With your holidays well and truly behind you, the prospect of a long winter ahead is pretty bleak.
Planning a trip to look forward to will certainly make the work week fly by and keep you focused on something positive.
We are lucky to have some pretty spectacular boltholes right here on our doorstep and we’ve selected ten of the top resorts, perfect for a pampering spa break.
Feel like royalty in the stunning 350-acre Ashford Castle estate in Cong, Co. Mayo.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities with everything from kayaking to clay pigeon shooting to keep you occupied. For us though, it’s all about the spa. Try the B|Together Rose Quartz Treatment to rekindle the romance with your other half (€150pp).
A holiday destination for Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, Carton House is the picture of elegance.
Just a short drive from Dublin, it’s the ideal place to escape the city, even if just for a day. Day packages at the spa are priced from €70 and why not treat yourself to some afternoon tea when you’re done?
A quick five-minute drive from Kilkenny town will land you in the stunning grounds of Lyrath Estate. The five-star hotel and Oasis spa is a luxurious haven where you can soak your stress away.
The hotel’s midweek Pamper Me! package starts at €115 for B&B, including a 30-minute spa treatment and VIP access to the spa and thermal suite.
Located just outside the heritage town of Clonakilty, Inchydoney Lodge is surrounded by some of the country’s most spectacular scenery, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Embrace your surroundings with a two-night Taste of The Sea package from €238.50, which includes B&B, a five-course meal on one evening, and a seaweed bath and algae wrap to re-energise and re-balance body and mind.
The regal surroundings of the five-star Lough Eske Castle are ideal to unwind and relax in the Solis Spa.
The Solis Classic package includes one night B&B for two people, afternoon tea, one mini treatment and full use of the thermal suite. Prices are from €379 based on two sharing.
A Celtic Tiger favourite, The K Club remains one of Ireland’s most luxurious five star resorts and the stunning K Spa will not disappoint.
The Ultimate Spa Indulgence Package is just that and includes two night’s B&B, a four-course dining experience a 25 minute Rasul experience and two 55 minute treatments, from €435pp
Whatever your opinions on Donald Trump, the luxury at Doonbeg is hard to deny.
Enjoy the Pamper Retreat with one night B&B, a 30 minute facial, 30 minute massage and a file and polish on your hands or toes. Rates are based on two sharing and prices are available on request.
You can’t mention spa breaks in Ireland without coming round to the stunning Monart. This contemporary haven is a child-free zone and a dream for weary parents in need of some R&R.
A luxurious three-night midweek break starts from €329pp including B&B, dinner on one evening, full access to the spa and thermal suites, as well as one 30 minute treatment of your choosing.
As one of the capital’s most iconic hotels, a spa break at The Shelbourne is perfect for those looking for a luxury city escape.
End the week on a high with the Sunday Night Spa package – one night B&B plus dinner in The Saddle Room and a one hour Elemis treatment per person (from €399).
A gem in The Kingdom, the views of the lakes at Aghadoe Heights are breathtaking.
Take in the stunning scenery from their beautiful spa with the VOYA Overnight Spa Escape, where you can luxuriate in the surrounding overnight with B&B, one VOYA treatment, access to the thermal suites and dinner on the night. Prices are from €498 in September.
This article originally appeared on the Littlewoods Ireland Blog