Review: The Shelbourne Spa

On Saturday just gone, my Mum and I had planned the ultimate girly day out with a trip to The Shelbourne Hotel spa in the heart of Dublin city. We’ve been planning a spa day for a while now, it’s something we try to do together at least once a year, and this year we decided rather than going away for a night, we would take a staycation break to The Shelbourne.

While we didn’t overnight there, we made our way into town early for a quick brunch before making our way over to the hotel for some good old fashioned rest and relaxation.

Our first impressions of the spa when we arrived were extremely positive. The soft lighting, the luscious fabrics and the peaceful atmosphere all set the tone for the day ahead. When we checked in the girl on reception was very welcoming and then showed us to the changing rooms where we could get ready for our day.

We arrived to the spa an hour early so that we could make use of the swimming pool and other spa facilities, but were slightly disappointed to find that the pool is actually part of the hotel’s leisure centre and as a result, was very bright and loud – children jumping into the pool doing water bombs is not my idea of a relaxing swim!  It did pass as people started to leave, but at this point we had abandoned the swimming idea and decided to spend our time in the steam room and sauna instead before going to change for our treatments.

At this point we were feeling a little let down, however, that all changed when we went for our treatments. When we left the pool area, we were brought into the relaxation room which is a gorgeous bright room overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. After a few minutes our therapists arrived to take us for our treatments and that’s when the real relaxation began.


The spa uses Pevonia and Elemis products, both of which I really like, so I opted for the Pevonia Hot Stone Massage and the Elemis Modern Skin Facial, both of which were one hour long. I also had the same therapist for both my treatments which meant I could enjoy being pampered for two hours straight – bliss!

My therapist’s name was Ali and she was extremely good. She spent a few minutes going through some questions about my skin type, problem areas and concerns, and decided which specific products and scents to use on me based on my responses. She started off with the hot stone massage and I literally could feel myself begin to ever so slowly lower my shoulders and relax.

It’s funny how even when you think you’re relaxed your shoulders can be up around your ears, tense as anything, and you don’t even realise. Not to mention the many knots that had to be kneaded out of my upper back. The kneading was worth it though and the whole treatment was just amazing. I felt so relaxed afterwards.

From there she moved on to my face where she applied several products to brighten and rehydrate my skin which has been quite dull and dry recently. She cleansed, toned, exfoliated and then added a thick mask which was just incredible. As that set on my face, she gave me a shoulder and head massage with the same oils and at this stage I was pretty much falling asleep! There’s nothing like a facial and massage to make you zone out for a few hours.

All in all, I was really happy with my treatments. My skin was so soft afterwards, and my face was definitely brighter and smoother. As I sat in the relaxation room after my treatments eating my berry sorbet and berry fruits, it was hard to keep my eyes open and I drifted off to a world of my own for a good half an hour as the sun shone down on my face through the open window.


It was such a lovely to spend a Saturday, and my Mum equally loved her treatments too. The perfect city girly escape for some ‘me time’.

Both my treatments costa total of €210 which is very competitively priced with other spas in Dublin and I would definitely revisit another time. As I said, the only let down was the pool area which could probably benefit from being a little less loud and a little more relaxed. But at the end of the day, everything else was so great and enjoyable, it didn’t really matter.

Sorcha x

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