Galgorm Expands Luxury Outdoor Accommodation – Major Investment

County Antrim’s Galgorm Spa and Golf Resort has today announced plans to expand its accommodation and thermal spa options. The 380-acre estate will invest £10 million (€11.87m) in the project which aims to create up to 50 new hospitality jobs over the next two years.

This is the first phase of a £30 million (€35.7m) project to further expand and enhance resort and spa facilities by 2027. It is the latest move by Galgorm Collection in ensuring the resort’s position as a world-class tourism destination. The resort has already invested £60 million (€71m) in developments since 2010.

In addition, Galgorm Collection has also committed to the rollout of an enhanced benefits package for all eligible team members, including investment into premium private health care coverage over the next five years as part of its ongoing commitment to investing in its people.

Managing Director Colin Johnston and Economy Minister Gordon Lyons Photographed by Kelvin Boys / Press Eye

The announcement was welcomed by Economy Minister Gordon Lyons on a recent visit to the resort: “I’m delighted to see Galgorm Collection forging ahead with new opportunities to expand its offering and cement Northern Ireland’s position as a fantastic place to visit.

“My Department’s Tourism Recovery Action Plan aims to create a solid foundation for recovery and a return to the record breaking tourism figures of 2019. This announcement by Galgorm is evidence of the vital recovery already taking place within this important and much valued sector.”

Colin Johnston, Galgorm Collection Managing Director, said: “This latest project will see up to 50 additional accommodation units added to the Resort over the next two years, which will increase our workforce and expand the Estate’s footprint.”

New for 2021 is the addition of a range of bespoke Shepherd’s Huts with the first now open to guests keen for a unique stay within the great outdoors. The area is earmarked for further expansion, housing up to 18 huts by summer 2022.

Nestled deep within the newly created ‘Secret Meadow’, the one-bed huts are equipped with all mod cons including a feature stove and a mini kitchen with hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, kettle, toaster, and coffee machine for a cosy woodland retreat. Each hut comes with its own outdoor bath and fire pit on the terrace, perfect to experience the healing and restorative benefits of the surrounding forest.

Outdoor Hot Tub at Galgorm

Expanding upon its existing Cottage Suites, work will commence on a project to add 23 new high spec one-bed cottages. Cleverly designed with everything guests need for a comfy stay, Cottage Suites are located within the serene grounds of the resort and offer luxurious seclusion while in close proximity to the main Resort.

Plans are also in place to add five magical treetop hideaways set amidst the forest grounds, with the first opening next year. 

“There has been a real surge in demand for outdoor experiences and pursuits as staycationers and visitors alike seek a connection to nature and the great outdoors. We’re delighted to expand our offering in this space with the launch of a suite of unique accommodation types and a host of new outdoor pursuits at the Resort. From fishing and falconry to cycling, hiking, clay pigeon shooting, and horse riding, guests can now enjoy a stay with a difference but with the same luxury and premier hospitality that Galgorm is renowned for,” Johnston added.

The award-winning Thermal Spa Village will further expand by two acres in a project to add new hot and cold outdoor experiences, including a second outdoor riverside pool to further expand the authentic Irish Spa experience.

An additional £100,000 (€116,870) has also been invested in a brand new Spa Suite. Complete with its own jacuzzi, sauna and private access to the spa, the suite offers views of the River Maine for the ultimate serene escape. 

The Linen Merchants is the latest addition to the resort’s residency accommodation which sleeps up to 10 guests. It’s complete with an outdoor private hot tub, private garden with BBQ, two lounges, and a spacious kitchen; the ideal option for a family get-together.   

Tourism Northern Ireland Chief Executive John McGrillen said: “Today’s announcement by Galgorm is yet another positive sign for the tourism and hospitality industry and points to future growth and recovery of the sector as a whole.

“This investment will connect guests and visitors with Northern Ireland’s great outdoors, showcase our natural landscape and focus on building and maintaining environmentally friendly accommodation that will support the sustainable tourism economy of the future.”

Ava Farrelly
Ava Farrelly is a travel journalist for travel2ireland, ITTN and TravelTimes. With a background in arts, culture and lifestyle, Ava has a keen eye for the most visit-worthy destinations and all their attractions.

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