Tuesday 16 July 2019

Pampering time? This is the best spa in Ireland - according to you!

Reader Travel Awards 2017

Monart, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Monart, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Monart Spa
Shaolin Masters at Monart
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

We asked our readers to reveal their favourite spa in Ireland. The result is in, and baby, it’s pampering time…

WINNER: Monart, Co Wexford

“Two words. Monart, spa. Go before you die.”

That was just one response to a category this slick, beautifully produced five-star destination spa simply walked away with.

What’s the Monart magic? It’s “pure luxury” you said — “heaven on earth”. You called it a “true retreat” and “a total body recharge”. Stays are “lasting experiences”, “relaxing and energising” and “pure class”, you added. “A once-in-a-lifetime experience... I loved the quietness, the space and good food.”

Five-star: Monart Spa in Co Wexford offers a five-day detox programme which has a strict ban on sugar and alcohol 
Five-star: Monart Spa in Co Wexford offers a five-day detox programme which has a strict ban on sugar and alcohol 

Monart has spent years honing a uniquely polished brand. Readers like to switch off phones and devices when they arrive, the fact that they can swan around in their robes (this is, after all, a destination spa), the absence of children, and the fact that it keeps doing new things and exceeding expectations. The sleek architecture converses evocatively with the Enniscorthy countryside, too.

“Being greeted by the friendliest staff, spending a full day relaxing in several treatment rooms or soaking up the salt rooms, plunge pool or outdoor sauna while sipping champagne and looking at the stars. Dine in the amazing restaurant before snuggling up in one of the most comfy beds,” one of you rhapsodised.

“Hate to leave,” said another. Indeed.

Details: 053 923-8999; monart.ie; B&B, dinner and Thermal Spa from €149pp.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Europe Hotel, Killarney;
  • Seafield Golf & Spa Hotel, Gore
  • Co Wexford Incydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty, Co Cork
  • Fota Island Resort, Co Cork
  • Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford
  • Powerscourt Resort & Spa, Co Wicklow
  • Radisson Blu Farnham Estate, Co Cavan

Your Say:

“The thermal suite offers more than any other, and by the time your massage is called you feel like you’ve already shaken off the aches and pains. Love to take a mindfulness retreat here with no phones, no laptops and no tablets.”

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