The arrival of crisp days, misty mornings and a glorious explosion of varying shades of leaves means one thing. Autumn is on its way – and the season of colour and adventure is the perfect time for a short break to relax and unwind as the kids get back to school and the darker nights draw in.

The golden months of autumn may mean the end of BBQs, beach trips, and picnics in the park, but it makes way for the unique beauty and atmosphere that makes autumn everyone’s favourite time of year.

With the mild temperatures providing a wonderful opportunity for walking, and the woodlands putting on a dazzling display, autumn is one of the most delightful seasons to enjoy a staycation.

For some of the best autumn escapes to unwind and recharge, check out the Galgorm Resort & Spa, situated just 30 minutes from Belfast.

Galgorm is Northern Ireland’s premier luxury hotel. Spa days are available from €80 per person & overnight stays are from €230 based on two people sharing.

Promising laid-back luxury and an award-winning spa offering, Galgorm is the perfect retreat to take time out and enjoy some much-needed pampering – whether that’s a riverside bathing experience, a massage or facial at Galgorm’s Skin Clinic, or simply a brisk and calming walk through the resort’s 380 acres of lush parklands.

With the River Maine flowing through the estate, Galgorm is the ideal autumn escape to succumb to the turn of the season.

Warm up on a chilly autumn’s day in the Thermal Village & Spa

Galgorm’s serene Thermal Spa Village is the perfect place to unwind and shake off the stresses of the day. Robe up, download the Galgorm Collection app and access the map for the Thermal Spa Village which will take you on a journey of serenity, relaxation and wellbeing in one of the best outdoor spas on the island of Ireland.

In one of the resort’s many saunas, sanariums, aroma steam rooms, or heated cabins, you can retreat from that distinctly autumnal nip in the air to emerge fully refreshed and ready to take on the new season.

Or to ease tired, aching muscles in need of some TLC after a refreshing autumn hike, soak in the outdoor jacuzzi and hot tub to take your body to a state of totally toasty relaxation.

The Spa at Galgorm has it all – from a halotherapy salt cave and celtic sauna infusion space where you are guided through a range of essential oil inhalations, it is no wonder it was crowned the Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year and recently named Ireland’s Best 4* Spa Experience at the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards 2022.

Stargaze on those darker nights from a cosy Shepherd’s Hut

Nothing says autumn like s’mores on an outdoor fire – and with a one-bedroom or two-bedroom Shepherd’s Hut at Galgorm, you can enjoy a secluded space to bask in the colder evenings next to your very own firepit on the terrace.

Nestled in Galgorm Wood, the new Shepherd’s Hut meadow is the latest addition to Galgorm’s accommodation options – so you can marvel at the leaves turning from green to gold, orange and fiery red as you cosy down with a book or boardgame.

Following a day at the spa, you can return to your Shepherd’s Hut to soak in the outdoor bath, where you can bathe in the views of the surrounding forest and watch the sun go down amongst the foliage as you sip on a comforting hot chocolate.

Each distinct hut is luxuriously appointed with all the features you could need for the perfect blend of countryside comfort and luxury. With the mini kitchen including a hob, microwave, fridge and small freezer, coffee machine, kettle and toaster, you’ll have all the home comforts you need as you nestle in for a peaceful evening in your cosiest set of pyjamas.

Snuggle up by a roaring log fire in the Red Oaks Residence

Inspired by the understated beauty of the landscape and natural wood, this Residence at Galgorm offers comfort, privacy and luxury for larger groups of up to 12 family and friends who want to reconnect to the great outdoors this autumn.

Wrap up warm for a bracing forest walk through crunching leaves as you explore the enchanting grounds of Galgorm, before heading back to spend the evening warming up in the outdoor hot tub on the terrace.

With oodles of character, eclectic furnishings and all the amenities you need to make for a relaxing break, this secluded and picturesque retreat has its own delightful gardens where you can relax under the trees with a mug of pumpkin spiced latte and take in the abundance of the season in your home from home.

Enjoy a hearty meal in Galgorm’s selection of world-class restaurants

Galgorm’s premier range of on-site restaurants offer something for everyone to refuel following a frosty walk on a drizzly autumn’s day.

Family favourite Fratelli oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary edge. With a focus on simple and comforting yet quality cookery, adults and children alike can ditch the wellie boots, hats and scarves and expect a warm welcome as you are served traditional pizza and pasta dishes with a modern twist.

Gillies Grill is a favourite amongst guests and locals alike, with a relaxed ambience and charming views of the Resort’s stables, even in the autumn fog. Choose from an extensive selection of classic brasserie dishes, a grill selection and Asian-inspired creations, accompanied with a satisfying wine list that’s sure to warm your bones.

And at the end of the day settle down for some craic at McKendry’s Bar & Lounge with live entertainment every evening. A whiskey lover’s heaven, McKendry’s boasts over 300 whiskey blends from 21 countries, sure to put some hairs on your chest this autumn.

For more information or to book online please visit www.galgorm.com, email  reservations@galgorm.com or call 048 2588 1001.

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