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Relax & Unwind at The Well in the Garden - Cliff At Lyons Launches Stunning Spa Retreat


Everything is coming up roses, with the opening of The Well in the Garden at Cliff at Lyons just 30 minutes from Dublin city-centre. Nestled in the picturesque countryside close to Celbridge and set amongst sprawling gardens, splashing fountains and floral walkways, this beautifully restored property adjacent to the Lyon’s Demesne is filled with natural light and soaring ceilings. Uniquely, the elegant retreat will offer signature body treatments designed by award-winning therapist Laura Clarke and a custom range of Irish-made botanical skincare products.

Set to open in October 2017, the two-story building within the Cliff at Lyons was caringly renovated to maintain the old-style elegance of the original structure, and includes four treatment rooms and a large relaxation space. Mirroring the lush green countryside setting and botanically focused treatment menu, the interior features sophisticated floral patterns, encouraging guests to reconnect with nature and relax the body, mind and soul.

This ethos was also used to create the custom skincare products which were designed by industry-leading spa consultants using local flora and indigenous ingredients like carrageen moss, peat and fresh ground herbs from the surrounding garden. Reflecting the naturally sourced oils, salts and scrubs, the treatment offering was crafted to provide one-of-a-kind relaxing and nourishing experiences like Peat for the Feet, Hug of the Hands Massage and a Hot Towel Head & Scalp Ritual. Treatments are paired with organic juices and smoothies developed by Michelin Star Cliff Executive Chef Martijn Kajuiter and Head Chef Nathan Dimond, produced on-site to nurture the body from the inside out.

“Irish people have always been intricately connected to the land, says award-winning Spa and Treatment Manager Laura Clarke, it’s exciting to be able to design and deliver treatments that go back to nature and use traditional ingredients to transform skin and reconnect people with their bodies. The stunning location, signature offering and custom products, paired with the renowned Cliff hospitality make The Well in the Garden an experience like no other.”

The Well also marks the group’s first retail offering. Set to launch in November it will include signature body oils, lotions and salts as well as candles and linen sprays.

Acquired last year, Cliff at Lyons is a sister property to Cliff Townhouse and Cliff House Hotel which has The Well by the Sea, a ‘wet’ spa which includes a pool, outside baths and a hot tub overlooking Ardmore Bay. Known for excellence in food and hospitality, CLIFF aims to bring the same ethos and five-star service to the spa experience with innovative offerings that reflect the best of Irish culture, heritage and gastronomy. The Well in the Garden is the newest addition to the quietly expanding Cliff at Lyons which recently opened Trellis, an all-day brassiere restaurant and The Orangery, a fine-dining restaurant located in a Turner designed conservatory. Lucius Farrell, General Manager of Cliff at Lyons said; “Over the past year our team of designers, gardeners, treatment therapists, operational staff and chefs have been working tirelessly to make Cliff at Lyons a unique destination that highlights the very best in Irish hospitality, spa services, and authentic Irish-made products and food. The Well in the Garden is an exciting addition that reinforces our mission of authentic simplicity and elegance, and I’m thrilled to say that there is still plenty to come.”

Opening the 12th October 2017, The Well in the Garden will offer body, hands, feet and relaxation therapies all year round. Visit cliffatlyons.ie for further information.

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