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The latest news from spa-ireland.com

It's hard to keep up with all the latest spa info - new openings, quirky treatments, best deals - so we'll do our best to keep you informed. We welcome your feedback and inputs - info@spa-ireland.com

 

** NEW ** - 20 Dec 2015

** NEW **

The Salon at The Shelbourne

For those of you glued to RTE's televised documentary about Dublin's iconic Shelbourne Hotel, you will already know that there is now a fabulous new Salon at the hotel, a wise and useful extension to the exceptional Spa. For those not watching the T.V series, you have been told!

Choose from a range of premium hairdressing and beauty services including luxury manicures, pedicures, express facials and hairstyling. Call + 353 1 663 4690 to make your appointment and take full advantage of this great new addition to the Dublin style and beauty scene. 

http://www.shelbournespa.ie/the-salon


 

ESPA - 01 Dec 2015

ESPA

Christmas Gift Collection

The ESPA Christmas Collection is here.Be inspired by this hand-picked selection of ESPA's most desirable gifts – from perfect stocking fillers and special limited editions to indulgent delights.

ESPA products are as unique as they are effective; they are tested each and every day by a highly trained and extremely professional global network of therapists based in 55 countries. ESPA’s award-winning, results driven products are loved by women and men alike, who benefit from their visible results for both face and body. It is this combination of expertise and rich spa heritage that creates a unique brand that has won over 125 coveted awards in the last 3 years.

Choose from Skincare Collections (try The Balancing Collection), Luxury Gifts (The Lifestage Collection) or gorgeous Stocking Fillers (like the Little Box Of Joy, a comforting, relaxing bath and body oil duo - perfect for a little me-time treat). 

Available at ESPA spas around Ireland or online at ESPA online.


 

Christmas Magic - 15 Nov 2015

Christmas Magic

The K Club

 
Enjoy the magic of Christmas at The K Club, a wonderful location for you and your family's Christmas and New Year's celebrations in Ireland. With open log fires warming this magnificent Irish Country House, deep sofas and beautiful interiors, it's a place to relax and enjoy Christmas magic.

The Three Night Christmas Experience includes:

Three Night's Luxury Accommodation
Full Irish Breakfast each morning
Mulled Wine & Mince Pies on arrival
Four Course Dining Experience in the River Room Restaurant on Christmas Eve
Traditional Christmas Day Lunch 
Entertainment each evening

From €850.00 per Adult Sharing in a Superior Room for 3 Nights

Book now by calling +353 (1) 601 7200 


 

The Brehon Killarney - 01 Nov 2015

The Brehon Killarney

Special Pre-Christmas Offers

It's the lead up to the festive season (though it still feels too soon to mention Christmas - ssh!) - but this can be an excellent time to get away and enjoy a few nights off season value in one of our Spa Ireland partner hotels. The Brehon's latest offer includes: 

Two Nights Luxury Accommodation with Full Irish Breakfast each morning 
4 Course Tasting Menu in Danú Restaurant on an evening of your choice 
Afternoon Tea served by warm open fires
Discount Shopping Vouchers to some great shops around Killarney Town. 
Relaxation time in the Vitality Suite of the Angsana Spa
From €155 pps. T's & C's Apply.

Call 064 663 0700

 


 

Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal - 18 Oct 2015

Lough Eske Hotel, Donegal

Return Guest Offer

If you've been lucky enough to stay at Lough Eske in the most gorgeous of counties, Donegal, then this is your chance to make a return visit. Dates and prices listed below along with the ever important terms and conditions.

1st November to 13th December 2015

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday one night:  €179
Wednesday and Thursday two nights: €299

5th January to 16th March 2016*

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday one night:  €179
Wednesday and Thursday two nights: €299
Friday and Saturday two nights: €349

Rate Includes:  Accommodation for two guests sharing a Deluxe guestroom with full Irish breakfast, €40 credit per stay toward the Table d'Hôte dinner menu in Cedars Restaurant, complimentary use of the pool and fitness room at Spa Solís, 20% off all spa treatments of 60 minutes duration or more.

Terms & Conditions

  • Rates quoted are per deluxe room, per night
  • Online booking Promo Code:LECRGO
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers
  • Discount cannot be applied to existing reservations
  • Please quote "Lough Eske Return Guest Offer" when booking
  • Subject to availability
  • *Excluding 12th February - 20th February 2016 inclusive


 

Radisson Blu Limerick - 01 Oct 2015

Radisson Blu Limerick

Big Autumn 20% Off Sale

As the nights get shorter, escape for a couple of days to the Radisson Blu in Limerick and spend the saving you make on a Spa treatment at the hotel's Rain Spa & Wellness Clinic. 20% off bedroom rates on selected midweek dates until 15th November 2015. Call +353 61 456200 or email sales.limerick@radissonblu.com.


