Don’t leave the Cliff House without a visit to the Well By the Sea, the hotel’s luxurious spa. Spend just a few hours here and you’ll soon understand why it won the Innovation award at the 2018 Irish Tatler Spa Awards. You’ll get a sense of the luxury as soon as you step inside – real wildflowers are used to give you a pampering foot bath!
As you might expect from a hotel surrounded by the sea, water is the main inspiration here. Lie back and unwind with a bathing therapy in a freestanding, outdoor stone hot-tub overlooking Ardmore Bay – bring a cold glass of bubbly with you, just because! Breathe in the fresh air, while staying warm in your indulgent seaweed bath. Ingredients such as soothing Irish peat, rejuvenating ginger and calming salts will help you relax even more. There are two baths here, so you can while away the afternoon next to your partner or a friend. Don’t forget to try out the rock pool – at high tide, this natural pond is an ideal spot for an invigorating dip.
Inside the spa, there’s a 15 metre infinity pool next to a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. On bright days, sunshine and natural light stream in as you swim making the emerald and sapphire tiles on the bottom of the pool sparkle. Contemporary wooden seats built into the wall have contrasting orange cushions to make a comfy spot for a break.
After a quick dip, let your cares slip away in the low light and gentle heat of the sauna or steam room. Four treatment spaces include a top-notch couple’s treatment room where you can lie down on the side-by-side beds for a full-body massage. Just remember to peek up every now and then to take in the sweeping bay views. Spa treatments include hydrating facials that use powerful marine botanicals and cleansing peat foot soaks. If you’ve been in and out of salt or chlorine water recently, treat your hair with a nourishing hair mask.