Whether you like to wallow in a hot tub facing the sea, enjoy the detoxifying benefits of Thalassotherapy or love being wrapped in seaweed – or bathing in it - there’s an Irish spa for you. Stylish Spy dives in.
Easanna Wellness & Spa, Co. Kerry
VOYA is King at this watery retreat, with its organic, natural, hand-harvested seaweed used in three signature facials. Choose Anti-Ageing Restorative to give those wrinkles the heave ho, Self Discovery Radiance for a personalised treatment, or the Deluxe Facial Experience for a massage and facial combo using a remineralising Mermaid’s Purse seaweed mask (we don’t what this is but it sounds as mystical as it does magical). Watery treats continue in the indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi.
Island Spa at Inchydoney, West Cork
Even the wall behind the reception desk of Ireland’s first seawater spa could resemble waves. Designed to combat cellulite, aid detox, target pain, and encourage weight loss, Island Spa offers a range of Thalassotherapy therapies in its large seawater pool - with its bubble seats, underwater jets and large swan necks - as well as sea mud and seawater-based treatments from Les Luneides, Paris. Choose from a Seaweed Massage Bath, a Detox Bath, an Algae Leg Wrap or Colour Light Therapy Bath.
The Well by The Sea, Co. Waterford
From custom spa products that are 100% natural - including seaweed, carrageen moss and Irish peat - to a treatment room facing the sea, Cliff House is a boutique hotel offering a truly seaside experience. Breathe in that fresh sea air whilst enjoying a bathing therapy overlooking Ardmore Bay, swim lengths in the sleek indoor pool - with sea views - or enjoy a seven-course menu at the Michelin starred House restaurant. If outdoor pursuits are your thing, try paddle boarding or sea kayaking.
SeaSpa at Kelly’s Resort Hotel & Spa, Co. Wexford
With a name like SeaSpa, water is destined to play a large part – and it does. From Thalassotherapy treatments using water from the coastline of Rosslare to seaweed baths, and the indoor/outdoor vitality seawater pool to a watery pebble walk, water lovers can rejoice. The spa menu is vast – from 45-minute seaweed baths to relieve stress to full-day Seaside Reviver experiences and everything in between. Or just sit in a hot tub and gawk at the pristine beach - that'll do nicely.
Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co. Antrim
Few spas have as many facilities as Galgorm’, many of them dotted beside - or in view of - the river. Don your robe and hop between hot tubs, hydro pools, Jacuzzi pools and wood-fired riverside hot tubs (bookable ahead) before warming up in the glass Celtic sauna, river-view steam room or domed Elements cafe. The fun continues inside with an indoor pool, snow room, aroma grotto, Hammam, mud room, Lanconium, Orangerie and more. The only thing you need is a cossie - and a bucket load of time.
Heritage Spa, County Laios
Water babies should begin their journey with a 60-minute Heritage Spa Experience, an ancient bathing ritual where the body is warmed up and cooled down in a series of different bathing areas, including a sanarium, tepidarium, caldarium, steam bath, hydro pool with waterfall, foot bath, hydro boost (incorporating waterfall shower, bucket douche, body shower and Kneipp hose) and experience showers. Or opt for a hammam for a bathing ritual Ottoman style.
18th October 2022
Minimalist lines; organic products; facial massage; tranquillity; interesting people-watching.
Discarded towels on loungers; steam rooms that aren't steamy; mobile phones.
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