Like everyone, we have spent so much more time in our flat over recent months. For the most part it has been lovely – an opportunity to make it a home and finally hang up those photos that have been lying around. But after months of being cooped inside, working and living in the same space, we’re so ready to break out and take some time together outside of the four walls.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be sharing hotel inspiration closer to home as part of our ‘Staycation Inspiration’ series.

This round-up features beautiful hotels on offer in Northern Ireland – the perfect destination for fresh air and vast landscapes. The hotels we have shortlisted are great for enjoying the beautiful natural scenery on offer, as well as perfect rooms for relaxing with spas nearby. You won’t want to leave!!

The pool at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in County Down.

Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is situated on the idyllic seashores of the Irish sea on Newcastle Bay.  The hotel looks out to the Mountains of Mourne with views across the Royal County Down Golf Course. Set in six acres of beautifully kept private grounds, the property is famous for its expansive and luxurious spa. Guests can escape to a cocoon of calm and melt away their stresses with over two floors of tranquillity, including a magnificent 20 metre swimming pool and Vitality Pool, amethyst steam room and high tech fitness studio.

Room prices start from £300.00 per night

The Culloden Estate and Spa

The Culloden Estate & Spa in Belfast stands on the forested slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the glorious County Antrim coastline, offering idyllic surrounds for a cosy weekend break. Deemed ‘The Ritz of Northern Ireland,’ the Culloden is a grand estate originally built as a Palace for the Bishops of Down. Guests can explore the glorious, autumnal colours of Northern Ireland with nature at their doorstep, whilst admiring the maples at Mount Stewart, which is located just minutes from the Culloden Estate & Spa.

As a cosy country hotel, Culloden Estate & Spa immerses guests within a warm atmosphere that follows a billowing country walk perfectly. Enjoy fine dining in front of a roaring fire, or spend a beautiful autumnal day in the tranquil spa, followed by indulgent afternoon tea. Culloden Estate & Spa offers something for everyone during Autumn, allowing guests to enjoy the stunning Northern Irish landscape and provide themselves with a well-earned break.

Room prices start from £170.00 per night

Lough Eske Castle

Set within 43 acres of forest at the foot of the mountains, this stunning castle boasts huge rooms. The 5-star hotel offers a luxurious spa within its beautiful gardens.

Cedars Restaurant has a terrace and features traditional dishes including seafood from the nearby port of Killybegs. The Gallery Bar serves light meals and snacks whilst the Father Browne Bar provides a more cosy setting for enjoying a drink or having a light bite to eat.

The Cara Organic Beauty and Spa has a steam room, sauna and massage suites. There is a fitness centre and the swimming pool is located in a glass atrium, offering views over the grounds. Guests can fish on Lough Eske, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel, while Donegal is less than a 10-minute drive. Donegal Golf Club is a 15-minute drive, while Donegal Adventure Centre and Surf School is a 30-minute drive.

Room prices start from £325.00 per night

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