Spa with a View: Galgorm

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My friends have always raved about Galgorm Resort & Spa and after a day of being pampered in pure luxury, I can totally understand why. I’d previously only been to the hotel on business back in my PR & events days, so couldn’t resist an invitation to try the full spa experience. The resort is in the middle of Ballymena countryside (yep, Liam Neeson’s hometown) with indoor and outdoor spa areas overlooking the beautiful river above.


I had the most overwhelming urge to own that glitter-filled table for taking product pics… just imagine!


My pics don’t do the reception area justice but it was SO pretty I literally wanted to move in!

I had a massage and detoxifying facial using Voya skincare, including an organic gel seaweed mask to replace moisture and encourage collagen production. The treatments were amazing and left my skin glowing. I loved all the little touches, from heated blankets to having my slippers put on my feet at the end and the beautiful miniature sorbet in the chill out area. Later when we took a break to cool off and have a drink, we were given dry robes so that we didn’t have to sit around in damp ones - and when I realised I’d forgotten a hair tie, the manager magically produced one.

It really is the little things! 

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There were two outdoor pool areas - the jacuzzi below and the baths above with cooler temperatures - best experienced in that order!


After a swim, steam and cool shower, my friend and I chilled out on these thermal beds (nope that’s not us!) and enjoyed the riverside view.

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We finished up with a meal downstairs in Gillies, where I fell head over heels with these cute cows on the walls and ceiling!

I’d never experienced a full day spa like this before and didn’t think it was humanly possible to be so relaxed… the staff were absolutely lovely and every element extremely professional, yet personable. My friends and I are already planning a trip back!

You can see loads more pics and info on the spa and new Thermal Village here.

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