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20 Mother and Daughter Spa Hotel Breaks in Ireland – That Won’t Break The Bank

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Treat yourself and your Mum to a quick break away. I have selected 20 spa hotel breaks in Ireland from €45 per person including breakfast!

Spa hotel breaks always sounds expensive, but they don’t have to be. All of the hotels listed below are four or five-star, highly rated on Tripadvisor, and all cost less than €95 per person! I have priced these based on staying the 28th February, but if that date doesn’t suit, simply edit the dates when you click on the links below, to suit your requirements.
 
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1. Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, Co. Kerry: Twin Room €57pp 

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Who doesn’t love Killarney? The National Park, Killarney Lakes, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey – there is so much to see and do here. I brought my Mum to Killarney a few years ago and she loved it. The Killarney Plaza Hotel is adjacent to Killarney National Park and offers stylish bedrooms, a choice of dining options, as well as a Spa and Leisure Centre.
 

 

 
Price of €114 per room, includes stay for two in a twin room with free parking. Add on breakfast for an additional €12.50 per person. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.
 
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2. Fota Island Resort & Spa, Co. Cork: Twin Room B&B €80pp  

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I am a big lover of Fota Island Resort, I have visited many times. I usually go with my kids so I am always envious of those on a spa break! I have also witnessed the afternoon tea and it looks divine. There are lovely walks around the grounds as well as choice of golf courses to choose from. The pretty town of Cobh, with the wonderful Titanic Experience attraction, is just a short drive away.

Read: My review of Fota Island Resort
 

 

 
Price of €159 per room, includes an overnight stay for two with full Irish breakfast and free cancellation, based on the 28th of February arrival. If this date does not sure, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.
 
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3. Galmont Hotel, Galway, Twin Room: €70pp

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The centrally located Galmont Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from Eyre Square and the train station, so it is an ideal choice for anyone who doesn’t want to drive. The on site spa, gym and swimming pool, and choice of two restaurants, make it one of the most popular places to stay in Galway. 

 
Price of €140 includes overnight stay for two, based on the 28th of February arrival. Add on breakfast for €10pp.

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4. Faithlegg Hotel, Co. Waterford: Twin Room B&B €50pp 

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Faithlegg Hotel is a restored 18th century mansion that is set in acres of woodlands overlooking the Suir Estuary. It offers all the cosy feels for the perfect winter break. Faithlegg offers a choice of dining options – choose from the award-winning Roseville Rooms in the main house, or casual dining in the Golf Club. 
 

 

 
The health and fitness centre boasts a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, tennis courts, as well as treatment suites. This great rate includes breakfast and free cancellation too.

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5. Redcastle Hotel & Spa, Co. Donegal: Double Room B&B €57pp 

I have a hankering to visit Donegal next year, its been over 20 years since I have been. The Redcastle Hotel offers superb value to explore this coastal county, with a two-night stay only €96 per person. However, with a waterfront location, 9-hole golf course and Thalasso Spa, you may find it difficult to leave.
 

 

 
Combine this spa break with a visit to the Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal’s answer to the Cliffs of Moher, and one of the highest and finest marine cliffs in Europe. Price of €113 includes an over night stay for two including breakfast and free cancellation, arriving 28th.  If this date does not sure, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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6.  Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort, Co. Carlow: Deluxe Twin: €52pp 

 

Enjoy spa treatments with Elemis beauty products at the luxury spa, or walk in the footsteps of some of the world’s best golfers, on the championship golf course – perhaps you could do both? There are great dining options too. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor here.
 

