By Rebecca Lee
As a person who loves to escape the madness of everyday life and rarely indulges in ‘me time’ I decided to embark on a luxury two night spa break to the City of Tribes. I chose to indulge in a considerably tranquil two night stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa in Galway. The luxurious 4 star facility which overlooks the cool, calm waters of Lough Atalia is situated a handy three minutes away from the heart of the charismatic, Claddagh famous, cobblestoned city.
The Radisson Blu, Galway
Wanting a second perspective on just what the Radisson Blu had to offer spa fanatics, I brought my younger sister Ruth along to sample the wide selection of relaxation facilities. The Galway Radisson Blu was established in 2001. It features 272 guestrooms from standard to executive to penthouse suites. Longing for that added bit of luxury, we chose to stay in a very spacious executive suite which provided us with plush beds, a lengthy private balcony and some picture perfect lakeside views.
Having visited many spas, I must confess I was suitably impressed by the size and range of facilities available at the Radisson. On one of our two days we decided to ‘pan out’ for half a day in the hotel’s Spirit One Spa thermal suite. Although access comes at an additional cost, the variety of saunas, steam rooms, herbal teas and heavenly coffees meant our visit was worth every cent. The spa features many different relaxation rooms such as a lanconium, aroma grotto, rock sauna and heated relaxation loungers among others. There is also a heavenly hot tub, jacuzzi and swimming pool for those who want to go all out. Another facility worth mentioning is the Salt Spa which resembling an older person’s Santa’s grotto, enables guests to inhale salt which helps asthma, allergies and hayfever among others.
When it comes to treatments, a wide range of standard and not so standard services are offered. With blatant black bags under my eyes and noticeably exhausted skin, I opted to try the spa’s newest creation, the Elemis Biotec facial. Along with providing the benefits of a standard facial, the treatment includes technology such as micro current lifts, peels and LED light therapy which ensured I achieved a flawless, moisturised glow while switching off from the outside world.
Of course no spa break would be complete without indulging in some fine food and wine. The Radisson Blu has a number of eateries on offer from the Atrium Bar and Lounge to the Restaurant Marinas to RAW Sushi in the sky (which is apparently so good the locals frequent it). We opted to wine and dine ourselves in Restaurant Marinas which offered a wide selection of mouth watering dishes and provided us with the tastiest toffee pudding (I’m licking my lips just thinking about it!)
Overall The Radisson Blu made for an extremely enjoyable, relaxing spa break. My only negatives would be that the spa and pool areas are extremely busy on Friday and Saturday so I would recommend you stay Saturday and Sunday or even midweek instead. Also there is no private pool in the thermal suite area so you have to get a lift to the hotel pool which isn’t a major problem. Otherwise our break away at Blu made for a fabulous treat that left us totally relaxed from head to toe.
Admiring the view from The Radisson Blu
The Radisson Blu are running ‘Me Day’ packages which include use of the thermal suite, one treatment and afternoon tea from 105 per person. Overnight stays for two people including breakfast start at 149 per person. For more information see www.radissonblu.com or call 091538423.
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