Cork city’s top luxury spa hotels for a weekend break

By Emma Power,

Take your city break in Cork to the next level and check into one of these gorgeous luxury spa hotels.

Whether it’s a romantic weekend for two or a girls’ getaway, you deserve some TLC, and a spa break in the city means you get the best of both worlds; after a day of seeing what the Rebel County has to offer, what could be better than unwinding in a sauna, or a pre-dinner spell in the Jacuzzi?

We’ve got options to suit all tastes and budgets, so all you need to do is grab those cucumber slices!


Hayfield Manor

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For a luxurious experience in this spa hotel, check into one of the gorgeous suites. The canopy king-size bed means you can sleep in style, and the marble fireplace ensures everything is nice and cosy.

Get ready to indulge and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea in Orchids dining room, where you can listen to the piano as you look out over the gorgeous private grounds. To truly treat yourself, add a glass (or two) of bubbly.

Unwind in the Beautique Spa with its six deluxe treatment rooms boasting chandeliers and antique furnishings. Why not take a dip in the heated indoor pool overlooking the walled gardens, or relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi?


Maryborough Hotel and Spa

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Why not go all out and stay in the Spa Jacuzzi Rooms? Open-plan and chic, they’re perfect for couples as they come with a double Jacuzzi and double vanity unit – no need to share!

The spa itself is surrounded by three-hundred year old gardens, and boasts a fantastic thermal suite; think aroma steam bath, rock sauna, vitality pool, lifestyle showers and ice fountain.

For an extra treat, indulge in some pre-dinner cocktails in the onsite Bellini Bar, with its extensive wine list and local craft beers from the Franciscan Well.


Imperial Hotel Flynn Cork

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Special occasion? Then a night or two in The Penthouse is sure to win you some points, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop wrap-around balcony with outdoor seating, Jacuzzi baths and fireplace.

After your lie-in, make your way to the Escape spa for some pampering. The vitality suite features tropical, rain and mist showers, aroma and salt grottos and even an Evian hydrotherapy pool.

A private booth in Seventy Six on the Mall is the perfect place for a romantic dinner after a lazy afternoon in the spa. Tuck into some tasty tapas coupled with a really good bottle of wine, and take in the lively atmosphere of the bar.


Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Cork

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Spend a lazy afternoon in the hotel’s Retreat Spa, whether you fancy lounging in the 18-metre hydrotherapy pool with bubble loungers and massage seats, or getting a beauty treatment in one of the nine exclusive relaxation rooms.

You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking, whether it’s a casual glass of wine in the Banks bar or a tasty dinner from the grill in Maestro’s Bistro

Choose one of the luxury suites to complete your stay. Decked out with great perks like a sleek Nespresso coffee machine and a separate living room to chill out in, the suites ensure your stay is more than comfortable.


The Kingsley

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This modern spa hotel in Cork city allows you to enjoy beautiful riverside views alongside your well-deserved R&R. Make the most of the location in the two-story penthouse with its very own outdoor Jacuzzi on the balcony.

The hotel’s thermal suite features a Finnish sauna, hammam and spa pool, as well as aromatherapy steam baths, chromotherapy rooms and tropical rain showers, so there’s plenty of opportunities to relax.

Afternoon tea is served in the K Lounge, the stylish lobby overlooking the picturesque River Lee. Upgrade to the Prosecco Afternoon Tea for an extra-special treat – you won’t regret it, promise.


Rochestown Park Hotel

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If you really want to splash out, then you’ve got to stay in the Presidential Suite. Channelling a mix of 1940s glamour and art-deco style, the suite features a four-seater cinema, separate dining area and marble bathroom.

When it comes to pampering, you can visit the thalossotherapy suite for some holistic treatments, or the Beauty Rooms and Glitz Nail Bar for a make-over.

After a spell in the spa, enjoy locally-sourced, seasonal fare while you dine al fresco in Sutton’s Terrace no matter the weather, thanks to the powerful outdoor heaters and roof cover.


River Lee Hotel

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We love the Deluxe Rooms, with their extra luxury touches like Nespresso machines, duck down duvets and soft bathrobes. You even get access to the Executive Lounge that serves complimentary refreshments all day long.

Treat yourselves to afternoon tea in the gorgeous Weir Rooms overlooking the water. During summer, the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine, or if it’s colder you can snuggle under a Donegal tweed blanket.

For some ultimate R&R, pay a visit to the hotel’s wellness centre; here you can take a dip in the 20m swimming pool, or lounge in the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room facilities.


Oriel House

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Check yourself into one of the boutique-style Tobin or Ellis Collection Suites for a truly chic experience. The stylish double bedrooms are immaculately designed, with plush furniture, striking artwork and marble bathrooms.

If you can bring yourself to leave the comfort of your suite, the leisure centre will be waiting for you downstairs with its 25-metre swimming pool, infinity resistance pool, 8-seater Jacuzzi, steamroom and sauna.

After a well-deserved lie-in, make your way to the Bar & Bistro or Courtyard for a lazy brunch. Served from 10 am – 12 pm, the brunch has all the classics like indulgent French Toast, American-style pancakes and Eggs Benedict.

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