A 24 Hour Stay In The Slieve Donard Resort And Spa

Slieve Donard Hotel Review - Pikalily Travel Blog

The Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co.Down is a place we hold dear to our hearts as this is where we got married on 29th December 2014. 聽We were lucky enough to have a voucher for the Hastings Group so we decided to go back to the Slieve Donard and stay once again as you don’t get to fully appreciate the hotel facilities when you are caught up in the hype of getting hitched 馃檪

The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, named ‘Best Irish Hotel’ at the 2012 Travel Media Awards, is a luxurious 4* Hotel situated in 6 acres of land with beautiful views of Newcastle, Co.Down. 聽Newcastle was made famous by the well-known聽song ‘The Mountains of Mourne’ by Irish songwriter Percy French in 1896. 聽The song contains the lyrics ‘Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’, and it’s obvious by the breathtaking聽views how those lyrics came about.

The Room

We had a Resort Room during聽our stay and we were so impressed. 聽The room, with a heavenly king size ‘Cloud’ bed, was聽very spacious and luxurious. 聽The room had all the usual amenities including WIFI, an iPod docking station, a hairdryer, mineral water and Tea/Coffee facilities. 聽There was a clean white bathrobe and slippers placed neatly on the bed awaiting our arrival and a聽separate sofa area beside the window allowing you to soak in the stunning views of the sandy beach, the sea and the sweeping Mourne Mountains. 聽The room included a deep soak bath and a separate shower with a rain fall head.

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The Spa

The Spa in the Slieve Donard is fabulous! 聽Hotel guests have access to the pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room and they are a must! 聽The jacuzzi, known as the Vitality Pool, is one of the most incredible jacuzzi’s we have ever been in due to it’s size and view. 聽It is several metres long and sits at the foot of a floor to ceiling glass wall looking out to breathtaking views.

I decided to have a treatment in the Spa and I opted for a聽full body聽Balinese massage with hot lava shells. 聽It was probably the most relaxing 80 minutes of my life! 聽It was amazing and although a little pricey at 拢120, I would definitely recommend it as聽a luxury treat for a special occasion, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as rejuvenated. 聽The Balinese massage incorporates long, warming strokes with heated aromatherapy oils. 聽I could feel every tension just meit away, it was incredible.

The staff in the spa were lovely too, and really helpful. They were sensitive to the fact I have Fibromyalgia- a condition where I often feel pain, even when I shouldn’t, so the masseuse suggested using hot lava shells instead of hot stones as they are smoother. 聽To show how amazing聽I felt after the treatment I took a no make-up selfie and I’ve braved it and posted it below.

I would advise going to your appointment early as you can make use of the spa jacuzzi and relaxation room before the treatment. 聽There are different complimentary detox teas and fruit waters available in the relaxation room where聽you can lie on a bed, plug in some earphones and listen to meditative tunes. 聽After my massage I lay in the relaxation room for a while, and in all honesty I nearly fell asleep 馃槈

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Afternoon Tea in the Lighthouse Lounge

We had our Afternoon Tea in the stylish Lighthouse Lounge which overlooks the stunning coastline. 聽 We sipped on fruit teas and began to get tucked in! 聽The bottom layer was host to a selection of finger sandwiches which included ‘Glenarm Organic Smoked Salmon’, ‘Irish Chicken Breast and Sun Blushed Tomato Tapenade’, ‘Givan鈥檚 Baked Ham and Mustard’ and ‘Homemade Egg Mayonnaise’. 聽The middle layer had a choice of聽‘Fruit and Plain Scones’聽served with Homemade Clotted Cream and Fruit Preserve. 聽The top layer was home to the sweet stuff and included Chocolate Cake, Madeira Cake, Macaroons, Fairy Cakes and Little Pies. 聽In all honesty we were slightly underwhelmed by this section, it had a less homemade taste to it than we would have liked, but saying that we would probably head back again.

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Dinner in the Percy French

We dined at the Percy French Restaurant聽which is聽situated within the grounds of the Hotel. 聽We chose from聽the Wine and Dine Menu which is available Monday to Thursday from 5pm – 7pm where you receive two courses and a glass of wine for 拢15 per person, with an additional 拢5 for a third course.

To start we had ‘Chicken Liver P芒t茅 served on Toasted Soda Bread and a Spiced Pear Chutney’ 聽and it was delicious, especially for a self-confessed p芒t茅 addict like myself!

For the main dish we had ‘Glenarm Shorthorn Daube of Beef 10oz’. 聽As we served this deicious Daube of Beef at our聽wedding reception in the Slieve Donard we couldn’t wait to try it again! Served in聽a Red wine, mushroom and onion jus with hexagonal cut chunky ‘Causeway Chips’, it was as tender and as flavoursome as we had remembered.

For dessert we chose ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding’ which was served with toffee sauce and local Glastry Farm vanilla bean ice-cream. 聽I could eat this all day long, moist sponge with a rich sauce and creamy ice-cream- what’s not to like.

Percy French Slieve Donard Hotel - Pikalily BlogWe have dined several times at the Percy French and you can read a previous review of ours here.

Things To Do

There are聽plenty of local attractions to visit while staying at the Slieve Donard, including Tollymore Forest Park (a must for Game of Throne fans), Spelga Dam, the Mourne Mountains and聽Murlough Beach. 聽If you enjoy a round of golf you can play at the prestigious Royal County Down Golf Links, home of the Irish Open 2015, and situated directly behind the hotel. 聽The course is voted number 1聽in the world by Golf Digest in 2016, with number 2聽being home of the Masters ‘Augusta National’, Georgia.

Check out our video below of things to do in Newcastle, Co.Down.

Have you stayed in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa before? 聽Have you had any treatments in the Spa? 聽Or have you dined in the Slieve Donard or the Percy French? 聽Comment below or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

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