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Galgorm invests £3 million to add new Forest Dens to luxury accommodation collection

Northern Ireland’s premiere luxury hotel, Galgorm has added a stunning new range of accommodation to its collection, with a £3 million investment.

Having already invested £60 million since 2010, Galgorm secured its position among the world’s premier tourism destinations in 2021 when it announced a further £30 million investment to expand and enhance its resort and spa facilities by 2027.

The new Forest Dens represent £3 million of that investment phase and are the first element of the ‘Forest Garden’ at Galgorm. The expansion to the Thermal Spa Village is due to follow in summer 2025, complete with forest walks, wood-fired sauna, hot tubs and a rope bridge connecting the Thermal Spa Village on both sides of the river.


Colin Johnston, Managing Director at Galgorm, stated:

“Our commitment to maintaining Galgorm’s standing as a world-class, award-winning tourism destination has driven us to invest and innovate continually over the last number of years. This latest £3 million investment is a testament to our dedication to offering premium and authentic experiences to our guests.

The introduction of the Forest Dens marks a unique addition to our accommodation portfolio, providing guests with an exceptional opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while enjoying the luxury and tranquillity that Galgorm is renowned for.

With further substantial investments on the horizon, guests can look forward to even more exciting developments, including the expansion of our Thermal Spa Village next summer.”

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Pro Wedding Skincare Tips by our Skin Expert

The time to think about your skincare routine is not for the week before your wedding, in fact it is ideal to prep a few months out. Ideally 3-4 months prior to the wedding, you want to prioritise your routine. This is how you are going to achieve that bridal glow!

From deep hydration, thorough cleansing, and exfoliation, these all play a crucial role in the optimum health of your skin.

Regular facials can help to combat specific concerns like acne, pigmentation, or dullness, or you can opt for our noninvasive skin treatments that will not only treat skin concerns, but help to brighten, tighten, and lift the facial contours, with the help of our Elemis Biotec 2.0 machine.

Alongside professionally driven facials, it is important that you maintain of your skin with a strict routine at home, on the lead up to the big day. This will not only benefit the professional strength treatments you will have done but will preserve your skin’s radiance and health in between each session. Think of it like going to the gym for your regular fitness sessions. They will have no great effect if you do not continue your healthy approach at home with your nutrition and wellness.

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Weekend Breaks at Galgorm


Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and indulge in a weekend retreat at Galgorm Resort. Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Northern Ireland, our resort offers the perfect setting for relaxation and unforgettable experiences. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, a girl’s trip, or a group celebration, our weekend breaks cater to every occasion, ensuring a memorable escape for all.

Deluxe Spa Stays

At Galgorm we have a wide range of deluxe spa stay packages, meaning our guests can enjoy the best of both dining and spa experiences.

Escape from the routine of everyday life and take time out for some pampering with 1-3 Night Deluxe Spa Escapes. Guests will enjoy an overnight stay in a Deluxe guestroom complete with complimentary mini bar and everything you need to ensure a relaxing stay. Moreover, each Deluxe guest room has either a River View or Garden View room, looking out over the River Maine or the picturesque Walled Garden. Deluxe spa stays include A La Carte breakfast and three course evening meal in Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar. This stay also includes a choice of private spa experience, where each guest will experience a 60-minute treatment selected from our Spa Treatment Menu

The Spa at Galgorm offers the ultimate in relaxation and wellness. Succumb to the tranquility of the Thermal Spa Village where you can enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor spa facilities designed to offer a truly authentic Irish spa experience.

Explore our full range of spa escapes


Superior Dining Escapes

Experience culinary excellence at Galgorm Resort with our dining packages. Indulge in delicious meals crafted with locally sourced ingredients at our award-winning restaurants, where each dish is expertly prepared right down to the finest details.

Whether you’re enjoying a romantic meal for two or a celebratory meal with friends, our dining packages promise an unforgettable experience. Included is a three-course evening meal in Gillies Grill, Fratelli or Castle Kitchen + Bar and relaxation in the tranquil surroundings of the Thermal Spa Village and breakfast the following morning.

At Galgorm we offer a range of 1–3-night superior stays, browse the full range

Top Five Reasons for a Resort Wedding



Top Five Reasons for a Resort Wedding

Whether engaged or simply wistfully dreaming of what your ideal Wedding Day will be like, it’s almost certain you have considered the minor detail of potential venues. Choosing a destination is no easy task and couples are now more than ever spoiled for choice when it comes to venues; barns, castles, hotels, even music halls, the list goes on! While aesthetics play a major role, have you considered the onsite amenities, customer service and accessibility for your guests? To assist you with your decision making we have pulled together just a few reasons why you should consider a full-service resort wedding.  


