Miss Thrifty's guide to New Year spa breaks
Getting physical and spiritual wellness is a terrible thing. I admit, there are health benefits, but generally, January is a time for the purchase of bad sportswear and trial gym memberships, and what anyone did in Januarys before the advent of fitness DVDs and celebrity diet advice is mystery to me. What I do know is there is a better way.
If your New Year’s resolutions involve physical and spiritual betterment you can fulfill your pledges with a quick spa trip - all the pampering and none of the guilt, it just makes sense.
This week, rather than lose a stone and gain a host of matrimonial difficulties, Miss Thrifty has combed Ireland in search of the best budget spa breaks - and I also have a free break up for grabs courtesy of The Brooklodge Wells Spa in Wicklow.
Brooklodge and Wells Spa, Wicklow
Those of you looking to detox may be impressed with the Brooklodge Wells Spa's 'Non Shock Detox' package. For €195 PPS you will be treated to bed and breakfast, a detox body wrap, a lympathic drainage back massage, a Stretch and Tone class and a guided walk in the woods. By way of reward for these exertions the package also includes dining in their southern Italian restaurant - La Taverna Armento. This offer is available Sunday to Thursday until February 28.
To book phone 0402 36444
Courtesy of The Brooklodge and wells Spa I have a Non Shock Detox package for two to give away .
The Heritage Hotel, Laois
If unwinding is high on your list for 2010, a little four-star luxury could be just what's needed. The 7,000sqft Heritage Hotel Spa offers treatments based on the ancient ritual of slowly heating and cooling the body to give a sense of deep relaxation. The package, priced at €109, comes with bed and breakfast and a choice of an evening meal in one of three restaurants.
Available until May 23.
To book phone 05786 4235
The Brehon, Killarney
Those of you looking to make a day of it may enjoy the "beat the recession" offer at Angsana Spa at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney. Situated close to the Killarney National Park, for €99 you'll enjoy 60 minutes in the Vitality Suite, a 30 minute mini facial, 30 minute back massage and 30 minutes of relaxation and de-stress before a healthy lunch in the Brehon Bar.
This offer is available Sunday to Friday until February 28.
To book phone 064 6623917
The Imperial Hotel, Cork
City slickers looking to take in the sights while they unwind won't be disappointed by the Cork Imperial Hotel Spa Package for €119. You will get a classic room with a hotel breakfast, followed by mood enhancing benefits of doing nothing whilst being thoroughly pampered. The Imperial Hotel package includes use of the Vitality Suite, a 30-minute dry flotation and a choice of either a pure focus facial or a back, neck and shoulder massage.
This offer is available until June 30th 2010.
To book phone 021 4274040