The best in beauty — Elysium, Moycullen

Elysium Day Spa & Laser Clinic, Moycullen has just been awarded the prestigious IBPA Award for overall 'Best Salon in Ireland and Northern Ireland 2009'. This highly esteemed accolade is awarded to dedicated and experienced beauty professionals whose goal and focus is to drive improvements in the Irish beauty industry.

This national award recognises and rewards standards of unsurpassed excellence in professionalism and service as well as contributions made towards innovation in the Irish beauty industry. The IBPA awards are deemed to be the 'Oscars' of the industry and honours only the crème de la crème of the beauty sector.

The glittering event took place in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin and was attended by the beauty industry’s elite and many of Ireland’s leading celebrities. Following a fabulous champagne reception and five-course meal hosted by Off The Rails presenter Brendan Courtney, the nominees and overall winners were announced.

Valerie Osborne, one of Galway’s well known beauty therapists and businesswomen was presented with the award. Elysium was selected after a rigorous six-month inspection by the IBPA (Irish Beauty Professionals Association ) which judged Elysium Day Spa on all aspects of service and levels of proficiency. The IBPA strives for outstanding levels of professionalism and scrutinises applicants from initial phone call when booking an appointment to all aspects of treatments, levels of expertise and customer service. A secret shopper was also deployed by the IBPA, ensuring that treatments would be assessed fairly and accurately. The final stage was a one to one meeting with Judge Eavanna Breen when she visited the salon and spent the day touring, interviewing and experiencing the Elysium signature treatments.

A jubilant Valerie was delighted and honoured with the award:

“I’m very proud of this achievement and can safely say it is the pinnacle of my 15 years in the beauty industry, not only for myself but for the well deserving therapists who work together wonderfully at Elysium to deliver the highest level of service and professionalism to our clients and create the lovely atmosphere our clients love and always come back for. It really is a testament to our hard work and dedication,” she said.

Elysium, a luxurious and stylish retreat, has been operating since 2003, undergoing a massive expansion in 2007 which now houses The Day Spa, laser clinic and beauty salon.

Contemporary yet cosy Elysium is the epitome of style and decadence. All seven treatment rooms are individually designed and air conditioned with piped music and heated beds – the ideal ingredients for the ultimate retreat from reality.

The spa also houses two tanning rooms, three nail bars, two pedicure suites, a hydrotherapy bath and a relaxation area, ensuring that every aspect of the grooming and therapeutic process is covered.

In addition to all basic grooming and spa treatments an extensive range of medical grade treatments is also available; IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation for pigmented skin, Laser Thread Vein Removal, IPL Acne Treatments, Laser Hair Removal, Microdermabrasion with light therapy. A sneak preview at the new additions show that these include three new spa ritual treatments, a new men’s skincare range and treatments with more specialised massage and body treatments.

Valerie is very aware of the present economic climate and has also introduced a range of three different discounted bridal packages as well as an overall discount for bridal parties of four or more.

The loyalty card system that was implemented last year is proving very popular with clients as they reap the rewards with free eyebrow trims, eyelash tints, file and polishes and free add on thermal Thai treatments, receiving one point for every €1 spent on treatments, two points for €1 spent on products and 20 points for recommending a new client.

Another new addition are the ‘Spa Parties’; for small intimate groups of three to six which will include a complimentary champagne greeting on arrival while relaxing in robe and slippers in the relaxation area, depending on treatments required a group discount or complementary hydrotherapy bath for the guest of honour can be arranged. ‘ We have found this popular for immediate bridal parties, birthdays and baby showers as we carry the full ‘Mamma Mio’ maternity range and have three in-house maternity massage specialists. Elysium has teamed up with the White Gables Restaurant for groups of four or more should you wish to continue the evening with some fine dining with a complimentary bottle of prosecco.

“At Elysium we strive to deliver the same level of excellent service to all our customers offering all the elements of a spa, but not with spa prices and in a relaxed and down-to-earth environment.”

Elysium Day Spa & Laser Clinic fully intends on reclaiming the title for 2010 so it’s back to doing what they do best.

“We were told we raised the bar and were clear winners on the night of the awards so it is now up to us to surpass that again for the coming year which we fully intend on doing so,” she said.

Elysium Day Spa and Laser Clinic — a sanctuary of personal comfort and total escapism. A great example of the need for understanding the importance of taking time out in today’s demanding world, but also for the importance of achieving results. To book an appointment phone 091 556846 [email protected] www.elysium.ie

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