Galgorm Resort & Spa
- Sector: Leisure
- Region: Northern Ireland
Galgorm Resort & Spa is situated on 163 acres of lush parkland along the banks of River Maine, 30 minutes from Belfast. As well as the award-winning spa, the facilities include 122 guestrooms and suites, a selection of restaurants and bars, and extensive conference and banqueting facilities.
"Our business is about creating exceptional, bespoke experiences for each of our guests," explains General Manager Colin Johnston. "We offer an authentic Irish welcome with luxury facilities to allow guests to curate their own bespoke stay. Some of the unique spa experiences include riverside tubs, serenity garden bathing, a Celtic sauna ritual, relaxation in the Orangery and a snow cabin for year-round wintery fun."
The strong growth of the Northern Ireland tourism industry has been a welcome trend over the past decade, with the province now receiving more than 2.2 million overseas visitors a year. That is somewhat at risk from the Brexit vote, which has created a number of challenges for the hospitality industry around financial volatility, recruitment and the potential loss of EU funding. However, there have been some positive side effects, too, including the fall in the value of sterling, which has made Northern Ireland a more appealing destination for inbound tourists.
"The falling value of the pound has made Northern Ireland better value for tourists and helped to entice more visitors from the Republic of Ireland and European markets, helping to propel the sector to new heights," says Colin.
The Resort’s success has been underpinned by continuous investment in the property and the people who deliver it. The key to maintaining positive momentum in the future will mean that approach continues.
"We have remained focused on delivering a quality product and bringing unique, memorable experiences to Ireland," says Colin. "We focus on staff development, training and well-being to retain talent. It’s our people who make the difference."