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 October 15, 2015
Beautifully Restored Ashford Castle In Ireland Unveils Luxurious New Spa

 The recently restored Ashford Castle has unveiled a new spa and gym, firmly securing its place as Ireland's most luxurious year-round destination hotel. The new spa marks the completion of the two-year restoration and enhancement program at the castle, which reopened in April 2015.

With its fairy-tale setting, range of relaxing treatments, state-of-the-art facilities and breathtaking views of Lough Corrib, The Spa at Ashford Castle provides a sanctuary of calm and serenity inspired by the location and history of this iconic building, parts of which date back to the 13th century.

A striking new bronze conservatory, designed by French architect Philippe Bonino, houses an indoor resistance pool with views across the serene Lough Corrib. Three seashell chandeliers hang here, further enhancing the ambience of the locality and links to the nearby Atlantic coast.

A central design feature is the beautiful Tree of Life mural by celebrated South African ceramic mosaic artist Jane Du Rand, which stretches across an entire wall of the pool area. Drawing inspiration from Irish folklore, the mural centers around an oak tree, which the Celts believed was a cosmic storehouse of wisdom and whose acorns were considered good luck. The woodland creatures in the tree's branches and roots are also found in Celtic mythology.

Decorated in muted greys, greens and creams, The Spa also boasts an invigorating hammam, steam room, manicure and pedicure area, a relaxation suite and an outdoor terrace with views over Ireland's second largest lake.

Five treatment rooms, including a couple's room, offer an extensive range of therapies. Guests can choose from three product lines: organic Irish spa brand, Voya, hailing from nearby County Sligo and based on hand-harvested seaweed; internationally renowned Elemis; and Red Carnation Hotels' very own B|Africa product range, which blends native African plant extracts and elements of the sea with eco-friendly production technologies.

PureFlow offers the latest innovations in wellness technology, and this is the first time this fitness program is being offered in Ireland. The procedure is designed to enhance the body's blood flow to make the brain more alert, combat fatigue and help improve endurance, performance and recovery. It is the perfect fit for Ashford Castle's new gym, which offers breathtaking elevated views and is complete with the latest Life Fitness equipment and a personal trainer who will create bespoke sessions according to individual goals.

Expertly designed packages have been devised for the ultimate luxurious spa stay and include:

- Two nights' accommodations in a Corrib Standard Room
- Breakfast each morning in the George V dining room
- Bottle of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries in room on arrival
- Dinner for two in the George V dining room one evening
- Ashford's Signature B|Together Spa Experience -- designed to add positive love energy to relationships
- Healthy post-spa lunch served in the Drawing Room
- Access to the relaxation pool, steam room and gymnasium
- Awaken Your Senses at Ashford Castle Spa Package - prices from €680 (approx. US$778)
- Two nights' accommodations in a Corrib Standard Room
- Breakfast each morning in the George V dining room
- Dinner for two in Cullen's at the Dungeon one evening
- Access to the relaxation pool, steam room and gymnasium
- An Ashford iconic Winter Spa Experience: choose one of the following:
- Two sessions of PureFlow
- Warmed Spiced Mud Wrap
- Ocean Fresh Facial

The Spa at Ashford Castle will be run by spa manager Michelle Ryan in close consultation with Toni Tollman, daughter of Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Both Beatrice and Toni Tollman have been an integral part of the design team for Ashford Castle, having overseen its complete restoration, enhancement and renovation. Every guest room, suite and public area has been individually designed and refurbished with carefully sourced antiques, exquisite fabrics, bespoke carpets and original artwork, representing the ultimate in refinement.

Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 85 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, Ireland's only Orvis-endorsed fishing school, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, newly surfaced tennis courts and Ireland's first school of falconry. Several dining rooms, bar, cinema, billiard room, cigar terrace, wine cellar, spa and gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities. It is a member of Leading Hotels of the World.


The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is an award-winning collection of five and four star family-run boutique hotels in London, Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Florida, South Africa and now Ireland. Each property has its own individual character and unique location that reflects the local environment, culture and cuisine. They all share the qualities that win Red Carnation so many prestigious awards - splendid luxury, generous hospitality, inventive and traditional cuisine, private art collections, passionate service and loyal staff committed to creating richly rewarding experiences for all their guests. Red Carnation Hotels was listed as number 2 in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2015, having debuted at 72 just three years previously. The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service value, reliability and financial stability.