Discover the Irish countryside at this Kildare spa hotel
Killashee Hotel truly captures the spirit of Ireland’s ‘Ancient East’. Nestled within Kildare’s enchanting hills, which are steeped in over 5,000 years of history, the hotel celebrates nature and adds a luxurious edge. Despite its remote feel, this spa hotel in Kildare is easily accessible, being only 18 miles from Dublin city centre and just over a mile outside the quaint county town of Naas.
Rooms run with the theme of a rural retreat: expect a romantic palette of deep ruby reds and dark mahogany wood, as well as plush upholstery and antique furniture. In the morning, draw back the satisfyingly heavy patterned curtains to look out over the hills, as birds sing and a gentle breeze stirs the trees.
One of the hotel’s star attractions is its award-winning spa. Each treatment room has a different theme – you might let your muscles melt with a warm bamboo massage in the ocean room, with its photographic wall art and azure tiles, or nourish your skin with a facial in the romantic rose room, with its softly flickering candles and scattered rose petals. Other treatments on offer include pregnancy treats, body exfoliation and finishing touches like manicures and waxing.
Afterwards, pay a visit to the hydrotherapy suite, which uses heat to gently soothe both mind and body. Lounge in the indoor therapy pool and allow the powerful jets to relax sore joints, refresh with a cooling Lifestyle Shower or detoxify in the fibre-optic lit steam room. Afterwards, dive into a good book accompanied by a revitalising sparkling water in the peaceful relaxation area.
As day fades into evening, treat yourself to a dinner in the opulent Turner’s Restaurant. Silk curtains with tasselled pelmets, cascading crystal chandeliers and traditional white tablecloths create a decadent yet intimate atmosphere.
Warm up your palette before your main meal with an amuse-bouche, such as a petite goat’s cheese cheesecake with tangy balsamic reduction or herby poached chicken with a sliver of nutty truffle. For your main, choose from classics that celebrate local ingredients. You might sample hearty roasted fillet of salmon with silky fennel puree or rich duck breast with sweet parsnip.Compare prices
Experience old-world charm at this Kildare spa hotel
This magnificent, 5-star estate surrounded by 550 acres of verdant landscape is home to the indulgent K Spa. Explore a relaxing haven filled with decadent features, such as the Rasul, which is based on an Arabic bath. You can recline on one of four large thrones as sensory lights twinkle overhead, creating the illusion of a starry night sky. Treat your body to detoxifying mud and cleansing steam – which will then be washed away by warm ‘rain’ falling from the ceiling.
Next, boost your circulation with a Vichy shower, or bathe in the hydrotherapy pool. In the Wellness Suite, why not explore the traditional ritual of bathing with involves heating and cooling the body, before plumping up skin with a seaweed bath? Massages, facials and scrubs are all on offer in the softly lit and scented treatment rooms.
Your bedroom at the K Club is individually designed and features a hand-picked selection of artwork and intriguing antiques to create an exclusive, heritage-inspired feel. The décor imparts the idea of a classic, 19th-century country retreat, with textured and patterned wallpaper, solid wooden headboards and tall windows overlooking the grounds.
Pull out all of the stops in one of the Liffey Suites, which take elegant French chateaux as their inspiration. Expect a four-poster bed, 24-hour valet service and a sophisticated Nespresso machine, to ensure that every morning begins with rich, freshly brewed coffee. Wake up your senses with a powerful shower using Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. In a Barton Suite, witness the sunset over the Liffey River before climbing into your king-size bed.
Next morning, begin your day with breakfast in the River Room. In a warm and welcoming atmosphere created by a soft colour palette and river views, help yourself to a gluten-free Italian buffet or order a cooked breakfast to set you up for the day. Hearty classics might include oak-smoked kippers with velvety herb butter, eggs Benedict with salty ham and sweet, toasted brioche, or an omelette with fillings of your choice.