 

Bellinter House - 15 Sep 2015

Bellinter House

Halloween Thriller Stay

Experience a real Thriller night at Bellinter House

Halloween Afternoon Tea on arrival
3 Course Dinner in the 2AA Rosette Winning Eden Restaurant
Overnight stay and Full Irish Breakfast
Why not upgrade to one of the Main House rooms and search for 'Macario' the Bellinter House Ghost!

From €110.00 per person sharing. Call Bellinter House on +353 (0)46 9030900 or email: reservations@bellinterhouse.com


 

The Spa at Castlemartyr - 01 Sep 2015

The Spa at Castlemartyr

September Special Offers

Great value at the gorgeous Castlemartyr Spa this September.

Spa Bliss includes 2 Spa treatments, Mrs Quinn's Picnic Lunch and is priced from €89.00.
Spa Beauty offers all Wash & Blow Dries for €20 and OPI File and polish Colour for €20, Monday – Thursday.

Enjoy use of the water lounge prior to your treatments and take your time to relax in the relaxation room overlooking the gardens while enjoying a sweet treat after your pampering. As ever, terms and conditions apply with special offers.

T +353 21 421 9000


 

ESPA RETREAT - 15 Aug 2015

ESPA RETREAT

Pamper yourself at Powerscourt

Given we are enjoying a typical Irish summer with more soft showers than warm rays, it might be an idea to escape for a night to the excellent Powerscourt Hotel and Spa.

Revitalise, relax and rejuvenate in ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel with this pampering overnight package which includes:

- An overnight stay in a luxurious Deluxe room, with breakfast overlooking the Sugar Loaf Lounge the following - morning
- Dinner for two in the newly refurbished Sika restaurant
- A 50 minute ESPA treatment per guest

Price is from €205 per person sharing
Terms and conditions apply. Offer subject to availability.

For Reservations T: +353 1 274 8888 | E: info@powerscourthotel.com


 

Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa - 03 Aug 2015

Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa

Spa Exclusive

Spa Exclusive 2 Night Break, from only €179 per person sharing.

Best available online rate includes 2 nights’ accommodation with full Irish Breakfast each morning, four course meal in Brooks restaurant on one evening and €50 Spa voucher per person to spend toward treatments in Nádúr Spa.

Full complimentary access to Nádúr Spa facilities during your stay.

To book, go to the Ballygarry website - www.ballygarryhouse.com - and search for the special Spa Exclusive offer.


 

ELEMIS - 15 Jul 2015

ELEMIS

New Website

ELEMIS is a pretty popular beauty and spa brand here in Ireland. Good to see the company launch a spanking new website, www.elemis.com which they describe as "an exciting new skincare knowledge hub, beauty destination and e-commerce platform".

The new website has the following key features:

Purchase ELEMIS products online for the first time
Skincare Knowledge hub and in-depth ingredients information
Application videos from ELEMIS Elite Therapists
Advice and guides direct from ELEMIS on choosing the correct skincare
Simple checkout, with free and fast delivery service
Mobile-friendly responsive design
Online Consultation Tool
A virtual ELEMIS Elite Therapist wherever you are
Online bookings for the House of Elemis in Mayfair, London
And finally, Inside ELEMIS - lifestyle advice curated by ELEMIS experts: the Style Expert Bay Garnett, the Nutrition Expert Amelia Freer, the Fitness Expert Steve Mellor, the Make Up Expert Kelly Cornwell and the Botanical and Horticultural Expert Rachel de Thame.

Check it out at www.elemis.com


 

Inbound Wellness - 01 Jul 2015

Inbound Wellness

Top 12 Countries

Interesting report recently issued by The Global Wellness Institute’s (GWI) Global Spa & Wellness Economy Monitor which found that domestic wellness tourism constitutes the lion’s share of this travel category’s trips (84 percent) and spending (two-thirds). That is consistent with the fact that more people in general travel domestically rather than internationally (especially those living in massive countries like the U.S., China, India or Russia). And domestic wellness trips are higher in volume because they can be taken more frequently, and are shorter in duration.

