The most luxurious spa retreats, the most effective treatments, here is the final edit of the Irish Tatler Spa of the Year 2014 award winners.

Irish Tatler Overall Spa of the Year - Monart Spa


Monart Spa

Monart Spa

It remains unparalleled’ was the unanimous sentiment at the judge’s table this year. Monart Spa has had a stellar year to, somehow, beat all others. Consistently ahead of the curve when it comes to pioneering treatments and new facilities, in the last 12 months the spa has welcomed a range of new packages, a brand new infra-red sauna treatment room and specialist detox retreats. Every minute detail is thought about and cared for at Monart and with plenty of everything from fresh fruit, health teas, experts such as nutritionists and personal trainers, it is quite simply the best place in Ireland to go for a thorough and holistic spa experience. “We were looking for things to mark down on,” remarked one judge, “and we simply couldn’t find any. Outstanding.”

Monart Spa, The Still, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Tel: 053 9238999
www.monart.ie

The Resort Spa of the Year - Oceo Spa at the Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel


Oceo Spa

Oceo Spa

The sleek setting of the Seafield Hotel is the perfect introdution to the extensive Oceo Spa. This luxurious resort spa has an impressive 14 treatment rooms, an indoor 16-metre hydrotherapy pool and an outdoor vitality pool as well as a dedicated mani and pedi area, a spa café and a number of heat treatment rooms. Carrying some of the best but lesser seen spa brands from Payot to Neom Organics, our judges were impressed by Oceo’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards year in, year out as well as the expertise of its therapists.

Seafield Golf and Spa Hotel, Ballymoney, Gorey,  Co Wexford
Tel: 053 942 4000
www.seafieldhotel.com

The Boutique Spa of the Year - The Chill Spa at the Ice House Hotel


The Chill Spa

The Chill Spa

The boutique award is dedicated especially to those properties that don’t have a large hotel setting but instead wow their clients in more intimate surrounds. The Chill Spa is this year’s finest example of that, having blown away our judges in every way from the chic styling to excellent customer service and expertly executed treatments. Blessed with a unique setting, the Chill Spa benefits from an outdoor sauna overlooking a river and outdoor hottubs. “This spa has instant wow factor,” said our judge, adding, “I give it 11 out of ten!”

The Ice House Hotel, The Quay, Ballina, Co Mayo
Tel: 096 23500
www.icehousehotel.ie

 The Hotel Spa of the Year - The Spa at the Heights at Aghadoe Heights Hotel


The Spa Aghadoe Heights

The Spa Aghadoe Heights

For a second year in a row, The Spa at the Heights at Aghadoe Heights Hotel takes home the award for best hotel spa. Newly carrying Irish brand VOYA, the personalised service and added touches keep this at the top of our judges’ list. “Every part of the experience, from the booking on the phone to the post-care treatment is seamless and perfect,” said this year’s visiting judge.

Aghadoe Heights Hotel, Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Co Kerry
Tel: 064 663 1766
www.aghadoeheights.com

The Best Body Treatment - Voya Yew Time Ritual at the Spa at the Heights at Aghadoe Heights Hotel


Aghadoe Heights

Aghadoe Heights

This luxurious treatment takes the spectacular surrounding Killarney National Park into this wonderful spa. Inspired by the word Aghadoe, which is Gaelic for ‘the hill of the two yew trees,’ this body ritual was created specially for this Killarney spa. Beginning with a Voya tea and foot soak, guests choose their own exfoliation ingredients before getting a full body scrub and being layered with a warm spiced Killarney woodland peat mud wrap. A pressure point scalp massage and a detoxifying seaweed treatment follows, completed with a muscle relaxing massage using oils from pine to juniper, peppermint and thyme. The result is utter bliss, exceptionally smooth skin and a wonderfully complete body treat experience.

Voya Yew Time Ritual (€195/135mins) Aghadoe Heights, Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Co Kerry
Tel: 064 663 1766
www.aghadoeheights.com

The Best Facial - Panpuri Restorative Jasmine Facial at the Spa at the Shelbourne


Shelbourne treatment room

Shelbourne treatment room

Using the exclusive Pañpuri skincare range, this facial draws on the legendary qualities of the purest white jasmine blossom to give a world class facial. Both soothing and hydrating, the skin is protected against free radicals with anti-oxidant properties and is given an instantly firmer and younger appearance. This comprehensive facial includes a dry scalp massage and shoulder stretch, double cleanse with purifying oil and milks based on skin type, a face and neck massage with lymphatic drainage and accupressure, hydrating masque, eye cream and the pièce de resistance – a mattifying silk dust made with silk powder and aloe so you can leave your treatment room looking refreshed and shine-free.

