Kick back on the Wild Atlantic Way
Set on the footprint of an original Victorian glasshouse in Donegal, CARA Spa at Lough Eske Castle Hotel boasts a range of luxury treatments to help you escape everyday life, from their specialised treatment rooms and ice fountain to their jet bath and infinity pool. They also have an incredible thermal suite and tropical showers that's well worth a visit.
Discover the holistic benefits of seaweed at Voya Seaweed Baths in the seaside town of Strandhill in Sligo. This centuries old practice lets you sink into Victorian cast iron baths filled with hot seawater and nutrient-rich seaweed. Begin with a steam treatment to open the pores and relax the muscles in this immersive experience and leave with silky, moisturised skin.
World-renowned Parknasilla is a spa resort on the Ring of Kerry; a hub for pampering and indulgence. Choose from treatments, hydrotherapies and massages, and treat yourself to a sensory escape from daily stress. Make your way to the Thermal Spa for a mix of wet, dry, warm, hot and cool cabins, or pop into one of the outdoor hot tubs.
For time out or time together, there is no more restful way to restore body and mind than at ESPA at The Europe Hotel & Resort in Killarney. Resting on the Lakes of Killarney and the foot of the Kerry mountains, ESPA offers a secluded sanctuary where you can lull yourself into a daytime nap on a heated lounger and listen to the sound of water lapping against the lakeshore.
Book in for spa treatments to relax the mind and replenish the body at The Spa at Aghadoe Heights. This five-star luxury hotel overlooks the Lakes of Killarney and has received numerous national and international awards. From sea mineral exfoliations and warm spiced mud cocoons to Indian head massages that ease out tense muscles, this is a great way to unwind.
Voted Ireland's Leading Spa Resort at the World Travel Awards seven times, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa in Cork is a popular spa retreat. Home to the country’s first seawater spa where fresh water is pumped daily from the Atlantic, the views here are simply outstanding.
Enjoy a complete workout underwater with jets, bubble seats and counter currents or check out their long list of luxurious treatments including chocolate baths, relaxing leg wraps and luxurious massages. After, stroll along the glorious golden beach beside the hotel and head into Clonakilty to dine in one of the town's excellent restaurants.
Travel to Limerick and visit the spa at Adare Manor. Inspired by Celtic wisdom, their spa packages are named after trees and honour ancient mythology. Covering a variety of needs, from improving your quality of sleep and relaxing your muscles to specialised packages designed for mothers-to-be, you're bound to find your inner zen. And if you have the time, make good use of their Willow package which includes a mindfulness walk in the surrounding parklands, accompanied by an audio guide.
Make your way to No. 1 Pery Square, a peaceful sanctuary in the heart of Limerick city. With a full thermal suite, this spa is renowned for its luxurious packages. Have the relaxing Herbal Cocoon experience or take an Irish Mist Shower to remove toxins from the skin. Couples can book in for a romantic spa getaway which includes a lavender and rosemary essence bathing ritual and full body hot oil massage.
Harmony and tranquillity come together at The Ice House Chill Spa in Ballina, Mayo. This indoor and outdoor spa is a sensory retreat in the west of Ireland. With five luxurious treatment suites, Gharieni warm quartz crystal treatment beds and a private hot tub, you’ll feel like royalty as you’re pampered from head to toe at this top destination spa.
Beauty and balance are key elements to the Spa at Ashford Castle. Guests are treated to deep releases with Swedish head massages, reflexology and energising skin treatments from precision peels to skin soothers. Gaze out at the serene waters of Lough Corrib as you lie back against the steaming jets and marvel at the spa’s inspiring visuals, such as the seashell chandeliers and the Tree of Life mural.
Experience an oasis of calm at the Spa Lodge at Screebe House. This is the definition of a hidden haven where you’ll find an exhilarating saltwater swimming pool, sauna and seaweed bathing room. Dive into the Atlantic from the pier and return to the warmth of the outdoor hot tub. The sauna has panoramic views of Galway's Camus Bay and this is one spa you’ll want to return to again and again.
Your wellness and wellbeing are catered for in the Spa at Delphi Resort. This picturesque place in Leenane, Galway is known for its natural practices down to the water which comes from the mountains and seaweed that’s harvested from nearby shores.
Chill out in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands
Visit 1,300 acres of forest, meadows and lakelands at Farnham Estate in Cavan. Unwind in the pool and relaxation rooms with soothing views and choose from deluxe treatments such as an indulgent massage or a skin radiance facial.
Book into Center Parcs in Longford and melt your stresses away at Aqua Sana in the heart of a forest. Take your pick of 21 spa treatments and spoil your body from head to toe. Swim in the outdoor heated pool and after, check out the amazing Alpine Steam Room and Forest Rain Walk. At the end of it all, tuck yourself into the Scandinavian Snug and gaze at the flames of the flickering fire pit.
Lose yourself in a world of relaxation at the Spa at Kilronan Castle Estate. Designed for total comfort and wellbeing, book into retreats with bespoke individual treatments. Chill out in the thermal suites, hot and cold vitality pools, and aroma light-therapy steam rooms. If you have time, book in for afternoon tea in the castle itself for the ultimate pamper package.
Maximum comfort and minimum environmental impact are important features of the spa at Wineport Lodge. With intimate treatment suites, feel renewed and relaxed after you experience their heavenly massages and seaweed body therapies. Climb into their outdoor hot tubs and soak up the marvellous views of Westmeath countryside across the lake.
