Spa Ireland Winners

The July edition of Irish Tatler Magazine has 18 gorgeous pages dedicated to the best of Irish spa and we are thrilled to see so many of our Spa Ireland partners getting warm credit.

Overall winner and Hotel Spa of the year is the Spa at Aghadoe Heights in Killarney. Aghadoe was one of the first Irish hotels to 'get' spa and that experience, plus a genuinely caring attitude to guests, keeps them a nudge ahead of the competition. Boutique Spa of the Year is the Spa at Dromoland Castle and this discrete and compact oasis within the glorious surroundings of the Castle and Estate is a well deserving winner of the title. Best Service is at The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, one of Spa Ireland users favourites, with two of our other partners, Delphi and Solis Lough Eske getting highly commended awards; which proves our view, service is just as important as surroundings and can often be the make or break factor when judging a treatment or spa visit.

The Spa Style Award goes to one of our newest spas, The Spa at The Shelbourne, elegant classiness winning the day; and congratulations to Laura Ryan at the White Horse Spa at the Lodge at Doonbeg who wins the Best Therapist award; two other Spa Ireland partners therapists also getting Highly Commended - Kasia Wojcik at Fota and Sinead Madigan at Mount Juliet.

Last but not least, the People's Choice Award went to Oceo Spa at Seafield, Co Wexford. In fact 8 of the Top 10 spas listed on the Peoples Choice final roll of honour are Spa Ireland partners so - well done to all of them! For more buy Irish Tatler and use it to help you plan your next Spa escape.


Yoga Bliss in Spain - 16 Jun 2013

Yoga Bliss in Spain

Magical memories

We are really careful to only include spas or products that we know and trust on Spa Ireland. Often customers ask our advice and increasingly about yoga holidays outside of Ireland. My personal plan is to do one yoga holiday a year which is a complete escape and this years was a special trip to Denia, Spain, where last month I spent 6 days getting my tired and weary body back under some kind of control.

Denia is about an hour north of Alicante and a gorgeous, unspoilt Spanish village. Guests stay between a couple of small boutique hotel (dependant on numbers - there were 21 of us - more manageable than you might think!) and each just a ten minute walk from the sea. The location of the main base hotel, Hotel Chamarel, was perfect, sitting in the historic quarter of Denia amongst local Spanish families. The hotel was once a home of grand proportions before being sympathetically restored into the 15 room hotel that it is today and it's vibe is a fusion of Spanish - Asian. Room 201 is magical.

Yoga takes place daily, the course also included Pilates, so 90 minutes of each per day was just about enough to get the joints moving and remind me that I had abdominal muscles. Food was included for most of the stay and was richly vegetarian (there's plenty of meat in the nearby tapas bars so no need to be totally puritanical of body unless you feel you must). Highlight of any yoga trip is the other people who attend, and on this trip, each one fabulous and some lifelong friends in the making. For more go to http://www.blissfulretreat.com/.


Summer at the Shelbourne - 01 Jun 2013

Summer at the Shelbourne

€99 Spa Package

Right in the heart of Dublin city, The Spa at The Shelbourne is an oasis of zen and the perfect place to take a little time to prep your body for summer.

This special spa package which promises to leave your skin positively radiant, glowing & hydrated ready for the warmer months. Package includes:

· Lime & Ginger scrub
· Mini Manicure / Mini Pedicure
· Berry Sensation refreshment after your treatment served in the relaxation room where you can enjoy the tranquillity and luxurious surroundings
· Use of the spa facilities to include pool, steam & sauna

Price: €99.00 (Monday-Thursday). Valid from June - August. Time: 1 hour 30 minutes. For bookings phone (01) 6634500/ +353 1 6634500 from outside Ireland.