 

 
Price of €104 per room, includes a stay for two in a deluxe twin room with free cancellation, arriving 28th February. Add on breakfast for an additional €13pp. If this date does not sure, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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7. Maryborough Hotel, Co. Cork, Deluxe Room B&B: €78pp

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The Maryborough is one of Cork’s most loved hotels. Housed in an 18th-century building, yet furnished in contemporary style, this hotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
 

 

 
With an award-winning restaurant, state-of-the-art leisure centre, luxurious ESPA, and surrounded by 300-year-old listed gardens – this is a great choice for a mother and daughter spa break in Ireland.  This rate includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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8. Bunratty Castle Hotel, Co. Clare: B&B €55pp

Located just nine minutes from the famous Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, this is a great choice for a mother and daughter spa hotel break. One of Clare’s newest 4-star hotels, you can expect modern decor, well equipped bedrooms and an authetic Thai Angsana spa with an indoor pool. The dining options are good too with Fibber McGee’s Steakhouse proving popular for lunch or dinner and the library offering afternoon tea. 

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Price of €109 per room per night includes breakfast and free cancellation, arriving 28th February.  If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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9. Breaffy House Hotel, Co. Mayo: Twin Room €40pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We stayed in Breaffy House Resort this summer and had a wonderful experience. There is a large swimming pool and spa on site and if you like wine, make sure you take a tour of their cellar! I loved Mayo. There is so much to see and do. Price of €81 per room per night includes free cancellation and free parking. Add on breakfast for an additional €12.50pp  

Read: 10 reasons to choose Breaffy House Resort for your next staycation

 

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10. Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan: Twin Room B&B €70pp

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The Slieve Russell Hotel has it all – set in 300 acres with lakes, a 20-metre swimming pool, a luxurious spa and a Championship golf-course. For experienced walkers, one of Ireland’s best Instagram locations, the ‘Stairway to Heaven Walk’ on the Cuilcagh Mountain trail, is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 
 

 

 
Price of €139 includes an overnight stay for two with a full Irish breakfast and free cancellation, arriving 28th February. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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11. Dunboyne Castle, Co. Meath: Deluxe Twin €58pp B&B

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Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is set in 21 acres of gardens and woodlands, and boasts a luxury spa with a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor hot tub, and treatment rooms. You won’t even have to leave the hotel, as the award-winning Ivy Restaurant is the perfect choice for a relaxing meal.
 

 

 
Its proximity to Trim Castle, Newgrange and the Hill of Tara, as well as being less than 20 km from Dublin, means there are lots of possibilities for day trips along Ireland’s Ancient East. Price of €115 per room per night includes breakfast and free cancellation.

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12. 5-star Muckross Hotel & Spa, Killarney, B&B: €95pp

Muckross Park Hotel & Spa blends traditional style with contemporary decor perfectly. Set amongst 25,000 acres of the Killarney National Park, all of Killarney’s highlights are right on your doorstep. If you can manage to tear yourself away from Killarney’s stunning scenery, the spa and dining options at the hotel are superb. 

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13. Ferrycarrig Hotel, Co. Wexford: Double Room B&B €45pp 

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The highly rated Ferrycarrig Hotel offers stylish and spacious accommodation overlooking the river Slaney. It is renowned for its great food, olympic-sized pool and active health club and spa. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is great value for a spa hotel break.
 

 

 
The price of €90 per room is based on a double room and includes breakfast and free cancellation. You can book a family room which will sleep up to three people for €140 per room per night.

 

 

 

14. BrookLodge Hotel, Co. Wicklow: Twin Room B&B €74pp 

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BrookLodge is one of Ireland’s most loved hotels. It is set in its own unique village, just over 60 minutes drive from Dublin. Brooklodge is famous for its delicious organic food  – in fact it won Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Culinary Hotel of the Year. It blends old and new perfectly, with country-style bedrooms and a luxury swimming pool and Wellness Spa including an outdoor hot tub. 

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15. Connemara Coast Hotel, Co. Galway: Twin Room B&B €45pp 

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Offering spectacular views over the Atlantic, yet only 10 minutes drive from Galway City, the Connemara Coast Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The Leisure club boasts a 19 metre swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, gym and treatment rooms. With the Connemara coast and the Wild Atlantic Way on your doorstep, you may wish to extend your stay…
 

 

 
Price of €90 per room per night includes breakfast and free cancellation, arriving February 28th. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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16. Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Co. Kilkenny: Classic Room €40pp 

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The Kilkenny Ormonde is practically a landmark in Kilkenny City, and is located just minutes away from the Medieval Mile. Its brasserie and lively bar attract locals as well as visitors, and it is the only city hotel in Kilkenny that has a leisure centre and spa. 
 

