‘From the cocoon emerges a beautiful butterfly’….This is probably the most appropriate way to describe the feeling you have after experiencing a day of luxurious and lavish spa treatments. The overwhelming sense of refreshment and rejuvenation is something that you nearly cannot put a price on.

Top 10 Spa Hotels in Ireland

There are so many different spa hotels that claim to be the best on our humble little island but not everybody can hold that title. I have decided to remove a lot of the pretenders and compile a list of gems that are too good to miss and will be sure to leave you feeling like a brand new person! :) So here you go, in no particular order, the top ten best spa hotels in Ireland…Enjoy!

1. BrookLodge & Macreddin Village – Wicklow

This hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor) is a spacious, charming accommodation, tucked away within the beauty of the Wicklow Mountains. It is situated directly beside Glendalough and is so peaceful that you could nearly hear a pin drop. The Wells Spa has a huge array of ways to refresh yourself such as a Hydra Pool, Aroma Steam Room and my personal favourite, their Heated Relaxation Lounges!!


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2. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa – Meath

This gorgeous spa hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor) is only a short spin away from Dublin city centre. The Seoid spa have some amazing treatments for you to spoil yourself with. The Body Coccon Signature Floats and their endless list of massages will leave you weak at the knees by the time you have to check out! :)


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3. Fota Island Resort – Cork

Fota Island (4/5 on TripAdvisor) is famous all over Ireland and for good reason too. Your well-being is all the staff care about from the first second you walk through their doors until the sad moment when you have to leave. They offer a huge range with up to sixty treatments to choose from. So pick whichever, relax and enjoy this hotel and its amazing natural surroundings.

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4. The Monart – Enniscorthy

The Monart is an institution and if you ask me, the best you can get in Ireland! The five star spa hotel is decorated in an extremely lush and modern way. The happy vibes and modern spa facilities will have you riding a wave of positivity throughout the whole duration of your stay. This hotel really is a fantastic option for a short break.


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5. Druids Glen Resort – Wicklow

The reputation of the Druids Glen Resort (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) is second to none. They were the winner of the Best Facial 2014 at the RSVP awards and I can tell you on good authority that they are definitely full value for that accomplishment. Your face will feel ten years younger and you will be left feeling fabulous. The best thing is that this is only the tip of the iceberg, with so many other amazing spa treatments and facilities available for you to spoil yourself with! :)


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6. Carlton C Hotel & Spa – Kinsale, Cork

This hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor) probably has my favourite hotel pool in all of Ireland. The feeling when you first dip your toes in the warm water honestly is probably the closest thing to pure bliss you will ever experience. I have spent many days at the hands of the incredible staff from the Aphrodite Hills by C Spa and I guarantee you that you too will leave feeling like a goddess on earth by the time they are done with you.


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7. Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa – Donegal

Lough Eske Castle (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) is the perfect place to reclaim your mind, focus only on yourself and remember that life can always be better than it is. They really do have a world class spa in the Spa Solis and the beautifully picturesque surroundings are the ultimate place to gather your thoughts and bring your life back to a pace that you control.

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8. Newpark Hotel – Kilkenny

The spa in the Newpark Hotel (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) is the perfect place to indulge and immerse yourself into a state of complete and utter relaxation. Their infinity pool is sanctuary where none of the world’s troubles cannot touch you. This Kilkenny hotel is simply stunning.


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9. Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

The KO Spa in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel (4/5 on TripAdvisor) will do exactly as it says on the tin by completely knocking stress out of your life. As you allow the talented beauty experts to shower you with one lavish treatment after the next, by the time you are finished you won’t even know yourself. This hotel is the perfect escape for you and the girls! ;)


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10. Parknasilla Resort & Spa – Kerry

If Kerry is the Kingdown, then the Parknasilla Resort & Spa (4.5/5 on TripAdvisor) is definitely its crown jewel. As their philosophy states, the primary goal is ‘Wellness inspired by Nature’. Aside from the endless array of amazing treatments you could subject yourself to, the stunning lakeside views will be enough alone to completely reinvigorate and leave you with a warm feeling inside.


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As a country, we compromise our happiness time after time for one reason or another. You really should not need an excuse to treat yourself to a break in one of these high class locations. Everybody deserves a bit of luxury in their life every now and again. So let now be your time and book yourself in for a session of pampering today. :)