Five Rejuvenating Castle Stays with Spas

There’s no denying that we all want to be treated like royalty from time to time – and there’s no shame in that. We’ve found five of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels with spas, so you can treat yourself to a regal and revitalising night away.

Five Rejuvenating Castle Stays

Ashford Castle, Mayo

Elegance waits around every corner at Ashford Castle in Mayo. With plenty of room for wandering, the 350-acre estate is kept pristine year-round for visitors to enjoy. Inside, you’ll find more than a few spots to hide away and take some time to yourself, with sophistication and warmth emanating from each room.

Wellness is of utmost importance here, with the spa offering the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Indulge in a visit to the relaxation pool, the essence infused steam room or the hammam, among other facilities designed to help you find your zen.

Lough Erne, Donegal

Step into an evening of comfort and class at Donegal’s Lough Erne Resort. Promising a great night’s sleep, each bedroom is uniquely lavish, with elegant furnishings and lots of room for activity. There are plenty of opportunities to dine in class, whether it’s afternoon tea or an evening of fine dining in the Catalina Restaurant.

The resort’s Thai Spa is ideal for those seeking serenity during their stay. Choose between massages, aromatherapy and detoxifying body wraps – to name just a few. Complete the experience with a visit to the wellness facilities. Guests are invited to use the infinity pool, light therapy sauna, crystal aroma steam room and jacuzzi.

Glenlo Abbey, Galway

The exquisite Glenlo Abbey Hotel and Estate welcomes guests with open arms. The warmth of the decor can be felt from the second you step in the door – and the open fire at reception certainly helps.

Although there’s more than enough to catch the eye, the Pullman Restaurant deserves an honourable mention. There are few things more impressive than a magnificent dining room aboard two train carriages from the original Orient Express.

Find your way to inner peace at Glenlo Abbey’s Glo Spa, overlooking Lough Corrib and the 138-acre estate. Treat yourself to a massage, skincare treatment or body treatment, and spend an afternoon unwinding in one of the relaxation suites or on the tranquility terrace.

Dromoland Castle, Clare

Luxury is all around Dromoland Castle, from the grand hallways to the drawing room and cocktail bar, all dressed in royal red. Spend a night in one of the hotel’s fabulously fancy bedrooms, or splash out on a suite if you’re looking for that little bit more.

Settle into the tranquility of your surroundings and relax in one of the hotel’s designated treatment rooms. Whether you’re looking to release some tension with a signature massage, or you’re after a revitalising skin care treatment, Dromoland Castle ticks all the boxes.

Kilkea Castle, Kildare

Spend a night in Kildare’s Kilkea Castle, decorated to suit the highest of tastes. With rich colours, sturdy wooden furnishings and graceful chandeliers throughout, the castle’s elegance is detectable from the moment you arrive. Dine in style in Restaurant 1180, overlooking the castles rose garden and the golf course’s 18th hole.

Find the perfect spot for relaxation at Kilkea Castle’s spa. With a whole menu of treatments including facials, massages, wraps and scrubs, there’s bound to be something to help you feel more like yourself. The thermal suite is a major highlight, offering a mixture of temperatures designed to detoxify, purify and relax.


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Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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