Spa Life Ireland 2023 heads to Cork

The annual must-attend event will take place at Fota Island Resort in County Cork, Ireland


By Mark Smith

21 August 2023

Spa Life Ireland 2023 will take place at the five-star Fota Island Resort in County Cork, Ireland from September 10-12.

Bringing delegates together in a relaxed, professional environment, attendees can expect networking opportunities and the chance to connect in person.

Those attending will also hear insights from leading industry experts including Noella Gabriel, global president and co-founder of Elemis.

Headshot of Andrew Hammond, founding director Spa Life Ireland

"Spa Life Ireland is the place where the Irish spa community gathers each year because it is the best place to discover new ideas and build new contacts."

Andrew Hammond

Co-founder, Spa Life Ireland

European Spa is proud to be the official media partner of this highly focused business event. Spa Life Ireland is designed to motivate and inspire the country’s leading wellness operators, and the brands that support them. The event offers a unique immersive wellness experience with an emphasis on education and self-development.

We talk to Andrew Hammond, co-founder of Spa Life Ireland, about the event, what delegates can expect and why it is the must-attend networking gathering of the year.

What can guests expect from Spa Life Ireland 2023?

Spa Life Ireland is the place where the Irish spa community gathers each year because it is the best place to discover new ideas and build new contacts.

The convention is an exclusively business-focused event, designed to motivate and inspire the country’s leading wellness operators, so you should expect lots of business development and networking opportunities.

hotel resort with outdoor barbecue
Spa Life Ireland moves to Fota Island Resort in County Cork

What will be new for this year?

The wellness industry never stands still; it is constantly changing and evolving so it is important that we bring together many of the latest innovations from the supply market. This exposes delegates to lots of fresh ideas and the latest thinking from the industry’s pioneering individuals and leading international brands.

Also, in a concept exclusive to Spa Life Ireland, delegates will enjoy an immersive wellness experience, with a unique emphasis on education and self-development, to provide them with a new perspective on wellness.

Three people having a meeting at Spa Life Ireland
Spa Life Ireland brings together spa and wellness professionals from across the country

Who are your key speakers?

Our brilliant keynote this year is industry legend Noella Gabriel, global president and co-founder of skin wellness brand,Elemis.

Noella is excited to be returning to her hometown of Cork, where, for the first time in her stellar career, she will share the story of her career journey ‘From Treatment Room to Boardroom’. This is sure to fire the imagination of the audience.

Supporting this keynote address, we have a series of breakout sessions designed to stimulate fresh thinking and new ways to reinvent our wellness services for the evolving demographic of wellness-savvy consumers.

Erin Lee, executive director of the World Halotherapy Association, will be explaining how low-cost, low-tech equipment and ‘therapy stacking’ can create new, profitable opportunities for spas.

Freddie Moross, founder of Myndstream, will be advising spa managers on how to use music as a marketing tool.

Christine Clinton, GWI chair of global wellness for children initiative, will be exploring the question, “Is our industry ready to embrace change to deliver wellness for all?”.

And you, Mark, as deputy editor of European Spa magazine, will be presenting a panel examining how to build the case for investment, sharing the successful strategies used by leading spa directors to build compelling cases and develop their facilities.

indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi
Delegates will enjoy a fully immersive wellness experience in the spa at Fota Island

Can you tell us a little bit about the venue for this year?

Fota Island Resort epitomises everything you could expect from a 5-star hotel. As one of the very few resort hotels in Ireland, it is situated on its own private island amidst the tranquillity of Cork harbour but just 15 mins drive from the hustle and bustle of Cork city.

The hotel boasts one of Europe’s finest spas, offering delegates a unique wellness experience of personal rejuvenation and holistic relaxation, surrounded by breathtaking views of lush woodlands.

How can people book?

There are a variety of different packages for delegates, offering overnight accommodation for one or two nights, and the best-value packages allow spa managers to book two delegates on an all-inclusive basis.

All ticket options are listed on the event website and the best option is to register online:


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