Ireland has long been famed as a land of song and story; stay at one of these hotels and you’ll find that it’s also a land of 5-star dining, indulgent spa treatments and impeccably comfortable rooms. Meanwhile, soak up the stunning scenery of the Irish coastline and the serene greenery of the lakeland.
The best spa hotels in Northern Ireland for a tranquil break
A spa hotel in Northern Ireland with rooftop views
Nestled in the Cathedral Quarter, this historic hotel offers a tranquil space in the heart of the Belfast bustle. Decide between an art deco-inspired room or a Victorian suite with original features for your stay.
Take in panoramic views over the city in the rooftop hot tub and rock sauna. Before working your way through the thermal loungers, gym, rock sauna, aroma steam room, hydro pool, drench showers and ice fountain. In the treatment rooms, try a massage, body polish, facial, scrub, wrap, manicure, pedicure, tanning, brow and lash treatment or waxing. Top tip: the organic Heaven Facial will leave you glowing.
Feast beneath the crystal chandelier in the 2 AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, The Great Room. Move on to Berts Jazz Bar, where you’ll be treated to live music and a buzzing atmosphere every night of the week.
The Merchant Hotel
A spa hotel in Northern Ireland in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
This hotel is situated deep within the patchwork of riverside trails, heritage sites and nature reserves that make up the Lagan Valley National Park. Step out into nature and stretch your legs on one of the verdant walking routes or spend a blissful morning cycling on one of the hotel’s rental bicycles.
Ease your muscles in the pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi or try out the DW Sports Fitness Centre. Get pampered with a hair or nail treatment before enjoying live music at The River Bar whilst settled in a plush armchair in front of the roaring fire. Finish your weekend in The Green Room with a decadent five-course Sunday carvery.
Crowne Plaza Belfast
A Thai-inspired spa hotel in Northern Ireland
This high-end golf resort overlooks Castle Hume Lough. Nestled on the peninsula, it boasts views of the Fermanagh Lakelands, a breathtaking place to leave the world behind.
Explore the nature around you or head straight for the Thai-inspired spa. Taking influence from the East, it offers a range of treatment rooms, including light and deep relaxation areas where you can sit back and enjoy facials, body wraps, scrubs, foot and hand treatments, massages and hair treatments in partnership with Elemis and ESPA. Be sure to try the tropical rain shower, infinity pool, sauna, steam room, crystal aroma steam room, light therapy sauna and Jacuzzi.
Sink into a plush armchair at the Blaney Bar where you can enjoy craft beer. Taste fish dishes made using local produce from Keenan Seafood in the 3 AA Rosette-awarded Catalina Restaurant.
Lough Erne Resort
A vibrant hotel and spa in Northern Ireland
This canalside hotel is situated in the heart of Newry, with its delightful shopping streets and architecture. Just moments away from the Cathedral, it’s the ideal combination of central yet tranquil.
After exploring the city, delight your senses with an aromatic massage with a choice of scented oil combinations at the spa, partnered with Germaine de Capuccini. Feel renewed from head to toe with massages, body scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures. The Orange Chocolate Chip body exfoliation smells divine and will leave your skin glowing. There’s also a fitness centre, hot tub, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.
At night, enjoy the grandeur of the hotel’s exterior lit-up alongside the canal. Sample the gin menu and local craft beer – including local The Mourne Mountains Brewery – in the old world Granary Bar.
Canal Court Hotel & Spa
An old paper mill transformed into a luxury spa hotel in Northern Ireland
This former paper and linen mill offers riverside views and cosy interior décor, the ideal combination for rest and relaxation. Just a ten-minute drive away from Belfast, you can easily swap city for complete tranquility.
With a pool, spa pool, steam room and solarium to try out, you’ll find tension ebbing away before you step foot in the spa. Book in a facial, massage or body wrap before freshening up with a beauty treatment. Choose from a range of manicures, pedicures, waxing and makeup artistry.
