The Best Spa Hotels in Dublin, Ireland

Balance your nights out in Dublin with a recuperative stay at one of the citys best spa hotels
Balance your nights out in Dublin with a recuperative stay at one of the city's best spa hotels | © Zoltan Tasi / Unsplash
David Gordon

Take a break from the Dublin buzz by checking in to one of the city’s top spa hotels.

A trip to Ireland doesn’t just have to be about the Guinness. After enjoying the city’s iconic traditional pub scene and buzzy atmosphere, relaxing with a health-boosting treatment and a good night’s rest at one of Dublin’s top spa hotels will be just the ticket.

1. The Merrion

Hotel, Luxury

Two loungers and columns reflected across the water at the indoor pool in the spa at the Merrion
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The famous Merrion Hotel, a sumptuously restored Georgian townhouse in Dublin’s city centre, is a true oasis of calm, beloved by celebrities and those seeking a five-star experience. The on-site spa offers innovative gold-standard treatments and wholly restorative treatments delivered by a team of some of Ireland’s top practitioners. Skincare by Biologique Recherche and ESPA, hair by Ciara Newman, Milltown Physiotherapy and bespoke programmes by personal trainers are all available. The treatments are accentuated by access to the exclusive pool and relaxation areas.

2. The Shelbourne

Hotel, Luxury

Cosy chaise lounges with blankets in a sitting area at the Shelbourne, with gold patterned wallpaper and trees visible from the window
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A Dublin institution for nearly 200 years, the Shelbourne has long been at the heart of the city’s social life, both physically and culturally. The spa at the Shelbourne creates an atmosphere of calm and elegance, overlooking the treetops of St Stephen’s Green, arguably the city’s most cherished park. The relaxation room is opulent and historic, a wonderful place to rest after a ritual or treatment, while the 18m (60ft) swimming pool, gymnasium and dance studio offer a more modern twist.

3. The Marker Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Loungers around the pool in the black-tiled spa at the Marker Hotel in Dublin
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The dramatic 23m (75ft) infinity pool is the centrepiece of this spa at one of the city’s most contemporary hotels situated in the Docklands, Dublin’s regenerated business quarter. Coupled with a eucalyptus-infused steam room, spacious jacuzzi and gym, it is little wonder the Marker was named as “Dublin Spa of the Year” for two years running by Irish Tatler Magazine. The spa exudes urban sophistication, with dark charcoal walls offering peaceful respite from the busy city outside.

4. InterContinental Dublin

Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

A woman sitting in a hot tub next to the pool at the InterContinental Dublin
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Described as one of Dublin’s finest and most discreet five-star spas, the InterContinental (located in the posh, leafy neighbourhood of Ballsbridge 4km/2.5mi south of the city centre) offers all-encompassing spa treatments from a dedicated team. ESPA skin and bodycare treatments for men and women can be chosen from the treatment menu, and you can settle in to the luxurious swimming pool and relaxation area before or after your service.

5. The Spencer

Spa Hotel, Hotel

A massage table with a hotel towel in the spa at the Spencer in Dublin
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The staff at the Viola Day Spa in Dublin’s Spencer Hotel – located on the banks of the River Liffey in the Docklands business district – strive to ensure a unique treatment and experience for every guest. This individual service leads to a beneficial and relaxing spa. Guests have an extensive range of treatments to choose from, including mud wraps, facials and manicures.

6. The Royal Marine Hotel

Spa Hotel, Hotel

Purple lighting and the large indoor pool in the spa at the Royal Marine Hotel
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The Sansana Spa at the Royal Marine Hotel – situated in the seaside suburb of Dún Laoghaire, 10km (6mi) south of the city centre – offers a full thermal suite, treatment chambers and an Intuitive Healing Specialist on its extensive menu of treatments for guests. The thermal suite includes heated marble stone beds and tropical experience showers. There are also mud, hydrotherapy and dry flotation treatment chambers. Sinéad de hÓra is a gifted intuitive healer who reads your energy to determine energetic blocks in your emotional and physical well-being.

7. The Bonnington Dublin and Leisure Centre

Spa Hotel, Hotel

The large blue-tiled indoor pool at the Bonnington Dublin & Leisure Centre
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The B.Fit Leisure Club at the Bonnington Hotel – located midway between the airport and the city centre – styles itself as one of the premier health clubs in Dublin. The facility is spread over two floors and includes a substantial pool area, gymnasium and physiotherapy clinic. Spa treatments include an extensive choice of relaxing massages, full body treatments, facials and therapeutic treatments.

8. Castleknock Hotel

Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel, Hotel

A jet of water cascading into the indoor pool at Castleknock Hotel, with loungers and large floor-to-ceiling windows
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The Spa at Castleknock Hotel – 11km (7mi) west of the city centre – is a luxury urban retreat fuelled by the energy of the nature that surrounds it. The bespoke treatments on offer for male and female clients celebrate well-being and the quality of life, all delivered in a cocoon of calm by experienced skilled therapists. The Tonic Health Club offers a spa pool, steam room and sauna, and personal trainers can create bespoke exercise plans in the gym.

9. Camden Court Hotel


The indoor pool and potted palms in the spa at Camden Court Hotel
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Whether you are aiming to gain fitness, lose weight or tone and trim, the exercise specialists and personal trainers at Camden Court Fitness are on hand to tailor specific sessions to meet your individual goals and needs. The property – located just five minutes’ walk from Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare – also comprises a 16m (52ft) pool with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi.

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