 

 
Kilkenny is a great choice for a mother and daughter break. There is so much to see and do in Kilkenny, including Kilkenny Castle, Jerpoint Abbey as well as great shopping in the Kilkenny Design Centre.  

Price of €79 per room per night is based on arriving February 28th. Add on breakfast for just €13.50 per person.

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17. 5-star Mount Juliet Estate, Twin Room B&B: €65pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet Estate consists of two residences, the original Georgian Manor House and the chic Hunter’s Yard. This super deal is based on staying in Hunter’s Yard and includes breakfast. Why not treat yourself to a meal in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and make it a stay to remember. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it, you can read all about my stay here:

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

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18. 5-Star Lough Erne Resort, Co. Fermanagh: Twin Room B&B €80pp

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We stayed in Lough Erne resort a few years ago and loved it. It’s stunning location on a 600-acre peninsula was just one of the reasons, the top quality food and service were others. It caters equally well for couples and families and offers a host of activities including two Championship Golf Courses and a unique Thai inspired Spa. It has also won numerous awards including Hotel Restaurant of the Year and Hotel of the Year.
 

 

 
Price of €160 includes breakfast and free cancellation, arriving February 28th. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

Read: My review of Lough Erne Resort

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19. Farnham Estate, Co. Cavan: Twin B&B €75pp

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Farnham Estate’s award-winning spa boasts a large indoor pool, an outdoor infinity pool, a mud chamber, ice fountain, forest walkways and a wide selection of treatment options. There is also an 18-hole golf course, superb dining options and 1300 acres of grounds for you to explore. Afternoon tea is also available in the main drawing room of Farnham House, which is ideal for a mother and daughter break. Check out the reviews on Tripadvisor if you still need convincing.
 

 

 
Price of €149 per room per night includes breakfast and free cancellation, arriving February 28th. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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20. Johnstown Estate, Co. Meath: Deluxe Twin €60pp

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Johnstown Estate is the ideal choice if you want a luxury spa break that is close to Dublin. Set within 120 acres of stunning parkland, this 1750’s Georgian residence is an ideal choice for mother and daughter getaway. Its has extensive leisure and spa facilities, golf and horse riding, as well as a choice of dining options.
 

 

 
Price of €119 per room per night includes breakfast and free cancellation, arriving 28th February. If this date does not suit, simply search dates to suit you when you click below.

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So go on treat your Mum to a spa hotel break in Ireland, the only question is which one will you choose? It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may have restrictions due to Covid-19 – please check with individual hotels for clarification.
 

 

 
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What it’s like to stay in Monart, Ireland’s Only Destination Spa Hotel.

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Many Irish hotels have spas but there is only one destination Spa hotel in Ireland – Monart.

 

It was only when I was booking Monart that I realised the difference between the two. The only reason people go to Monart is for the spa experience, it’s not like there is an entertainment programme or a golf course on site. They don’t even allow kids! I think this is what makes Monart special. They are not trying to be all things to all men and cater for the masses. They are an adults-only luxury destination spa hotel and what you see is what you get.

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I travelled with my sister and my mother, a gift to my Mum for her 91st birthday. Let me start by saying none of us are big Spa fans, but we wanted a luxury hotel for a ‘girly night’. I asked a few people where they would recommend and Monart cropped up time and time again. It was important for us to find somewhere that my Mum could relax, without the need to go sightseeing in the local area. We wanted to check-in and stay put for 24 hours, which is exactly what we did.

