The Ice House, Mayo

I really warmed to the Ice House


Fast becoming one of Ireland's leading destination spa hotels, it’s beyond me how the Ice House hasn't been credited with a five-star rating. It certainly gives other top rated hotels a run for their money, topping the board in terms of location, dining options, interiors, hospitality, facilities and cleanliness.


Despite its name, there's nothing remotely cold about this beautifully located gem on the River Moy. It underwent a renovation, with the main focus being a revamp of the spa area, and it’s clear space & location were the focal points of attention for the architects to really bring this unique space to life.


A prominent feature throughout the hotel is its use of glass in the structure to ensure guests can take in the incredible views over the River Moy as far as the eye can see. Interestingly as you enter the hotel, its interiors are somewhat traditional and of an older, cosier style, but this is because the hotel kept some of the old features of the original dwelling.


It is only when you move past the reception area that you see the transition from old to new. We were lucky enough to stay in a bedroom that had a floor-to-ceiling glass window that presented the most spectacular riverside views. The room itself was modern, spacious and very minimalistic in terms of the colour palette and interiors. There’s something very soothing and calming about water and the Ice House embraces this at every point where possible to enhance the guest experience.


Even more so since its revamp, the spa really is the star of the show. The thermal and wellness area are perched perfectly over the river, and feature several Voya seaweed baths and two hot tubs. There is an indoor wellness and relaxation area too that has a glass front if you don’t fancy being outside, but the outdoor faculties are a huge draw.


Part of the renovation included the introduction of an outdoor treatment room and this is where I tried the holistic full body massage. My therapist Meghan used unique movements to stroke my tension away. The massage also included a Himalayan hot stone back massage and the bed was heated with a stone base which oddly enough was very soothing. A highlight of the spa area was the feelgood factor - everyone there was really enjoying themselves and the staff were fantastic. Spa Manager Elaine is a credit to the team and hotel - she was so helpful and attentive to all guests, which was lovely to see.


Food galore is the only way to describe the food overing at the very cool restaurant 54° 9°. There’s absolutely no shortage of choice on the menu and I'd highly recommend the prawn seafood linguine dish. There was also an amazing homemade brown bread and an Italian prosecco which we stocked up on before leaving.


We made sure to venture outside the hotel each morning to breathe in that fresh air and get our steps in before breakfast. There are some amazing walks nearby, particularly Belleek Woods and one of the Crossmolina Loop Walks. If you really want to get in touch with nature then add the Sligo Way walk on the Mayo / Sligo border to your itinerary.


If you’re looking to plan a stunning escape to the Ice House for the June Bank Holiday weekend prices start from €515 per night including dinner and breakfast. This price is based on two people sharing staying in a Heritage Suite. Contact the Ice House at 096 23500 or visit www.icehousehotel.ie to book.