Belfast Telegraph

Resort eyes new business as £2.4m revamp nears completion

By Clare Weir

A £2.4m project at a Co Antrim hotel which will create over 30 jobs is nearing completion.

Work at Galgorm Resort -amp; Spa, one of Northern Ireland's most popular short break and wedding locations, began in late 2011.

Since its £17m development project in 2007, the complex has continued to invest in its spa, accommodation, restaurants and bar facilities.

The award-winning spa is introducing an outdoor heated jacuzzi pool, a private spa suite for up to 20 people, a manicure and pedicure suite and an extended reception area.

A new Italian restaurant, pizzeria and bar and an extension of Gillies Bar have also been added.

General Manager of Galgorm Resort -amp; Spa, Yvonne Moore, said that Galgorm now "rivals the best in the world".

"The wedding market is central to Galgorm and we are delighted to be able to expand our specialty spa offering to cater for hen and wedding parties whilst promoting growth within other sectors across the resort," she said.

"All of the plans have been heavily influenced by customer feedback and have been designed to improve upon existing facilities and reinvest in the future of the hotel whilst keeping the focus on superior quality.

"This is an exciting announcement for both Galgorm Resort -amp; Spa and the wider Ballymena community.

"The incredible support from the people of Ballymena has helped us grow and invest in our business and we hope they enjoy the new developments."

The company said the announcement comes after a year when accommodation bookings have continued to soar for the Co Antrim hotel.

The new jobs include those for sous chef, chef de partie, restaurant manager, waiting staff and bar staff.