Cork is an exciting and attractive city with a rich history, the second largest centre of population in the Republic of Ireland and a lively, fun place to be, either for exploring the city or getting around and seeing the rugged coastline and mountains of the south. However, Cork also has a hotel that is the ultimate for getting away from it all.
There are many great spa hotels around, but there is something very special indeed about the Hayfield Manor. It may be set in the city, but the hotel is an oasis of space and calm. Once a merchant’s house, the hotel is two minutes’ walk from University College Cork and within walking distance of the city’s Opera House. Yet its spacious gardens and relaxed atmosphere make it seem like another world. The spa itself is truly fabulous. Even to enter is to be suddenly hit by the most soothing, gentle aroma of Elemis Spa oils and wonderful warmth emanating from inside. Once inside, the spa is as good as you could ever have imagined it – or better.
There are no less than six indoor heated rooms, each of them with a chandelier and antique furnishings. Add to this a choice of using a detoxifying sauna or an outdoor jacuzzi and this is relaxation at its best. The hotel offers a wide range of aromatic spa treatments and specialised weekends can be booked to spend hour after hour being pampered, detoxified and generally revived, ready to face the world again feeling wonderfully refreshed afterwards. Of course, no spa weekend would be complete without being accompanied by great rooms and superb dining to provide an excellent, all-round relaxing and luxurious experience. The rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and even golf putters, as well as tea and coffee-making facilities. Each one is individually decorated.
As for the food, there are full Irish breakfasts available, a fine dining restaurant featuring modern Irish cuisine and a bistro with Mediterranean dishes on offer. Put together, this makes a spa weekend at the Hayfield a truly special treat.