Friday 22 March 2019

'A little bit of heaven' - Six best spas in Ireland, according to you

Ireland's Favourite Spa: Monart, Co Wexford

Monart, Co Wexford
Monart, Co Wexford
Five-star: Monart Spa in Co Wexford offers a five-day detox programme which has a strict ban on sugar and alcohol 
Monart Destination Spa on Mother's Day
Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol
Dedicated staff: Pamela Nolan, spa supervisor at Monart. Photo: Fran Veale
The old house at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Catherine Kinsella, Accommodation Manager at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Karen O'Leary, Reservations Agent at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Mark Browne, General Manager at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Margaret Kiernan, Food & Beverage Supervisor and Urszala Skarb, Food & Beverage Assistant, at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Az Bin Ostman, Head Chef at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

Reader Travel Awards 2019

"It is a little bit of heaven. You immediately relax when you hand over the keys. Your car is parked, bags brought to your lovely room and the staff are so nice. The spa is amazing, warm, peaceful and there are great therapists. I just love it there... and the food is fantastic too."

Phew! With more than five times the votes of its nearest competitor, it's no surprise to see Monart (monart.ie) crowned Ireland's No.1 spa for the third year in a row.

"World-class", "spotless", "impeccable staff", "absolute luxury" and "laser focus on attention to detail" were just some of your reasons. And the word "heaven" appeared more than in any other category.

Ireland's six best spas 2019

  1. Monart, Co Wexford
  2. Seafield, Co Wexford
  3. ESPA at The Europe, Co Kerry
  4. Farnham Estate, Co Cavan
  5. Fota Island Resort, Co Cork
  6. Galgorm Resort & Spa, Co Antrim

Monart offers "pure luxury" and "relaxation on another level", you told us. "Total immersion in another world, no phones, no screens, no noise, just pure escapism." The fact that there are "no kids" at this adults-only destination spa was a big plus for many - tired parents in particular.

Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol
Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol

Similar to Aer Lingus, readers voted with deeply personal comments, talking in terms of feelings and emotions as much as practical details. "Felt like I was in a cocoon of warmth and relaxation from start to finish," you said. "Feel your shoulders relax as soon as you walk through the doors..."

Our judges noted that Monart, like all great Irish hospitality businesses, continues to improve. This year it has renovated its lounge and treatment rooms, added two new rooms, and introduced Image Skincare as a spa product partner.

As well as its staff, aura, food and (of course) treatments, you also referenced Monart's setting, its landscaping, architecture and interior design that "flows so calmly". That's no accident. It takes hard work to feel this effortless.

"It has to be experienced at least once in your life!"

Dedicated staff: Pamela Nolan, spa supervisor at Monart. Photo: Fran Veale
Dedicated staff: Pamela Nolan, spa supervisor at Monart. Photo: Fran Veale
Monart, Co Wexford
Five-star: Monart Spa in Co Wexford offers a five-day detox programme which has a strict ban on sugar and alcohol 
Monart Destination Spa on Mother's Day
Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol
The old house at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Catherine Kinsella, Accommodation Manager at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Karen O'Leary, Reservations Agent at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Mark Browne, General Manager at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Margaret Kiernan, Food & Beverage Supervisor and Urszala Skarb, Food & Beverage Assistant, at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale
Az Bin Ostman, Head Chef at Monart. Photograph: ©Fran Veale

NB: The Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2019 are sponsored by Iarnród Eireann. Read the full list of winners here.

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