However international wellness tourists are the huge spenders: They spend, on average,€1500 per trip—or roughly 60 percent more than the average country-hopping tourist. So let’s take a look at which 12 nations drive the most inbound/international wellness trips a year (and the numbers are inbound trips per year (million):

1. US (7.1)
2. France (6.9)
3. Austria (5.7)
4. Germany (5.6)
5. Switzerland (5.1)
6. Mexico (4.6)
7. UK (3.6)
8. Thailand (3.1)
9. Spain (2.6)
10. Canada (2.6)
11. Turkey (2.0)
12. China (2.)

Ireland is not on the list for obvious reasons (we have a tiny population) but European nations—with their strong, established wellness tourism infrastructure (so many health resorts and wellness retreats) and which also benefit from all that quick, close intra-European travel—grab seven of the top 12 spots. When you consider just how small nations like Austria or Switzerland are, their rankings are nothing short of amazing. Mexico is the clear inbound wellness tourism powerhouse of the Latin American world and “wellness-rich” Thailand dominates in Asia. For more on this check out the Global Wellness Institute site - www.globalwellnessinstitute.com


 

JUNE BREAK - 13 Jun 2015

JUNE BREAK

Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel

Take advantage of this excellent June value offer.

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast & 1 Evening Meal, available Sunday - Thursday during June 2015, for just €147.00 per person sharing. Hotel Guests have free complimentary access to the Thermal Suite in Seafield's Oceo Spa - no better time to treat yourself to an indulgent massage or facial.

For bookings call +353 (0) 53 9424 000 or email sales@seafieldhotel.com


 

The Spa at the Shelbourne - 01 Jun 2015

The Spa at the Shelbourne

Elegance & Grace

A cold and misty evening in May is enough to send anyone to the warm embrace of a 5 Star spa and this week, I was lucky enough to try out the new Elegance & Grace package at the Spa at The Shelbourne. Elegance & Grace is inspired by HRH Princess Grace of Monaco who was a regular guest at the hotel, and whose stunning Givenchy dress, which she wore on her State visit to Ireland in June 1961, is on display there.

The Elegance & Grace Spa Package "includes a combination of Pañpuri Siamese water jasmine body polish, Pañpuri Facial and Pañpuri Massage with a take home gift of a Pañpuri Elegance and Grace Candle. Together with full use of the hotel’s fitness and thermal facilities to include the wonderful pool, steam room and sauna and time spent in the unique relaxation room where you can enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, the Elegance & Grace Spa Package at The Spa at The Shelbourne costs €149.00 per person and is available until 31st August 2015".

And that's the blurb, but the experience itself really does live up to the verbiage. My therapist was Christine, she was just lovely, knows her stuff, knows when to talk, and when not to, and really made sure that the treatment was luxurious from start to finish. I completely forgot the cold and damp outside, and the take home candle really does mean the pleasure can continue beyond the Spa. You can also try out Pañpuri’s Elegance & Grace Perfume Diffuser which is a dark glass vessel filled with Elegance & Grace diffuser oil. Presented in a luxurious, hand-made gift box made with chlorine-free paper, the Pañpuri Elegance & Grace Perfume Diffuser would make for a stunning and stylish gift. The Pañpuri Elegance & Grace Perfume Candles go beyond wax and wicks - "hand-blown glass evoking nostalgia and glamour with the hand-poured creamy wax offering a clean, long-lasting burn". The Pañpuri Elegance & Grace range is available exclusively from The Spa at The Shelbourne. My only complaint was that the treatment had to end and that the superb Pañpuri Vanilla hand cream was sold out (it might well be the best hand cream in the world).

To book - and we highly recommend this - call The Spa - +353 1 663 4500 - or email spa.dubbr@theshelbournespa.com


 

May Value - 16 May 2015

May Value

Radisson Blu Galway

Great value this month at Radisson Blu Galway which just happens to have a fantastic spa on site.

Enjoy 1 night's accommodation in a luxurious bedroom which ensures the ultimate relaxing experience.This special offer also includes a 3 course menu in Restaurant Marina's with super breakfast buffet the next morning. All for €139 (total for 2 people - incredible value!). Offer subject to availability.

Contact details - Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Lough Atalia Rd, Galway, +353 91 538300, reservations.galway@radissonblu.com


 

Mindful Millennials - 01 May 2015

Mindful Millennials

Are you one?

So I confess, I'm not a Millennial. But I'm surrounded by them and was curious to read a piece on Mindful Millennials by Erica Orange, Executive Vice President at Weiner, Edrick, Brown, Inc.

