Last month, when we shared the news of a new €1.2 million spa that is set to open just 40 minutes from Dublin it caused quite a bit of excitement.
Now we have the first look at the new Osprey Spa in Naas, Co. Kildare designed by Hugh Wallace, celebrity architect and star of RTE’s ‘The Great House Revival’ and ‘Home of the Year’.
Bringing his flair and design intuition to the glorious new destination spa, Hugh, together with his colleagues Damian Meehan and Katie Jakkulla have created space an urban retreat at the Osprey Hotel, that’s set to open June 8th.
Speaking on the brief was to create an urban sanctuary using natural materials and textures Hugh says: “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, the PREM Group who own The Osprey 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.”
Stretching over 10,000 sq ft the spa is set over three floors with the thermal suite offering a range of heating experiences including double and single seaweed baths, a dry floatation bed, Rasul Chamber, heated, mosaic, free standing stone loungers and a Salt Grotto.
Meanwhile, two distinctly different relaxation rooms will offer guests a wonderful space to relax either pre or post treatment.
The Light Relaxation Room features a complete wall of glazing which looks out onto a balcony and has been heavily planted in lush bamboo.
The Dark Relaxation Room on the other hand is very conducive to a post treatment nap and has been adorned with a rich, textured linen weave wallpaper and natural wood log panelling around each relaxation bed.
The second floor of the spa has six treatment rooms while the private couple’s suite on the third floor is filled with natural light, thanks to a large glazed atrium and is complete with a swing.
This area is completely separate to the rest of the spa and is approached by its own private spiral staircase.
In order to continue the natural theme throughout the spa, the Irish seaweed based product, VOYA was chosen as the product for the spa.
The Osprey Spa will offer guests a whole host of treatments and experiences including face and body treatments for both men and women and even seaweed baths and bathing rituals.
Speaking in advance of the spa opening, Osprey Spa manager, Blanaidh Bailey said, “Seaweed naturally absorbs the nourishment from the sea and as a result seaweed contains countless minerals, vitamins and beneficial ingredients in high concentrations.”
To book a spa treatment at The Osprey Spa call (045) 881111 or see www.ospreyspa.ie.