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The 10 Best Spa Hotels in Ireland for 2019

Whether you are looking for a romantic retreat, a getaway with your friends or some relaxing alone time or family fun, our list of the 10 best spa hotels in Ireland has something for everyone.
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Cliff at Lyons, Co. Kildare

Cliff at Lyons is a luxurious retreat in the countryside located by the banks of the Grand Canal in Kildare. It makes our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland for a number of reasons.

Designed to rejuvenate and relax the mind, body and spirit, the wellness experiences at Cliff at Lyons take place the Well in the Garden spa, in a beautifully restored Carriage House building.

The spa at Cliff at Lyons uses naturally sourced oils, salts and scrubs in treatments such as Peat for the Feet, the Hug of the Hands Massage and the Hot Towel Head and Scalp Ritual.

Whatsmore, the chefs at Cliff at Lyons developed organic juices and smoothies to complement the treatments. So, you’ll be leaving the spa at Cliff at Lyons refreshed in more ways than one.

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Tankardstown House, Co. Meath

Tankardstown House is nestled in the Boyne Valley in County Meath. It is surrounded by the history and heritage sites of Ireland’s Ancient East.

The hotel itself is an elegant 18th century manor house replete with orangery and cosy garden cottages.

The spa at Tankardstown House is the perfect place to getaway from it all. In fact, it’s known as ‘The Hideout’ and it is a blissful cottage tucked away beside the walled pleasure garden.

The spa use luxurious French products and the treatment list is long and varied, there’s even hot tub that overlooks the extensive landscaped gardens.

However, what we love about the spa at Tankardstown House is that you can combine it with a deliciously indulgent afternoon tea.

Another reason that Tankardstown House makes our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland is because it is dog-friendly. Yup, no need to leave your pampered pooch at home whilst you get pampered yourself. 

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Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa, Co. Wexford

Kelly’s Resort Hotel and Spa is a fantastic family-friendly hotel set right by Rosslare’s sandy beach in Wexford. 

It has a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and there is plenty to do for guests of all ages.

The SeaSpa at Kelly’s Resort has a terrific thermal suite. Here, sea waters, heat and steam experiences not only relax the body but revive and rejuvenate it too. The treatments are inspired by the benefits of thalassotherapy and use sea water from the coastline of Rosslare. Talk about keeping things local. 

There’s also a couples suite so you and your partner can get pampered together. You can also get cosy together in the serail mud chamber. Keep it clean!

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Castlemartyr Resort, Co. Cork 

The luxurious five-star Castlemartyr is a magnificent 18th-century manor house set amid the rolling Cork countryside. The grounds are idyllic with meandering streams, parklands, a lake and gardens.

This setting is more than enough to relax even the most weary of bodies. However, the spa at Castlemartyr will make sure you fully unwind during your stay.

You can choose from an array of pampering and health treatments all of which use products that blend natural, sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients.

There are treatments for men, women, mothers-to-be and you can even have a pamper party with all your friends.

However, the one of the main reasons that the Castlemartyr Resort spa makes our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland is because of its palatial private spa suites. In the spa suites, two people can splash about in the vitality pool, sweat it out in the sauna and have treatments together in total privacy. Perfect for a those looking for some peace and quiet.

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No.1 Pery Square, Co. Limerick

The spa at No.1 Perry Square is in the vaulted basement of this city centre hotel. It truly is an urban retreat where you can escape from the city whilst still being in the city, no wonder it is on our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland.

As you lie back you can look up and admire the exposed brick and original stonework of this grand Georgian townhouse. 

The organic and holistic spa tailors treatments to a wide variety of guests. It is the perfect place for single men and women, couples, groups of friends and expectant mothers. 

Apart form the heath and beauty treatments, there is also a thermal area. Here you can give some TLC to your feet with an aroma salts foot bath and unwind in the sauna or steam room. If this is all too exhausting, you can grab 40 winks in the snooze room.

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Cliff House Hotel, Co. Waterford

If you like your massages and spa treatments with a view, the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford is hard to beat. The spa at the Cliff House Hotel looks right out over the sea. In fact, the 15-metre indoor infinity-edge swimming pool, with its floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel as though the pool is merging into the Irish Sea. It’s magnificent.

But that’s not the only reason that the Cliff House Hotel has made it onto our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland. The Well at Cliff spa uses its own bespoke botanical products using a blend of 100 per cent natural ingredients. These include unique elements such as Irish peat, carrageen moss and seaweed. 

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The Twelve, Co. Galway

Le Petit Spa at the Twelve Hotel in Galway may be small but the treatments are mighty good.

Using Voya products which contain Irish seaweed, treatments include restorative facials, distressing massages and softening seaweed wraps.

One of the most popular treatments involves massaging bags of warm herbs and seaweed on to the body. Depending on how you are feeling, you can choose a massage to calm, detoxify or stimulate the senses.

A unique and posh service you can call on when staying The Twelve is the ‘bath butler’, who will come to your room and turn it into your own private treatment area by preparing you a seaweed leaf bath. Also, as this hotel is dog-friendly, it means you can have your spa treatment without having to leave your furry friend.

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Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo 

If you’ve always wanted to stay in an 800-year old Irish castle, Ashford Castle in Cong, Country Mayo is certainly one of the finest. 

Everything about Ashford Castle is grand and great, and the spa is no exception. With its serene vibes and emphasis on relaxation this is one royally tranquil retreat. 

For a unique experience, indulge in a traditional Middle Eastern hammam ceremony, which includes a foot ritual and private steam session.

If you’d rather partner up, there is also a couple’s room where you can lie side by side and get treatments. A popular couple’s treatment is the massage which uses rose quartz, the stone of love, to add positive love energy to a relationship. 

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Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort, Co. Cavan

If you love water treatments and thermal suites, then you’ll love the spa at Farnham Estate in County Cavan.

The huge health spa complex has one of the best thermal suites in the county and so no wonder it has made our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland.

The Water Mint Thermal Suite has an indoor hydrotherapy pool that leads to a heated outdoor infinity pool. There is a fantastic selection of hot warm and cold thermal experiences including steam rooms, saunas, showers, ice buckets and reflexology foot basin.

Apart from the thermal suite, there are treatment rooms, a gym, as well as a golf course on site. There are also loads of mapped walks and trails to take around the hotel’s extensive grounds. This is the perfect place to be as active or as relaxed as you like.

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Lough Eske Castle, Co. Donegal

If you are searching for a weekend spa break of pure indulgence and pampering, Lough Eske in beautiful County Donegal will most certainly appeal.

Idyllically set on the edge of Lough Eske near the Blue Stack Mountains, its peaceful location makes for the perfect escape. This is why it makes our list of the best spa hotels in Ireland.

The extensive thermal suite has an ice fountain, sauna, steam room, sanarium, tropical experience showers, heated bench and an infinity pool. The pool and fitness area occupy former greenhouses so you are bathed in warm sunlight as you bath.  To keep you hydrated and refreshed, staff bring you tasty sorbet and drinks during your time in the spa.

There are plenty of treatments to renew, revive and relax but the Spa Total Wellbeing packages, which lasts six hours, is designed to do all three. Go on, treat yourself to this most epic of spa experinces in one of the best spa hotels in Ireland.

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