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11 super relaxing spas to book into on your staycation this year

By Sarah Finnan

August 6, 2020 at 2:59pm


2020: year of the staycation... year of a lot of other things as well but let's not go there.

With all eyes on Ireland, everyone is trying to figure out where best suits their needs in terms of a holiday this year - something that varies from person to person. Some prefer active adventures, some base their getaways completely on food, some want total R&R.

Count yourself in the latter group? There's little more relaxing than a spa day and after getting through the past few months, we reckon it's long overdue. It's been a stressful year for most everyone, navigating the waters of a global pandemic is no easy feat. That to put it lightly.

We've done the groundwork and rounded up some of the best spas around the country (all reopen - bar one), so alls there's left to do is pick one and start planning your trip away.

The Spa at Kilkea Castle - Kildare

Reopen as of July 20th

A luxurious boutique spa, they also have a state of the art thermal suite that gives serious Blue Grotto vibes. The next best thing to a trip to Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

Monart Spa - Wexford

Reopen as of August 3rd

Labelled "one of the best spas in the world" by one of our own, Monart never fails to impress. From the moment you arrive and get a glimpse of the sprawling 100-acre grounds, you know you're in for something special.

Eden One - Dublin

Reopen as of August 2nd

Eden One is a new luxury health club and spa destination. Only open since January of this year, their facilities are second to none. If it’s a bit of R&R you’re after, look no further as this place is relaxation station with heated marble loungers, a dry salt inhalation room and tropical rain showers.

Fota Island Resort - Cork

Reopen as of July 9th

Nestled deep within the gorgeous surrounds of the East Cork countryside, the spa at Fota Island is every bit as picturesque and serene as you could hope for. Complete with a large indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation area and Hydrotherapy Suite with a 'walking river' of water currents. Pure bliss.


The Spa at Druids Glen - Wicklow

Reopen as of June 29th

The ideal spot for a day of pampering, the spa at Druids Glen is perched between the Wicklow Mountains and the Irish Sea. Offering a range of different treatments, combine your visit with a spot of afternoon tea to really make the most of the occasion.

Cara Organic Beauty Spa Lough Eske Castle Hotel - Donegal

Reopen as of July 3rd

A five-star spa resort experience, Lough Eske Castle Hotel has wellness at the heart of what it does. Found in Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way, the pool and Spa building sits in the footprint of the original Victorian Glass House which comprises seven treatment rooms - including two couples treatments rooms.

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Take some time to relax and unwind at CARA Organic Beauty Spa. Please see below an update on all of our facilities: 🌱 Our swimming pool and gym are open, booking times are required for 45 minute time slots to ensure social distancing measures are maintained 🌱 As per advice and guidelines, our sauna and steam room remain closed 🌱 Our treatment rooms and our relaxation room are open. Enjoy one of our luxurious ESPA treatments of 45 minutes or more in CARA Organic Beauty Spa. View our selection of treatments and price list on our website If you would like to arrange a time to use the gym and pool or to book a spa treatment, please kindly contact our Spa team on 00353749743113 or email: [email protected] Please note that availability is limited due to new protocols ensuring the health and safety of our guests and team #spa #lougheskecastle #caraorganicbeautyspa

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ESPA at The G Hotel - Galway

Reopen as of July 3rd

The only five-star hotel in Galway city, the G Hotel was designed by renowned Milliner Philip Treacy. Awarded Ireland's Best Hotel Spa of 2020, it's situated over two secluded floors and is the epitome of contemporary elegance.

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𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐇𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐥 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬 - 𝐇𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐥 𝐒𝐩𝐚 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎🏆⁠ ⁠ We are delighted that our unique 2 floor ESPA at the g has been awarded Ireland's Best Hotel Spa 2020. ⁠ ⁠ Situated over two secluded floors, every square inch of this Philip Treacy-designed oasis has been meticulously thought out to maximise your comfort and enhance your well-being. The epitome of contemporary elegance, this leading spa in Galway comprises 12 beautiful treatment rooms, a Thermal⁠ ⁠ Suite with vitality hydro pool, a soothing crystal steam room, lifestyle rain showers, a rock sauna, a cooling ice fountain, a number of tepidarium heated loungers and a fully-equipped fitness studio. Guests can choose from an extensive menu of leading treatments, each delivered by one of our experienced team of dedicated and highly-skilled ESPA therapists.⁠ ⁠ To book your ESPA treatment, relaxing ritual or thermal suite experience please call (091) 778 460 or email [email protected]⁠

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Cabü by the Lakes - Cavan

Reopen as of July 20th

Deep within the woods of Killykeen Forest Park, Cabü is a relatively new addition to the locality. The Cabü Retreat nature spa includes hot tubs, barrel saunas and a relaxation room that combined with the gorgeous scenery will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on life.

Spa at Kilronan Castle - Roscommon

Reopen as of July 20th

Staying in a castle is on everyone's bucket list and Kilronan Castle is one of the country's finest. Offering guests a range of different packages, facilities include an award-winning thermal suite, saunas, a pool, steam rooms and a rasul mud treatment room.

Sámas Spa at Park Hotel Kenmare - Kerry

Reopen as of July 6th

Devoted to nurturing the mind, body and spirit, Sámas Spa promotes the idea that looking after ourselves is a necessity, not a luxury. Book in and guests can also enjoy complimentary activities such as yoga as part of the hotel's daily lifestyle programme. Insanely beautiful views to boot too.

Bonus addition

Aqua Sana Spa - Center Parcs, Longford

Reopening September 6th

Not reopen just yet but definitely worth the wait. Home to four spa zones, the Aqua Sana Spa is Ireland's first outdoor spa. Boasting 21 different spa experiences as well as a range of face and beauty treatments as well as an outdoor pool and hot springs garden hot tub. Important to note though that the spa is only open for Center Parcs guests from September 6th, not external guests.


Out of office as of... now.

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