A rejuvenating spa break and the delights of Dublin

by Emily Ladd
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After enjoying the many delights of Dublin, my friend and I booked in for a spa break at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa to indulge in a bit of pampering before heading home. We arrived a bit frazzled, but after only a couple of hours at the hotel we’d begun to relax, thanks to the fabulous views and tranquil atmosphere. The wonderful landscaped grounds were very calming after the bustle of the city.

The setting is perfect – we could spend time away from everyday life, to unwind without a care in the world. The hotel used to be a convent and boasts two acres of beautiful gardens, which make the romantic Georgian building look absolutely stunning in summer. The rooms are modern and sleek with large desks and deliciously comfortable beds, free wireless internet throughout and, of course, stunning views of the rolling countryside.

There are three restaurants and bars to choose from – including The Ivy Brasserie – and we particularly loved the relaxing Terrace Lounge. Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is located in the heart of the Meath countryside, but is still close enough to Dublin city centre to be accessible in a short commute.

Home to 20 acres of beautiful and mature gardens, the hotel has its own style. The Georgian house still possesses an old-world charm, thanks to the classic decor and perfectly manicured gardens. The hotel was built on farmland with a backdrop of magnificent rolling hills and greenery, and provides luxury and sophistication in the heart of the gorgeous Meath countryside.

This is the perfect setting for a fairytale wedding, or other celebration. Being close to Dublin city centre, the hotel is also near to both Knowth and Dowth Neolithic mounds, which were built around 3200BC, making them older than both Stonehenge and Egypt’s pyramids at Giza. Boyne Valley is also near to the Hill of Tara, as well as Trim Castle, which dates to 1176 and is the largest remaining Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.

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  • Knowth and Dowth
  • Boyne Valley
  • Neolithic mounds
  • Hill of Tara
  • Trim Castle

The Seoid Spa provides the perfect space for you to relax and unwind. You can treat this place as a sanctuary which allows you to de-stress with a massage, pamper skin with a facial or spend time rejuvenating in the hydrotherapy pool. You can also build up a sweat in the fully equipped gymnasium. We enjoyed a fabulous spa break which included use of the luxurious facilities as well as a couple of treatments. I went for the VOYA Facial, which uses organic seaweed to gently exfoliate the face as well as moisturising and plumping to make my skin look more youthful – I felt fresh and revitalised.

My friend opted for a Hot Stone Massage, which she said was so heavenly she almost fell asleep on the massage bed. We spent some time learning about the other treatments they offered, and then booked a couple of hours in the rasul to try out some mud therapy.

Spa treatments

  • VOYA Facial Experience
  • Seoid Phyto-Aromatic Facial
  • Seoid Deep Release Massage with Hot Stones
  • Seoid Deluxe Manicure and Pedicure
  • VOYA Full Body Massage Dunboyne Castle
Hotel facilities
  • The Ivy Brasserie for modern international cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list from boutique vineyards
  • The Terrace Lounge for a wind-down drink along with open-air views of the castle, or The Sadlier Bar for a buzzing evening in a comfortable setting
  • Free wireless internet throughout
  • Wedding packages, hen party services
  • Seoid Spa with luxury treatments and facilities, including rasul chamber, floatation room, balneotherapy, hydrotherapy pool
  • Golf courses nearby

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