Inchy­doney es­cape

RTÉ Guide - - Travel - Cather­ine Lee vis­its a West Cork in­sti­tu­tion

What is it about the sea that im­me­di­ately calms and re­laxes? Is it the noise? The crash and roar on a blus­tery day. The gen­tle sooth­ing, lap­ping when con­di­tions are fair? Or is it the smell? The dis­tinc­tive salty essence that clears the head and puts your trou­bles in per­spec­tive.

It was 6pm on a stormy Fri­day evening when I rounded the head­land over­look­ing Inchy­doney Strand. A tetchy, test­ing four-hour drive from Dublin was im­me­di­ately put be­hind me once I stepped out of the car and took in the view and a belt of sea salt! The team at Inchy­doney Is­land Lodge & Spa have used the power of the sea to cre­ate a unique ex­pe­ri­ence at this Blue Flag seashore. Inchy­doney be­came home to Ire­land’s first tha­las­sother­apy spa, the Is­land Spa, in 1998. Tha­las­sother­apy is a word de­rived from the Greek words for ‘sea’ and ‘med­i­cal treat­ment’, giv­ing vis­i­tors the ben­e­fits of sea­wa­ter as well as sea mud, seaweed and fresh sea air to cre­ate a sense of well-be­ing. Sea­wa­ter is pumped daily from the ocean into the sea­wa­ter ther­apy pool at Inchy­doney and heated to 31°C. Swim­ming in wa­ter at this tem­per­a­ture opens the pores to as­sist in ab­sorb­ing nu­tri­ents, as well as re­lax­ing and eas­ing any ten­sions.

Cel­e­brat­ing their 20th birth­day this year, the staff at Inchy­doney Is­land Lodge & Spa have put to­gether a new Hap­pi­ness Comes in Waves pack­age. From the minute you ar­rive and take in the stun­ning views, lis­ten to the sounds of the waves and in­hale the fresh sea air, you’ll feel your shoul­ders drop a few inches and your mind calm…

The Hap­pi­ness Comes in Waves get­away at Inchy­doney Is­land Lodge & Spa is a two-night break, stay­ing in a guest-room with its own pri­vate bal­cony. Toast the ho­tel’s 20th birth­day with a glass of bub­bly in your room on ar­rival. En­joy a West Cork seafood plat­ter in Dunes Restau­rant, and din­ner on one evening in the Gulf­stream Restau­rant, famed for its use of lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. The cel­e­bra­tory get­away also in­cludes a tha­las­sother­apy spa treat­ment each in the Is­land Spa, and un­lim­ited ac­cess to the tha­las­sother­apy pool and re­lax­ation ar­eas. inchy­doney­is­land.com

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