Ireland’s first purpose-built luxury destination spa is to create 100 jobs in the south east, it was announced today.
The €30m Monart facility is expected to bring a new type of high-spending international traveller to the country.
Tourism Minister John O’Donoghue said the level of investment was unprecedented for Wexford’s hospitality sector.
“At a time when the geographical spread of the benefits of our tourism is uneven, it is encouraging that both indigenous and international hoteliers are developing their businesses and investing, not only in the cities, but also throughout the regions,” he said.
Monart is being developed by hotelier and sports pundit, Liam Griffin, and will open in Enniscorthy later this year.
Mr Griffin, Managing Director of Griffin Hotel Group, said the adult-only facility would fully embody the values of a true destination spa.
“It will not cater for non-spa business including weddings and other functions and as such, is a unique proposition to the Irish hospitality industry,” he said.
“We have designed the facility to ensure it will be the equal of the world’s top destination spas, the market for which is currently increasing incrementally.
“Of appeal, not only to the discerning Irish consumer, we expect Monart will bring a new type of high-spend international spa consumer to the Irish market, where they are not currently catered for,” he added.
Focussed exclusively, from arrival to departure, on the guests’ physical and mental health and well-being, all aspects of the facility are being designed to help them to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
The development is being built around Monart House, a listed country home, set within 120 acres of mature woodland.
Monart’s 70 luxury bedrooms and suites and state of the art spa facility – for use by both residents and day guests – are being designed to allow guests to get ’up close and personal’ with the surrounding woodland.
Its gardens are designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold medal winner, Mary Reynolds.
Although a self-contained facility, guests wanting to avail of off-site activities including golf, will also be catered for.
Mr Griffin said the facility represented a unique opportunity to step out of modern life and indulge in peaceful and luxurious surroundings.
“Monart will be the perfect location for the person looking to recharge and heal, for the couple looking for quality time and space, a group of friends seeking to re-engage or the company looking to reward or incentivise somewhere more than a little bit different,” he added.
The facility is the latest addition to the South-East based Griffin Hotel Group.
Their other properties include the four star Ferrycarrig Hotel property just outside Wexford town and the three star Hotel Kilkenny.