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6 of Northern Ireland’s best spa experiences

By Claire McKeever

It is that time of year when a long soak in a hot tub and few hours of quiet bliss are incredibly appealing.

After all, with the darker nights and holidays behind us there needs to be something to look forward to, right?

If the idea of some pampering and relaxation sounds like just the ticket then here is a list of Northern Ireland’s best spa experiences to get in the diary this autumn/winter.

1. The Merchant, Belfast

The Merchant, Belfast

The Merchant hotel’s spa is situated on the top floor of the building and is open to residents and non-residents to enjoy.

Upon entering the spa you are automatically whisked away into another world by the spa’s mood lighting, relaxing music and soothing smells.

The main spa area includes a hydro pool, ice fountain and thermal lounger to ensure guests have every opportunity to switch off and relax.

There are also signature treatments available for those looking to treat themselves even further. Treatments range from a selection of signature scrubs, wraps, and massages for him and her. What’s more, there is a special list of CosMedix facials using plant-based ingredients such as blueberries and pomegranate.

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2. Roe Valley Spa, Limavady

Situated amidst Roe Valley Country Park, Roe Valley Hotel & Spa Resort makes for a perfect spa setting surrounded by calm and relaxing countryside.

As a spa guest, it is possible to either come for the day or stay overnight as part of one of the hotel’s spa packages.

The spa has a group of highly skilled therapists who are at hand to give a wide range of treatments, including a traditional Swedish Full Body Massage, Hot Mineral Body Boost Massage or one of the spa’s various Elemis facials.

At the resort, there are also special treatment packages available for groups, couples and any women who are expecting.

For more information, visit

3. Lusty Beg, Lusty Beg Island

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Lusty Beg

There isn’t a more remote setting than Lusty Beg, a quaint and idyllic island lying at the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands.

Bed and Breakfast or self-catered accommodation is available on the island for those wanted to make a night away or weekend of their spa experience.

At the Island Spa, there are various experiences to enjoy including its Ocean Fresh Facial Experience and Voyager Total Massage Journey.

What’s more, guests can indulge in one of the Spa’s unique Bath experiences, such as the Warm Spiced Seaweed Peat Bath or Detox Seaweed Leaf Bath.

For more information, visit

4. Corick Country House & Spa, Clogher

The Spa at Corick House provides locals and those visiting Co Tyrone with a wonderful sanctuary.

The Spa’s interior and products are Italian inspired, with the use of Italian based products and the spa’s tasteful and luxurious decor.

Guests are immediately transported to another world at the spa and can avail of many great experiences, including the hydrotherapy massage pool; a Vichy Shower, a French therapy shower that has seven different showerheads, and an assortment of massages and facials.

Once guests have finished any treatment they are given a revitalising sorbet and can lay back on one of the relaxing loungers.

For more information, visit

5. Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballymena

Galgorm Resort and Spa

Galgorm Resort and Spa has its own Thermal Village which allows guests to indulge in a number of relaxing experiences, such as the spa’s pool, orangery, snow cabin, saunas and outdoor hot tubs overlooking the river.

There are then multiple treatments available using VOYA’s seaweed-based products.

Additionally, the resort offers various spa packages including its Yummy Mummy package and Gal Glow Spa Experience, which include lunch at the resort’s restaurant, as well as a glass of bubbly to ensure guests are suitably spoilt,

For more information, visit

6. Slieve Donard Spa, Newcastle

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Slieve Donard Spa

With Mourne Mountains providing a perfectly scenic backdrop, Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle provides a haven of tranquility with a range of relaxing treatments on offer.

Having just launched their latest autumn package, visitors are being encouraged to restore and repair away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Treatments include a warming foot and hand cocoon, an 80-minute deep muscle massage, and personalised facials which last 50 minutes in which staff deeply cleanse, exfoliate, and purify your complexion.

A number of special offers are also available including a 'Spa and Dine' package which include use of the sauna, steam room, and vitality pool, finished off with lunch and a drink in the Percy French restaurant.

For more information, visit

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