1. Convenience

It is safe to say that every couple hopes to reminisce in years to come on the day they invited their nearest and dearest to celebrate the moment you said “I Do’. Savour quality time with your loved ones, particularly those who have travelled great distances, by having one central location for your guests to stay. With 125 rooms including suites, deluxe, superior and standard rooms as well as self-catering cottages, shepherd's huts and log cabins, Galgorm offers accommodation to suit each and every type of guest. Afford yourself the peace of mind that with fewer moving pieces, there is less chance of mistakes being made. 


2. Ceremony Rooms

Why not try somewhere more unusual for your wedding ceremony? Galgorm is home to two stunning and equally unique venues offering a magical backdrop for a civil ceremony or exchange of vows. Hosting your ceremony and celebrating your wedding reception mere yards away from one another minimises the moving pieces and allows your guests to virtually forget about their car keys for the day, focusing entirely on embracing your fairytale romance. Make the most of the time you have saved travelling between venues and have your wedding photography complemented by the stunning grounds of Galgorm. Our selection of trusted suppliers are specialists at delivering those lesser-known Galgorm shots guaranteed to wow time and time again, all seasons considered. 

The traditional Phantom House nestles against the backdrop of ancient rolling woodland and gently flowing waterfalls, boasting original stonework, Aga fires and a private balcony overlooking the river. The Ghost House offers a completely magical setting, adorned with elegant drapes, and twinkling candles. Both locations offer outdoor options for the brighter seasons and are the ultimate in timeless romance.  


3. On-site Pampering

During the final few days in the run-up to the main event, the last thing you wish to be doing is frantically traveling from A to B all in the name of pre-wedding pampering. Relax and unwind in the serene surroundings of Ireland’s first award-winning Thermal Spa Village. Gather your thoughts as the flurry of excitement builds and take some time to embrace a moment of tranquillity in the most beautiful, calming surroundings our our three different spa gardens. If it's time for two you desire, relax and unwind post-wedding with a private Bathing Experience. Nestled among the olive trees and apple orchard of the Walled Garden or alongside the River Maine. 


4. Stress-Free Planning

More often than not, your dream Resort can offer a range of all-inclusive packages, particularly beneficial when organising a wedding from afar. At Galgorm, our team of highly experienced Wedding Planners have devised a number of packages that draw on the experience of selective and highly respected experts in their field. After all, planning is part of the experience so ensure you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the fun stuff while rest assured that every detail is being taken care of. 


5. Experienced and Devoted Staff

Last, but certainly not least, rest assured that from the moment you inquire about hosting one of the most memorable events of your life, each intricate detail will be taken care of in a manner of sheer professionalism, with each member of staff devoted to ensuring a successful event. Your Resort will be no stranger to hosting weddings and yet you will feel as though your celebrations are as unique as your love for one another. 

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A Blissful Babymoon at Galgorm

A Galgorm getaway, well known for embracing relaxation and tranquility, which is why it has become a popular babymoon location for expectant parents. The lead up to the arrival of your little one can be an exciting time but can also be overwhelming and exhausting so amidst the preparations it is also essential to take a moment to reconnect with your partner and indulge in some much-needed relaxation before your beautiful parenthood journey begins. What better way to do this than with a babymoon at, Northern Ireland’s Premier luxury Hotel and Spa, Galgorm.


No need to stress about booking flights and baggage or carrying your cherished baby bump through airport security. You could be anywhere in the world at Galgorm, beautiful in all weather, set against the picturesque backdrop of the River Maine and surrounded by nature offering tranquility, romance, and rejuvenation from the moment you arrive making it a truly unforgettable babymoon experience.


Offering a range of accommodation options to suit every preference. Whether you prefer a cosy

overlooking the river and nestled above the award-winning Thermal Spa Village, an extra special stay with private spa experience and all the space you could need with added balcony, or perhaps it’s a hidden hideaway that you dream of with a range of set across the Resort, in a woodland or garden setting, but with all the Resort luxuries a short stroll away. Each creates the perfect babymoon space for memorable moments with the utmost comfort and relaxation.

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Blossom into springtime with a luxury rest and recharge at Galgorm

The birds are singing, the mornings are brighter and there’s a grand old stretch in the evenings. All that can mean just one thing – Spring has sprung at last.

And with those feel-good vibes in the air, it’s the perfect time for an indulgent rest and recharge to set you up for the action-packed months ahead.

Galgorm, Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel, located a 30-minute drive from Belfast, has all the options you need for some well-deserved “me-time” to blow away those winter cobwebs and put a spring firmly back in your step.

