This week I made it my mission to find the best seaweed bath on the Island of Ireland and took a wee trip across the border to Lusty Beg Island in Fermanagh. A short drive from Enniskillen brought my pal Catherine and I to this hidden hideaway that will take the weary traveller off to another world – firstly in a small two car ferry!
We made a call when we arrived at the car park and the ferry collected us. Once we stepped on the island we were smothered in peace and calmness as we checked into our lakeside lodge. The self catering chalets offer an excellent standard with decking outside and superb views. Waking up to a breathtaking view is just one of the bonuses that you will enjoy on your stay.
Another is the great bar with cosy booths and wonderful cocktails – I enjoyed my first Mulberry Sloe Gin and there is live entertainment most nights. Lusty Beg is a favourite venue for weddings but I see it as a wonderful place to enjoy a hen party or girlie weekend or get together. It’s also great for families with lots of activities including kayaking, clay pigeon shooting and archery. The Fairy Trail is an hour long walk around the island’s 75 acres and chance to enjoy all the natural beauty.
The Island Spa at Lusty Beg offers the ultimate retreat. Inspiration has been taken from the surrounding natural beauty and mainly organic and wholesome products are used to bring harmony to your spa experience. And, of course, all is enjoyed from an unparalleled location.
The benefits of seaweed for both health and beauty is on offer at the spa. The seaweed at The Island Spa is hand harvested off the coast of Ireland. As nature’s most powerful anti-oxidant from the marine world, seaweed fights against harmful environmental aggressors and slows down the signs of aging. The seaweed based treatments at Lusty Beg’s Island Spa can deeply detoxify, hydrate and nourish the skin, hair and body. We went for the Rub-a-tub-tub massage and baths for £150 including a bottle of Prosecco and seaweed bath with facial. Kerry our therapist was wonderfully attentive and told us about the benefits our sin would enjoy from the treatment. Those suffering with arthritis and other conditions will get comfort from the experience.
The Island Spa boasts spa gardens, an outdoor hot tub, sauna and relaxation room. Guests can choose from a range of treatments including facials, massages, baths, scrubs, manicures and pedicures.
Weekend at Lusty Beg Island from – £179 Per person sharing, two nights bed and breakfast and seaweed bath.
Midweek Breaks from £99.00 for two people bed and breakfast.
To learn more about Lusty Beg Island see www.lustybegisland.com
Seaweed baths- Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore.
As you lie in an outdoor bath tub overlooking Ardmore Bay, breathe in the fresh sea air and soak in a nourishing seaweed bath. Relax in a skin plumping bath and relax your muscles while your skin rejuvenates with organic seaweed harvested from the Irish coast. Enjoy 45 minutes of pure bliss for €40, and enjoy your nourishing seaweed bath outdoors as you fill your lungs with fresh sea air. With two stone baths side-by-side, it’s the perfect option for couples and friends alike. There’ll be no need for spa music, with bird song and the gentle sound of the waves below providing the perfect soundtrack for relaxation. Bespoke, one-of-a-kind treatments are also available at The Well at Cliff, including Cliff House Scalp and Hair Ritual, releasing tension from the scalp and neck while nourishing with a white clay hair treatment (€40) and The Well by the Sea Escape which involves a warm seaweed soak for the feet while your therapist releases tension from your arms, shoulders, scalp and neck. Why not try the Ocean Leaf Facial for €125, a refreshing and uplifting treatment that will transform skin and reduce the look of dark under-eye circles. This signature therapy includes a cleanse and tone using natural marine botanicals, a seaweed leaf mask and rejuvenating eye treatment, followed by a face and shoulder massage.
The rate for Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore. In December and January, from €290 1 night B&B and a couples seaweed bath based on two people sharing.
Outdoor baths are weather permitting*
Cliff House Hotel,
Tel: +353 (0)24 87800
Seaweed baths and treatments- Delphi Spa, Delphi Resort
Let the stresses of everyday life drift away and treat yourself to a relaxing and invigorating time out at Delphi Spa.
Set amongst some of Ireland’s most natural surroundings with spectacular scenery. Delphi Resort is a tranquil destination and heavenly place to escape and restore the body, mind and soul. With the full range of VOYA treatments and relaxing seaweed baths available, harness the restorative and healing powers of seaweed with this 100% Irish and organic product. Immerse your body in a VOYA seaweed bath with freshly harvested seaweed from Killary Fjord, just moments away from Delphi Resort. Float effortlessly as your skin feels smooth and renewed and your mind is clear.
A seaweed bath at Delphi Spa costs €39 for 45 minutes.
The rate for Delphi Resort- 1 Night B&B with a seaweed bath for 2 people from €168.
Seaweed treatments at The Ice House Hotel.
Allow yourself to be completely pampered with a selection of seaweed treatments and VOYA seaweed products. VOYA treatments are based with hand-harvested certified organic seaweed and the local traditions of seaweed baths and seaweed treatments hold pride of place at the Chill Spa at the Ice House Hotel.
Price – €35
Duration – 45 mins
Submerge your body into a bath of organic, hand-harvested Atlantic seaweed to remove unwanted toxins and alleviate aches and pains. This bathing ritual is the simplest and purest or all organic treatments at the Ice House. Lazy Days utilises the natural power of organic seaweed to deeply moisturise the skin, increase circulation and promote healing. The Renowned Sailors Cure!
A relaxing bath soak with a blend of Voya organic essential oils, organic lemon, lime, clove, basil, mandarin and patchouli, combined with bath salts.
Try the Secret de Beauté treatment, a star treatment combining a VOYA sugar scrub with VOYA organic seaweed essential oils followed by a tailored full body massage or VOYA facial. Enjoy a VOYA Bespoke Body Banquet (€90) where you’ll receive a VOYA organic seaweed sugar glow, a relaxing hot stone back and neck massage with VOYA organic essential oils, ending with a mini VOYA facial. Have your body painted with warm VOYA seaweed oils on the body after an invigorating full body brush before you are wrapped in a heated cocoon wrap for ultimate nourishment. Try the VOYA Organic Seaweed Leaf Wrap treatment (€95) and completely relax. This 85 minute treatment is unlike any other seaweed treatment. Using organic Laminaria Seaweed leaves to scrub and wrap your body, your treatment will be completed with a moisturising massage to nourish and soften the skin. Why not try a detoxing and purifying seaweed bath as you submerge your body into a bath of organic, hand-harvested Atlantic seaweed, helping to remove any unwanted toxins and alleviate aches and pains, promising to leave you feeling moisturised, increasing circulation and promoting healing.
The rate for the Ice House Hotel & Spa would be from €200 B&B for two people sharing including a seaweed bath each.
The Ice House,