Nestling at the foot of the Mountains of Mourne, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa stands in six acres of immaculate private grounds. A golden strand of beach borders one side while the mighty Royal County Down Golf Links frames the other. This lovingly maintained Victorian hotel is now home to one of Europe’s finest resort Spas and is equally suited to a short break, residential conference or even grander events.
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Couples, groups of friends, spa breaks, weddings and celebrations, gourmet getaways.
The hotel was originally built by the Belfast and County Down Railway, as an ‘end of the line’ luxury holiday destination. Construction started in 1896 and was completed and officially opened on 24th June 1898 at a cost of £44,000. It was one of the most majestic hotels of its time and was almost self-sufficient with its own bakery, vegetable gardens, pigs, laundry and innovatively a power plant, which also provided electricity for the railway station.
The Slieve Donard typified the ideas of Victorian grandeur and luxury with its Drawing Room, Grand Coffee Room, Reading and Writing Room, Smoking Room, Billiard Room and Hairdressing Rooms – you can’t help but conjure up scenes of great style and decadence. ‘One’ could even partake in seawater baths, douche, spray, needle and Turkish baths all provided by an electric pump straight from the sea. To this day, the romance of the railway era is retained.
Rooms and Suites
The hotel boasts 180 luxurious bedrooms, including Executive and Resort rooms and six magnificent Suites, many of which have stunning panoramic views over the Mountains of Mourne and County Down Coastline. All bedrooms are finished in tasteful, traditional styles with every modern comfort, including the famous King Koil ‘cloud beds’. Add this to the Spa facilities and proximity to one of the world’s finest golf courses and you have a holiday destination or conference centre capable of proudly taking the stage with the world’s best resorts.
Food and Drink
At the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa guests can experience the finest culinary delights in all of the restaurants on offer, where the Chefs pride themselves on using the finest fresh local seasonal produce to create an array of delicious menus. Breakfast, dinner, famous Afternoon Tea and Sunday Lunch are served in the famous Oak Restaurant, with its charming beams and fabulous central fireplace. The hotel boasts an extensive range of dining and socialising options including Chaplin’s Bar and the Lighthouse Lounge. The Percy French Inn, complete with log fire, is a cosy informal bar and restaurant which lies within the grounds of the resort – perfect for a tasty lunch or pint by the fireside.
Our world-class Spa facilities rival any other Spa in Europe. Designed in conjunction with ESPA, the world’s leading Spa company, the Spa is situated over two floors, with stunning views across the Irish sea and the Mourne Mountains. The Active Floor on the ground level incorporates a magnificent 20-metre Swimming Pool and Vitality Pool, which enjoy the amazing views of the coastline, along with a range of heat experiences and a high tech Fitness Studio. An extensive range of Spa therapies is available in one of the 16 luxurious treatment rooms on the first floor, using the ESPA product range.
Just 30 miles south of Belfast and 90 miles north of Dublin, the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa is the perfect choice for touring and sightseeing, and although you may never want to venture away from the sumptuous luxury and exquisite surroundings, there is a range of must-visit local attractions all within close proximity to the Hotel. The Mountains of Mourne are on their doorstep and offer fantastic walking and climbing experiences. Tollymore Forest Park is just a few minutes drive away and is simply breathtaking. Silent Valley, Castlewellan Country Park, Murlough Bay Nature Reserve are all nearby. Less than ten miles away lie the delights of Downpatrick, home to St Patrick’s Visitor Centre and Grave, (a world Christian Heritage Site) and countless opportunities for horse riding, fishing, sailing, off-road driving, mountaineering and windsurfing.
Approximately 1 hour by car from Belfast City Airport and Belfast International Airport.