With a purchasing power valued at approximately $1.68 trillion, Millennials (those born from 1981-1997) come across an average of 3,000+ brand images a day. 3,000!!! What a number, and almost impossible to imagine how anyone could make a decision with so much available choice. But the way they make decisions is based far more on their social network than on traditional branding activities – and they are seeking unique, authentic experiences that can make a difference both in their own lives and that of the greater social good.

To read more visit the global wellness summit website - www.globalwellnesssummit.com


 

Shower in the Garden of England - 15 Apr 2015

Shower in the Garden of England

Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream

Elemis is a great brand, the products deliver and are well priced for most of us. The brand is also widely available across multiple spas in Ireland.

As we head into spring and then on towards summer, I'm taken by the packaging for the latest addition to the selection of products available; gorgeous wild flowers that distance us from the grey and dark of winter. Artist and designer Amanda Ross is behind the intricate, life-like images, all replicated from plant cuttings that reflect the formulations.

The ingredients are "the best of British. Rosemary and Omega-rich Echium oil soften the skin; Lavender, Geranium, Palmarosa and Chamomile are restorative and balancing; organic Oats, packed with minerals and vitamins, naturally moisturise, comfort and soothe. Grown in the garden of England, the ingredients are carefully picked and pressed within nine miles of the fields. Freshness is optimum. The environment is respected. The eco-system is supported. What you are left with is skin that is incomparably cleansed. Intensely nourished. Profoundly soft to the touch. The experience lingers on the senses. The delicious aromatic leaves a fragrant veil".

For more, go to www.elemis.com.


 

MINK - 01 Apr 2015

MINK

Sweeping the Award Boards

The fabulous girls at MINK have done it again! The National Nail Tournament in the RDS sees hundreds of nail technicians compete each year. Mink was placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 'Permanent Polish' category using Artistic Colour Gloss on March 8th. A great result for a most professional enterprise. Well done to the MINK team. For more see http://www.mink.ie/


 

VOYA - 14 Mar 2015

VOYA

A Gift for Michele Obama

Great to see our friends from VOYA will see their beautiful products presented to the First Lady on St Patrick’s Day, when Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make his traditional visit to the White House to meet President Barack Obama. This is the second year Sligo’s VOYA products, a growing seaweed-based luxury spa brand, have been given the privilege of gifting the First Lady.

This year the First Lady’s VOYA gift contains a luxury selection of the brand’s award-winning body range with its newly designed packaging. The gift contains VOYA’s New Invigorating Seaweed Soap, 150g, with its uplifting and refreshing spearmint and rosemary scent, to leave the skin feeling cleaner, smoother and softer; the beautifully nourishing Handy to Have Reparative Hand Crème, 75ml, infused with soothing lavender, calming rosemary and lemon essence; Angelicus Serratus Nourishing Body Oil, 100ml, to restore and hydrate thirst-quenched skin, perfect for seeing your skin through that winter/spring transition plus the rich and luxurious Softly Does It, 200ml, a body moisturiser enriched with stimulating lime and rejuvenating mandarin to leave the skin silky smooth and beautifully fragranced. (All available to purchase online via www.voya.ie.

Spa Ireland first met Mark & Kira Walton from VOYA back when we were launching our website and it's wonderful to see the success the brand is now enjoying. Well earned and well deserved! Any lady, let alone the First Lady, will love getting a VOYA gift.


 

The Marker Spa - 01 Mar 2015

The Marker Spa

Magic Massages

Dublin's Grand Canal Dock is now shaping up as one of the city's coolest quarters, helped by the presence of FaceBookers, Googlers and Air BnB'ers who all work, and now live in the area. I'm lucky enough to live there too, and after 10 years, it just keeps getting better. One of the best additions to the Square is The Marker Hotel and of course, the Spa at The Marker. Kirstian Florian treatments, a superb pool and, to my mind, one of the best masseuses in the country.

Luh is from Bali and is a typically charming Asian, filled with smiles and warmth. After too many hours hunched over a laptop and as many hours flying long-haul (economy class), my back, shoulders and neck were screaming for attention. I booked the one-hour Kirstin Florian Customised Massage which promises to "restore inner peace and harmony through the power of massage". Spa blurbs don't always deliver on the promises but this one really did. Greeted by Luh, and asked where I wanted her to focus, along with what level of pressure I wanted her to apply, there followed the most sublime one hour of massage brilliance; Luh really knows what she is doing and she managed to release the most stubborn of knots in the gentlest of ways. Gorgeous Kirstin Florian oil aromas, heated massage bed, mango smoothie and sorbet to finish enhanced it all.

€110.00 is not the cheapest massage in the city, but it is categorically one of the best and in my view, world-class. For bookings call The Marker Spa on 01 687 5194 or email spa@themarker.ie.


