The spa and wellness area at the ultra-modern Marker Hotel in Dublin’s Docklands was voted the city’s best at the Irish Tatler Spa Awards 2016. Flawlessly decorated and kitted out with a 23-metre (75.5-foot) infinity pool, oversized Jacuzzi®, sauna and steam room, this place is restful before you even get to the treatment list. It’s designed to encourage visitors to ‘Allow the cares of the world to diminish and become immersed in a luxurious space where the emphasis is on total relaxation.’ For Mother’s Day, try the Sunday Spa Package, which includes a choice between a 60-minute customised massage, facial or Lomi Lomi massage, followed by a 30-minute back massage, Indian head massage or refresher facial. Price: €120.
Urban Day Spa in Ringsend offers everything from full-body seaweed masks to a Balinese massage – in which acupressure and aromatherapy oils stimulate the flow of ‘chi’ energy through the body. Every newcomer gets a €10 voucher off their first treatment at Urban, and they always have a tempting special offer on the go. This Mother’s Day, they are offering either a one-hour seaweed facial or a one-hour warm oil back massage and body scrub for just €70. Alternatively, you can buy a voucher for both treatments for €130.
Urban Day Spa, Sportsco, S Lotts Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland, +353 1 614 3434
Natalie Denner, the manager of sansanaSpa at Dún Laoghaire’s Royal Marine Hotel, describes it as ‘A hidden gem, providing an oasis of calm and tranquillity.’ Here, you and your mother can participate in a mud cleansing ceremony in their specialised mud chamber (€40 pp), or try out dry flotation on a special mattress full of warm water (€40 pp). If you want to make a day of it, a voucher for a half-day package at sansanaSpa – with a Voya mini-facial, half hour back and shoulder massage, and manicure or pedicure – costs €139.
Located in the heart of the city centre, Oasis Beauty Day Spa promises to take their clients away from it all, through a range of cutting-edge holistic treatments. Reinterpret the custom of giving chocolates for Mother’s Day by treating your mother to a ‘Chocolate Dream’ body wrap (€105) – an antioxidant, anti-aging detox chocolate body scrub and masque treatment on a heated bed, accompanied by a mini-facial and hot herbal tea with a piece of chocolate. Of this and their other treatments, owner Silvia says ‘Whatever you choose, Oasis will treat you in a holistic way with our philosophy of inner wellbeing and outer beauty.’
The owner of Wellness Studio J’adore, hands-on wellness therapist Nera Zeba, assures prospective clients that at the studio, they will find ‘professional therapists who will advise you on exactly which type of massage, treatment or product is right for you and your body’. Located on Parnell Street, Wellness Studio J’adore regularly runs excellent value deals, such as the current Groupon offer of a 90-minute pamper package with optional chocolates for one person (€39–44) or two people (€72–76). It includes a 45-minute relaxation or deep tissue massage, 15-minute hot stone massage and a 30-minute reflexology treatment.
Wellness Studio J’adore, 89 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1, Ireland, +353 83 472 8545
Situated on St Stephen’s Green, the early 19th-century Shelbourne Hotel is a Dublin landmark. Currently a part of the Marriott empire, it’s also home to a luxury spa offering treatments like nourishing milk baths and a Thai herbal compress massage. One of their packages – perfect for Mother’s Day – has been designed to replicate the beauty rituals of Cleopatra, incorporating the aforementioned ‘Egyptian cotton nourishing milk bath cocoon’, a Middle Eastern foot ritual, rosewater facial and more. The Cleopatra Spa Ritual is priced at €189.