As the temperatures drop, the allure of cosy winter spa retreats becomes irresistible. Picture yourself unwinding by the warmth of crackling fireplaces, nestled amidst Ireland's stunning vistas. Indulge in soothing massages, immerse yourself in hot tubs with panoramic views, and experience the tranquillity of saunas. With the added bonus of festive decorations and seasonal treats, a winter spa getaway in Ireland promises a blissful escape from the hustle and bustle.

1/ The Spa at Ashford Castle

Co. Mayo

With its fairy-tale setting, range of relaxing treatments, state-of-the-art facilities and magnificent views over Lough Corrib, The Spa at Ashford Castle provides a sanctuary of calm serenity, inspired by the location and history of this iconic building. Known for its wonderful personalisation and attention to detail for all Spa guests, the Spa team portray excellent skills in all aspects of Spa and Holistic Therapies showing empathy and consideration, as they strive to reflect genuine and generous hospitality. Offering stunning treatments using some of the best spa products on the market, including brands like B | Africa, Elemis, NATURA BISSÉ & Voya; a must-have treatment on your next visit is the full body Ashford Castle Ritual!

2/ Wells Spa at Brooklodge & Macreddin Village

Co. Wicklow

Wicklow’s Brooklodge & Macreddin Village is home to The Wells Spa, a place of peace and tranquillity that is sure to promote relaxation and rejuvenation. This adult-only destination spa features; a Hammam massage room, wet and dry flotation rooms, heated relaxation loungers, a serail mud chamber, aroma steam room, sauna, outdoor hot tub, numerous water features and a stunning indoor to outdoor swimming pool. The Wells Spa range of skincare products and treatments shares the hotel's important philosophy of embracing organic with the use of natural and organic products like Voya, Ila and Flourish Organics.

3/ Easanna Spa at Sheen Falls Lodge

Co. Kerry

Indulge your senses with an unforgettable pampering experience at Easanna Wellness & Spa, located at Sheen Falls Lodge. Easanna, the Gaelic word for waterfalls, provides a light, serene and stylish environment for your top-to-toe journey of relaxation. The spa offers products from organic Irish brand Voya and established brand Elemis. Escape the bustle of modern life and enjoy a list of treatments including Voya’s Deluxe Facial Experience or Ground Wellbeing's Mindful Face Ritual.

4/ sansanaSPA at Royal Marine Hotel

Co. Dublin

A hidden gem at the heart of the Royal Marine Hotel, the philosophy of sansanaSPA is to Relax, Revive and Retreat. Get away from everyday life for a while and seep into the world of luxury, relaxation, wellness and calmness in sansanaSPA. Treat yourself to one of their intoxicatingly relaxing treatments, like the Shirodhara, where you enjoy a rose foot soak and head massage, followed by full body massage, facial massage and completed by the Shirodhara – mind flow – where warm oil is dripped on the third eye chakra to relieve the mind.

5/ ESPA at The Europe Hotel

Co. Kerry

Set in the stunning location overlooking the Lakes of Killarney, the five-star Europe Hotel & Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. ESPA at the Europe features 16 treatment rooms, a private spa suite and thermal suite. Here, guests can feel the therapeutic benefits of the sauna and steam room and experience the stimulating rainfall and waterfall lifestyle showers. Choose from holistic hot stone treatments, Ayurvedic-inspired rituals, intensive facials targeted to your skin type, a selection of personalised body wraps to detoxify, tone, hydrate, relax and boost energy and aromatherapy massage. The spa has been designed to be in perfect balance with the nature of its environment, each relaxation space created to take advantage of the landscape, a peaceful haven in which to awaken the senses and relax the mind.

6/ ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel

Co. Wicklow

Take in the calm atmosphere as you indulge every sense in a world-class spa experience at ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel. Let your everyday cares melt away in a calm environment where you can indulge in one of the exclusive face and body treatments. Restore and rebalance with a personalised ESPA facial, calm your mind and leave your skin looking radiantly and naturally beautiful. To truly rejuvenate your body try the Powerscourt Signature Ritual with Hot Jade Stones & Rose Quartz Crystals; advanced massage techniques and warm Jade stones are used to rebalance the body and ease muscular tension. To rejuvenate your soul, the Gharieni Spa Wave System is a meditative experience like no other.

7/ Chill Spa at Ice House Hotel

Co. Mayo

Overlooking the majestic River Moy in Ballina, Chill Spa at Ice House Hotel is a restful sanctuary that invites you to indulge and experience a unique pace, space and beautifully inspirational setting. Here, exquisitely soothing treatments are blended with wonderfully therapeutic indoor and outdoor suites and facilities. Aided by nourishing organic, seaweed-based oils, gels and creams, you'll find utter serenity with one of their fabulous signature treatments, like the Mindful Dreams Sleep Ritual; A luxurious and comforting sleep-encouraging experience that incorporates specially designed soothing products alongside sleep-inducing cultural massage and meditation techniques.

8/ CARA Organic Beauty Spa at Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Co. Donegal

CARA Organic Beauty Spa at Lough Eske Castle is located on the footprint of the original Glass House of the estate. benefiting from ample natural daylight. ensuring that inner harmony and balance are restored. Working with the award-winning ESPA to deliver a sensory experience through the beautiful aromatherapy blends. The spa offers an abundance of luxurious experiences, from their indoor heated pool, experience showers, sanarium and ice shower. Or enjoy one of their expertly administered treatments, like the Heavenly Retreat, a Salt and Oil Body Exfoliation, followed by nourishing full body massage and instance radiance facial with a de-stress scalp massage. Or an ESPA facial treatment, like the Intense Regenerating Facial or Inner Beauty Facial, to give your skin the TLC it deserves!

9/ The Spa at Castlemartyr Resort

Co. Cork

spectacular wellness, spa and fitness centre, The Spa at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort is the perfect haven for some rest and relaxation. Boasting unbeatable views out over the country estate, the wrap-around glass frontage surrounding the 20-metre swimming pool and Water Room creates a peaceful, tranquil environment showcasing the true beauty of this luxury resort. The Spa at Castlemartyr offers a glorious menu of blissful treatments using the gorgeous Germaine De Capuccini & ESPA products, including (but not limited to) the Tranquil Nourishing Baobab Ritual and the Glycocure Renewing Peel. An oasis of calm, the team here are dedicated to personalised service, holistic lifestyle programmes and indulgent spa experiences all delivered in the environment of a world-class retreat.

10/ The Spa at Kilronan Castle

Co. Roscommon

The Spa at Kilronan Castle is dedicated to offering you the ultimate in luxury. The spa treatments and retreats have been created to transcend you into a world of escapism. Product houses include Elemis Body & Skincare. Their highly qualified team have years of experience and expertise in the Industry. Begin your day of relaxation by immersing yourself in their luxurious thermal suite, enjoying the light therapy aroma steam room, and then move on to the Rasul Mud Chamber for a truly transcendent experience. Partnering with Elemis, treat yourself to one of their incredible massages, like the Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Muscle Massage to melt away the stresses of your everyday life!

- Gráinne