I love midweek catch ups with pals and sometimes it is nice to do something that doesn’t involve wine or dancing. As I get older I am learning to appreciate relaxation and down time far more that when I was in my 30’s. I tend to relish experiences far more and a good spot of afternoon tea is an excuse to indulge in something decadent during the week. My first ever trip to Lyrath was a few years ago on a business trip and unfortunately I didn’t get to try the spa. I travel quite a bit for work and sometimes an early start means an early finish which is perfect for some afternoon tea. When I heard about this offer though I have vowed to return. Check out tis amazing offer.

This September treat yourself or a friend to Afternoon Tea and a spa treatment at the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. The gorgeous country house hotel is set on 170 acres of mature woodland, just 1.2 kilometres from Kilkenny city centre and is the perfect destination to catch up with a friend or loved one. It’s serene and the bets place in Kilkenny to chill.

The Spa and Afternoon Tea midweek package is priced at €59 per person (available on selected dates in September only) and includes a 25-minute spa treatment along with Afternoon Tea served in the elegant Atrium.

The highly experienced therapists at the award-winning Oasis Spa provide a blend of traditional luxury, elegance and style that ensures each client immerses their mind, body and soul in pure indulgence. The treatment list is filled with carefully selected therapies from Elemis and Kerstin Florian which are based on natural resources which work in synergy with the mind and body. The Spa and Afternoon Tea package gives guests a choice of a back, neck and shoulder massage, Kerstin Florian mini facial, Elemis mini facial, mini Indian head massage and Kerstin Florian Alpine foot treatment. Mums to be can also opt for the maternity leg and foot treatment. This is a customised massage to help relax expecting mums and release aches and pains.


The thermal suite in the spa can be booked for an additional €15 and includes several heating and cooling experiences including a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool which looks out on to the mature, private gardens. With ten treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites and one room specially designed for the enjoyment of herbal baths, Lyrath Estate is one of the top luxury spa hotels in Ireland.


After your spa treatment, an elegant afternoon of sipping tea and nibbling delicate sweet and savoury bites will be served in The Atrium. The Atrium, with floor to ceiling glass windows offering glorious panoramic views of the estate and formal gardens, is a relaxing, elegant space. Guests are treated to a selection of dainty sandwiches including coronation chicken served on a delicious penny loaf and smoked salmon crème fraiche presented on brown soda bread. Sweet treats include an autumn berry and vanilla tartelette, raspberry, lychee, rose panna cotta and warm lime cake.

The Oasis Spa is open Monday To Sunday 9am – 7pm. For more information contact the Oasis Spa on (056) 77 05841 or email oasisspa@lyrath.com


See you there!


By Mary-Jane O’Regan