January in Ireland: Unique wellness experiences

Adare Manor

With an abundance of natural beauty and a diverse array of activities set in picturesque locations, the island of Ireland has much to offer those in search of a rejuvenating January escapes from seaweed baths to yoga retreats.

Curated with the wellness seeker in mind, Tourism Ireland presents a diverse selection of retreats, luxury wellness experiences, health treatments and more set amongst the country’s most tranquil and idyllic locations to restore body, mind and soul.

Located only a seven-hour flight from the UAE with multiple daily direct flights from Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi Airport and hotel packages available, an authentic Irish wellness escape to the island of Ireland is the perfect way to kick-start the new year. Lush greenery and crisp, mild temperatures create the perfect environment for an enriching and memorable wellness experience.  

Cashel Palace, Tipperary
Set within a magnificent regal manor dating back to 1732 with captivating views of the iconic Rock of Cashel, Cashel Palace is a recently restored destination hotel exuding old-world luxury in an enchanting setting. Catering to the wellness seeker in search of an elevated experience, Cashel Palace boasts an exceptional spa marrying state-of-the-art facilities with luxurious treatments.  

Visitors to the spa can delight in unique al fresco bathing rituals including a seaweed bath, mud bath or aromatic salt bath starting from AED153 ($41.6) per person. Indoors, guests can restore inner balance with an invigorating session in the decadent indoor pool, relaxing Jacuzzi and superior Klafs steam room and sauna. A range of signature experiences is also available including scrubs and wraps in addition to holistic therapies including reflexology and massages.

For those in search of some pampering, the ‘SKIN By Olga Spa Stay’ offers a rare opportunity to consult with one of Ireland’s leading aestheticians combined with a stay in one of Cashel Palace’s stunning Garden Wing Superior Rooms. This includes a tailored two hour treatment, access to all spa facilities for an additional AED77 to existing room rates.

Room rates start from AED1,226 ($333.7) for two people sharing a double room.

Sólás na Mara Seaweed Baths, Waterford
One of Ireland’s oldest therapies is a key feature at Sólás na Mara Seaweed Baths in Waterford. Bathing in seaweed has been shown to lower body stress, relieve skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema and acne while also showing to be beneficial in the treatment of muscle aches and joint stiffness. Visitors to the baths will discover these amazing health benefits of the marine algae while soaking in a warm and comforting indoor seaweed bath. Visitors can also combine the seaweed experience with a massage for an ultimate pampering day out.

Prices start at AED135 for a one-hour single seaweed bath and signature seaweed facials are available for AED288.

Burren Yoga Retreats, Co. Clare
Located in ‘The Burren’, Co. Clare, one of Ireland’s most compelling and unique landscapes, The Burren Yoga and Meditation Retreat is a luxury destination retreat with expert yoga and meditation teachers. Burren Yoga Retreats offers different packages fur durations of two to six days, with an eclectic itinerary featuring daily excursions in the nearby hills, stand-out vegetarian gastronomy from talented chefs and Vinyasa, Bikram, YogaLates, and meditation sessions.

Rates start at AED6,485 for a six-day retreat.

Galgorm Estate, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland
For the lovers of luxury, zen-seekers and foodies alike, Galgorm Estate is Northern Ireland’s premier luxury Hotel and Spa situated only 30 minutes from Belfast. Set within 380 acres of lush parkland with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm Resort has a truly unique setting. Galgorm Estate offers day packages and overnight packages to create a truly memorable wellness experience that will leave guests rejuvenated and relaxed.

The two-night ‘Spa Retreat’ includes two nights’ bed and breakfast with dinner one evening for two people sharing in addition to afternoon tea and a 60-minute treatment per guest from only AED 3,028. Day guests can also delight in a range of different packages from ‘Detox Therapy’ ‘Refocus and Balance’, ‘Forest Thermal Experience’ and ‘Forest Bathing Experience, starting from 426 AED per person, which excludes an overnight stay. A fitness centre and skin clinic also feature at the resort, providing guests with a 360-approach to wellness.

Adare Manor, Co. Limerick
Adare Manor ranked first place in the 2022 Conde Nast Readers Choice Awards for ‘Best Resort’ and is recognized globally for its gothic splendour, unparalleled guest service, lavish décor and sumptuous dining options.

The stately manor house is set on hundreds of acres of manicured lawns with impressive wellness facilities and activities. For the fitness enthusiast, Adare Manor boasts Ireland’s first custom-built padel court, a state-of-the-art gym and a sports simulation room. For something more restorative, yoga, Pilates and barre all take place in a well-equipped studio with mesmerizing views across the estate. To unwind, guests can escape to the enticing spa and pool with nearby treatment rooms offering a range of therapies including the ‘Rose Gold Renaissance’ a recalibrating ritual of rose-quartz crystals and gold sheet masks to leave skin luminous.

Guests can also delve into a range of healthy and delicious meals and snack options from the talented and passionate culinary team who make use of Ireland’s best artisan and seasonally produced ingredients.

Adare Manor has a range of stay packages catering to wellness including the ‘Adare Manor Two Night Retreat’ which includes two nights luxurious accommodation for two people including breakfast each morning, one evening meal for two in The Carriage House Restaurant, starting from AED 2958 for two people sharing. For the adventure-seeker, there is the ‘Adare Manor Activity Package which includes a one night stay, an activity of choice such as archery, falconry, clay pigeon shooting or fishing and breakfast from AED 3439. Guests can also opt to book a room and delight in spa experiences as add-ons, with double rooms starting from AED2,670, including breakfast.

Cloona Health Retreat, Mayo
A retreat for the mind, body & spirit, Cloona Health Retreat in Ireland’s West Coast is a long-established centre dedicated to cleansing and detox therapies involving activities such as yoga, walking, diet and more. Situated in a charming converted woollen mill, restored by Tibetan monks in the 1960s, Cloona lies close to the sea, half way between Croagh Patrick and the heritage town of Westport in a diverse landscape of woods, hills, valleys and breathtaking views. Cloona offers a selection of different styles of retreat for different goals including weight-loss, detox and rebalancing. All retreats are for periods of seven days with limited spaces available to ensure an intimate and private retreat experience.
Prices starting from AED3,255 for a 5-day retreat.

With Skycanner revealing 2022 travel trends and including Ireland within the top 10 destinations for UAE and KSA travellers, there never has been a better time to book that wellness escape to the emerald isle. Citizens of the UAE can travel visa-free for stays under 90 days and other nationalities travelling from the UAE can apply for a tourist visa from VFS Global. – TradeArabia News Service