Aromatherapy Associates - 15 May 2013

Aromatherapy Associates

Ultimate Beauty Bag and Little Beauty Bag - perfect travel companions

I travel a lot and am always looking for nice travel size bags with gorgeous contents. Aromatherapy Associates has launched their new limited edition beauty bags; designed to reflect the spirit of essential oils, the striking patterns provide the perfect way to encase all your Aromatherapy Associates products (and more!).
Inspired by the feeling created when you use Aromatherapy Associates therapeutic blends, the designs of the bags have captured the essence of the positive effects of essential oils. “I’ve long wanted to create our own beauty bags, but wanted to do something that really reflected our ethos. Before the designer started work on the artwork, she spent time experiencing our products and understanding what we’re all about. I could not be happier with results! It captures, in art form, the power of the oils and the moods they create” says Geraldine Howard, Co-founder & President, Aromatherapy Associates.
The larger bag is perfectly proportioned to transport all your bulkier items for a longer break, the smaller bag just the right size for travel minis or cosmetic pieces. Both bags are conveniently wipe-clean, have separate compartment pockets so your precious smaller items don’t get lost and are finished off with the signature ‘AA’ logo tag on the zip.
Aromatherapy Associates’ Ultimate Beauty Bag (RRP £21.20) and Little Beauty Bag (RRP €14.10) are available at Aromatherapy Associates Boutique & Treatment Rooms, 5 Montpelier Street, London SW7 1EX and leading hotel and destination spas, worldwide. Other retail stockists include Liberty, Space NK and Fortnum & Mason. Mail order direct from Aromatherapy Associates on 020 8569 7030 or order online www.aromatherapyassociates.com.


Yoga 2013 Retreat - 01 May 2013

Yoga 2013 Retreat

May 29th-June 2nd, The Algarve, with Michael Ryan

Join the nice people at The Yoga Room on Dublin's Merrion Road for this inspiring retreat in the rustic Quinta de Calma. A purpose build yoga retreat centre nestled in the woods above Almancil and only 15 minutes from Faro Airport and a short distant from one of the Algarve's most beautiful national park coast lines.

This retreat includes yoga twice a day, four nights accommodation, brunch and dinner each day. The food is vegetarian, organic and grown in the gardens where possible. The retreat begins with dinner on Wednesday 29th May and ends after brunch on the Sunday 2nd June. For info check out www.michaelryanyoga.com


Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm - 16 Apr 2013

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

New Beauty Hero

We are always on the look out for the next 'heroic' product formulated to cleanse our skin and not leave it stripped of oils entirely. Ta-dah, from iconic British beauty brand, Elemis, comes a launch tipped to become a new beauty ‘hero’ and an instant classic: Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm.

Launched in the year that multi-award-winning Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream celebrates its 10th anniversary, this balm-with-a-difference has been two years in development, perfecting the sublime texture and sense soothing blend of naturally active aroma-therapeutics. Featuring rich, skin-nurturing oils grown within the UK, this make-up-melting balm is bliss to apply and ultra-effective. Simply unscrew the generous jar, and enjoy the signature blend of geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange, menthol and clove, blended into the highest-quality wheatgerm and oat, starflower and elderberry oils, perfectly fused with mimosa and heaven-scented rose.

Sounds way too good to put on your face but try it for yourself, to purchase go to www.timetospa.co.uk.


Spa at The Shelbourne - 01 Apr 2013

Spa at The Shelbourne

Glowing Spa Ritual available until 31 May

With our arctic weather, it seems hard to believe that some day in the future the sun will shine and we will expose our bodies to the warmth of its rays. Be optimistic and give your skin an intense moisture boost after the winter months with a ‘Glowing Spa Ritual’ package, guaranteed to give you smoother, softer and rehydrated skin in time for the warmer weather.

Package includes:
· Exotic Coconut Rub & Ritual Wrap
· Back, neck & shoulder massage
· Use of the relaxation room where you can enjoy the tranquillity and luxurious surroundings - and stunning views over St Stephen's Green
· Use of the spa facilities to include pool, steam & sauna

Price: €150.00 - call The Spa at The Shelbourne, +353 (0)1 6634500


The Thirsty Soul - 15 Mar 2013

The Thirsty Soul

Great Reiki

I'm a big Reiki fan. The rational voice in my head that tells me it's not scientifically provable is always counterbalanced by the reality of a session which inevitably leaves me feeling generally more balanced (not an easy task!). I've met many Reiki masters over the years but my latest find is Roseleen McNally, from Donegal, based in Dublin, a qualified Chartered Accountant with a magic touch.

