What’s better than a glamorous hotel reception on your big day? A glamorous hotel reception next door to a spa, of course! Here’s our pick of our favorite hotel spa venues – go on and treat yourself!
There’s nothing we at the Wedding Journal love more than a lovely relaxing spa treatment – apart from maybe a lovely relaxing spa treatment followed by a big plate of cupcakes.
So that’s why we’re eyeing the latest wedding trend with deep interest – the wedding reception at a spa resort!
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A few years ago, your big day at a hotel and spa probably wouldn’t have left you with much time to enjoy the pampering facilities, but things are definitely changing.
Now with the changing style of weddings, we’re seeing more and more couples opting for an extended wedding, inviting a smaller number of guests to share their nuptial celebrations for 3-4 days instead of just one.
With honeymoons restricted to closer to home, an extended wedding is the perfect opportunity to chill out after all the hyper-excitement of the wedding day itself and enjoy relaxing with your nearest and dearest.
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And what better way to chill out than to take advantage of the wonderful spa facilities that many hotels have developed – with everything on tap from masseurs in the treatment rooms to hot tubs overlooking magnificent gardens.
So don’t be in a hurry to pack your bag and rush off without taking advantage of everything your hotel has to offer – and take the time to unwind with your new other half!
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Here’s our pick of our favourite places to chillax after – or before – a wedding!
Unwind, de-stress and indulge at the Zen Day Spa next to the 4-star Dromhall Hotel, which uses exceptional spa products from Aurora Organic Products, as well as luxurious treatment rooms and personal service. Signature treatments include the Aromatherapy Ritual For Ladies and Gentlemen’s Time Out.
The magnificent five-star Culloden Estate and Spa was originally built as an official palace for the Bishops of Down and stands in 12 acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland. As a result of renovation work last year, the Spa now features both a new linear vitality pool with garden views a Tylarium, a combination of a sauna and steam bath, and a larger steam room, including a feature shower. The new Sequoi Treatment Room is perfect for couples who wish to receive a treatment together.
Nestled in a wooded vale beside the tumbling waters of the River Inagh, in County Clare, the Falls Hotel is an eco friendly three-star hotel. Its River Spa and Aqua & Fitness Club is a wonderful spot for rejuvenation of the body and mind, with four of the 12 treatment rooms incorporated into a 1700s stable building. The spa is currently offering bathing ceremonies and Rasul treatment.
The Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort’s signature treatment, the tranquillity pro-sleep massage, is an innovative experience acting on three different sensorial pathways for profound relaxation. Whether you are looking to pamper yourself or soothe tense muscles,The River Spa is the perfect place to do it.
The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford has recently launched its new Thermal and Wellness suite. Indulge in a luxurious pamper session with a range of deluxe products such as Voya and Elemis which are sure to give your skin a healthy and luminous boost. Leave your worries at the door, as expertly trained therapists will take care of all your needs, and slip into to a world of total peace and luxury.
Set on a lush peninsula in the Fermanagh Lakelands, Lough Erne Resort exudes a calming aura. Its team of expertly trained Thai and European therapists use award winning spa products to deliver the luxurious spa treatment menu. Unwind in the Crystal Aroma Steam Room, Light Therapy Sauna and Tropical Rain Shower.
Oceo Spa at Seafield Hotel and Spa Resort in Wexford has not only been named European Residential Spa of the Year, but also Global Luxury Hotel Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards. The owners describe it as a quiet, spacious, luxurious, dark, warm cocoon of escapism, peace, contentedness and tranquillity – which sounds perfect!
Shore Island Spa at Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Co Galway, offers soothing massages, luxurious facials, rejuvenating scrubs, wonderful spa packages, tanning, waxing, professional make-up application and more. The specialised Yon Ka treatments care for your every need from advanced facials, Hot Stone Therapy, essential body massages, envelopments, rituals, to half day and full day Spa Packages.
The Spa at the beautiful lakeside Killyhevlin Hotel in Enniskillen has collaborated with Elemis to provide the most luxurious treatments from a unique blend of cultures around the world including Bali and Thailand. The spa-therapy menu has been individually designed to fulfill every lifestyle need from power-boosting anti-ageing facials and hands-on body therapies, to exotic rituals and detox therapies.
The famed Thermal Spa Village, the first of its kind in Ireland, is the jewel in the crown of the Galgorm, with manicured gardens revealing meandering paths that lead you on your journey of rediscovery. Facilities include saunas, snow cabin, Celtic Sauna, River House relaxation space and eco-friendly Riverside Bathing Tubs, as well as indoor and outdoor pools, the famed Vitality Pool, cabanas, Salt Cave and experience showers.
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