It was one of those days where we deserved to be pampered, this as the weather had been pretty awful for the middle of August. Between torrential rain, wind and not to much sunshine, we needed something to perk us up, and the choice was easily made. Not to far from Sligo is the town of Ballina, Co.Mayo where you can find the 4 star Ice House Hotel.
So myself, my sister and my sister in law who was visiting us from London had made the decision that we would get pampered for the day in the beautiful Spa of the Ice House Hotel.
The Ice House hotel (http://www.icehousehotel.ie/) takes up a prominent location along the the River Moy, one of Ireland's finest salmon rivers.. So we arrived one overcast Thursday morning at the Ice House Hotel. After having parked up the car, we walked along the quays to the hotel where we were greeted by a fusion of modern and old interior.
Outside the Ice House Hotel, we went down the stairs towards the Spa. The boutique spa named aptly "Chill Spa" welcomed us with it's contemporary, relaxing atmosphere.
Candles and a beautiful scent made us immediatly "Chill" and we were looking forward to our pampering day.
At reception, we were welcomed by the lovely Mary who welcomed us and gave us the Chill Spa consultation form.
After having this filled in, we were handed our key to a locker and shown to our dressing room where a pair of slippers, a robe, towels, shower cap,... were waiting for us.
After having changed, we went to a relaxing room which had an amazing corner window with views directly towards the river Moy. The room, which was neutral in colour, was a haven of tranquility.
Water (lime or orange unfused) and fresh fruit, dried apricots,... was awaiting us, a tasty snack we gladly enjoyed while watching the river gently flow by the many boats awaiting their next catch.
All three of us had selected different treatments which were as follows:
Dolores: Hot Oil back, neck & shoulder massage and a taster voya facial
Kerry: Voya Ocean Fresh Facial
So after having enjoyed the views, we were accompanied by our therapists towards our beautiful therapy rooms which were neutral in colour, accentuated by the dimmed lighting. The room, which was at a perfect temperature, was a pleasant haven over the course of the treatment.
The Hot Oil back, neck & shoulder massage was very relaxing and my therapist even went that extra mile to relief some tension in my shoulder. The revitilising creams and products used during the rejuvenating treatments are from Voya. The Voya product are Organic Seaweed based products which are the brainchild of the Walton family from Sligo.
After the relaxing massages, we all went back to the relaxing room where we enjoyed a complimentary herbal tea.
At the spa, there are ample treatments available. Additionally, there is a barrel sauna and hottubs available outside on the patio alongside the river for anybody brave enough to enjoy the Irish weather.
After the spa treatment, we discovered the Ice House Hotel itself. Wandering around the Ice House Hotel, we enjoyed the modern interior which is nicely blended with some historical features.
We are looking forward returning to the Ice House Hotel, next time to try the food on offer or maybe even stay overnight with the hubby for a bit more pampering.
And just to note, the awards Chill Spa received is an accolade to their amazing service, one where you feel totally rejuvenated and "Chilled"
About the Author
We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield