How to Plan the Best Spa Break in Killarney, Co. Kerry


Posted : Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The charming town of Killarney in county Kerry, is one of the best spa destinations not just in Ireland but in the world. The area offers a wide range of options which are well-suited to day visits as well as longer spa breaks. The scenic natural surroundings of Killarney provide a perfect escape from the pressures of everyday life. In this blog, we will offer some general advice on how to plan a perfect spa break and also make some recommendations on our favourite spas in the region.

ESPA at The Europe


What to Know Before You Go

Before you book your spa break, there are a few things you will need to consider.

Firstly, how long do you intend to stay? In other words, do you want a day, a weekend, or a multi-day visit? Whatever duration you opt for, just be sure to schedule in enough time to explore the environs and to experience all of the other facilities that the spa has to offer (e.g. the pool, sauna, steam room).

Then ask yourself what the overall aim of your visit will be. Perhaps you wish to relax and detox from the pressures of modern life and revitalise your energy levels? Or maybe, you want to indulge yourself with some luxurious beauty treatments? Knowing your goals will help you design a visit that’s right for you.

You will have to select your treatments in advance, so be sure to do your research before making your choice. Read the spa brochure thoroughly and don’t hesitate to get in touch with the spa by phone if you need more information or recommendations.

If you are going in a group, then you should decide on who you are bringing with you well in advance. This will allow you to design a spa break that is perfectly catered to everyone’s needs. For example, a deluxe girly weekend will be very different to a romantic couple’s break. Be sure to choose someone who will enhance the day and will appreciate the experience as much as yourself.

First Time at the Spa?

If it is your first time going to a spa, then you should inform reception when you arrive. They will give you a run-down of a typical spa visit, offer recommendations, and will answer any questions that you may have.

What Should You Bring to the Spa?

Many first-timers often ask what clothes they should wear to the spa. We recommend opting for comfortable, loose-fitting clothes as many treatments involve oils that may cling to and stain your clothing. If you are going out after the spa visit, you may want to bring a change of clothes to something a bit smarter.

For the treatments, many body massages are usually received in the nude. However, your comfort will be the spa's primary responsibility, so if you prefer to wear a swimsuit or undergarments, you will certainly be allowed to do so. It is also good etiquette to bring a swimsuit for use in communal areas. In most cases, the spa will provide you with a robe and slippers for added comfort.

Generally speaking, we recommend leaving your phone behind. Relaxation is a major part of the spa experience, so it’s a welcome opportunity to just switch off and enjoy some quality me-time. However, you should feel free to bring a book if you want to read or headphones to listen to some soothing tunes.

Types of Spa Treatments

Spas today have diverse menus full of an endless array of treatments. While most spas put their own spin on traditional treatments, your options can essentially be broken down into four types:

  1. Massages: This involves a trained therapist who “practices the manual, or hands-on, movement of soft body tissues” often with the use of oils (Source: Northwestern Health Sciences University). Massage treatments can last anywhere between 30 – 90 mins. Some popular types of massage treatments include Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone massages.
  2. Facials: These are skin care treatments for the face. Facials encompass a variety of techniques such as cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extraction, facial masks, peels, and massage. Examples of common treatments include hydrating, hot stone, and microdermabrasion facials.
  3. Body Wraps: One of the lesser known spa treatments, a wrap aims to detoxify, hydrate and smooth the skin. The therapist applies a product to the entire body, wraps you in foil, and then puts on a blanket. This allows the body to sweat so that you can release toxins while also absorbing all the oils and nutrients from the products. These treatments are not advised for those who suffer from claustrophobia.
  4. Beauty Treatments: Some spas also offer professional beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures, and make-up.

How to Choose the Best Treatment for You

Before even looking at the spa menu, you will need to reflect on your desired outcome. For example, do you want to relieve stress, feel more energised, clear up your skin, or alleviate aching muscles? If you are struggling to select a treatment, then you should contact the spa beforehand to ask for advice. We strongly recommend getting in touch with the spa, if you:

  1. Suffer from an injury
  2. Want recommendations on clothes-on treatments
  3. Need advice on treatments that don’t require you to stay still for long periods.
  4. Would like guidance on treatments that have been specially designed for expectant and nursing mothers

If you are scheduling two treatments together, then we also recommend getting your massage before the facial. A body treatment should go before your massage. If the spa facility has a steam room, be sure to use this before your treatments so that your skin pores open up and absorb the oils better.

What to Do After Your Treatments

When planning your spa day, don’t rush right back into your frantic lifestyle. Why not make the most of your special day and schedule in some extra relaxation once you have finished your treatments? Perhaps you could treat yourself to a sophisticated afternoon tea or a nutritious lunch with some bubbly! Alternatively, you could take the opportunity to enjoy the natural world and go for a relaxing stroll.

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What Are the Best Spas in Killarney?

ESPA The Europe


ESPA at The Europe

Ideal for a blissful escape, this multi-award winning spa boasts an unbeatable location on the scenic shores of Loch Lein near the edge of Killarney. You will be spoilt for choice with a spa menu that is full of a diverse array of unique treatments. A superbly-equipped facility, ESPA at the Europe features a thermal suite, outdoor vitality pool, swimming pool, 16 Treatment Rooms, 2 Express Beauty Suites, Private Spa Suite for Two, and Manicure and Pedicure Thrones. It also has a beautiful spa café so you can enjoy a light bite after your day of indulgence.

Swimming Pool at the Dunloe Hotel & Gardens


The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens

The Dunloe Hotel offers a delightful treatment menu of relaxing facials and body massages. Treatments are provided in luxury rooms which have been designed to create a serene and calming space. Visitors to the leisure centre can also enjoy the hotel’s gym, steam room and sauna. There is also a stunning 25m pool with full-height windows that offer spectacular views of the Gap of Dunloe.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about the best spas in Killarney and Kerry.
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