Can't comment on the hotel rooms, as I didn't stay over.
I Accompanied a friend of mine to the spa one afternoon recently. The website offered great deals, one particularly of note was a daily special, different treatment for every day of the week, each costing €50. I was very impressed by a very chirpy girl at end of phone who phoned me a couple of days before we were due in order to confirm the booking.
We arrived early so went for lunch in the hotel bar - great simple food, and an efficient friendly service. And an imaginative selection of afternoon tea items (for two people for €16!) which I'll definitely be returning for another day!
On arrival at the spa the reception area seemed a bit chaotic, not the usual tranquil feel a spa has. We weren't clear if there was an overall manager, or if all therapists book in their own clients. After check-in we were escorted to the small changing room, where we noted the two showers were being selotaped up with 'out of order' signs. One locker offered between two of us, but a second was no problem once we asked. We then wandered round outside in the hallways til we found a staff member to show us to a 'relaxation' area. There is an overwhelming air of essential oils everywhere (which made me just want to open up a window). There's another waiting room which offers a seating area, fruit and juice, and a third area with steam room/sauna.
I had opted for a massage, which in itself was well delivered, but I really disliked the thin brightly coloured polyester sheets which covered the treatment beds. But that's just a matter of personal taste.
Massage over, having sat and read a magazine for a while, i felt the need to de-grime myself of whatever oils were used for treatment, so I went to the steam room only to find it out of order.
So decided instead on a hot shower. Fortunately one of the two in the changing area were by now functional. But someone had removed all bath size towels, leaving only hand towels available (big enough to wrap around your head). The shower itself was of good pressure, but needed a thorough cleaning - a bottle of bleach/mildew cleaner would not have gone astray. Hair dryer was fairly poor also, and the layout of the changing room means if you want to use the dryers/ apply make up etc, the mirror you're looking into reflects the entire changing area. Not exactly discreet facilities for those drying off/changing!!
The pool/jacuzzi area is common to the hotel area, and on the day I visited had some kids splashing about, which didn't tie in with the relaxing afternoon I'd in mind, so I didn't venture down. There is a handy porthole window from the 'relaxation' room looking down onto it, so you can judge for yourself in advance of wandering down. There are 3 decent sized jacuzzi type pools alongside a reasonably sized swimming pool, an outdoor jacuzzi and a separate thermal suite. Most impressive of all there was a lifeguard on duty.
All in all, There's great value and good quality to be had here. Something they might consider adding to their extensive treatment menu is serving lunch/afternoon tea either up at the reception area of the spa, or in the bar as part of a spa package.
It really wouldn't take much to improve this spa no end, just a bit of freshening up, and it could be a place to be reckoned with!
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