Recently named Best UK Spa at the AA Hotel Spa Awards and crowned Best Destination Spa 2024 in the prestigious Conde Nast Johansens Awards, there’s no better place to relax and unwind, whether you’re enjoying a riverside bathing experience, a rejuvenating detox therapy session or taking an uplifting walk through Galgorm’s 450 acres of luscious parklands.

From blissful spa trips and first-rate retreats to exceptional dining experiences and wonderful accommodation options, take some time to reawaken your spirit and embrace all the very best things this time of year has to offer with the award-winning Galgorm.

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2024 Wedding Trends from a Wedding Planner

Weddings are everywhere – you’re either planning one, attending one, or your social feeds are serving you the latest #WeddingInspo. When it comes to planning your own dream wedding, who better to bestow their wisdom around what to do, where to go and how to get started, than an experienced Wedding Planner who has guided couples in planning their day in a way that is true to their taste, style and vision. That’s why we caught up with Galgorm Wedding Planner, Donna Cunningham, to find out what trends she has spotted for 2024 weddings.


2024 is all about the “three day wedding”. Should it be an intimate, relaxed gathering with your loved ones or a “The more the merrier vibe” for those social butterflies. More and more couples are arriving to the resort the day prior to their big, chill out in the spa in the afternoon, pre-dinner cocktails in McKendry’s, relaxed dinner in one of our restaurants before returning to the pub for a night cap! The day after the wedding it’s a late breakfast all round, back to the spa to zen for a few hours then it’s time for “Day 2 BBQ”.


Ceremony officiants: Couples are making their day more about them with a more personalised ceremony. Taking more time to find the perfect ceremony officiant to tell their story, celebrate their love for each other, writing their own vows and capturing their guest’s attention from the moment the music starts playing.

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The Old Inn join Ireland’s Blue Book for 2023

The Old Inn in Co. Down has joined Ireland’s Blue Book collection of country houses, historic hotels, and restaurants for 2023. The new additions bring the total number of properties in the Ireland’s Blue Book collection to 63.

 Galgorm Collection unveils groundbreaking new loyalty scheme in Northern Ireland: A new chapter in Luxurious Loyalty



Galgorm Collection unveils groundbreaking new loyalty scheme in Northern Ireland: A new chapter in Luxurious Loyalty

Galgorm Rewards employs digital tech to elevate the guest experience into 2024 and beyond with an unrivalled rewards programme across its entire portfolio

Galgorm Collection, renowned for its legacy in luxury hospitality, has officially launched a new, groundbreaking loyalty initiative, Galgorm Rewards. 

As the first of its kind for a Northern Irish independent hospitality group, this programme encompasses the Galgorm Collection portfolio; Galgorm, the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, The Old Inn, and the esteemed Fratelli and Parisien restaurants in Belfast.

Creating endless opportunities to save, the new ‘Galgorm Rewards’ programme redefines guest experiences, creating a seamless and rewarding journey across all properties, enabling registered visitors and guests to unlock real value and new possibilities when they redeem their points for a variety of Galgorm Collection reward vouchers which they can use themselves. 

Designed with simplicity in mind, the loyalty programme is complimentary to join, meaning every visit now comes with the added allure of earning points towards exclusive rewards. Guests can start to enjoy the benefits when they register, with 1 point gained for every £1 spent across any of its hotels or venues. Rewards span across all properties and can vary from either a pampering spa day to an exquisite dining experience or a serene retreat.

Effective immediately, the new loyalty programme means visitors and guests can check their balance and redeem their Galgorm Rewards at any time. The App is available to download at the Apple App Store and through Google Play. 

Elaine Kelly, Project and Systems Manager at Galgorm Collection said, "At Galgorm Collection, we believe that every guest should be treated to a remarkable and memorable experience. Galgorm Rewards is our way of thanking our valued guests by adding an extra layer of joy to their visits. It's our gift—a token of appreciation for choosing us. The groundbreaking initiative is safe, simple and easy to use so that our guests can enjoy more of what they like most.

As the region’s first independent hotel group to introduce a digital loyalty reward scheme, our newest innovation underpins our reputation as a future-focused market leader committed to delivering hospitality excellence in every area.”

The new initiative marks the latest in a series of major milestones across the entire Galgorm Collection.

In December, Galgorm was named as the best UK Spa at the AA Hotel Spa awards, with its thermal village gaining the award due to its exceptional and exemplary spa standards and outstanding wellness experiences. It also won an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious 2023 World Luxury Awards hosted in Athens and secured the Best Destination Spa 2024 title at the recent Conde Nast Johansens Awards in London.