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After a short 90 minute drive from Dublin, we arrived at an 18th century house which looked like a stately home. Initially, I thought we were in the wrong place. That notion quickly passed when we were greeted by a gentleman in a tailored suit, ‘Welcome to Monart – shall I park your car for you?’ – a nice first impression. The main Georgian house has two reception rooms decorated in traditional style. We later found out that this is where you go to read the complimentary newspapers or use the WiFi – but a digital detox is encouraged in the main hotel. We walked straight through the glass corridor into the reception area. A strong aroma of essential oils filled the air and I immediately liked the décor, it was classic but with a modern twist. The floor to ceiling glass offered stunning views of the grounds, but the spiral staircase with the massive bog oak tree, stole the show.

We arrived in time for lunch in the Garden Lounge. This restaurant / bar serves food throughout the day until 7.30pm. The first thing that struck me was everyone was dressed in their white towelling robes, even in the restaurant! Our room wasn’t ready until 3pm, so much to my Mum’s relief,  we had to dine in our clothes! We had a tasty lunch, washed down by a nice Sauvignon Blanc, which was recommended by our friendly waitress. We shared a smoked salmon starter which was particularly good, as was my sister Anne’s pulled beef BBQ brisket sandwich. However, I expected more flavour from my dressed pink prawn bruschetta with tomato tapenade, gem lettuce and toasted sourdough… Overall it was a lovely experience, in a pleasant room overlooking the grounds of the hotel. The extensive menu also has some vegan dishes if you fancy combining your visit with some lighter food options. The bill came to €100 for the three of us, which was quite reasonable considering we were in a luxury five star hotel.

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After lunch our rooms were ready so we checked-in and got ready for our spa treatments. The rooms are bright and very spacious, with nice views overlooking the gardens. We donned our robes and made our way to the Spa. Anne and I booked the hour long Cellulite Smoothing Green Coffee Wrap (€100), hoping against hope that we would look a half stone lighter afterwards, just in time for Summer holidays! My Mum clearly wouldn’t have the same desires so she opted for the prescriptive facial, (€90) also an hour in length. This facial is tailored to the needs of your skin so it was the perfect choice for my Mum. She took the first appointment and was extremely impressed with her therapist, Sreeja. She loved every minute of it and happily read her book afterwards  in the relaxation room – there are several!

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While Anne and I waited for our treatments we decided to check out the Thermal Suite. There is a 2 hour circuit which we would have liked to complete, but time was against us. I particularly loved the salt grotto, in fact I fell asleep within minutes of going inside. I’m not sure if it was the couple of glasses of Sauvignon Blanc or the hot steam that made me nod off though, but either way I loved it. This salt and steam treatment room softens the skin and aids circulation; I had to be woken by my sister to tell me it was time to go! We moved on to the Aromatic Steam Room, which had the most divine scent of eucalyptus. This is supposed to cleanse the body of impurities and revitalise the mind. I’m not sure about the latter but my body certainly felt cleansed after it. I also liked the Caldarium, which is like a large dry room, not as hot as a sauna, but very relaxing. In between the heated rooms, I tried the experience showers which have a range of temperatures and pressure. The idea is to mix hot and cold to stimulate your body. We had time for a quick dip in the small hydrotherapy pool but not enough time to enjoy it properly. There are four heated loungers at the top of the pool, which we would have loved to relax on, but as we were only staying one night, we didn’t have enough time to do it all.

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After mixing hot and cold temperatures a few times, I decided to go one step further and try the outdoor sauna ritual, something some my Facebook followers had advised me to do. This ritual happens every day at approximately 4pm. Located just outside the Thermal Suite, it practically begs you to try it. I sat in a sauna that had such intense heat I thought I was going to pass out. I was never so relieved to have an ice-cold bucket shower in my life. I then had to rub ice all over my body, before going back into the sauna to start all over again. I must confess I cheated half way through the second round and had to escape. I’m not sure if it had the relaxation effect that it mentioned in the description, but I certainly felt invigorated after it! The time went by so fast and suddenly it was time to de-robe and go for my body wrap.