In addition to Reiki session, Roseleen runs courses for people to learn Reiki and also does Life Coaching, Financial Coaching and Seichim Workshops. No-where else can you go to get your finance and energy balances sorted at the same time. For more, email Roseleen at info@thethirstsoul.com or visit www.thethirstysoul.com


Aromatherapy Associates - 01 Mar 2013

Aromatherapy Associates

New 'Inner Strength' Bath & Shower Oil

Geraldine Howard, President & Co-Founder Aromatherapy Associates hasn’t been very well over the past few months, and so was inspired to design a specific oil blend to support people when they are going through times of trauma. Having lost a close friend, Helen, to cancer not too long ago, I know how important the little things can be during the difficult days of treatment so wholeheartedly wish Geraldine well with this venture.

The new ‘Inner Strength’ Bath & Shower Oil €45.00 went on-shelf 25th February, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the charity that is pioneering a new cancer vaccine, which Geraldine is currently trialling. To find out more visit www.aromatherapyassociates.com


Northern Delights - 15 Feb 2013

Northern Delights

Great Spa Packages at The Culloden and The Slieve Donard

Two of the best Spa Hotels in Northern Ireland are members of the Hastings Group and now is a good time to visit either one.

The 5* Culloden Hotel is on the outskirts of Belfast whilst the Slieve Donard is set at the foot of the Mourne Mountains with magnificent ocean views. Both properties offer the same packages, prices are in sterling, to make bookings submit an enquiry form to the property you prefer or connect to the website via our profile pages. Watch out for special offers which can be booked through the site.

Spa Escape – 1 nights BB and 1 x 55 minute Spa Treatment £150.00per person or 1nights DBB and 1 x 55minute Spa Treatment is £170per person

Spa Indulgence (1 hr 50 mins) £150 - Aromatherapy Massage, Aromatherapy Facial, Light Lunch, Use of the spa facilities.

Total Relaxtion (2hrs 30min) £200 - Welcome Foot Ritual, Aromatherapy Massage, Skin Radiance Facial with Scalp Massage, Salt and Oil exfoliation, Light Lunch, Use of the Spa facilities


Spafinder 2013 Trends - 01 Feb 2013

Spafinder 2013 Trends

Mindfullness Massage to Authentic Ayurveda

To ring in the news new year we published the Top 10 trend list from Susie Ellis at Spafinder. As promised, below find more detail on those trends, full credit to Susie for the content that follows.

Healthy Hotels
In 2013 and beyond, what constitutes a true "vacation" will be redefined and "hospitality" will be rewritten. We’ll see an explosion of new "wellness everywhere" hotel chains and environments becoming more mainstream. Customized food and beverage offerings (gluten-free and vegan menus) are becoming standard fare, and hotels are jumping into the juice-themed vacation frenzy.

The Mindfulness Massage
A creative blend of two effective approaches, mindfulness and bodywork, the "Mindfulness Massage" is a more profound experience that can help people relax more deeply and quickly. Rather than lying on the massage table with a mind full of chatter from the stresses of the day, the Mindfulness Massage uses breath work and techniques such as "body scans," where attention is brought to every part of the body and the action of the therapists’ hands.

As modern-day humans become more cut off from nature, "earthing" specifically refers to the movement promoting direct contact with the earth’s electron-rich surface (walking barefoot, etc.). The premise is that "grounding" the body to the earth’s surface stabilizes natural electrical rhythms and reduces disease-causing inflammation.

Spa-Genomics...Telomeres and Beyond
Humans have 30,000 genes and a three billion-letter DNA code. The future of medicine is mining this information to identify breakthrough approaches to support a new age of predictive, personalized medicine grounded in each person’s unique genetic profile.

