7 Of The Best Spa Hotels Donegal Has To Offer

best spa hotels donegal
Photo left: By Lough Eske. Photo right: By booking.com.

If you’re in search of the best spa hotels Donegal has to offer, you’ve landed in the right place.

As you’ll know if you read our guides to the best hotels in Donegal and the best 5 star hotels in Donegal, this scenic county is home to its far share of places for a pamper.

In the guide below, you’ll find everything from fancy spa hotels in Donegal for a treat to places to head for a day with a friend for a bit of chill time.

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Spa hotels Donegal: Our favourites

Now, before we dive on in, I just want to clarify that the guide below is in no particular order, with the exception of spot one and two.

Spot one and two are out favourite spa hotels in Donegal. In fact, they’re two of the best hotels in Ireland, in our opinion! 

1. Lough Eske Castle Hotel

lough eske castle donegal
Photo via Lough Eske

The best spa hotel Donegal has to offer is, in our opinion, Lough Eske. For the ultimate luxury spa hotel experience in Donegal, Lough Eske is the place to go.

The award-winning five-star resort is situated on the edge of the stunning Lough Eske just a short drive out of Donegal town.

It requires a bit of a splurge, but a stay in one of their castle or garden suites is worth every penny. They are luxuriously decorated with a modern touch and offer plenty of fine amenities. 

The spa at Lough Eske

the spa at Lough Eske
Photo via booking.com

One of the real highlights of a stay at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel is the onsite spa. It’s housed in a sandstone building in the garden with a green and gold mosaic pool and spa.

You can easily unwind with their natural therapies, including facials and massages in one of their seven treatment rooms.

The fully equipped thermal suite offers the ultimate spa experience, which has an ice fountain, sauna, steam room, infinity pool and tropical experience showers. 

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2. Harvey’s Point

Harvey's Point Donegal
Photo via Harvey’s Point Hotel

Another luxury spa hotel in Donegal located on the edge of Lough Eske is Harvey’s Point. This is a stunning hotel overlooking the lake with a backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains.

It’s ideally located just 10 minutes away from Donegal town so you can enjoy the idyllic surroundings but still be near enough to the historic town centre.

All of their 64 rooms are spacious suites decorated with lavish details and the Lakeshore Restaurant onsite offers exquisite food. 

The spa at Harvey’s Point

Harvey's Point spa hotel donegal
Photos via Harvey’s Point on Facebook

Harvey’s Point is one of a handful of very luxurous spa hotels in Donegal. The hotel also features a wellness and treatment suite for those looking for a completely rejuvenating stay.

The suite utilises the skincare and treatments of the world-renowned brand, ilā, which is based on the healing power of nature.

You can enjoy a range of treatments including facials and massages from 30 minutes up to an hour or longer.

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Spa hotels in Donegal: 5 more with incredible reviews online

OK, now that we’ve got our two favourites out of the way, it’s time to see what other spa hotels Donegal has to offer.

There are five more which have racked up rave reviews online and that are located in incredibly scenic corners of County Donegal.

1. Redcastle Spa Hotel Donegal

This is one of the most overlooked spa hotels in Donegal and there’s a reason it ranked high in our guide to the best spa hotels in Ireland.

Perched on the shores of Lough Foyle on the Inishowen Peninsula, Redcastle Spa Hotel is a luxury stay in the north of County Donegal.

Right outside of the town of Redcastle, this is the perfect setting for a relaxing and romantic weekend away. Their rooms are full of luxuries with ocean and parkland views from the windows.

It also boasts a private golf course, onsite restaurant and the unforgettable day spa and wellness centre.

The spa at Redcastle

redcastle hotel donegal
Photo via the Redcastle Hotel

The Redcastle Spa hotel in Donegal offers a range of relaxing treatments and facilities. You can choose from either the Sugar Room designed for the perfect girl’s weekend away or individual spa treatments and massages using organic Voya products.

There’s also the leisure centre with the pool, sauna and steam room. From as short as 30 minutes up to a full day of pampering, you can choose from a variety of treatments designed to leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.

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2. Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa

Ballyliffin Hotel Donegal
Photo via Ballyliffin Spa Hotel Donegal

A relaxing escape to Donegal’s beautiful Inishowen Peninsula is never a bad idea and Ballyliffin Lodge might just be the perfect place to stay in this part of the county.

The award-winning four-star hotel and spa is located in Ballyliffin town, not far from the golden beach of Pollan Strand.

