The top luxury spa hotels in Kilkenny for a weekend break

By Emma Power,

Whether you’re in Kilkenny for its vibrant nightlife or to simply take in the sights, why not enjoy some well-deserved TLC in one of the gorgeous luxury spa hotels?

Top off a girls’ weekend away with some pre-dinner facials and afternoon tea, or if it’s a couples break you’re after, enjoy a romantic spell in the Jacuzzi after a day wandering hand-in-hand through the quaint city centre.

Whatever your reason for heading to a spa hotel in Kilkenny, we’ve got the one for you.


Lyrath Estate

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This elegant spa hotel is nestled in 170 acres of mature parkland, dotted with picturesque lakes and historic gardens just on the outskirts of Kilkenny city centre.

The bedrooms in the 17th-century manor house are furnished with four poster beds, walk-in wardrobes and roll-top baths, while luxury suites have dressing rooms, wet room showers and gas fireplaces. The opulent Penthouse includes special touches like fresh flowers, red wine and handmade chocolates.

Sit back and relax for a few hours in the Oasis Spa with its panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the estate, whether you choose exclusive treatments from Kerstin Florian and Elemis or a dip in the hydrotherapy pool.

Celebrate with afternoon tea in the brightly lit Atrium, as the large window runs the length of the restaurant and looks out over the courtyard and garden. At the weekends, it’s served in the Yew Restaurant with views of Lady Charlotte’s Gardens.


Hotel Kilkenny

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This modern spa hotel is located just a short stroll from the busy city centre, Kilkenny Castle and Gardens and Kilkenny MacDonagh Station, so if you’re looking to combine a city break with some TLC then you’re in luck.

Deluxe rooms at the hotel are adults-only, so you can be guaranteed a stylish stay that’s free from distractions. Situated in the new wing, the luxury rooms come with Italian marble bathrooms and generous king-size beds.

When it comes to dinner and drinks, try an expertly-made cocktail in the stylish Pure bar before a relaxed bistro-style experience in the hotel’s Taste restaurant.

Visit the Orchard Salon & Treatment Rooms for some R&R, like anti-ageing facials, body scrubs and massages. The thermal suite also features a 20-metre swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, or there’s a hair salon if you fancy getting dolled up.


Kilkenny Ormonde

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Located right in the heart of the medieval city centre, just two minutes off the lively high street, this contemporary spa hotel is a great base for a weekend break in Kilkenny.

Special occasion, or just looking to splash out? Located on the exclusive fourth floor, the signature Ormonde Suite offers you a private entrance hallway, separate living area, deluxe bathroom and a balcony with views of the famous Kilkenny Castle.

Make sure to treat yourself to a pre-dinner cocktail in the hotel’s glamorous bar, complete with a chic Art-Deco vibe, cosy snug and warm fire. There’s even live entertainment every Saturday night for after your meal.

After a busy day seeing the sights, what could be more relaxing than a spell in the thermal suite? You can also enjoy facials and massages with VOYA products in the KO spa, as well as manicures, pedicures and fake-tanning.


Springhill Court

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This stylish spa hotel is located just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny, and has been recently renovated so you can be sure you’ll have all the necessary mod cons during your stay.

Romantic weekend for two? Then why not go all out and stay in the Exclusive Suite, featuring a pretty four poster bed, separate seating area and period-style furniture.

The newly-refurbished Paddock Bar offers everything from light bites to a traditional carvery lunch, while the coffee dock is the best place for a catch-up over a cuppa. For something a bit more refined, try Oscar’s Bistro.

Enjoy a spot of TLC in the hotel’s spa and leisure club, which features a 19-metre deck-level swimming pool, sauna, peppermint-scented steam room, and Jacuzzi. There’s also a hair salon on the ground floor of the hotel and seven treatment rooms where you can be pampered in style.


Newpark Hotel

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Set in a luscious 40-acre estate just 10 minutes from the centre, this beautiful spa hotel is ideal for enjoying a weekend away with the girls or celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion.

The Ballinamore Penthouse is a truly sumptuous place, and includes its own private balcony boasting the best views of the grounds. Our personal favourite, however, is the luxurious executive room that comes with an outdoor hot tub on the terrace.

Continue the pampering in the hotel’s health club. After a refreshing dip in the 17m swimming pool, move to the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, or the spa’s pièce de résistance: the outdoor infinity pool with its underwater loungers and power jets.

When you’re finished your massage, tuck into delicate sandwiches and dainty pastries served on classic silverware. While the chandeliers sparkle from the ceiling all year-round, in the winter months a crackling fire warms the lobby, and the summertime sees grand flower arrangements.


Mount Juliet Estate Golf & Spa

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If you head just 20 minutes outside the city centre into County Kilkenny, you’ll stumble across this gorgeous country mansion set on a hill overlooking the River Nore, surrounded by 1500 acres of manicured parkland.

Check into one of the 32 Georgian-style Manor House rooms, the peaceful Hunter’s Yard just off the golf course, or the Rose Garden and Chauffeur’s Lodge for a home-from-home experience… plus a little extra luxury!

Escape from the world in the Treatment Suites and enjoy some holistic therapies, such as reflexology, Reiki and auricular therapy. Balance mind and body in the dry float experience, or indulge in a deep heat cocoon body wrap.

Elegant afternoon tea served is served daily from 1pm – 5pm, with a choice of classic Irish Breakfast or organic Darjeeling. Feeling a bit bold? Then go all out with a liquor coffee, or add a glass of Pimms or a Hendrick’s G&T.

Fancy getting some wind in your hair? With two-all weather arenas, show jumps and a 30-acre cross country course, the spa hotel is perfectly equipped for horse-riders of all levels.