Designed by an Italian architect to emphasize modern style, natural daylight and views of the sea, this tranquil escape resides on a 160-acre beachfront parkland just an hour from Dublin. Guests will relish the many resort offerings here, from fine dining to an eighteen-hole golf course. But the draw for those who practice the fine art of relaxation is Ocea Spa, an elegant oasis adorned with Venetian plasterwork, gold leaf mosaic tiles and recessed water features dappled with candles and water lilies. The spa's wealth of facilities include a hammam, rasul chamber, monsoon showers, aromatherapy suites, ice grotto, outdoor vitality pool, hydrotherapy pool and sunken spa gardens. Among the 60 treatments guests will find a purifying ritual with green coffee, an energizing ritual with mint essential oil and an exotic lime and ginger salt glow. There are also more unique (and focused) possibilities for invigoration, such as hour-long "boot camps" for tummies and tushies.