I have posted here previously about the afternoon tea at the kingsley hotel as it is one of my more frequent haunts for the occasion. It is such a beautiful setting with views of the River Lee running the entire length of the window in the dining area. The food has never let me down to date and the staff have always been ready to add extra touches where requested. This year for the birthday of my bestie we decided to visit again and they took such good care of us. We had booked in for facials in the spa that she had won in a competition not long before that and I arranged for afternoon tea and added on 2 extra treatments as a surprise for her. The staff in the K Lounge were good enough to bring out a lovely birthday plate with some chocolates and a candle and like the big eejit I am I sang her happy birthday, all on my own, in the middle of a busy restaurant.
So we ate our afternoon tea and lounged around a bit before heading to the spa. When we arrived we were shown to the locker room and given robes, slippers and towels. We changed into our swimsuits and off we went down the spiral stairs to the thermal suite. This could possibly be one of the most relaxing places on earth. It starts when you arrive to heated loungers where I could have happily spent the whole hour but there was so much else to do. We claimed our loungers and left our stuff and headed straight into the first room which was a laconium, this was like a steam room but with a very gentle heat. Next up we decided to be brave and went and spent a few minutes in the Turkish Baths also known as the Hamam and this is amazing. The steam is heated to 65degrees Celsius and infused with eucalyptus so it is refreshing and cleansing. We also spent time in the aromatherapy steam room which again has the herbal infused steam to make it all the more relaxing. One of my favourite rooms in the thermal suite is the finish sauna. This is a traditional wooden sauna heated to between 90 & 100 degrees for optimum detox. I adore the smell in these saunas, it reminds me of being on holidays. There is a jacuzzi, an array of tropical showers and even an ice shower to really cool off. There is also a cryotherapy room. This is equipped with the heated loungers but it also projects different colours of light which are said to have different relaxing and healing properties.
In the swimming pool area there is an outdoor heated plunge pool that again looks out at the river and the walkway and lucky for us it was a beautiful day so we chilled out here for a while just taking in the scenery. Then it was time for our treatments. We each had a 60 minute customised Kerstin Florian facial. I already use Kerstin Florian products and can’t recommend them enough but this facial was something else. My skin was left so smooth and hydrated and it actually had a glow for the first time in a long time. There is an entire ritual to the facial which involves making you fully relaxed with oils and pressure points before they even begin so I was totally zen. Next we had a Neom all over body scrub and this was followed by a relaxing back neck and shoulder massage. These took 30 minutes each and complimented each other so well. I was left tension free, so relaxed and my skin looked amazing. The mixture of essential oils that are used in these treatments are incredible. Anyone who has used a Neom product before will no exactly what I am talking about. The girls in the spa were so lovely and they went into the detail of all our treatments before we began and then they explained all of the products they had used when we were done.
We then went outside to a relaxation room where we were left to chill out with a plate of nibbles and a glass or prosecco. As you can see there is a major lack of pictures from the spa part of our day. Partially because I couldn’t bring my camera into the thermal suite, and partly because I was so relaxed when we left the thermal suit that I forgot to photograph the rest of the experience. I have some pics of the locker room which I will include but full photo credit for all spa shots goes to the Kingsleys website.
I have to give a special mention to my therapist on the day Niamh and the spa manager Amy as they went above and beyond to help me make the day special and we genuinely had such a fantastic day. We are already planning a trip back soon. The package that we booked on the day unfortunately is no longer available but if you wanted to combine what we had into a smaller package then I recommend Scent to make you feel twice as good package. You can find all the details here.
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