Emma was transformed by her experience at Farnham. (Note: picture posed by Not Emma)
I was a spa enthusiast long before I started writing about beauty. To this day, lying around in a white fluffy robe, and being rubbed down with oils by strangers, are some of my very favourite things to do. I’ve had more meh moments than transcendental, but these five will never let you down. Santa, if you’re reading…
- Meso Vytal facial at Bespoke Beauty, Donnybrook, Dublin
London might have Caroline Hirons, but Dublin has Elaine Butler Doolin, who you may recall from Celebrity Salon and her stint as Social & Personal’s beauty ed. Blessed with the most healing of hands as well as the nicest, warmest disposition, Elaine might not be the only person offering this treatment in Ireland, but I’d wager she’s one of the best.
A potent cocktail of anti-aging ingredients is delivered deep into the skin, using a handheld electronic device: the results are immediate and pronounced. After one session, I booked in for a course of three.
€70 introductory offer (€100 full price); the 15th person to quote Frillseeker will get their treatment free! Bespokebeauty.ie
- Ginger Renewal at Oasis Spa, Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny
Spicy, warming and delicious, aromatic ginger is the key ingredient to the latest offering from Lyrath’s Oasis Spa. Promising to warm the body and stimulate the circulation, this is one seriously feel-good treatment that left me literally glowing, head to toe. After 85 minutes of exfoliation, massage and body wraps, finish with a dip in the hotel’s outdoor hydrotherapy pool. It just doesn’t get more relaxing than this.€120 midweek or €140 at weekends, but till December 21st you can add another tenner and get a day spa pass, mini facial and light lunch to boot. Lyrath.com
- Pañpuri Massage at The Shelbourne, Dublin
In a glorious, genius, pairing, one of Thailand’s leading spa brands has just launched into one of our most luxurious spas. The Spa at the Shelbourne now offers Pañpuri products and treatments, with the team being fully trained in traditional Thai methods and the Pañpuri approach.
The treatment I tried involves a heated blend of Eastern herbs, compressed in muslin, and applied to pressure points in the body. Not only does this ease out knots and tension, but it releases aromatic oils along the way –with the most bliss-inducing, heavenly results.
From €130; shelbournespa.ie
- Eve Lom Facial, Galgorm Resort & Spa, Antrim
The Spa at Galgorm was my first outdoor hot-tub and, to date, my only Eve Lom facial: I instantly took to both. Lounging in the bubbles, looking out at the River Maine, I swear I found nirvana – and my skin looked feckin’ brilliant.
From £85 for 55 minutes; spa-galgorm.com
- Signature Treatment at Farnham Estate, Cavan
I’m not sure if it’s the Botanica restaurant (French heart, Irish produce), delightful staff or indoor/outdoor infinity pool that swung it, but I have an incredibly soft spot for Farnham Estate. Their one-and-a-half hour Farnham Estate Signature Treatment is the icing on the cake. Between foot soaking and scrubbing, copious massaging and the most incredible Yon-Ka facial, this left me in a near boneless state of contentment.