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November 02, 2014

The Spa @ Galgorm

Sometimes, opportunities come up that give me more than a touch of what some might term 'impostor syndrome'. I feel so lucky when things come my way that I can share with friends - I won't get too syrupy here, but it's really great and all down to this here blog, so thanks for reading! I was invited to try out the spa at Galgorm, Ballymena a few weeks back, so myself and my BFF Jenny headed down (or rather, up) midweek for the most fun and relaxing overnight in forever.


Galgorm Resort & Spa is just outside of Ballymena town, about half an hour's drive from central Belfast. To make the most of our time, we headed up to Belfast quite early and had a look around the shops first. I managed to pick up a couple of nice basics in River Island along with a restock of my favourite Kiehl's SPF in SpaceNK, and then we had a lovely lunch (and a couple of cocktails!) in one of my favourite central spots, Made In Belfast.

Arriving just after lunch, we were greeted with the warmest welcome and shown to our room; a luxury twin suite overlooking the most picturesque grounds. Galgorm resort sits on 163 acres of parkland and it couldn't be more beautiful; the weather wasn't great when we were up there but it didn't stop us from enjoying the setting.

That afternoon, we both had back massages at the spa; I went for the Lava Shells Rescue Back Massage whilst Jenny opted for the Voya Back Massage. From the moment we stepped into the spa, we were completely chilled out, and my treatment was incredible; a combination of hot and cold lava shells were used to effectively iron out every last little knot in my back. I'm no spa expert, but this was a brilliant treatment by any standard.

I was quite conscious of the fact that we were there to review the spa and of course every interaction we had with staff was wholly positive, but I did note that every other guest there was equally as well looked after - the standard of service was just incredible. 

After our treatments we were led to a dimly-lit relaxation room where we sipped on iced water and ate complimentary raspberry sorbets - such a nice touch - and from there, it was on to the thermal spa. This is what sealed the deal for me and makes Galgorm worth visiting, as every guest can make use of these facilities. There is an indoor pool with jets, a superb sauna area, a relaxation area with heated beds, an outdoor jacuzzi and another separate outdoor whirlpool. We simply couldn't get enough - even in the grey morning drizzle, it was heaven.

It is a testimony to how relaxed I was that I took hardly any photos, and didn't even tweet about the visit - normally, I can't get off my phone. It was truly lovely to switch off so much. We even headed down to dinner wearing hardly a stitch of make-up between us - there's a first for everything! The three-course meal in Gillies was incredible, so good that we could barely finish anything - it's hard to pick a favourite but the berry pavlova dessert was perfection!

We got up early the next day to make the most of the thermal spa again and then checked out, feeling totally, well, zen! On the whole, I can't recommend this place enough. I have a soft spot for NI as it is and would highly recommend Galgorm to anyone. This was a truly lovely experience that felt far longer than just the one night - which, to me, is what would make it worth paying for. I'll be back!

I was a guest of Galgorm Resort & Spa - you can view their current offers & deals here - they're currently offering an Autumn Spa Retreat package from £115 pps.

8 comments:

  1. I love the Spa at Galgorm, I'm currently planning my next trip:)x

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  2. Galgorm is absolutely amazing!!

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  3. I'm in love with the place now!

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  4. I miss the saunas so bad, take me back now. Thanks for bringing me along Dee!!!

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  5. They have lovely food as well:)

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