We were gifted a voucher by Alpro, to celebrate the launch of the new Fusion drink range, and we had a special occasion to celebrate so booked in right away. I’ve just recently started working with Alpro (I say working, but no money is changing hands) and they’re a great fit for me as I’m trying to transition to a plant-based diet. Not eating meat has meant a few changes, but I’m focusing on all the great stuff I can enjoy rather than the stuff I can’t. More on that anon!
It’s a good time to visit the resort: just last year they opened a brand new wing, which almost doubled the hotel’s room capacity, along with a new restaurant, tennis courts and bar. We were housed in the new wing and, because it was our anniversary weekend, we were upgraded to a really beautiful room.
The (giant) bed was incredibly comfortable – I could have spent the weekend in it – and the décor is very elegant and traditional: everything looks and feels expensive, but in a cosy way, not in an imposing way. The hand-painted mural in the bathroom was a nice touch, as were the mini Voya products; it cheers me to see Irish hotels and salons supporting quality home-grown brands.
Treatments at the K Spa were included in our package and we were booked in for a 55-minute massage and 25-minute rasul treatment each. The rasul involved sitting in a steamy chamber, slathered in a self-applied mud mask until, after an allotted time, warm water falls from the ceiling to help you rinse off. This was all grand, but I felt a little claustrophobic and exited early in search of a shower. My skin felt nice and soft afterwards, but if given the choice, for the same results, I’d opt for a scrub or wrap.
We were led off for our massages and agreed, when we met up in the relaxation room afterwards, that they were just what the doctor ordered: relaxing, professional and with good levels of pressure to work out all the kinks. The Voya oils that were used smelled delicious, and further softened up the skin.
I enjoyed the spa experience as a guest of the hotel, but I wouldn’t return for a dedicated day spa experience. The treatments were good, but the facilities don’t measure up to the rest of the resort; the vibe is functional as opposed to luxurious, like a really nice gym as opposed to a high-end spa.
Our overall verdict? With great food, beautiful grounds, friendly service and expert therapists, there’s a lot to recommend about the K-Club. It couldn’t quite live up to the weight of my childhood expectations, but it’s a lovely, if expensive, spot for a special occasion. Have you been?