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My first taste of Galgorm





I had often heard people rave about Galgorm Resort and Spa. From weddings to the spa itself, it seemed everyone had managed to make a visit but me! After announcing their new extension that is coming in September (the rooms are huge suite with their own hot tub.....wow!), Galgorm Resort & Spa kindly invited me and That Belfast Mamma up to see what the fuss is all about.

Located about 30 minutes from Belfast, the drive to Galgorm is quick and easy. The resort itself is big but still very friendly. I kept joking with my mum that I felt like I was on a ranch! It has a very country and homey feel to it. Although luxurious, it's down to earth. We headed to the resort on a Friday over the July Bank Holiday weekend. We firstly headed to the spa. The spa is located downstairs and reminded me a lot of the spa in the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The spa is absolutely huge. The changing rooms are great, as are the spa robes and slippers. From entering the spa to the minute we left, the service we received was fantastic. This was something that many of my readers had commented telling me prior to my visit- it's easy to see why the Galgorm has recently been awarded the Best Spa of the Year by Irish Tatler.

At the spa, I had the amazing VOYA treatment "The Taste of Galgorm". VOYA is an organic Irish brand that the spa stocks along with Aromatherapy Associates and my favourite tanning brand Vita Liberata. My therapist was a lovely girl called Zoe. She had such a calming personality. I find it hard to destress as I'm on the go all the time so this treatment was exactly what I needed. The blissful, head-to-toe ritual begins with a muscle melting back massage with warm organic body oil, followed by a nourishing dual action hair mask. This is then followed by a facial to add an immediate glow to the skin and brighten the eye area with the application of Laminaria eye compresses whilst a relaxing head massage helps to release upper body tension.This ritual is exclusive to Galgorm Resort & Spa and closes with the restorative ancient art of pressure point foot massage. It was the first time in my life I've ever fallen asleep during a treatment! My skin looked great after it but more than anything, I felt so de-stressed and calm!

After my treatment, I went for a swim and session with the sauna. The main spa is spacious and bright. Even though it was the holidays and it seemed busy, it didn't feel over-crowded as it's quite a large area. 

After showering (the showers have all Aromatherapy Associate products in them!) and blowdrying my hair, mum and I ventured to the well loved Gillies Restaurant for lunch. Mum had the gammon and I had the Salt and Chill chicken. The food was lovely and the portion were huge - I didn't need to eat for the rest of the day! Gillies is a fun, relaxed environment, again with that country lodge feeling.

I had a wonderful first visit to Galgorm Resort & Spa and look forward to returning when the new signature suites open in September.

The Taste of Galgorm treatment lasts 85 mins and costs Tuesday – Thursday £105 / Friday – Monday £125. For more information, see www.galgorm.com.