Seaview House Hotel opens a luxurious Bath House

Posted on: 8th August, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Seaweed bathing is a 300-year-old tradition and Ireland’s only indigenous therapy. It boasts natural anti-aging and anti-cellulite properties, is known to relieve certain skin conditions, can help ease aching muscles, treat circulatory problems and even reduce stress. The benefits of seaweed are many and varied and a new therapeutic escape in Ballylickey – The Bath House at Seaview House Hotel offers a unique selection of Voya healing, organic seaweed treatments.

The Bath House has three seaweed bathrooms and two treatments rooms so can accommodate up to eight people at one time. Each bathroom has a steam sauna box, where the client can relax and steam to open pores before enjoying a restorative seaweed bath. As each bathroom has two baths, it’s also possible for couples to use the room together. The hand-harvested seaweed from Voya removes toxins from the body and helps to alleviate aches and pains.

“As we’re located in such a good position for exploring the three peninsulas, we get a lot of walkers and cyclists staying with us here at Seaview,” explains proprietor Ronan O’Sullivan. “We started out by building a dry room so our guests would have somewhere dry out their outdoor gear and the idea for The Bath House grew from there.”

Inside The Bath House, a subtle grey colour palette, complemented by natural wood and grey stone tiles, creates a soothing and calming space. Outside, at the back of the building, an outdoor wood barrel sauna and hot tub surrounded by leafy trees, offers a surreal bathing experience under the sky.

The Bath House offers an excellent selection of treatments. Bath treatments include seaweed, warmed spiced mud or aroma bath salt therapy. Each of these treatments lasts for €45 minutes and costs just €40. There are also body scrubs, wraps, massages, hand and foot rituals and an excellent selection of facials, from detoxifying to anti-aging. The Deluxe Facial Experience allows you to experience the best of what Voya has to offer, combining a relaxing back massage with a hydrating and purifying facial – 90 minutes of pure bliss!

Organic Voya tea and fruit is served after all treatments, however if you’re visiting on a Saturday and would prefer more of an indulgence after your treatment, consider combining it with high tea at Seaview, which includes all sorts of delectable treats.

All of Voya’s luxury organic products can be purchased at The Bath House, so if you feel like filling your car boot with organic seaweed for the ultimate bathing experience at home, that too is possible!

“… Seaview house hotel is looking and feeling like a slice of heaven..the seaweed Bath House and outdoor jacuzzi are an idyllic escape and it has the most scenic outdoor sauna. Highly recommend it. Will definitely be back for a girlie getaway.”

Seaview House Hotel is a third generation family-run hotel set in private landscaped grounds in the quiet village of Ballylickey. Proprietor Ronan O’Sullivan took over the hotel after his aunt Kathleen retired from the business in 2016. “It’s been in the family since 1952,” explains Ronan, who spent all his childhood summers there and moved from London with his young family to take over the running of the hotel. “Some of our staff have been with us for 40 years and we’re very proud of that.”

The country manor house combines old world charm with a warm West Cork welcome. Many of the elegant bedrooms have been tastefully refurbished in the last year and all are furnished with fine antiques. Seaview House Hotel is also renowned for the quality of its dining experience and is open to the public for dinner every evening and also for Sunday Lunch. “There is an emphasis on seafood and local produce on the menu,” says Ronan “for example when blueberries are in season, we’ll get them just over the road from a producer in the Mealagh Valley.”

Whether you want to escape on your own or enjoy an afternoon with friends, The Bath House At Seaview House Hotel, is a relaxing haven.

The Bath House is open seven days a week and therapies must be pre-booked. To book or for more information call
027 50073 or email

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
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Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website,

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