Thursday 19 July 2018

First Look: Inside the €1.2m spa that wants to 'wow' Kildare

A new, 10,000 square foot Osprey Spa aims to bring an 'urban sanctuary' to Naas, its designers say

A seaweed bath at the Osprey Spa
A seaweed bath at the Osprey Spa
Osprey Spa 'Pedicure Thrones'
Architect Hugh Wallace (right) at the Osprey Spa
Osprey Spa's 'Dark Relaxation Room'
Osprey Spa Salt Grotto
Architect Hugh Wallace (left) at the Osprey Spa
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Hugh Wallace, celebrity architect and star of RTE’s ‘Home of the Year’, has been unveiled as the designer behind a new, €1.2 million spa at the Osprey Hotel in Naas, Co. Kildare.

The 10,000-sq-ft Osprey Spa is set over three floors, with signature treatments ranging from €70 to a stress (and wallet) busting €170.

The latter will buy you a 75-minute 'Body & Soul' treatment including a 'lavender sugar glow body exfoliation', tailormade massage and Voya seaweed bath.

Described as an 'urban sanctuary', the spa's design takes inspiration from the Irish landscape, its architects say - with features including a curved wall of Irish oak, wallpapers inspired by the weave of Irish linen, and light fittings reminiscent of delicate, traditional Irish wicker baskets. 

Osprey Spa 'Pedicure Thrones'
Osprey Spa 'Pedicure Thrones'
A seaweed bath at the Osprey Spa
Architect Hugh Wallace (right) at the Osprey Spa
Osprey Spa's 'Dark Relaxation Room'
Osprey Spa Salt Grotto
Architect Hugh Wallace (left) at the Osprey Spa

Wallace designed the spa together with colleagues Damian Meehan and Katie Jakkulla for Osprey Hotel owners, the PREM Group.

He wanted "to make the spa feel inherently Irish, not in a twee way but to create a contemporary Irish spa that will really ‘wow’ even the most discerning spa aficionado,” the architect says.

Facilities include a thermal suite offering a range of heating experiences, two distinct relaxation rooms (one 'Light', the other 'Dark'), six treatment rooms and a third-floor private couple's suite... complete with light-filled atrium and its own swing.

Sligo-based Voya was chosen as the flagship product for the spa, which is the latest addition to the Osprey Complex. Last year, the hotel lobby was remodelled and a new restaurant  opened, both also designed by Douglas Wallace Architects.

Architect Hugh Wallace (left) at the Osprey Spa
Architect Hugh Wallace (left) at the Osprey Spa
Osprey Spa Salt Grotto
Osprey Spa's 'Dark Relaxation Room'
Architect Hugh Wallace (right) at the Osprey Spa
Osprey Spa 'Pedicure Thrones'
A seaweed bath at the Osprey Spa

Plans are already in place to boost the capacity of the hotel by another 23 bedrooms, and work is due to begin on that project before the end of this year.

The opening comes as hotels all over Ireland loosen the purse strings for a burst of upgrades and development delayed by years of caution and cut-backs.

Most recently, The Dunloe Hotel in Killarney re-opened after an €18 million restoration and expansion, while Kilkenny's Ormonde Hotel has completed the first phase of a €3 million upgrade, and ongoing investments by the Flynn Group have seen a €400,000 refurbishment of the Park Hotel, Dungarvan.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Monart Spa in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, is considering plans to branch into the UK with a sister property in partnership with the Duchy of Cornwall, a private estate controlled by the Prince of Wales.

Monart was named Ireland's best spa in our Reader Travel Awards 2018.

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