It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I love an aul’ spa treatment - but I’m definitely a creature of habit. Nine times out of ten I will opt for a massage or a facial, and when I do choose something different, it’s often because it’s bundled up in a package that’s too good value to ignore.
Seoid Spa at Dunboyne Castle does a great job with their seasonal specials and I was delighted when they invited me in to try out their Summer Goddess package. There is something really special about this spa: the refreshment room is stocked with fruit and my favourite Voya Chamomile Calm tea, the hydrotherapy pool is an excellent size and the outdoor hot-tub is the cherry on the cake.
This visit was even nicer because my mum was in town, so I treated her to lunch and a facial, and she’s still talking about her therapist Meadhbh and how brilliant she was. Doesn’t her skin look amazing for a woman of 143? (I’m just checking she actually reads this thing!)
I was also expertly looked after, by the fabulously named Eden, who had the unenviable task of oiling me up and smoothing me down, pretty much from head to toe.
The Summer Goddess package is a life-saver for this time of year, when we’re flashing a bit more flesh than usual and have our legs and feet more prominently on display. It kicks off with a full body Brown Sugar Scrub, which left my skin soft, smooth, and deliciously scented. Once that’s showered off, a callus heel peel is applied to the feet to remove any hard skin that’s built up during sandal season. The finishing touch is a Shellac pedicure – which includes toenail tending and cuticle work – and I went for a pretty pastel blue shade that feels summery and fresh.
The thermal suite beckoned, and we chilled out in the laconium and on the heated loungers until hunger drove us up to the outside terrace for lunch. Given its proximity to Dublin and the quality of the both the facilities and the treatments, this is one I would definitely recommend for a catch-up with pals – or your mammy!
Keep an eye out on the Dunboyne Castle website for special offers and deals.