Spacious, light-washed rooms and cosy interiors will have you feeling right at home. After a day of pampering, head to the restaurant where you can try delicious à la carte menu, including locally caught salmon and shellfish.
Dunadry and Country Club
A hotel and spa in Northern Ireland with a lake view
Book a room or self-catered lodge at this 4-star hotel for a weekend of pure bliss. Situated just five miles from Enniskillen Golf Club and with walking trails through forest and glen, it’s ideally placed for you to explore the countryside before unwinding at the spa.
Take in the country air and enjoy the outdoor hot tub or shelter indoors in the Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room. Then indulge yourself with a treatment in the spa, partnered with skincare experts Elemis. The menu takes inspiration from Bali and Thailand with body wraps, massages and facials – try the Spa Ocean Wrap to leave your skin feeling velvety soft. Prepare for a romantic dinner with beauty treatments like waxing, threading, tanning, manicures, pedicures and makeup artistry.
Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges
A hotel and spa in Northern Ireland steeped in history
This 19th century mansion is situated on sloping woodland that overlooks Belfast Lough, making it a serene haven away from the city. It’s also just one mile away from the Royal Belfast Golf Course. The decadent décor includes original marble features as well as huge bay windows for surveying the grounds.
Make full use of the steam room, pool, needle shower, hot tub, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and cardio clinic before releasing any muscle tension with a spa treatment partnered with ESPA. The menu of treatments spans massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs, eye lifts, manicures, pedicures, nails and waxing. Once you’ve unwound, enjoy afternoon tea while you’re lulled by gentle music from the harpist in the Crozier Lounge.
Hotel Culloden Estate and Spa
A spa hotel in Northern Ireland with sea views
With a golf course to one side and tranquil sea panorama to the other, this Victorian hotel offers a uniquely unforgettable stay. The grand redbrick exterior is balanced by light-filled rooms and homely furnishings. For a real VIP experience, book a suite looking out onto the mountains.
Make a few gentle laps of the swimming pool to get the most of its unrivalled views out to sea. The spa has a vitality pool, amethyst steam room, rock sauna, drench showers, fitness studio and zen studio, and offers a wide range of treatments: facials, body wraps, massages, oil and salt scrubs, manicures, pedicures, nails and makeup. The Ocean and Earth Body Wrap is perfectly suited to the surroundings and will leave you feeling rejuvenated.
Slieve Donard Resort & Spa
A spa hotel in Northern Ireland with golf course
This country club hotel is located in the private Castle Upton Estate and features its own 18-hole parkland golf course. The historic Castle Upton itself still sits within the grounds, offering a regal backdrop to your game on the green.
Ideal for a romantic break, book the spa’s Couples Suite in advance for a private space to relax together. Awaken the senses with body wraps, facials and massage as well as manicure, pedicures, tanning and waxing. Spa treatments are in partnership with luxury Italian skincare specialists Comfort Zone. Dive into the pool or head straight for the sauna, steam room and bubble spa to ease your muscles. There’s a fitness centre on-site too.
Satisfy your appetite in the atmospheric Lounge Bar or the more laid-back Kinahans Brasserie, where you’ll enjoy views out onto the grounds.
Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club
A hotel and spa in Northern Ireland with riverside hot tubs
The Galgorm Resort sits within 163 acres of parkland, with enchanting views of the River Maine. These views are best experienced as you relax in one of the spa’s riverside hot tubs or outdoor pools. The spa also has a Thermal Village with steam rooms, saunas, a snow cabin, tranquil river house, snail shower, serenity garden and sanarium. Once you’ve had your fill of the riverside panorama, lay back and enjoy a facial, mud treatment or massage.
Continue your relaxation with a trip to the orangery, where you can gently rock in a swing chair. For a special occasion, try the afternoon tea in the bespoke glass conservatory. Head to the Gin bar to try a Bicycle Thief cocktail – it’s a Galgorm speciality.