Pañpuri Restorative Jasmine Facial (€140/60mins) The Shelbourne, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 663 4500
www.theshelbourne.ie

The Best Service - The Island Spa at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa


Couple's Spa Suite, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Couple's Spa Suite, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

If there’s one area where Irish spas certainly outdo our international counterparts it’s service. Long-held favourite of Irish holidaymakers, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa offers a comforting home-from-home experience and our judges find on each visit that the levels of service are permanently high. “It’s warm and welcoming and little touches like a welcome drink on arrival, a complimentary pot of homemade jam on departure and a friendly smile from everyone you meet puts it at the top for service.”

Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Inchydoney Island, Clonakilty, Co Cork
Tel: 023 883 3143
www.inchydoneyisland.com

The Spa Style Award - Espa at Powerscourt Hotel


RC Powerscourt-ESPA serenity room

RC Powerscourt-ESPA serenity room

Indulgence is easy at the stunning ESPA at the Powerscourt Hotel. Elegant and sleek interiors are highlighted by the central Swarovski Crystal-lit heated pool and emphasised further by 20 treatment rooms, including a private spa suite. The dramatic, contemporary design complements the beauty of the nature it overlooks, with stone, wood and slate elements and its position in the Wicklow countryside means it also benefits from views of the Sugar Loaf. Impeccably beautiful, a true five star spa.

Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow
Tel: 01 274 8888
www.powerscourthotel.com

The Best Therapist - Alicja Horzela at the Chill Spa, Ice House Hotel


Spa Treatment Suite

Spa Treatment Suite

From start to finish, a treatment with Alicja Horzela is natural, relaxed and detailed. Striking the perfect balance between a soothing touch and expert precision, and although she has only been at The Ice House for a year, she has already built up a devoted client base. Down-to-earth service with a smile, she is praised for her ‘magic hands’ and her holistic approach to personalised spa therapy. Congratulations to Alicja for her outstanding work and for seriously impressing our judge with her extensive product and practise knowledge as well as unsurpassable service.

The Ice House Hotel, The Quay, Ballina, Co Mayo
Tel: 096 23500
www.icehousehotel.ie

The Innovation Award - Monart Spa at Monart Destination Spa


monart full

monart full

Always ahead of the curve, this year’s innovations at Monart Spa have exceeded all previous ones. As well as continuing to innovate with new packages such as the Summer Bootcamp and residencies from world-renowned experts (Alaskan masseuse Matthew Gale will be in residence this June and July), Monart has also introduced some pioneering new treatments with its spa product partner Pevonia. This award gives special mention to the revolutionary new Pro-Retinol facial peel, exclusive to Monart in Ireland. This professional, cosmeceutical grade treatment combines deepcleansing with a potent peel and micro-retinol treatment to reveal firmer, younger looking skin. The pre-treatment consultation is extensive and results after just one treatment go beyond what any conventional facial could hope to achieve. A full course promises even more.

Monart Spa, The Still, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Tel: 053 923 8999
www.monart.ie

The Best Package - The Chocolate Indulgence at Villa Spa at Killashee House


Rose Treatment Room

Rose Treatment Room

The deliciously named Chocolate Indulgence package grabbed our judges’ attention from the outset. The treatment package was commended for not only representing excellent value for money, but also for the innovative blend of two luxurious treats – massage and chocolate! This revitalising package begins with a muscle melt mint bath, which uses peppermint oil to soothe and goes on to include body brushing, a chocolate and orange salt scrub, chocolate mask a personally tailored facial, foot massage and a 30 minute relaxing dry flotation. After your nearly three hours of bliss, you’re escorted to the relaxation area with a warming cup of hot chocolate and some truffles to truly top off your day of zen. Divine.

Chocolate Indulgence (€99/165mins) Killashee House Hotel, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co Kildare
Tel: 045 879 277
www.killasheehouse.com

The People's Choice Award - Fota Spa at Fota Island Resort and Spa


Fota Island Spa

Fota Island Spa

It remains one of the most highly coveted awards – the one chosen by our readers. Taking the top spot this year is the spa at the five star Fota Island Resort. Floor to ceiling glass looks out over the resort’s woodland, while the spa facilities include a heated pool with massage jets and a hydrotherapy suite that works at reinvigorating tired legs and feet. Treatments are carried out by the expert team in one of 18 treatment rooms and the extensive spa menu includes treatments by Kerstin Florian, Comfort Zone and the pregnancy specialists Mamma Mio.

Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Co Cork
Tel: 021 488 3700
www.fotaisland.ie