The best Dublin spa hotels for some R&R

By Emma Power,

A peaceful spa break offers some respite from the stresses of everyday life and some well-deserved TLC, where the only three R’s you need to care about are relaxing, refreshing and recharging.

After all, there’s nothing more restorative than a luxurious spa break, so why not grab those cucumber slices and find your favourite restful retreat at one of the best Dublin spa hotels?

Whether you fancy a detoxifying facial, a deep-tissue massage or a leisurely dip in the pool – any excuse, really, for an escape from home – the capital city has definitely got a spa experience with your name on it.


Intercontinental Dublin

★★★★★

Get ready to treat yo’self at the fabulous Intercontinental Hotel Dublin in Ballsbridge.

Set in two leafy acres of beautiful landscaped courtyard gardens, the hotel’s Health Club and Spa is a real haven, offering guests a totally indulgent Spa’licious Package.

Consisting of two 25-minute premium treatments, the spa package allows you to create a tailor-made experience based on your own needs and desires. Why not pair the De-stress Back Massage with the Refresh Facial, or the Head Massage with Invigorating hand treatment?

The elegant Thermal suite promises to alleviate those aches and pains, while nothing soothes the soul more than a swim in a 14m heated atrium pool with adjacent whirlpool.

The Spa’licious deal also includes delicious afternoon tea served in the Lobby Lounge, where you can snuggle down into a deep sofa and unwind in peace – perfect for getting away from it all.


The Marker

★★★★★

Embrace the serenity of the elemental, cocoon-like spa at The Marker Hotel, the perfect urban retreat in Dublin’s vibrant Docklands.

Clad in charcoal Kirkstone and luxurious walnut floors, natural light floods down through a cleverly positioned skylight, creating the city’s most peaceful secret spa.

Here you can revive your skin with signature Kerstin Florian and SkinCeuitcals facials, body envelopments and exfoliations, or perhaps you’d like to massage away your troubles with a muscle melt oil back massage?

Get ready to soothe those tense muscles in the spa’s huge Jacuzzi, which comfortably fits 8-10 people. The deluxe relaxation area also boasts a sauna, eucalyptus-scented steam room and dramatic 23-metre long infinity pool.

Then you can climb into one of the two retro cocoons that are suspended from the ceiling (arguably the new-and-improved hammock) for the ultimate chill-out in the city.


The Shelbourne

★★★★★

This luxurious sanctuary can be found spread over three floors in one of Dublin’s most well-renowned five-star hotels – a popular haven for those who can’t resist an opulent city break.

The largest in the capital’s city centre and arguably the most exclusive, the spa at the Shelbourne features seven deluxe treatment rooms and an opulent relaxation room where you can enjoy a complimentary refreshment plate overlooking Stephen’s Green.

Highly trained therapists will guide you on your personal path to wellness in the Shelbourne, even welcoming any requests for tailored treatments using luxury product lines Elemis and Panpuri.

What’s extra special is the spa’s salon space, where you can book a bespoke treatment with the talented hair and beauty connoisseurs. The premium treatments include manicures, pedicures, facials and hairstyling – all the prep you need for a night on the town.

Guests can also visit the Health Club and take a relaxing dip in the heated swimming pool, unwind in the steam room and sauna, or for something a little more rejuvenating, make use of the state-of-the-art gym, fitness classes and dance studio.


Royal Marine Hotel

★★★★

Want to stay in Dublin, but fancy a bit of peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre?

Then the historic Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire is just what you’re looking for. Overlooking the beautiful Dublin Bay and pier, this gorgeous spa hotel has something for everyone.

Relax in solitude in one of the nine private luxury treatment rooms, or for an even more more therapeutic experience, why not take a trip to the rock sauna or aromatherapy suite?

Other oases include the sansanaSPA’s exclusive mud and hydrotherapy chambers, the unique waterbed relaxation room, tropical showers and dry flotation suite, offering a total weightlessness experience where your body is enveloped in warm water while you stay dry.

Then, when you’re totally and utterly relaxed, snuggle down into your ‘pillow top’ bed with Egyptian cotton linen and order some delectable room service – you deserve it…


The Merrion Hotel

★★★★★

The Tethra Spa is located on the ground floor of the boutique Merrion Hotel, in the heart of the city centre.

Here you channel your inner goddess at this pseudo-Roman bath; the gorgeous 18m infinity swimming pool is set in French limestone, flanked by impressive columns and tiled in pretty turquoise mosaic, creating a wonderfully dreamy effect.

The Italian marble steam room also emulates this distinctly Roman vibe, and is beautifully relaxing and utterly opulent. The Tethra Spa’s calming interiors make it an ideal place to unwind, and to restore and invigorate both body and mind.

For the ultimate (but totally deserved) extravagance, consider the Total Indulgence package – it’s a full day of lush top-to-toe treatments that starts with a body polish, followed by a luxurious back, face and scalp massage and ending with a manicure and pedicure.

light healthy lunch is also included in this beauty day, as well as unlimited use of the pool, steam room and first-rate gym facilities – all the necessary ingredients for a perfect spa break in Dublin.


Castleknock Hotel

★★★★

The fully qualified therapists at the Tonic Health & Day Spa at the Castleknock Hotel specialise in all sorts of premium treatments to refresh mind, body and spirit during your spa weekend.

Why not treat yourself to a massage and facial? Or are you more into aromatherapy and reflexology? There’s also waxing, manicures, pedicures, beautiful Italian skincare and St Tropez spray-tanning for that year-long healthy, natural looking tan.

The Pamper Parties for adults have something for everyone, whether it’s the girls day out, the mum-to-be package, golfer’s tonic or couples escape.

These Pamper Parties make for the perfect weekends away in the city, whether you’re here for the shopping, the nightlife or just a romantic break.

After all, what could be better for both mind and body than a spa break with luxury relaxation rooms, soothing music and soft candlelight? Some might say it’s the perfect tonic, if you will…


The Dawson

★★★★

The spa at the Dawson, a beautiful townhouse hotel in the heart of the city centre, was justifiably awarded the title of Tatler Boutique Spa of the Year 2015.

With Trinity College at one end of the street and St. Stephen’s Green at the other, here you can find an oasis of calm a short stroll away from all of the capital’s key attractions.

You can forget about spring cleaning – the best way to welcome the warmer weather is to treat yourself to the ‘The Step into Spring’ package. This gorgeous spa break features an energising signature full body massage, a detoxifying and revitalising clay body wrap and a rejuvenating soak in the rosemary aroma bath.

Other treatments at the spa include Reiki & Reflexology, facial treatments and the classic beauty essentials including manicures, pedicures, shellac, waxing, tinting & threading treatments.

You can continue the healing at the Victorian-inspired Apothecary Bar, where you can try one of the elixirs, potions and Cure What Ails You.


Have you ever stayed in any of these hotels? Which was your favourite?