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Culloden Hotel’s spa celebrates 25 years in the business

By Staff Reporter

The spa at the Culloden Estate outside Belfast is celebrating a quarter of a century in the beauty and pampering business.

Sir William Hastings, chairman of the Hastings Hotels Group, said the company had been “ahead of its time” when it opened the spa within the hotel in 1990.

The hospitality mogul said: “In 1990, spas were a very new idea. 

“In fact, we were advised that they would be very expensive to run and could barely be justified to any financial director.”

 Peter Brooke, the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, officially opened the spa — which was first known as The Elysium. 

Sir William added: “Still to this day, we have 10 founding members who have been part of the spa since the very beginning.”

Hastings Group has carried out refurbishments of the Culloden this year, including revamping its Mitre restaurant and bedrooms. The group, which also owns the Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co Down and Europa Hotel in central Belfast, saw pre-tax profits increase from £2m in 2013

to £2.2m in the 12 months to October 31, 2014.

It bought the former Windsor House office block in Belfast’s city centre this year.

The building — the second highest in the city centre — will be known as the Grand Central Hotel and is set to open in 2018.

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