Luxury spa hotels in Ireland for a girls’ weekend break

By Emma Power,

Nothing says ‘girls weekend away’ quite like a night or two in one of Ireland’s best luxury spa hotels, whether it’s a big birthday bash, low-key hen party or maybe even a Mother’s Day surprise.

After all, what could be better than grabbing a couple of girlfriends and enjoying a well-overdue catch-up over facials, sumptuous afternoon tea and a few (too many) glasses of bubbly?

We’ve handpicked our favourite spa hotels in Ireland that are sure to fit everyone’s tastes and budgets, and in all four provinces so you never need to travel too far, so there’s no excuse not to finally #treatyoselves.


Spa hotels in Leinster for a girls’ reunion

The K Club

Kildare

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Say bonjour to this gorgeous French-château-style spa resort, nestled in a spectacular 550-acre country estate just 40 minutes from Dublin.

The K Spa covers 20,000 sq ft with seven luxe treatment rooms, a Hammam, outdoor hot tub, Vichy shower and Rasul chamber. Enjoy a seaweed hot stone massage or go full-on Ariel with a Mermaids Purse Body Wrap.

Afternoon tea is served in the elegant Chinese Drawing Room. The three-tiered silver stand boasts freshly baked scones topped with jam and cream, pastries and finger sandwiches, and of course tea and coffee. Yum!


Druids Glen Resort

Wicklow

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You girls deserve some TLC away from the city, so check out this fab golf resort and spa hotel set in 400 acres of rolling countryside, just 30 minutes from Dublin.

The cosy spa is softly lit and with the gentle aroma of essential oils, it’s the perfect place for you and the gals to unwind. When you’ve finished your massages, why not visit the Jacuzzi, plunge pool or steam room?

Treat yourselves to a seasonal afternoon tea in the conservatory, as the hotel teams up with local suppliers to serve the freshest produce; the autumn menu features tasty special creations like warm blackberry bread.


The Marker

Dublin

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Fancy a slick urban retreat for your next girls spa weekend? Then look no further than the sleek and chic Marker Hotel in Dublin’s trendy Docklands district.

The cocoon-like spa is clad in charcoal Kirkstone and luxurious walnut floors, and features a huge Jacuzzi, as well a sauna, eucalyptus-scented steam room and impressive 23-metre long infinity pool.

The rooftop bar and terrace is the best place to unwind after your treatment, of course with a cocktail in hand! Sit back in the sophisticated lounge area and take in the stunning cityscape with your favourite people by your side.


Spa hotels in Munster for a girls’ night away

Cliff House Hotel

Waterford

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Overlooking the spectacular Ardmore Bay, this modern, deluxe spa hotel channels some serious boutique vibes as well as boasting unrivalled sea views.

The spa’s piece de resistance is a toss-up between the two outdoor stone baths where you can breathe in the fresh sea air, the spectacular 15m indoor infinity pool or the natural outdoor rock pool.

Afternoon tea is an elegant affair, with an emphasis on local produce – think  Yawl Bay Crab with lemon and scallion or organic West Cork smoked salmon with cucumber. Who could say no to that?


The Kingsley

Cork

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Right, it’s time to grab the girls and head to this contemporary spa hotel in Cork city, where you can enjoy gorgeous riverside views alongside your well-deserved R&R.

The thermal suite features a hammam, Finnish sauna and spa pool, as well as aromatherapy steam baths and tropical rain showers. We recommend going all out with a champagne and caviar body wrap, because why not?

Afternoon tea is served in the K Lounge, the relaxed and stylish lobby that looks out onto the picturesque River Lee. Why not go all out and treat yourselves to some bubbly as well? (We won’t tell).


The Europe Hotel and Resort

Kerry

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This spa hotel is one of Ireland’s most popular 5-star resorts thanks to its incredible setting on the shores of Loch Léin, and should definitely make your list.

You and the girls MUST check out the beautiful spa with its ice fountain, outdoor vitality pool, indoor infinity pool and crystal steam rooms – you can thank us later.

The restaurant has a terrace for al fresco dining, where food is cooked right in front of you by award-winning chefs, and there’s also a cheese platter that is just begging to be paired with a bottle (or two) of great wine.


Spa hotels in Connacht for a girly getaway

Lough Rea Spa

Galway

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Overlooking Loughrea Lake, this stylish and modern spa hotel is one of the loveliest in Ireland, and located in one of our all-time favourite Irish cities.

The hotel’s spa is an oasis of calm, featuring five luxury treatment rooms, experience showers, an ice fountain, samarium, steam room, sauna, and even a dark and light relaxation room.

You and the gang will love the rooftop garden with its panoramic views of Loughrea Lake and the mountains beyond. With chic wooden decking, a spectacular gin menu and afternoon tea, you won’t regret visiting.


Knockranny House Hotel & Spa

Mayo

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With views over Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay’s islands and the Nephin Mountains, this four-star spa hotel in Westport has you and the girls written all over it.

The spa’s facilities are second-to-none, with a luxe vitality pool, mud chamber, monsoon shower, herbal sauna and selection of scented steam rooms.

Afternoon tea in La Fougére restaurant is a real treat, with a nod to the old-world glamour of the 1920s and 30s movie-industry. It’s the only way to wrap up a spa session, darling.


Sheraton Athlone

Athlone

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This contemporary spa hotel overlooks the River Shannon in the lively Athlone town centre, an ideal base for your girls weekend away.

The first-rate spa features three feature pools, a Rasul chamber and eight contemporary suites where you can enjoy holistic treatments like an Indian head massage or reflexology.

The Sheraton Bar is the perfect place for a spot of afternoon tea, tapas or a delicious cocktail, and guaranteed to take your girls weekend of pampering to the next level.


Spa hotels in Ulster for a pampering gals break

Hillgrove Hotel Leisure & Spa

Monaghan

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This modern and funky spa hotel is a great spot for you and the girls to enjoy some down time.

Whether you fancy checking out the Rasul chamber, herbal sauna and monsoon showers or the pedi spas, outdoor hot tub and tanning room, there’s something for everyone!

Then check out the stylish afternoon tea with a modern twist in the Toulouse-Lautrec Lounge, a spacious open-plan lounge with a private bar and warm inviting fireplace.


Radisson Blu Farnham Estate

Cavan

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Set on a magnificent 1,300-acre country estate on the outskirts of Cavan town, Farnham Estate is one of Ireland’s most popular golf and spa hotels,a and it’s easy to see why.

The 44,000 sq ft spa shares the same designer as the Waldorf Astoria in New York, so you know that the infinity pool, aroma steam bath, amethyst-salt inhalation room and Finnish sauna are second-to-none.

Underneath Farnham House is the Wine Goose Cellar Bar, an atmospheric bar that’s the perfect venue for you and the girls to enjoy some wine tasting thanks to its extensive wine list, or even a relaxed dinner.


Culloden Estate and Spa

Belfast

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Set in 12 acres of grounds in the Holywood Hills overlooking Belfast Lough is the beautiful 19th-century mansion Culloden Estate and Spa.

The spa features a marble eucalyptus steam room, hot tub and even a deluxe dance studio, if you and the girls feel like working up a sweat before going for a refreshing dip in the pool.

Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea in the cosy Crozier lounge and catch up with the girls in comfort by the open fire. You could even take it to the next level and upgrade with a glass of Prosecco or champagne!