I am a bit of a spa nut. I love nothing better than a day at the spa, I don’t get to do it that often but when I do I looove it. I had some time off recently and as I’m a big believer in treating myself I booked in for a day in the ESPA spa at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt in Wicklow. Here’s how I got on, apologies in advance if this post got a bit long!…
I splashed out and booked an hour long facial and hour long massage. The lady was lovely on the phone when I rang, she suggested I arrive in the morning to enjoy the full day. The location is just stunning in the Powerscourt Gardens and when I arrived it was a gorgeous day and the leaves were just turning to Autumn colours. That really set me up for some serious relaxing.
When I arrived I was shown the changing rooms, the pool and the hammam suite downstairs. The changing rooms are very well equipped with massive showers, Espa toiletries and powerful hairdryers. The pool is a fabulous black crystal lit pool with about 20 loungers around it. At one end there is a big Jacuzzi. The hammam suite is like a big steam room and it’s pretty cool but I only lasted about 3 minutes in it, bloody roasting!
My lunch was so cute! It came in a bento box divided into four sections with a little gourmet treat in each. It had a mini tomato soup, Mediterranean salad, chicken caesar wrap and a little panacotta for desert. After lunch I headed upstairs to the relaxation room which I think is the gem of the spa. It overlooks the woods and the sugarloaf in the distance it is just fabulous. I’m raging I didn’t take any photos but I banned myself from contact with my phone for the day, so I’ve robbed the hotel photos! There are these fab loungers that are motorised to move the back up on down. With plenty of cosy pillows and blankets. There is all the tea, juice and healthy snacks you could want as well as some magazines if you fancy a read. I would move in there tomorrow if I could!
At 2pm I was called for my treatments and met by my lovely therapist Aisling (I really hope I got her name correct). She brought me in to a nice treatment room with a really cosy and warm feeling to it. Aisling was so thorough and talked me through every step of the massage and facial. She did a sensory test to see which oil would suit me most which I was impressed by. The massage was a hot stone massage and it was just amazing. The facial was also really high quality, she looked at my face under the UV lamp and I explained the issues I was having with my skin. All I can say is my skin just glowed after, the facial massage especially was fantastic.
After my treatments I had a snooze in the relaxation room and just felt totally blissed out. I then went into the women’s only thermal suite which has a jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom and heated beds. Because it was a Wednesday I had it all to myself. It was like my own personal spa. A great way to end a fab day.
The whole experience cost me €185 including lunch, it sounds pricey but ladies believe me it is worth it, I was there for 8 hours in total and left feeling totally relaxed. If I was going again I think I would only go during the week though, as I’d imagine it might not feel so calm at the weekend. Have you been? What’s your favourite spa? My next stop is the Ice House Hotel, I won a voucher to go to the spa there, very excited – I will report back!