24 February 2016
Thalassotherapy at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa
Have you heard about thalassotherapy? Until recently, I hadn’t, either – though you’d expect this use of seawater as therapy to be very popular on our tiny little island: we are literally surrounded by its key ingredient!
Said to have its roots in Roman days, it’s in the seaside towns of France where thalassotherapy really took off - and it was a Frenchman, Dr. Christian Jost, who pushed for the opening of Ireland’s first thalassotherapy spa in 1998.
It’s location? Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa: this gorgeous West Cork hotel has been named
Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort no less than three times at the World Travel Awards, and it’s easy to see why. All rooms overlook two spectacular sandy beaches and the Atlantic Ocean – the same ocean that is pumped in, heated and enjoyed in the hotel’s sizeable seawater therapy pool, with its numerous jets and counter currents.
By bathing in warmed seawater, or the application of marine mud, algae paste or seaweed wraps, the idea is that we’ll absorb beneficial nutrients and antioxidants – including potassium, magnesium and calcium - through our skin. It’s said to help with all manner of aches and pains, and to leave you feeling revitalised, remineralised and relaxed.
After my marine body polish and wrap, I felt all of the above in spades, and the velvety softness lasted for weeks - weeks where I’d find myself absent-mindedly stroking my forearms, as I sat on the bus, or at my desk. Yes, I looked peculiar, but I felt absolutely brilliant, and that's what counts.
The spa and the glorious beach alone are worth planning a trip – and that’s before you factor in the stunning views, welcoming staff and truly amazing food (which I’ve paid fitting tribute to here); Inchydoney is surely one of the loveliest places in Ireland, and a firm favourite of mine and Mr Fluff’s. Sing it with me: oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…
Check out the website for rates and availability; Fluff and Fripperies was a guest of the hotel.