We know how stressful the festive period can be, between battling the crowds while Christmas shopping, suffering from too many mulled wine hangovers and reeling from the ever-dwindling state of our bank balances, so why not treat the lady in your life to a pampering treat to get away from it all. Here are some of our top picks of the current crop of packages available in some of Ireland's top spas and hotels.
The K Club Hotel & Spa
The K Club Hotel & Spa is offering a fantastic one night K Spa Journey, with prices starting at €240 per person sharing. This includes one night's accommodation, a table d'hôte meal, full Irish breakfast, full access to the health and fitness facilites, an exotic 25 minute Rasul experience followed by one of four 80 minute K Spa Journeys, specially tailored to indulge and relax.
To make a booking or to find out more about the festive packages at The K Club log on to www.kclub.ie or call (01) 6017200.
The Spa at The Shelbourne
For the ultimate in city pampering, visit The Spa at The Shelboure. Take our word for it, this stunning spa offers an utterly transportative experience, right beside the hustle and bustle of St Stephen's Green. Our top pick is their Ultimate Christmas Beauty Spa Package, €80, which consists of a Shellac Manicure or Pedicure, eye lash and eyebrow tint, eyebrow shape and use of the pool, steam and sauna spa facilities. What more could you need to get you into the Christmas spirit! You can also buy gift vouchers at The Spa, in the hotel or online at www.theshelbournevouchers.ie.
The Cliff House Hotel
The Cliff House Hotel is a fabulous, five star holiday hideaway overlooking Ardmore in West Waterford. This Christmas, they're offering a range of great deals. We love the look of the Cliff Spa Classic, €450 for two people sharing, which includes one night's accommodation in a seaview room, a three-course dinner in the Cliff Bar, breakfast and one 25-minute treatment. Choose from a back massage, Voya Express Facial, Eye Brilliance, male pedicure, manicure or scalp therapy.
Another great option is the Outdoor Baths at The Cliff House Hotel. These two outdoor baths overlook the sea, giving a beautiful view while you soak in a hot tub infused with seaweed, peat and ginger or aromatherapy oils. These cost €35 for one bath.
The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, County Waterford. For furhter information or bookings ring 024 87 800 or visit www.thecliffhousehotel.com
The Bridge House Hotel
The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore, Co. Offaly is offering a great getaway deal for expecting mothers. The 'New Life Mum To Be' packages start from €269 midweek, or you can choose a weekend getaway starting from €349. The deal includes a 'New Life Treatment', two night's accomodation, breakfast on both mornings and one evening meal.
Visit www.bridgehousehoteltullamore.ie or email firstname.lastname@example.org for offers at Spa & Beauty at The Bridge House Hotel.
Lough Erne Resort
The gorgeous Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh would be a fantastic venue for a luxurious night away. The 'Relax and Rejuvenate at The Thai Spa' package is sure to impress, it combines an overnight stay with a 60 minute treatment of your choice, using traditional Thai therapies. This gift also includes dinner in the award-winning Catalina Restaurant and a delicious breakfast before checking out.
The ‘Relax and Rejuvenate at The Thai Spa’ package is available from €178 per person. To book call +44 28 6632 3230 or email email@example.com
Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa
Guaranteed to delight is the Have it All Voucher (€149 per person) which has been designed to combine the best of the Lyrath Estate Hotel and Spa, from the accommodation, to the food and the spa. This midweek package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, with one 30 minute spa treatment for two people, dinner, a two course lunch in Tupper's Bar and a full Irish breakfast.
You can buy a voucher in person from the hotel, by calling directly 056 776 0088 or online at www.lyrath.com.
Fota Island Spa at Fota Island Resort
The Fota Island Resort in Cork has a gorgeous spa where pampering and relaxation take centre stage.The Winter Delight package costs just €65, and consists of full access to the Thermal & Hydrotherapy Suites, along with a 15 minute back, neck and shoulder massage to soothe away aches and pains. Finally, a 25 minute Taster Facial will leave your skin glowing.
The Luxurious Experience deal also offers great value for money, from €311 for 2 adults sharing. You can one night's accommodation, a three course meal in Fota Restaurant, breakfast and you can choose from either a facial or a massage to round off your stay.
To book call Fota Island Spa on (021) 4673131, email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.fotaisland.ie to find out more.
Lusty Beg Island
Lusty Beg Island Hotel in Fermanagh is a private island paradise that would make for a perfect romantic getaway. The Couples Spa Package (€209) comprises two nights in one of the exclusive lakeside cabins, a couple seaweed bath treatment with complimentary use of the steam room, sauna, pool, spa gardens and outdoor hot tub. Offer is valid Mon-Thurs and subject to availability. For further information visit www.lustybegisland.com
The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin
The Spirit Spa at the Fitzwilliam Hotel in Dublin has devised a lovely Christmas special for beauty buffs in need of a little R&R. The present-to-me package costs €70 and includes a mini facial and mini manicure over the course of an hour, along with a signature Festive Cocktail to get you in the party mood. Divine! www.fitzwilliamhoteldublin.com
By Sarah McIntyre