Authentic Ayurveda and Other Ancient Revivals
Expect more aggressively-authentic and comprehensively-executed global wellness experiences at spas with a distinctly ancient look, feel and language – and a far more expansive, exotic menu of wellness traditions. Best known is the 3,500-year-old, Indian-born Ayurveda, a complex medical system identifying imbalances in a person’s "doshas," and prescribing a personalized, detoxifying regime of diet change, exercise, meditation, massage and herbal medicine.

Color Self-Expression
In 2013 "self-expression" will be most intensely played out around COLOR. Because color is easily applied and relatively inexpensive, self-transformation will be painted on. Expect more in-your-face shades on hair and face from reverse ombre to neon lashes; more body art hitting bodies of every gender and age, performed at new, haute "tattoo spas".

Inclusive Wellness
The future bodies welcomed at spas will look more like bodies in the real world. With more than one billion people who are formally "disabled" and a massively graying global population, the industry will shift focus from luxe-pampering to delivering wellness to persons of all age and ability levels.

Label Conscious Fitness
As the fitness market expands as quickly as the world’s waistlines, an explosion of "fitness labels" distinguishes products and programs – and serves as a shortcut for instant recognition in an oversaturated market full of similar choices. From Yogalates and Piloxing to CrossFit and The Skinny Jeans Workout™, health and wellness have become the new luxury. Millions chase the "insider elite," giving the fitness world a distinct fashion world vibe where consumers shop for the latest fitness craze just as they search for the newest designer purse.

Men: From Barbers to "Brotox"
Dramatically more men – from Beverly Hills, to Berlin, to Beijing – are having more serious "work" done at medspas and plastic surgery offices, as injectables, love handle remedies and advanced new surgery technologies make for little downtime and telltale scars.

Where the Jobs Are
"High-tech" is a much-discussed job creation savior, but there has been little talk about the growing talent-needy, job-rich spa and wellness industry. With the $2 trillion-plus pan-wellness market (spanning fitness, alternative medicine, spa, etc.) continuing to grow, spas simply cannot find enough people (with the right skills) to fill spa management/director or therapist jobs. This need promises to expand in years ahead as the world continues its shift from a manufacturing to a service economy – and people, health care institutions and governments recognize the effectiveness of spa/wellness programs and experiences.

So here in Ireland will this be the year where we harness the mystical magic of places like Newgrange and the Burren and try to incorporate elements into our treatments?; will the government recognise that the spa industry has a part to play in economic growth; will we see "The Gathering" expand to include health and wellness events around the country? Time will tell.


Save the Date - 15 Jan 2013

Save the Date

Irish Beauty Show, 3rd & 4th March 2013

The Irish Beauty Show 2013 is Ireland's largest and most established beauty trade exhibition, and takes place on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th March at the RDS Simmonscourt in Dublin. Over 250 brands are expected to exhibit and with ticket registration now open, there's no better time to guarantee your FREE tickets. Simply log onto the website, www.IrishBeauty.ie, and follow the links. If you miss the free ticket deadline you can still attend of course for €20 and must be over 16 and have proof that you are involved in the beauty business.


Spa Trends for 2013 - 01 Jan 2013

Spa Trends for 2013

Sneak preview of Spafinder trend list

Susie Ellis is a wonderful communicator and predictor of spa trends for many years. Her full trend list will be published on January 16th 2013 but in advance of that, Susie has released her Top 10 snapshot of trends for the year ahead. More to follow as we wait to hear the detail behind the headlines.
1. Healthy Hotels 2. The Mindfulness Massage 3. Earthing 4. Spa-Genomics…Telomeres and Beyond 5. Authentic Ayurveda and Other Ancient Revivals 6. Color Self-Expression 7. Inclusive Wellness 8. Label Conscious Fitness 9. Men: From Barbers to “Brotox” 10. Where the Jobs Are