Galgorm – County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The River Maine flows through this lush, 163-acre parkland that is renowned for its Par-72 championship golf course and thermal spa – the first of its kind in Ireland. Only 30 minutes drive from Belfast yet a world away, it has 125 bedrooms with Rolf Benz furniture, spacious marble bathrooms and knockout views of the estate. Spend days in the spa, drifting between the riverside vitality pool and The Palm House, an ornate botanical structure set among olive trees and apple orchards in The Serenity Garden – the perfect space to kick back with a delicious Aperol gin fizz cocktail (the Celtic Sauna Infusion is a must too). Or playing golf: as well as the main course, there is a fantastic academy with a 24-bay floodlit driving range and the club’s Castle Kitchen + Bar. Elsewhere, there are more than 450 varieties of gin to choose from in the Gin Library and ample choice for all tastebuds from the fine-dining, three AA Rosette River Room Restaurant to the casual Fratelli Ristorante pizzeria and the Gillies Grill with its extensive selection of local food to enjoy overlooking the stables.
Doubles from £275
+44 (0)28 2588 1001; galgorm.com