 

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick - 15 Feb 2015

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick

15% Off Treatments in Rain Spa

Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick tell us that their refurbishment is well underway and the results are stunning so why not spend a couple of days there?

Enjoy 2 nights Bed & Breakfast with Dinner on one evening & 15% off treatments in Rain Spa from €80 per person sharing, subject to availability.

Call 061 456200 or visit www.radissonblu.ie/hotel-limerick


 

Global Spa & Wellness Summit - 01 Feb 2015

Global Spa & Wellness Summit

The Business of Wellness

Growing the $3.4 trillion wellness industry was the topic under discussion at a recent gathering of 17 executives from leading wellness-related companies and organizations as part of the ongoing work by The Global Spa and Wellness Summit to shape the industry and ensure best practice and shared insights. The group identified five key opportunities for growth in the industry, reproduced verbatim below as Spa Ireland thinks they're equally relevant to our smaller Irish spa industry:

Democratization
Wellness is no longer for a specific age, gender or economic group. The benefits of wellness are now being felt across all demographics, thanks in large part to the affordable options from providers like Massage Envy. Extending the appeal of your wellness business to a wider range of people makes sense for growth. “Consumers are more exposed, practitioners are more exposed, and it just creates opportunity for everybody in the value chain,” said Richard Dantas, CEO of Carol’s Daughter.

Millennials
Millennials spend money differently than baby boomers—they don’t necessarily buy big-ticket items like houses and cars, but they do spend on less-expensive luxuries like fitness, spa and travel. If you aren’t courting these customers already, you should be.

Workplace Wellness
As employers begin fostering stronger relationships with employees using wellness as a cornerstone, there is a huge opportunity for the spa and wellness industry to participate in that relationship and help build wellbeing programs that work.

Increased Points of Entry
The fact that consumers are exposed to spa and wellness virtually everywhere they go—from airports to hotels to main street—means that brands are able to connect with them in more ways than ever before. It also will result in them being more receptive to wellness approaches.

Building Trust
Giving consumers real evidence to support the benefits of wellness will go a much longer way to convince them of its importance than any jargon could. (A good resource for this type of information is the recently launched www.wellnessevidence.com.) Real people and real results are your best sales tools, not data points and corporate messaging.


 

ESPA International - 15 Jan 2015

ESPA International

New Spas in Japan and Mexico

ESPA International is one of those global spa brands totally synonymous with great architecture, quality treatments and stellar service. We are lucky enough to have some prime examples here the Ireland - ESPA at The Hotel Europe and ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel immediately spring to mind - but it's also a truly global brand. So if you happen to be globe-trotting in 2015 check out one of the newer Spas:

NIZUC SPA BY ESPA, MEXICO
Designed in association with Alejandro Escudero, the first ESPA branded spa in Cancun is a magnificent wellbeing facility. Mayan-inspired treatments, state-of-the-art hydrotherapy and heat experiences, spectacular ocean views and cutting edge design make Nizuc the ultimate spa sanctuary.

ESPA AT RITZ-CARLTON, KYOTO
Pictured here and inspired by Kyoto's ancient culture, ESPA at the Ritz-Carlton Kyoto pays homage to traditional Japanese design. Created in partnership with Peter Remedios of Remedios Studios, the décor incorporates delicate wood and luxurious textiles, alongside traditional rock gardens and waterfalls to present a serene and captivating space.


 

The Brehon Killarney - 01 Jan 2015

The Brehon Killarney

January Sale 2015

We appreciate that as 2015 starts, not everyone has much spare cash to enjoy a spa treatment or short break. So we like the fact that The Brehon in Killarney has some great offers to start your new year with 20% off accommodation and 15% off Angsana Spa treatments for stays in January, February and March (pay now to guarantee the special rates). As with all great offers there is some small print so take a little time to familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions, you can make bookings by phoning +353 (0)64 6671543.

Overnight Bed & Full Irish Breakfast (Sun - Thurs)
Relaxation time in the Vitality suite of the Angsana Spa
Avail of 15% off any 90 minute full body massage or 90 minute Facial (Mon-Thurs)
Vitality suite is for over 18 years only
Accommodation discount is for midweek Sun-Thurs only and subject to availability
Spa discount is from Mon - Thurs only and subject to availability
Spa treatment not included in prices and must be booked in advance by calling +353 (0)64 6623917 & quote 2015 Sale Valid for stays midweek from 4th Jan 2015 - 26th March 2015