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Spa treatments, a music festival, a hotel in a ship and a special bungalow

Sea wellness

The Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Waterford, has launched its outdoor spa and outdoor spa menu, especially for the summer. The Well By The Sea has an outdoor hot tub and outdoor baths overlooking the ocean, and offers a selection of special outdoor treatments, including an outdoor foot treatment, and a Well By The Sea Escape treatment which includes a seaweed soak and massage. All treatments are available in the outdoor treatment area from now until August, weather permitting. Visit for more.

From west to east

The Liffey is set to be home to a new hotel in the shape of the national heritage ship PS Naomh Eanna, which famously carried passengers from Galway to the Aran Islands from the 1980s. The ship has been given a licence to dock at Custom House Quay, and is set to be redesigned as a 28-bedroom hotel.


Up Mayo

Westport hosts its annual music and arts festival this October under its new name Westival. Taking place in the town from October 24th-29th, local, national and international artists and musicians will be welcomed to Mayo for a weekend of entertainment and culture. Visit for more.

Lucky ducks

Marlfield House marks its 40th year of hospitality this year, and to celebrate, welcomes guests to experience a special part of their estate this summer. Duck Lodge is a renovated two-bedroom bungalow, formerly the Earl of Courtown's caretaker's lodge, tucked away at the foot of the five-star Relais et Chateau residence in Wexford just a short walk from the main house. Stay at the contemporarily decorated two-bedroom bungalow for three nights and enjoy pizza and Prosecco delivered to the lodge and full breakfast in the Conservatory restaurant for up to four guests from €1,200. Visit for more.

Sweet retreat 

With the nice weather we've been having who needs a holiday abroad when you can lap it up here? Cork's Radisson Blue Hotel and Spa's Sweet Retreat package is aimed at friends or couples looking for 24 hours of luxury and indulgence. With a choice of a mini facial, a Swedish back massage, an Indian head massage or a full body scrub or wrap on offer, it's the perfect opportunity to wind down with a pal. This offer runs until August 31st, and for €149 per person sharing it includes overnight accommodation, a choice of two spa treatments and afternoon tea. For more information or if you'd like to book a visit visit or call 021 429 7000. – Louise Bruton