We've just returned from a one night "Maine Retreat" package which included one nights accomodation, full use of the Thermal Spa facilities, dinner & breakfast in the morning. It was a gift after I had suffered a severely broken ankle which required surgery & extensive physio.
Check in was flawless, efficient & courteous. We had arrived early but there was a room ready for us which we hadn't expected. We were in room 507 on the top floor with a beautiful view over the River Maine. The room was immaculately clean & very spacious. The bathroom fittings are top quality with lovely toiletries as you would expect from a spa hotel. A few moments later the door knocked & there was a Valet with 2 beautiful fresh cupcakes along with a hand written note wishing us a lovely stay & hoping it would aid my recovery. What a lovely, personal gesture.
We changed into our robes & headed for the Spa. What an entrance & the aromas as you walk up the corridor are wonderful. We signed in and were given our locker keys & directed to our respective changing areas. The facilities are top drawer & we made use of all of them. The highlight is the new outdoor spa pool & we were so lucky with the weather. We spent 3 relaxing, rejuvenating hours in the Spa & only left as it was approaching time to get ready for Dinner.
The package included a 4 course meal in Gillies restaurant but I asked to upgrade to The River View Restaurant for something a bit more special & I'm so glad I did. Crisp white linens & candlelight. The staff were attentive without being obtrusive & the wine list is extensive. We started with delicious canapes followed by a selection of home made breads. We both opted for the scallops starter & they were perfect. My main of Beef Fillet was gorgoeus & my partner enjoyed the rack of lamb. We had Amuse Bouche, Pre- dessert followed by dessert itself, petit fours, tea/coffee.
The quality of the food was superb. My only negative is that the starter & main course were served on cold plates which is a bug bear of mine.
We returned to our room to find a rose petal turn down with a single red rose in the centre of the bed. This was completely unexpected and again just showed the attention to detail shown by the hotel.
Breakfast in the morning was varied & good quality. It was very noisy due to guests from 3 weddings being there. Checkout was again efficient & courteous.
I would highly recommend The Galgorm. It's a real retreat & a real treat. I can't wait to return. We only live 10 minutes away but it felt like we were a world away. Thank you to all the staff who made our stay so perfect
- Also Known As:
- Galgorm Resort And Spa
- Galgorm Hotel Ballymena
- Galgorm Manor
- Galgorm Hotel
- Galgorm Manor Hotel
- Galgorm Manor Ballymena
- Galgorm Resort & Spa Ballymena, Northern Ireland
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Northern Ireland’s Premier luxury Hotel and Spa situated only 30 minutes from Belfast is the perfect location to relax and get away from it all...and with some fantastic accommodation and Spa offers this Spring, there really is no excuse not to treat yourself...Galgorm Resort & Spa is set in 163 acres of lush parkland near Northern Ireland's most renowned scenic attractions and is just 30 minutes from Belfast city centre, 20 minutes from Belfast International airport and 35 minutes from George Best Belfast City airport.Our facilities include 75 bedrooms and luxurious suites, designed in a contemporary style whilst keeping the focus on superior quality features associated with a classic country gentleman's residence. Full business communications facilities are provided in-room as well as entertainment for when it's time to relax.The resort also offers delightful countryside self catering cottages on site and unique log cabins situated alongside the flowing and tranquil River Maine.With miles of fishing on the River Maine, on-site stables, the most picturesque of walkways and cycle routes and the world class Spa at Galgorm, you'll find plenty to while away the hours as you escape into this home away from home. ... more less
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