One of its newest properties, the Old Inn in Crawfordsburn, a historic landmark exuding timeless sophistication, became its latest venue to secure AA 4 Star Silver rating and a prestigious AA Rosette for Culinary Excellence. Since being acquired by Galgorm Collection in 2021, The Old Inn has already achieved a listing within Ireland’s Blue Book 2023 and was also named in the Irish Independent’s ‘FAB 50’ Top Stays in Ireland 2022.

“At Galgorm Collection, we listen to the needs of our guests and then innovate to ensure their experience is the best it can be – and there is plenty to enjoy,” Galgorm Collection Group Marketing Manager Victoria Brown said. “As we continue our focus on innovation, pushing the boundaries in loyalty and service, our new Galgorm Rewards programme marks an important milestone in our growth and in enhancing our guests’ overall experience every time."

Galgorm Collection also became the first hospitality group on the island of Ireland to achieve official ‘Great Place to Work’ certification, based on exceptional employee experience.

A major local employer, Galgorm Collection has dramatically scaled up its hospitality footprint and workforce over the last decade following a £90 million investment into the ongoing expansion and refurbishment of its flagship property Galgorm, with its latest investment project aiming to add new accommodation types and spa facilities by 2027.

Committed to working towards a sustainable future, protecting the environment, and reducing its carbon footprint through its Green Policy 10-Point Plan, Galgorm recently became the first hotel in Northern Ireland to achieve gold in two top sustainability accolades from Green Tourism in recognition of its “exceptional commitment to sustainable practices.” 

For more information and to download the Galgorm Rewards App, visit:


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Dog-Friendly Breaks at Galgorm

Everyone deserves a little luxury in their lives, even your furry companions. Enjoy the tranquility of secluded woodland and a riverside setting in the celebrated Northern Irish retreat of Galgorm. An impressive location set within 450 acres of verdant parkland, sitting on the banks of the River Maine, close to the dramatic seascape of the Causeway coastal route and only 30 mins from Belfast City Centre. Galgorm is home 125 bedrooms and dog friendly lodging accommodation around the estate, because a break isn’t a break without the dog.

 Aufguss Championships to Ignite Galgorm Resort



Second UK Aufguss Championships to Ignite Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland

The highly anticipated Second UK Aufguss Championships are set to take place at the prestigious Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland from April 22nd to 24th, 2024. This exhilarating event promises to showcase the epitome of sauna culture, bringing together enthusiasts, professionals, and spectators for a unique and immersive experience.


The UK Aufguss Championships, recognised as the pinnacle of sauna competitions, will feature competitors from around the country, each vying for the coveted title of Aufguss Champion and a place at the Aufguss VM World Championships which will be held in Holland in September. Contestants will demonstrate their mastery of the art of Aufguss, an ancient European sauna ritual that involves infusing essential oils into the sauna air, creating a sensory journey for participants.


Galgorm Resort, home to the first UK Aufguss Champion Pavel Poliacek and known for its reputation as one of the world’s premier, luxury destinations and provides an unrivalled backdrop for this international gathering of sauna professionals. Attendees can expect a sensory feast as the competitors skilfully blend aromas, heat, and theatrical techniques to captivate the audience and judges alike.


Tara Moore, Head of Spa Operations at Galgorm said, “Together with Aufguss UK, we are keen to raise the awareness of the ritual not just within the industry but to spa-goers throughout the country.  We have been offering Aufguss to our guests for several years now and are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event.”  

Deborah Carr, UK Aufguss Lead said, “I’m really excited about this year's event, it’s a great platform to elevate the popularity of the Sauna experience, and a fantastic opportunity for participants to showcase their amazing creativity, passion and expertise” 


From traditional techniques to innovative approaches, the Second Aufguss Championships will undoubtedly push the boundaries of what is possible within the world of sauna rituals.

Join us at Galgorm Resort from April 22nd to 24th, 2024, as we witness the convergence of tradition, innovation, and relaxation at the Second Aufguss Championships. This event is sure to leave a lasting impression on participants and spectators alike, solidifying its place as the premier platform for sauna excellence.


For media inquiries, accreditation, and additional information, please contact:

Deborah Carr, UK Aufguss Lead, Anada Spa and Wellness



Check out last years Championships here

Day 1 – A spectacular opening from Aufguss veteran Lay Pang Ong, World Class performances from Eliska Blazkova and Robert Zidek, and Single Competitors 


Day 2 – Another day filled with team performances from Eliska Blazkova and Robert Zidek, second day of single competition and team.  



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Galgorm announces new partnership with ELEMIS

Galgorm has announced an exciting partnership with ELEMIS, offering guests an extensive range of high-performance products and treatments exclusive to Galgorm’s spa.