In the evening, head to this spa hotel’s refined Byerley Turk restaurant, named after the famous thoroughbred stallion. Discover delicious local fare, like Atlantic prawn tails, in this elegant and traditional setting.Compare prices
Explore an urban oasis at this spa hotel in Kildare
The Osprey Hotel has contemporary charm in abundance. Situated in the centre of the market town of Naas, it’s also only 35 minutes from Dublin, making it easy for you to explore all the city has to offer. Pick up some bargains at the Kildare Village Shopping Outlet, take a stroll through the enchanting ancient trees at Donadea Forest or relax on the shores of the Blessington Lakes.
Once back at this spa hotel in Kildare, treat yourself to a Sunday lunch at the rustic and stylish Herald & Devoy restaurant. Take a seat in your cobalt leather booth among industrial-chic exposed brick walls and dark wood and marble tables.
Using the freshest local ingredients, the head chef creates modern dishes like salted cod with spicy chorizo and an open vegetable lasagne. For Sunday lunch, try expertly cooked meats like salty Irish ham baked with honey and mustard or hearty rib of beef.
Make your next stop the Osprey Spa, created by renowned architect Hugh Wallace and unfolding over 10,000 sq feet. Designed to be a restorative retreat in a bustling urban setting, the spa offers a menu of unique experiences to relax your body and mind.
Begin by bathing in the atmospheric salt grotto, lying back in a nourishing seaweed bath or taking a refreshing rain shower. Discover the natural properties of mud in the Rasul chamber, feel weightless in the flotation tank, or recline in light and dark relaxation rooms. There’s also a steam room and sauna, or you can pamper yourself with massages, facials, body wraps and exfoliation in one of six treatment rooms. Pedicures and manicures offer a final flourish.
At the end of the day, it’s time to head back to your room, which is brimming with modern chic. A palette of rich jewel tones like amethyst and violet welcomes you in, as does a wash of soft purple light. All rooms feature softly textured carpets, patterned throws and sumptuous bedding. Round off your day in the deep-soak bathtub, using complimentary Rituals toiletries. In the Penthouse Suite, you can also restore your body with a Voya seaweed bath kit.Compare prices
Stay in a historic mansion at this spa hotel in Kildare
Every detail of Carton House exudes unparalleled heritage charm. Begin in the original 17th-century house, where 18 suites have been revamped with contemporary flair, while still paying homage to the past. Recline on an opulent four-poster bed, admire richly upholstered furniture and envelop yourself in ultra-soft linens and bedding.
You’ll find the main rooms in the more contemporary wing of this spa hotel in Kildare. Oversized leather headboards, neutral palettes with pops of vivid colour and balconies on which to view the grounds are just some of the perks of these rooms. You can choose from double, twin or family rooms to make sure there’s room for everyone, and you’ll also have easy access to the hotel’s spa and leisure club.
Speaking of the spa, this one is hidden within the estate’s walls, offering you a soothing retreat away from everyday life. The spa uses premium and eco-friendly Pevonia products, which contain natural marine and botanical ingredients. Moisturise your skin with a facial, reveal a new layer of healthy skin with an exfoliating treatment, or pamper from head to toe with a body wrap.
Targeted massages are designed to treat tired muscles – the stress elimination option uses geranium and orange to refresh and awaken the senses. Afterwards, enhance the benefits of your treatment by whiling away the afternoon in the steam room, sauna or relaxation room.
When it’s time to eat, you’ll be going back to nature for the Linden Tree Restaurant brings the outside in. Spread across a number of floors, it features skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass walls to allow natural light to flood the space. It’s set among the soaring Linden trees of the estate and features a vibrant palette to reflect the freshness and innovation of the cuisine.
Expect flaking fish and seafood – order a crisp white wine as the ideal accompaniment to watch the sun go down. For a nightcap or late bites, head to the Kitchen Bar, a mesh of rooms in the mansion’s former kitchen wing, which are brimming with character. There you can tuck into internationally influenced dishes, like Asian chicken thigh salad or tangy martini and tarragon prawns for a cosmopolitan dining experience.Compare prices