Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort

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The River Maine flows through this lush, 163-acre parkland that is renowned for its par-72 championship golf course and thermal spa – the first of its kind in Ireland. Only 30 minutes drive from Belfast yet a world away, it has 124 bedrooms with Rolf Benz furniture, spacious marble bathrooms and knockout views of the estate. Spend days in the spa, drifting between the sanarium and snow cabin to the River House on stilts with infrared heated loungers for post-treatment relaxation (the Serenity Bathing experience among the olive trees and apple orchard is a must too). Or playing golf: as well as the main course, there is an academy with a 24-bay floodlit driving range and the Wee Course, a six-hole pitch and putt. There are more than 400 varieties of gin to choose from in the Gin Library and, when it comes to food there is ample choice for all palates, from the fine-dining, three AA Rosette River Room Restaurant to the casual Fratelli Ristorante pizzeria and Gillies Grill that overlooks the stables.

Rates: Double from £178

Contact: +44 (0)28 2588 1001