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Travel challenge: An Irish spa break

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a particular holiday. Today: a spa break in Ireland, for departures in June. Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a room.

Essential Escapes

£1,230 for three nights in a superior room at the Park Hotel Kenmare in Kerry. The price includes breakfast, dinner on two nights, two three-hour Sámas Experiences in the Espa Spa and return Ryanair flights from Stansted to Kerry. "This retreat is located in the heart of the countryside near Kenmare, a charming town that sits at the foot of the Cork and Kerry Mountains. Its traditional Irish hospitality, gourmet cuisine and spacious suites have kept guests returning since 1897. Sámas, which in Gaelic means 'indulgence of the senses', is a true destination spa, which takes its philosophy from the Far East," says Emma Barnett of Essential Escapes. (020-7284 3344; essentialescapes.com )

Sheen Falls Lodge, Kerry

£351 for three nights in a deluxe room. The price includes full Irish breakfast, two dinners and an Indian head massage, but not travel to Ireland. "The Health Club is a place where you can indulge in tranquil surroundings, allowing you to relax, revitalise and reinvigorate your mind and body," says Sheen Falls' Alan Campell. (00 353 64 41 600; sheenfallslodge.ie )


£360 for a two-night "Ultimate Head to Toe Weekend" at No 1 Pery Square, Limerick. The price includes breakfast, one dinner and a complete day of spa treatments with lunch, including "emotional balancing", a personalised Aromatherapie facial, Indian head massage, salt body polish, wellbeing body-wrap and full-body moisturisation using organic seaweed products. Flights are extra. "No 1 Pery Square is Ireland's newest spa and is gorgeously intimate with only 20 bedrooms. You won't want to leave, especially once you've curled up in the Snooze Room," says Spa Ireland founder Alison Bell. (00 353 1 707 8617; spa-ireland.com )