Galgorm Collection plans to create a suite of new accommodation and thermal spa options

The North Irish hotel group Galgorm Collection has announced plans to create a suite of new accommodation and thermal spa options.


Galgorm said: “Galgorm today announced plans to create a suite of new thermal spa and accommodation options within its 380-acre estate in County Antrim, which is part of a 10-year investment. million pounds that will create up to 50 new hospitality jobs over the next two years. .

“This new investment marks the first phase of a £ 30million project to expand and improve the resort and spa facilities by 2027 and is Galgorm Collection’s latest move to secure the resort’s position in as a world-class international tourist destination, having already invested £ 60million since 2010.

In addition to the expansion of the complex, Galgorm Collection has also committed to rolling out an enhanced benefit package for all eligible team members, including a £ 1million investment in care coverage premium private healthcare over the next five years as part of its continued commitment to invest in its people.

“The announcement was welcomed by Economy Minister Gordon Lyons during a recent visit to the resort:“ I warmly welcome Galgorm’s expansion plans to increase its visitor capacity and provide an exciting new travel experience . I am delighted to see Galgorm Collection moving forward with new opportunities to expand its offering and solidify Northern Ireland’s position as a fantastic place to visit. the vital recovery already underway in this important and much appreciated sector.

Colin Johnston, Managing Director of Galgorm Collection, said: “Over many years, we have invested heavily to make Galgorm an award-winning international and world-class tourist destination, and we remain firmly focused on investment and innovation to secure our global position. This latest £ 10million project will see up to 50 additional accommodation units added to the resort over the next two years, increasing our workforce and expanding the domain’s footprint. “

“New for 2021 is the addition of a range of tailor-made shepherd’s huts, the first of which is now open to customers wishing to spend a unique stay in the great outdoors. Representing an investment of £ 2.5million, the area is set for further expansion, housing up to 18 cabins by summer 2022.

“Nestled deep in the newly created ‘Secret Meadow’, the one-bed huts are equipped with all modern comforts, including a stove and mini-kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle , toaster and coffee maker for a comfortable woodland retreat. Each hut comes with its own outdoor tub and patio fireplace, perfect for discovering the healing and restorative benefits of the surrounding forest.

“By extending its existing Cottage Suites, work will begin on a £ 2.5million project to add 23 new high-quality one-bed cottages. Cleverly designed with everything guests need for a comfortable stay, the Cottage suites are located in the resort’s serene grounds, and offer luxurious seclusion while being close to the main complex.

“Plans are also in place to add five magical treetop huts in the middle of the forest, with the first opening next year for an investment of £ 1.5million.

“There has been a real increase in demand for outdoor experiences and activities, as restaurateurs and visitors alike seek a connection with nature and the great outdoors. We are delighted to expand our offering in this space with the launch of a suite of unique accommodations From fishing and falconry to cycling, hiking, clay pigeon shooting and horseback riding, guests can now enjoy a different stay, but with the same luxury and first-rate hospitality that Galgorm is known for. because, added Colin.

“The award-winning Thermal Spa Village will expand another two acres in a £ 2.5million project to add new hot and cold outdoor experiences, a second outdoor riverside pool to further expand the authentic Irish spa experience in a stunning woodland setting.

“A further £ 100,000 has also been invested in a brand new spa suite. Featuring its own Jacuzzi, sauna and private access to the spa, the suite offers breathtaking views of the Maine River and offers guests their own slice of serenity for the ultimate relaxing escape.

“The Linen Merchants is the latest addition to the resort’s residential accommodation which offers accommodation for up to 10 people, as well as a private outdoor hot tub, private garden with barbecue, two lounges and a spacious kitchen. ; the ideal option for a family stay – together.

“Today’s announcement by Galgorm is another positive sign for the tourism and hospitality industry and portends future growth and recovery for the sector as a whole. Galgorm Collection has continued to innovate and build on its established reputation as a world class spa and golf resort over the past decade and I am delighted to see these ambitious new expansion plans progress. This investment will connect customers and visitors to the great outdoors in Northern Ireland, showcase our natural landscape and focus on maintaining environmentally friendly accommodation that will support the sustainable tourism economy of the future. ‘

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Success at the World Luxury Hotel Awards

The above news coincides with the news that Galgorm has won three awards at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

In a separate statement, Galgorm said: “Galgorm won a hat trick of excellence awards at this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards, solidifying the resort’s status as Northern Ireland’s premier luxury destination and elevating the region’s tourist references on the world stage.

“Recognizing the world-renowned award-winning Galgorm Golf Course, which hosted the Irish Open and is home to the ISPS Handa World Invitational, the resort has been crowned ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort’ in Europe while also receiving the title of ‘Best Luxury Golf Resort Spa’ for the award winning and internationally renowned thermal and spa village of Galgorm.

The resort’s 3 AA Rosette The River Room restaurant has also been celebrated for its exceptional cuisine, with chef Chris Rees winning Northern Europe’s ‘best chef’ award, testifying to his commitment to quality. exceptional and culinary excellence.

“The 15the The World Luxury Hotel Awards were held this year in Mauritius and celebrate excellence in world-class hotel services, representing the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry.

“This year, Galgorm was one of five resorts in the world to receive the prestigious regional title and one of only three hotels on the island of Ireland to be officially recognized by the awards.

Galgorm Collection Managing Director Colin Johnston said: “We are delighted to be recognized by the World Travel Awards for our continued commitment to excellence and outstanding achievements in the international luxury hospitality industry. and receive three coveted awards in our accommodation, spa and restaurant. offer.

“As the region’s premier luxury tourist destination, we are committed to further developing our world-class hospitality offering and have invested heavily in the resort in recent years to expand our accommodation and spa offering and provide an unparalleled luxury experience.

“The awards provide us with a chance to present our unique offering to a global audience and gain global recognition for our top-notch facilities and services, competing with some of the world’s most acclaimed hotels and promoting the Northern Ireland as a must. visit destination. ‘

Voted by guests, travelers and industry players through an online public vote, the awards reflect the hard work and dedication of Galgorm’s exceptional team and unmatched service offering. .

“In the presence of guests from all over the world, the awards ceremony took place at a prestigious ceremony at Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius, on Saturday 9 October.

World Luxury Awards Marketing Director Michael Hunter-Smith said: “We congratulate this year’s winners. True luxury is not easy to achieve. every customer feels taken care of and that no challenge remains unresolved. This is the definition of luxury. That’s what makes the winners shine. ‘

“Over the past ten years, Galgorm has invested over £ 60million in its facilities. The investment has contributed to a string of accolades for the resort taking its place on the world stage as a luxury spa destination, beating the competition. of some of the world’s most iconic spa retreats.

“Since 2019, Galgorm has radically transformed its offering, expanding its hotels and accommodations. This included upgrading from standard rooms to superior cottage suites and the introduction of three residences all with private hot tubs, which can accommodate accommodate between 10 and 12 people.

The award-winning spa village has also been extended to three acres. A £ 2million investment in the resort’s spa village in 2020 included the opening of a new Palm House bar, vitality pool, spaces additional relaxation areas, saunas and hot tubs. and a brand new salt cave to welcome spa visitors. Galgorm was also recently named Best Spa Experience in UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2021 and crowned Resort Spa of the year at the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2020.

“The resort has also hosted a series of global events including the World Luxury Spa & Restaurant Awards, host of the R&A and Patrons of the 148th Open Championship and host of the 21st National Golf Tourism Conference and Gala Irish Golf Awards 2018. ”

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