Slieve Donard Resort and Spa
Why We Love This Hotel
- Grand Victorian hotel overlooking the Irish Sea & the Mourne Mountains
- It’s right next to the renowned Royal County Down golf course
- There’s a “superb” (The Daily Telegraph) spa with an indoor pool & a sauna
- Dining picks include an elegant restaurant & a rustic pub
Combining a dramatic natural setting with historic grandeur, the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa ranks as “one of the most majestic spa hotels in Ireland”, according to The Daily Telegraph. This high-end lodging occupies a turret-topped Victorian mansion dating from the 1890s and is set in six acres of grounds overlooking the Mourne Mountains, between a stretch of sandy beach and the celebrated Royal County Down Golf Club, which Golf Digest counts among the best in the world.
It’s ideally placed for outdoor excursions - Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan Country Park, home to Northern Ireland’s National Arboretum, and dune-filled Murlough National Nature Reserve are all within a 10-minute drive of the hotel. For a touch of city glamour, Belfast’s cosmopolitan centre is approximately 50 minutes’ away by car.
Behind Slieve Donard Resort & Spa’s ornate redbrick façade, a 2-tiered lobby area decked with a chandelier and antique furnishings sets the hotel’s stately tone. Dining options include a sophisticated restaurant with wood-panelled walls, a rustic-style spot for hearty meals and sea views, and a smart lounge serving light dishes. The hotel’s polished spa overlooks the mountains and features an indoor pool, a fitness room, a sauna and a steam room, as well as offering a range of beauty treatments (fees may apply).
The 180 guestrooms are traditionally decorated in warm tones and come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as sitting areas. Upgraded rooms add sweeping views of the sea and the golf course.