About Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
Built in 1897, the Slieve Donard (named for a nearby 3,000-foot-high mountain) is located at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in Newcastle, one of Northern Ireland's most famous scenic destinations. The hotel's turreted Victorian facade overlooks the shores of Newcastle Bay, where majestic eastward views are accessible from a four-mile (6.5 kilometers) beach. The property occupies six acres of publicly held grounds adjacent to Tollymore Forest Park. Inside, renovated and restored facilities include an oak-paneled drawing room with a crackling central fireplace.
The newest addition to the property is a 35,000-square-foot spa (opened in August 2006) constructed with natural elements such as stone, Mourne granite, and sea-washed pebbles. ESPA, the renowned spa consulting company, created this two-story facility in accordance with holistic and restorative principles. Among the spa's rejuvenating features are a lounge with beach views serving spa cuisine; a fully equipped, technologically advanced gymnasium; and male and female thermal suites housing an amethyst steam room and a rock sauna. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy world-class fairways next door at the Royal County Down Golf Course. Authentic Irish country pubs and picturesque woodlands await those who explore the surrounding area.
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Opened in August 2006, the Spa at Slieve Donard reflects the holistic and therapeutic focus for which ESPA is well known. The famous spa consulting company presided over the creation of a two-story, 35,000-square-foot facility that incorporates elements of the surrounding landscape into its soothing spa design. Window slits admit shafts of natural light, which softly illuminate the subdued earth tones that dominate the color scheme. Subtle mood lighting enhances the atmosphere in all 16 treatment rooms and in the gender-separated thermal suites, where an amethyst steam room, rock sauna, spa showers, and hydrotherapy pools can be found.
Treatments are drawn from the healing traditions of the world's most ancient cultures. A signature service, the Advanced Ayurvedic Hot Stone Massage and Body Wrap is individualized based on the recipient's dosha, or mind-body type, as ascertained by the spa therapist. The treatment commences with a foot ritual, followed by a salt and oil exfoliation. This aids in the absorption of a customized blend of herbal oils and concentrated natural ingredients that is poured onto the body as prelude to a hot or cold stone massage. An algae, clay, or mud wrap is then performed to nourish and detoxify. Oriental head massage with herbal steam therapy provides a cleansing final step.
The facility also encompasses a heated pool with breathtaking mountain views. On the ground floor, a spacious gymnasium contains state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a fitness/meditation studio offering a wide range of complimentary classes.
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Slieve Donard Resort & SpaDowns Road, Newcastle
County Down, BT33 0AH
Phone: +44 (0) 28 4372 1068
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