The top luxury spa hotels in Galway for a weekend break

By Emma Power,

Our top picks of luxury spa hotels in Galway are sure to take your weekend break in this favourite Irish city to the next level.

After a day wandering around the boutiques and cafes of the bustling Latin Quarter, what could be more relaxing than returning to your hotel and unwinding in an outdoor hot tub?

Or before a night on the town – Galway is renowned for its nightlife, after all – why not enjoy some pampering beauty treatments with the girls?

Whatever your reason for visiting the gorgeous West of Ireland, it’s worth your while heading to one of these spa hotels in Galway – promise.

Galway Bay Hotel

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Grab your other half and head to this traditional spa hotel in Galway for a romantic couple’s weekend. The hotel enjoys a stunning seafront location along the Wild Atlantic Way on Galway’s Blue Flag Beach, yet is just a mere five minutes from the city centre, so you can make the most of Galway’s vibe.

The luxury Galway Suites boast the best views in the hotel, stretching out over the sea and towards the beautiful Burren Hills. And just in case sunsets over the sea weren’t romantic enough, you’ll also get extra touches like chocolate-covered strawberries to share with your loved one.

Celebrating a special occasion on your spa break? Then consider indulging in some fine dining in the Lobster Pot Restaurant – it plates up some of the freshest seafood and locally-sourced produce around, of course paired with great wine and a relaxed atmosphere.

Don’t let the pampering stop there, though; a spell in the spa is the best way to wrap up the weekend before returning to reality, whether it’s with a detoxifying hot oil massage or a dip in the calming bubble pool and massage fountain.

Salthill Hotel

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Located on the spectacular promenade just a two minute walk from the beach, this gorgeous Galway spa hotel is perfect for enjoying some fresh sea air alongside your R&R.

To make the most of the spa hotel’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, stay in the Signature Seaview Rooms. The suites overlook the beautiful Galway Bay and rolling Clare Hills, and there’s nothing more relaxing than watching the waves in the morning with a cup of tea.

While you’re there, if you can tear yourself away from the views, make sure you check out the Ocean Fitness Health Club with its 25-metre swimming pool and heated 18-metre hydrotherapy pool. Plus, get ready to enjoy the bubbles in the whirlpool and unwind in the sauna and steam room.

Once you’re finished in the spa, head to the Blackrock Bar & Terrace. It serves tasty pub grub in a relaxed yet buzzy environment, and the balconette area next to the restaurant means you’re free to savour the atmosphere while admiring the sunset over the water. Bliss.

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

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Located on the banks of Lough Atalia, this fabulous Galway spa hotel enjoys peaceful views over the bay while still being just a five-minute walk from Eyre Square and the city’s bustling Latin Quarter.

Located on the hotel’s fourth floor, the Junior and Deluxe Suites are contemporary, spacious, and beautifully decorated, perfect if you feel like splashing out just a little. Savour the first fresh cup of coffee in the morning from your personal Nespresso machine as you look out over Lough Atalia.

Hide away from the world for a couple of hours in the Spirit One spa. Offering a range of relaxing treatments and thermal suite experiences, the spa also features a stunning Greco-Roman style pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and even an outdoor hot tub that looks out over the lake…

You can’t leave the hotel without dining in RAW, the top-floor destination restaurant serving Atlantic fish and seafood via an exciting selection of authentic Japanese sushi and sashimi dishes, courtesy of Chef Hisashi Kumagai.

The G Hotel and Spa

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This ultra-chic Galway spa hotel is the perfect choice for your girly getaway; designed by renowned milliner and Galway native Philip Treacy, the hotel is stylishly decorated with bespoke interiors and lots of personality.

If you’re lucky enough to have money to burn, then why not check out the pure unadulterated luxury of the Linda Evangelista Suite? The gigantic penthouse boasts its very own private terrace, the perfect spot for enjoying a well over-due catch up with the gals – over some bubbly, of course!

The ESPA spa is spread over two floors of the hotel and features unparalleled pampering facilities, such as 12 treatment rooms, a vitality hydro pool, a crystal steam room, lifestyle rain showers, a rock sauna and a rooftop Zen bamboo terrace.

Once you’re suitably relaxed, wrap up the weekend of indulgence of with a perfectly instagram-able spot of gin afternoon tea in the signature lounge (Galway gin with Fever Tree tonic – nothing but the best) accompanied by the tinkling tunes of the hotel’s resident pianist.

Twelve Hotel

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Get ready to enjoy a chic spa break in this boutique hotel. Set in a restored 19th-century stone building, this stylish Galway spa hotel lies in Barna village centre along the road to Spiddal, less than a 5-minute walk from the pier and the sea.

While all of the rooms are beautifully designed, our personal favourite is Suite X11 – how could you resist unwinding in your very own in-room hot tub, or in front of the open fireplace? There’s also a large double shower, two giant 32” LCD TVs and a wet bar – order room service and you may never want to leave…

The intimate Le Petit Spa features a single treatment room, and the signature therapy is the Hot ‘Herbal Bag’ Massage.A 60-minute treat using herbs and seaweed to gently massage your body, the treatment can be adjusted to your favourite scent, whether you prefer chamomile, peppermint or fennel.

Foodies should check out the seasonally-inspired, locally sourced cuisine at West, the sleek San-Fran style club restaurant decorated in smooth dark wood. Sink into one of the cosy booths and make sure you check out the champagne bar, serving up to twenty different types of wines and bubbles by the glass.

Hotel Meyrick

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Overlooking the world-famous Eyre Square, this historical spa hotel in Galway first opened its doors in 1852, and has been welcoming guests to its prime city-centre location ever since.

For a spa break in Galway, why not spend a night or two in a suite? Junior Suites are decorated in a graceful Victorian style with grand sash windows and beautiful Italian marble bathrooms. Upgrade to an Executive Suite and you’ll enjoy views of the square or the bay.

To truly spoil yourself, why not unwind in the hotel’s luxury spa? The onsite leisure facility features a Jacuzzi, hammam and our personal favourite, the Canadian outdoor hot tub – the only way to unwind after a day exploring the city.

Top your spa weekend off with a spot of afternoon tea in the Parlour Lounge; served in front of the fine marble fireplace, it’s an elegant and indulgent affair, and you can even make a day of it by adding a glass of Prosecco.