A stone’s throw from the raw drama of the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site is the Galgorm Resort and Spa, recently relaunched with a new thermal village.
Arriving to a chilled pre-lunch glass of champagne, I’m delighted to discover this spa is fun, unpretentious and far kookier than the norm.
Its new additions are dotted charmingly over an idyllic spot on a bank of the River Maine and built from wood and other natural materials. From a Snow Paradise chamber to a steamy Celtic Sauna with fantastic views over the water, everything is designed to draw upon the four elements.
The highlight is when I slip into a riverside hot-tub fuelled by a logburning stove that comes with its own cute chimney. I become so relaxed I nod off and drop my book into the water. Afterwards, I sample a Taste of Galgorn treatment, which uses VOYA organic seaweed products in a mixture of massages, a facial and hair mask that leaves me feeling super-glossy.
My deluxe room is decorated in a ‘modern Celtic’ style with a whole lot of tartan, while food comes from the traditional River Room restaurant, a steak house and pizzeria. Although lighter food is available in the Elements Spa Café, it’s not the place for Gwyneth-style dietary expectations. But overall it’s a joyfully indulgent gem.