A haven of serenity, the spa at the Hodson Bay Hotel combines wet and dry treatments. Book in for a short break away from the stresses of urban life. While visiting the Westmeath hotel, have a swim in the 20-metre pool with airbeds and massage jets designed for loosening the muscles.
Relax in Ireland’s Ancient East
Using only natural and nourishing ingredients, the team at The Kingsley have created a stunning spa hidden in a urban setting along the banks of the River Lee in Cork. Soothe your skin in the thermal suite before stepping into the aromatherapy steam bath and Finnish sauna for a tried and tested way to relax and unwind.
Treat yourself to a half-day or full-day treatment package and let the talented masseurs work their magic on your body with a Lomi Lomi full-body massage, mineral facial and ear candling. Round off an incredible day at the spa with a manicure and pedicure for the complete luxury experience.
With a backdrop of natural scenery, Cork's Fota Island Hotel Spa is the perfect place for those seeking quality treatments and perfect pampering. The treatment rooms are spacious with a hydrotherapy suite, popular with guests and professional athletes. The ‘walking river’ uses water currents and reflexology to stimulate the body while the thermal suite features a tepidarium, Hammam steam bath and heated loungers.
Lie back and relax in beautiful Ballyfin Demesne’s treatment rooms. Sink into the indoor heated pool and gently swim lengths with views of the picturesque courtyard garden. The nearby Vitality Pool is a guest favourite with hydro jets and air bubbles that massage your legs and back – kick back and enjoy, you’ll never want to leave this gorgeous place.
Visit the renowned Heritage Golf and Spa Resort in Laois. With a contemporary setting, the spa provides world-class treatments and has extensive relaxation areas. Let the water flow under the Elemental Showers and enjoy a warming hot stone massage.
Take it easy and unwind at the secluded Victorian Treatment Rooms at Castle Leslie Estate. Known as one of the best spas in Ireland, enjoy organic treatments with ingredients good enough to eat, including the indulgent Chocolate Truffle Wrap. Finish your Monaghan getaway with a long soak in the bubbling outdoor hot tub.
Leave your day to day cares behind at Killashee Spa. Just 30km from Dublin, this spa is a peaceful refuge with acres of gardens, walkways and pretty parkland. Take a swim in the pool or choose from the varied treatment menu including facials, massages, scrubs and wraps. If you have time, take a spin to Kildare Village for a spot of shopping – the perfect day out.
Perched on the edge of the River Blackwater in the Meath countryside is the sumptuous spa at The Johnstown Estate. Pick your favourite treatments from their stunning selection and don’t forget to head to the rooftop during your visit. The unique Rooftop Experience and Thermal Suite are unmissable - relax in the hydrotherapy pool or sit around the firepit and watch the sun set on a gorgeous day at the spa.
25| Monart, Wexford
Monart Destination Spa in Wexford is widely recognised as one of the country’s top spas. Discover a world of luxury with top class facilities in this lavish spa. Wander around in your cosy robe and check out the incredible facilities including the sauna, steam room, infrared suite, caldarium, salt grotto and hydrotherapy pool.
Experience natural therapies inspired by the healing power of the ocean at the Cliff House Hotel’s Well Spa. This lovely spa is built into a rock face with the couple’s treatment room facing the water. Their custom products are made from natural ingredients including Irish Peat, Carrageen Moss and hand-crushed herbs. If time allows, explore the gorgeous Waterford countryside and take on the Ardmore Cliff Walk.
Take a trip to Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Wicklow and book in for a pampering experience at the spa. The peaceful relaxation room is the first place you can unwind in before heading into the therapy suites. Following your treatment, visitors are encouraged to hop into the pool for an invigorating swim. Requests for tailored treatments are also welcomed here.
Escape the daily grind and take to the adult-only haven that is The Wells Spa at Brooklodge and Macreddin Village. Taking its name from the nearby ancient wells that provide purified, natural water to its location, The Wells Spa blends relaxation with nature, from its indoor to outdoor swimming pool to its range of natural and organic products. Lose track of time in the serail mud chamber, or feel your worries drift away in the hammam massage room.
Relax your body and mind with a trip to the spa at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort. One of Ireland’s most scenic spas, enjoy gorgeous views of the Wicklow Mountains as you revive your body with soothing treatments and facials. Leave your phone behind and reconnect with nature in the Serenity Room, basking in the tranquil relaxation.
Book a spa break in Dublin
30| The Merrion
Make time for a refined retreat at The Merrion Spa and Health Club. With private treatment rooms for skin and body care treatments, a steam room and an 18-metre infinity pool, discover this slice of heaven in the heart of Dublin city.
31| The Shelbourne
Celebrate a city escape at the Spa at the Shelbourne Hotel. The Spa is set over three floors and has a eucalyptus-scented sauna and 18-metre pool. Tune out in the relaxation room, elegantly lit by chandeliers and overlooking the luscious green grounds of St Stephen’s Green.
32| Buff Day Spa
Step away from the busy crowds at the Buff Day Spa. Just off of busy Grafton Street, this spa is a calming retreat in the heart of the city. With a sauna and Tranquillity Room, this pretty place is one of Dublin’s best spas.
33| The Marker
Awaken your senses and rejuvenate your body at the spacious and sophisticated Spa at The Marker. Swim in the 23-metre infinity pool, melt your stresses away in the jacuzzi or indulge in one of the many massage treatments.
34| Eden One
One of the city’s finest wellness centres, the Eden One Elements Spa encourages a total escape from busy urban life. Check out the sublime swimming pool and Vitality Pool separated by a ribbon of fire, relax in the multi-tiered Panoramic Sauna and stand under flowing tropical showers.