As a leading luxury British skin wellness brand, ELEMIS is globally recognised for harnessing the power of natural ingredients and scientific innovation. Each ground-breaking formula is rigorously tested to ensure transformative results. ELEMIS maintains an unwavering focus on skin, body, and wellness. 

Selected for its synergy with the ethos of Galgorm’s internationally acclaimed spa facilities, this new partnership combines advanced, premium skincare products and treatments with highly skilled professional therapists in a unique and luxurious setting. 

Noella Gabriel, Global President and Co-Founder, ELEMIS commented on the unique success of the brand and its new partnership with Galgorm:

“At ELEMIS, we know that healthy skin starts from within, and we are committed to unlocking the secrets of skin health. Our approach to skincare has always been results drive and wellness focused, backed by over 30 years of research and development. I am delighted to announce our new partnership with Galgorm, and I look forward to engaging with their renowned guests and customers with our range of products and treatments.

Tara Moore, Head of Spa Operations at Galgorm said:

“We are thrilled to partner with ELEMIS, it is a very fitting brand for us and will expand our already extensive range of advanced, premium skincare products and treatments. This new partnership underlines our commitment to staying at the forefront of the skincare industry so we can offer our guests the best and most effective skincare treatments in Northern Ireland.”

Galgorm’s internationally renowned retreat has been widely commended for its sustained commitment to excellence and its outstanding achievement within the wider international luxury spa and wellness industry, adding a string of new awards to its growing collection. 

It has been recognised recently by two global platforms, winning an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious 2023 World Luxury Awards, and securing the Best Destination Spa 2024 title at the recent Conde Nast Johansens Awards. 

ELEMIS treatments and products are available for booking and purchase at the Galgorm from today. Visit for more information.




An Escape Beckons | Autumn at Galgorm

As a kaleidoscope of colour descends upon the Resort, the distinct chill in the air making its return and the fiery sunsets of Autumn put on a show, it’s time to fill your Autumn diary with the promise of an escape from the everyday. After all, who said spontaneous trips are the reserve of Summer? Say hello to Autumn, where an escape beckons…

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Galgorm Crowned AA Best UK Spa

AA Hotel & Hospitality Services is proud to announce the launch of its new initiative, hotel spa awards that recognise and celebrate the standards of 174 hotel spa facilities across the UK.

Following a careful selection process, the AA inspectors have identified the best spas across the country. Hotels with an AA Best UK Spas stand out as exceptional and exemplary spas delivering outstanding wellness experiences while those with an AA Recommended Spa award demonstrate a quality spa provision with high standards of customer care and cleanliness. By spotlighting exceptional spa offerings across the UK, the AA’s spa awards provide consumers with a definitive guide to the highest quality and rejuvenating hotel retreats the country has to offer.

Simon Numphud, Managing Director at AA Media, said: "We are thrilled to unveil this scheme, which not only celebrates the best spas in the UK but also benchmarks the industry. Joining the spa award is an opportunity for hotels to showcase their excellent spa facilities and attract guests seeking the utmost in relaxation and luxury."

The full curated collection of the finest spas including all AA Best UK Spas and AA Recommended Spa awards can be viewed on the AA’s travel website at There’s so many to enjoy over the festive period and New Year and well into 2024.

What makes a spa best or recommended?

The AA’s aim is to showcase member establishments that have noteworthy spas worth visiting and are a key part of the hotel experience. These awards are supported by the annual inspections and experience of the UK hospitality landscape. Inspectors’ quality assess elements such as: reception, changing rooms, wet areas, gyms and treatment rooms, where quality and condition of these areas is the key driver.

Spas come in all different shapes, sizes and styles however all featured spas will have the following standards:

· Dedicated reception and staff 

· Several treatment rooms and a broad range of spa treatments 

· Its size should be appropriate to the hotel

· Dedicated changing rooms

· Towel and robe provision

· Variety of areas which may include but not all: pools, hot tubs, hydrotherapy pools, thermal suites, relaxation lounges, outdoor space, food and beverage, gym, studios and wellness activities

· Sustainability policies advertised and demonstrated 

· Accessibility guide published for spa areas 

· Effort made to include accessible needs in spa facilities/design/layout.

AA Recommended Spa Award in addition looks for:

· High quality spa provision

· High Standards of guest care

· High standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

AA Best UK Spa Award also looks for:

· Exceptional and luxurious facilities

· Signature features

· An exemplary spa experience

· A high-quality food and beverage offering

· A distinct retail offering

· Quality consultancy offering for all aspects · Wellness facilities and activities · Outstanding customer service · Dedicated relaxation space/room.

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