respite on lough lein

ESPA at the Europe Pool

Steeped in history and home to endless castles and lush breathtaking scenery, Ireland is fast becoming a major player in the spa world. The southern part of the country boasts more 5-star hotels than any other and here on the tranquil shores of Killarney’s Lough Lein and framed by the snow-capped McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range (and the country’s highest peak) rests The Europe hotel. In tune with these mystical surrounds is ESPA at The Europe, one of the brand’s finest spas.



The cutting edge facilities are on par with the world’s best – thermal suites, outdoor vitality pools, shimmering steam rooms, glass fronted saunas, ice fountains, heated marble loungers, the cosiest of relaxation pods and much, much more. Complement this with highly skilled therapists attuned to clients’ every need, a programme of thoughtfully designed treatments and a superb range of perfectly balanced ESPA products, and every guest is destined to reap the wellness rewards.

An enduring fan of ESPA, the range of therapies and products has seriously matured over the years and really does deliver results leaving the skin, body and hair looking and feeling refreshed, revitalized and truly glowing. And the advanced back, face and scalp massage with hot stones I enjoyed was no exception. This triple action therapy did just as it promised leaving me feeling truly clean, relaxed and very much at ease.


However, it was those spectacular views that were the constant during my afternoon visit. Cosseted in the corner pod of the relaxation room, as the heavy sun sank deeper into the snowy mountains – a setting as stunning during this cold winter evening as it would be on those perfectly bright, long summer nights – my busy mind became still.  This to me is the essence of relaxation.

Vitality Pool with Snow - Photo by Don MacMonagle

 (photo courtesy of Don MacMonagle)

 There are many more exquisite spas in locations off the beaten track that really do allow the mind to calm:  Ananda in the Himalayas and Soneva Fushi in the Maldives are amongst my lasting favourites.

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