They offer 40 rooms from doubles up to family rooms and bridle suites, each decorated to a high standard of comfort and luxury.

The spa at Ballyliffin

The spa at Ballyliffin
Photo via booking.com

Despite the vast array of activities and attractions nearby, you’ll definitely want to schedule some time in this Donegal spa hotel (the spas called Rock Crystal Spa).

The spa at Ballyliffin Lodge is perfectly designed for the ultimate stress releasing and relaxing experience.

With mood lighting, candle-lit corridors and only the best organic plant products from Voya, the day spa is incredibly enticing.

They have a wide range of treatments including facials, body wraps and massages, which are also available in special combined packages. 

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3. The Shandon Hotel (one of the most scenic spa hotels in Donegal)

bathroom at the shandon
Photo by The Irish Road Trip

This four-star luxury hotel and spa is widely considered one of the best hotels in Donegal, however, it’s one of the most overlooked spa hotels Donegal has to offer.

The Shandon’s stunning setting right on Sheephaven Bay offers a tranquil stay with incredible sea views.

It’s ideally located for those exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and is just a short drive from Dunfanaghy and Horn Head.

The hotel has a variety of rooms suitable for couples and families from standard rooms up to master suites. 

The spa at the Shandon

hot tub at the shandon spa
Photo by The Irish Road Trip

The Shandon Hotel offers the perfect way to disconnect at their incredibly stylish spa and beauty centre. They have a range of both hot and cool experiences with stunning views over the bay from the full height windows.

You can choose from heated loungers, foot spas, a sauna, salt grotto and lifestyle showers. The real highlight however is the Canadian hot tub outside, where you can lie back in the warm water and enjoy incredible views over the entire area. 

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4. The Sandhouse Hotel and Marine Spa

the sandhouse spa hotel in donegal
Photo via the Sandhouse Hotel

Escape to the quiet Atlantic coast in Rossnowlagh at this four-star spa hotel in Donegal and soak up a relaxing break by the sea.

The Sandhouse is located right on the edge of the ocean near the golden sand of the Blue Flag beach at Rossnowlagh.

They have a range of beautiful, spacious rooms, offering either sea or hill views from the windows and comfortable amenities.

The spa at the Sandhouse

After a morning walk on the beach, you’ll want to head to their Marine Spa inside the hotel. They offer a range of face and body treatments with the best organic Voya products and holistic practices.

You can opt for a relaxing experience with their body scrubs, bath soaks and mud wraps that will leave you feeling incredible. Or, try a beauty pampering session with manicures, pedicures, lash and brow treatments and hair removal on offer.

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5. Villa Rose Hotel and Spa

Villa Rose Hotel and Spa
Photo via villarose.ie

Last but by no means least in our guide to the best spa hotels Donegal has to offer is the brilliant Villa Rose.

The Villa Rose is a four-star family-run hotel and spa in Ballybofey offering the perfect countryside getaway.

Its central location in the county means that most of Donegal’s attractions are within easy reach from the hotel for day’s spent exploring the many sights.

They have beautiful rooms to relax in which has been decorated with soft fabrics and a vintage style. The hotel is perfectly set up for a romantic weekend away.

The spa at the Villa Rose Hotel

The onsite spa is an award-winning destination in itself that offers a range of pampering options and relaxing treatments.

They have seven treatment rooms, a couple’s treatment area, thermal suite, relaxation room and hair and make-up salon with over 70 individual treatments.

Whether you opt for a one-hour massage or a full day spa package, you can find the perfect reason to visit Villa Rose with your bestie or partner. 

Spa hotels Donegal: FAQs

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from which are the best spa hotels in Donegal town to which ones are the best base for exploring.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the best spa hotels in Donegal?

  1. Lough Eske Castle
  2. Harvey’s Point
  3. Redcastle Hotel
  4. The Sandhouse Hotel

What are the best value spas in Donegal?

This is going to vary based on how much you have to spend but, in our opinion, the Shandon spa hotel in Donegal is one of the best value wise.

If you can visit mid-week, in particular, you can nab a decent price. You’ll also find deals on their website that include stay-and-spa type packages.

Elisha is a freelance writer, content creator and blogger and her work can be read in Lonely Planet, Remote Lands and Matador Network. You’ll usually find her travelling in offbeat places or hiking wherever there are mountains; always with a camera in hand.

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