The luxurious ESPA at The Europe Hotel is beautifully located overlooking Killarney's largest lake, Lough Lein, and the McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range.

It's one of Ireland's largest spas facilities, and makes the most of the stunning scenery on offer, with a wall of glass windows by the indoor pool giving a gorgeous feeling of space, and heated outdoor vitality pools for a spot of al fresco bathing.

I was lucky enough to visit the ESPA and try the Advanced Back, Face and Scalp Massage with Hot Stones, a two hour blissful experience that combined pampering with deep relaxation.

Firstly, I had a thorough consultation with the beauty therapist while we chose the products best suited for my skin, and then the treatment began with a back cleanse and exfoliation. It was followed with a truly heavenly hot stone massage using aromatherapy oils which seemed to melt away any stress and stiffness.

After all the tension was worked out of my muscles, the facial commenced with a cleanse and exfoliation. The therapist also used a gorgeous rejuvenating facial oil to massage the skin, and followed that with an intensive treatment mask to deeply nourish and moisturise. While the mask was taking effect, she performed an Oriental head massage to finish off the calming treatment.

In a blissed out state, I retired to the relaxation room to enjoy a smoothie and some fresh fruit while enjoying the view over the lake. A truly memorable spa experience that was elevated by the beautiful surroundings.

The Advanced Back, Face and Scalp Massage with Hot Stones is €225 for two hours.

The ESPA is currently offering a Spring Reviver package for the month of March for €149 per person. A combination of three essential ESPA treatments is designed to renew, restore and revitalise. The experience includes:

Full body salt & oil exfoliation using a unique blend of sea salts and essential oils which nourish and exfoliate to instantly soften & smooth skin.

Luxurious hot stone back, neck and shoulder massage
Blissful oriental head massage

75 minute total treatment time. Plus a 2 course lunch in the Spa Cafè. The package includes access to the Active Level of ESPA at The Europe which includes 20m lap pool, indoor & outdoor vitality pools, saltwater pool, steam room, sauna & relaxation suites.

ESPA at The Europe Hotel & Resort
Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Tel: 064 66 71333

View of the lake from The Europe Hotel & Spa

Ladies View in Killarney, a short drive away

Private spa


Europe Hotel & Resort Foyer

Suite at the Europer Hotel

The Europe Hotel & Resort Brasserie

Spa Restaurant

Exterior of The Europe Hotel

The Europe Hotel & Resort

By Sarah McIntyre

The Europe Hotel & Resort
Fossa, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Tel: 064 66 71333