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I was greeted by my therapist Sreeja, who explained the treatment and what I should expect. Following a full body exfoliation and massage I was cocooned in a mountain of towels. The lotion started to tingle on my skin when I was wrapped up, something Sreeja had warned me about. I actually liked the sensation and thought to myself that it must be working. I could smell something that resembled coffee and I had visions of it breaking down my cellulite and eliminating toxins from my body. I hoped my skin would look polished and my physique leaner, as I had packed my white trousers for dinner that night, and hoped that they would fit better than they had the previous time I had worn them! After a while I stopped overthinking and finally relaxed. The combination of the massage, the perfumed oils and being wrapped up in a cocoon of hot towels, gave me a real sense of indulgence. I haven’t had many spa treatments before so I felt I deserved this little piece of heaven, even if it was only for an hour. When it was all over, Sreeja took my slippers and placed them on my newly moisturised feet. The slippers were hot! She had put them in a microwave or some similar heating appliance, before placing them on my feet. It was the perfect ending to my spa treatment experience.

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Unfortunately I didn’t stay relaxed for long. After my treatment Sreeja advised me to not to drink alcohol and to wait a while before showering… Unfortunately I wasn’t in a position to do either. We had dinner reservations for 8pm and it was 630pm when my treatment ended. It felt a shame to wash my beautifully moisturised skin and I wondered if the creams were still working to eliminate toxins and combat cellulite? I also knew we were going to have wine with dinner and maybe even a cocktail beforehand – we were on a ‘girls’ night away after all. I began to wonder whether I choose the right treatment. Was the whole thing a waste of time? I still loved it, the experience, the feeling of being utterly spoilt, but in hindsight I wished I had chosen this treatment for the following day. TOP TIP It is vital that you plan your visit and book treatments in advance. Think about what time you will arrive, how long you will be staying and plan accordingly. We booked late and were lucky to get availability, although we all had treatments at different times, which meant we couldn’t use the thermal suite together. Perhaps a facial before dinner and a body wrap the following day would have been a better choice for me.

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For a brief time I did feel a little slimmer and loved the feel of my freshly polished skin. I also managed to fit comfortably into my white trousers for dinner in the fine dining restaurant. This is the only place where Monart ask you to dress in appropriate clothing. At all other times you are encouraged to wear your robe.

I was really impressed with the food in the main restaurant. From the amuse bouche right through to the dessert, each course was delicious. After a tasty starter of seafood lasagne, I enjoyed the rack of lamb followed by a cheesecake that was perfect and light. However Anne’s choice of ham hock with smoked pudding for starter and the Asian infused hake for main course was the winner! The flavours in both were sublime. We were all amazed at the set menu price tag of €45, it was excellent value for such high quality food. There is an extensive wine list too and contrary to Sreeja’s advice, we couldn’t resist the beautifully balanced L’Amourier…

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It was a long time since the three of us were away together so we retired to the bar after dinner for a nightcap. It was great to catch up with our news, without having to rush to work or to collect the kids. I made a mental note to myself that we need to get away together more often!  My only complaint about our stay is we didn’t have long enough. I think you need a two night stay to completely ‘switch off’ from the stresses of everyday life and enjoy complete relaxation.

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The following morning we enjoyed a tasty breakfast and went for a short walk around the gardens. The stone bridge, greenery and duck filled pond reminded me of Monet’s ‘Japanese Bridge’ painting. It is not only the Spa that is relaxing, there is something very peaceful about the gardens too. In fact Monart created an atmosphere of pure relaxation from the moment our car was valet parked at the entrance. It’s almost symbolic, like you are handing someone the keys and you are escaping ‘normal life’ for a day or two. Everyone walks around in their white towelling robes, the smell of aromatherapy oils fill the corridors, mobile phones are discouraged (the signal is really poor in the main hotel) and there are countless friendly staff at your beck and call. Now I finally understand the difference between a hotel with a Spa and a destination Spa hotel. There is only one Monart.

 

Prices from €219 mid week and €269 weekend for a two night stay with breakfast and one evening meal. Visit Monart.ie for more details.

 

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