June 8th saw the official opening of the newly renovated spa at Osprey Hotel, Kildare.
Over €1.2 million has been spent transforming the space into a real urban retreat where guests can truly rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
The wonderful Hugh Wallace, celebrity architect and star of RTE’s ‘The Great House Revival’ and ‘Home of the Year’ and his colleagues Damian Meehan and Katie Jakkulla were the fantastic team behind the project.
The brief was to create an urban sanctuary using natural materials and textures to bring elements of nature inside so that guests could really leave the stresses of modern life at the door. “We wanted the spa to feel like a real retreat but didn’t want it to feel forced or contrived so we took our inspiration from the natural Irish landscape and used the colours and textures that are readily seen in nature and in Ireland. For example, the curved feature wall which snakes its way through the heart of the spa is made with beautiful Irish oak, the wallpapers have been inspired by the weave seen in Irish linen and even the light fittings are reminiscent of delicate, traditional Irish wicker baskets. It was important for our client, PREM Group, who own Osprey Hotel to make the spa feel inherently Irish, not in a twee way but to create a contemporary Irish spa that will really ‘wow’ even the most discerning spa aficionado.”
Guests can look forward to an extensive range of experiences including face and body treatments for both men and women and even seaweed baths and bathing rituals. The third floor is a private couple’s suite and is completely separate from the rest of the spa. It is accessed by its own private spiral staircase.
Commenting on the re-opening of the spa, Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group said; “The facilities on offer at Osprey Spa are second to none, and I am confident that it is a great addition to Osprey Hotel and will become a must-visit destination for our guests. Hugh’s vision has become a reality and Osprey Spa is a true urban retreat.”