Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful historic hotels, some of which date back hundreds of years. It’s also the land of relaxing spa breaks and rich untouched countryside—so when you put these together with the age-old properties, you get unparalleled Irish hospitality and a refined sense of wellness. Here are our top picks for the best wellness hotels in Ireland…
For a fairytale retreat: Adare Manor
Your idyllic experience at Adare Manor begins from the moment you arrive with a warm welcome from its picture-perfect façade. The stately Manor House stands upon hundreds of acres of lush greenery including its onsite Ryder-cup golf course that accounts for only one of the many activities at this wellness destination. From an educational session on owls and falcons to archery and fishing, there’s something for everyone at Adare Manor and its abundant pastimes have attracted solo travellers, couples, friends and families for over a century. Spa aficionados head to The Padel Club, a new holistic wellness centre that’s fit for even the most seasoned healthy holiday hunters.
For peace and tranquility: The Merrion Hotel
Located within the heart of Dublin, The Merrion Hotel is made up of four Georgian houses and exudes head-to-toe charm and elegance. Despite its prime position being nestled between dining, shopping and cultural monuments, the hotel is a quiet abode perfect for those seeking a tranquil getaway within the city centre. Make the most of the wellness offerings that include a sprawling spa, health-conscious cuisine and secret gardens for some private R&R time.
For an opulent wellness experience: Ballyfin Demesne
An Irish country house with a penchant for design, Ballyfin Demesne is the perfect combination of nature, spa and history in a swish setting. Guests come to this 614-acre estate to experience the best of the Irish outdoors, with activities ranging from horse riding to rowing along the pristine lake. Retreat to the wellness centre to experience refined Pevonia spa treatments and take a dip at the luxurious pool. It’s a timeless, opulent place to indulge and you’ll be left feeling fully restored.
For yoga with alpacas: Powerscourt Health Springs
As Ireland’s first and only health farm, Powerscourt Health Springs is a 32-room adults-only property for a chic, boutique wellness break. Hidden away on the Wicklow hills, this charming property delights with its immersive nature setting with nearby waterfalls, gardens and cute villages. Days begin with yoga, meditation and sound baths and you can experience the best of its spa treatments to fully unwind during your stay. Be sure to say hello to the adorable alpacas—or better yet, have your sun salutations together.
For a traditional spa break: The Europe
As Ireland’s quintessential spa break, The Europe is a long-time favourite among traditionalists and offers plush accommodation, holistic facilities and decadent dining in Killarney. Its award-winning ESPA Spa is a must for those looking for a results-driven treatment and don’t forget to make use of the salt water pool, ice fountain and sauna.