Been There: Galgorm Resort & Spa – Northern Ireland
Love to spa? Well we have just the place for you! Christmas just passed brought a much needed spa break for me to the Galgorm Resort & Spa in Ballymena, Northern Ireland and what a treat it was.
The hotel itself is traditional, cosy, and has a home from home feel to it. It’s wonderful for a Winters break as there’s fires lit almost around every corner, with many a sofas and comfy armchairs to lounge on with a glass of wine in hand.
Our superior room had a completely cloud like king sized bed, and was decorated in a traditional way. If you can, ask to not have a room near the car park as the service trucks can be a little noisy in the mornings!
There was plenty of places to eat in the hotel; the River Room restaurant for fine dining and Afternoon Tea, Gillies Grill, and Fratellis, which served really reasonably priced Italian cuisine. It’s great to have the option of places to eat; if you’re staying more than one night then you mightn’t want the same menu twice.
Breakfast is served in Gillies Grill (above) which is an array of fruits, cereals, pastries, a crepe station (yum!) and of course, every thing you want in a fry (the best bit being potato farls – a Northern Irish must!) The grounds around the hotel make for a lovely walk after breakfast or lunch, and you can take in the rush of the River Maine that flows through the estate.
Now to the most essential part. The highlight of this hotel is, of course, the enormous spa village that’s situated indoor and out on the grounds. I won’t even attempt to list the amount of things to try as it would be as long as the cosy bathrobe I wore whilst I hopped from bubbles to saunas. My favourites to mention are the outdoor hot tubs, especially as we experienced them on such a sunny and crisp Winters day.
There are water beds to lounge on beside the beautiful indoor pool (both fun and relaxing!), and they also have a snow cabin to jump into after a long rest in the glass walled Sanarium. You could honestly spend hours melting your troubles away here, it’s definitely one of the best spas I’ve ever experienced, and I’d go back in a heart beat just to soak in the outdoor tubs whilst the birds chirp away around me.