I'm not hugely familiar with this luxe, Parisian brand but have hugely enjoyed the few products that I've tried (which reminds me, I must tell you about their CC cream soon!).
The hotel itself is a stunner: just 15 miles from Dublin, this 18th Century Georgian mansion (former home to the Dukes of Leinster) is surrounded by a walled, 1,100 acre country estate, featuring ancient woodlands, cut through by the River Rye.
Rather wonderfully, the estate is all manner of creatures including a herd of red deer, badgers, otters, foxes, owls, bats and many other species - so my walking boots are coming with me on my next trip!
Treatment wise, I opted for the mini retreat: a 30 minute facial combined with a 30 minute massage. The massage was good, but I should know by now that I'm just teasing myself with 30 minutes - when I'm stressed and my muscles are tense, they need more work to really feel the benefit.
The facial though was superb - and I don't say that lightly. There were none of the bells and whistles I usually expect - steaming, extractions, all that jazz - which, again, I put down to the 30 minute timeframe. What there was, though, was a killer facial massage that really helped to lift the muscles, ease away tension and work the divinely-scented Darphin oils into my skin. (Don't miss my post on how to give yourself a face massage at home!)
Mum had a foot treatment and a mini manicure which left her feeling blissed out, and there was much admiring of her shiny new nails as we soaked in the jacuzzi after. The leisure facilities are lovely - a really decent sized pool, sauna and steam room which definitely enhance the overall experience.
Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel but the Mini Retreat is generally priced at €70; visit the website for more or call (01) 651 7744.