The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort
Enniskillen, Fermanagh , Northern Ireland, BT93 7ED
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
10 treatment rooms
The Thai Spa at Lough Erne Resort brings a Thai inspired spa experience to Ireland. Traditional Thai therapies and luxurious ESPA treatments and delilvered by well-trained Thai and European therapists. With panoramic views over Castle Hume Lough and two championship golf courses on-site, Lough Erne Resort is a beautiful place to stay and is within a two hour drive from Dublin and Belfast airports and ports.
A driveway along a peninsula on the edge of a Northern Irish lough takes you to the grand and classic Lough Erne Hotel. We arrived in late autumn, so the trees on the hills were turning red and golden, and the hotel's elegant reception carried the welcoming smell of wood-smoke from open fires. Most main rooms in the hotel and spa look out over the grounds and the Fermanagh Lakelands.
The Thai Spa is just behind the hotel reception desk. Go through a frosted-glass door, along a corridor with painted wallpaper of golden birds and plants, through another set of doors, and you have arrived in Thailand... by way of Enniskillen.
The spa reception area is large and exotically rustic, with dark wooden floors, pale green wooden benches with red silk cushions, ESPA products lit like piles of tempting treasure, and a large Buddha's face on one wall.
The changing rooms have just enough space to sit down on the benches -- unless you visit during a family swim time. If you're staying overnight, you may want to change in your room and go down to the spa in your robe. The changing rooms have wooden lockers, two showers with ESPA shampoo, conditioner and body wash, two small vanity areas with hairdryers, and two bathrooms.
There are two wet and thermal zones. The first is open to members, and hotel and spa guests. The dramatic 11-metre swimming pool overlooks the grounds with French windows along one side. The wall at one end is embellished with a giant mosaic lily gleaming in trickling water and twinkling lights. At the other end are two chrome rain showers. The raised whirlpool has colour-changing underwater lights and would seat four people comfortably.
Through another set of doors is an area exclusively for spa guests with two relaxation rooms and more thermal facilities. It's quiet, calm and incredibly dreamy.
The Lap Sabai room (meaning "Deep Sleep") has six wicker recliners with plump brown cushions, each separated by white curtains giving a sense of privacy. French windows overlook the gardens, but the room is dark enough for a post-treatment snooze.
The Sabai Sabai room (meaning "Health and Happiness") is a large, bright hexagonal space with eight cushioned day-beds and silk green cushions. Flick through magazines or gaze out of the huge panelled windows over the trees and lawns to the reed beds and swans drifting on the lough.
Through the Lap Sabai room is the spa thermal area, deliciously scented with essential oils, with a mosaic lily on the floor and frescos on the walls. The crystal aroma steam room has dark glittery mosaic tiles and a pink globe light. Next to it is the light therapy sauna with pale wooden seats curved at one end. These rooms are smaller -- they seat six comfortably -- and more exclusive than the poolside facilities. Cool off in a large spiral storm shower which has dramatic lighting to accompany jets of warm and cold water.
We had the Thai Herbal Healer (120 minutes, £130). My therapist, Jinda, met me in the Lap Sabai room and led me to one of the ten treatment rooms. It was decorated in warm earth tones with scented candles, Thai music, and a golden Buddha wall hanging.
We talked about my skin type and areas of tension, and Jinda gave me three ESPA fragrances to smell. I went for the warm and citrus-y Fitness Oil. She left the room while I settled on the wide treatment bed.
Jinda began by washing and massaging my feet then moved up to my back with long, sweeping, flowing strokes, interspersed with focused kneading and pressing. She placed my hands in the small of my back and teased out my painful shoulder knots. It felt so wonderful, I savoured every stroke.
Jinda pressed a hot poultice, richly scented with Thai herbs, along my spine, around my shoulders and my lower back. She repeated the pattern on my legs and feet. The long, luxurious massage followed by the poultice both felt and smelled divine. Jinda's pressure and pace lulled me into a state of bliss.
I turned onto my back and Jinda massaged the front of my legs, arms and hands before covering my relaxed body in towels ready for the facial. She cleansed my eyes then massaged in a cleansing balm, removing it with warm mitts. She examined my skin under a light, and remarked that the skin around my eyes looked a little dry. Jinda applied a gentle exfoliating mask and massaged my scalp while it set. She removed the mask with hot mitts, massaged my face with a facial oil, and laid a hot towel over my face to open my pores. When my skin was sparkling clean, Jinda removed the towel and sprayed hydrating mist over my face. She finished with a serum, eye cream, moisturiser and lip balm.
Jinda gently told me the treatment had finished and left me to slowly arise from my bliss and get back into my robe. She brought me a herbal Thai tea and fresh melon slices, and I settled in the Sabai Sabai room. I felt very relaxed, happy and wonderfully indulged. My skin was gleamingly fresh and smooth.
The Thai Spa at Lough Erne offers a range of ESPA facials, massages, wraps and scrubs and options for men and mums-to-be. The spa specialises in Thai massage and the signature treatments include Golfers Tonic and Cygnets Spa a treatment for parents and children.
If you visit The Thai Spa at Lough Erne for a spa day, you order lunch on arrival; this is brought on a tray to your day-bed in the Sabai Sabai room. The menu includes Thai fishcakes and noodles, spring rolls, as well as salads and soups. I chose a delicious and substantial vegetarian mozzarella and pepper wrap and some green tea, served in a silver pot.
In the evening, we ate at the 3AA Rosette Catalina Restaurant, an airy dining room with a chatty yet classy atmosphere. The menu is modern European with locally sourced ingredients. We had delicious mushroom ravioli presented like a beautiful forest with jewel-like green broad beans in the richly piquant gravy. Our pan-fried salmon main was perfect with a garland of asparagus and parmesan and vegetables in copper pans.
You can also try more informal dining in the Blaney Bar or The Loughside Bar and Grill.
Our treatment: It was so luxurious and beautifully delivered, it would make a perfect special occasion gift (hint, hint).
The dramatic setting: The Thai Spa at Lough Erne makes the most of it, with almost every room looking out over the lake, forests, gardens and golf course.
We didn't love
The rather small changing rooms which don't feel as luxurious as the spa.
We would have liked more hooks around the pool area, as people leave soggy towels on the floor.
Luxury lovers: You can tell you're in a top-end resort. The staff are so attentive and respectful, you'll leave feeling utterly pampered.
Families: The pool has kids' swim times and there's lots to do in the grounds. Parents can sneak off for some spa indulgence.
Golfers looking to relax and recuperate after a game, or golf widows who would prefer a dip in the pool.
We awarded The Thai Spa at Lough Erne a Good Spa Guide rating of 5 bubbles. The Thai rituals, indulgent treatments and wonderful hospitality in such a classic rural setting make this a truly luxurious destination.
Savant Spy visited in October 2016 and awarded it 5 Bubbles
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Belleek Road, Enniskillen, Fermanagh , Northern Ireland, BT93 7ED
Spa days can have a light spa lunch from The Thai Spa Grazing Menu. Lough Erne Resort offers several restaurants including fine dining at The Catalina and more carniverous options at The Loughside Bar and Grill.
At Lough Erne resorts there are 120 rooms and suites.
The spa is open on Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 9.00pm. On Saturday and Sunday it's open from 8.00am to 9.00pm.
There are no offers for this spa.