Northern Ireland’s newest luxury hotel The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, part of Galgorm Collection, has been named Hotel of the Year Northern Ireland 2022 at the AA Hospitality Awards.

Coming back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the awards ceremony at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London was hosted by Gabby Logan, celebrating the UK’s top hotels, restaurants, and pubs and the people behind them.

The awards span 15 categories, honouring the best hotels, restaurants, and spas across the UK, and celebrating individuals with awards such as the Lifetime Achievement Award, Chefs’ Chef Award and more.

Opened in June 2020, the Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, a 33-bedroom boutique hotel and spa in Templepatrick, has been transformed to include a £2 million Relaxation Burrow spa area which completed construction last year.

Perched by the edge of a lake, the spa area offers tranquillity, boasts unique attractions including Swedish sauna, an aromatherapy steam room, halotherapy salt chamber and Roman inspired bath and hot tubs, and has recently unveiled a range of bespoke spa treatments ranging from an IMAGE Skincare personalized facial, or a herbal green tea massage, to a full body ritual inclusive of skin exfoliation, scalp relaxation and leg energiser.

The Rabbit is also the first hotel in the island of Ireland to offer a heated lakeside beach complete with a Lake Bar, sunken lounge and plush cabanas. A Day Spa package with full spa access, lunch, and 60-minute spa treatment is available as of 1st October.

In addition to the accommodation, spa and bar and restaurant offering, The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat also boasts a unique banqueting suite and wedding venue – The Loft – offering luxury in a magical setting, with high vaulted ceilings, chandeliers adorned with foliage, marble dining tables, dramatic fireplaces and a romantic lake view from the outdoor terrace.

Lynsey Gordon, General Manager at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat said: “We are proud and honoured to be recognised by the AA at these most prestigious awards. This is a fantastic endorsement of all the hard work that has gone into the extensive redevelopment at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat.

This award reinforces our unwaivering commitment to deliver an outstanding experience and recognises the talents, dedication and efforts of our team. We are incredibly grateful to all our guests for their support and we look forward to creating many more memory-making moments at The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat.”

Galgorm is renowned for creating world-class hospitality experiences throughout their award-winning properties in Northern Ireland. Galgorm has received numerous awards and accolades for their stellar service and offering, including receiving the Four AA Red Star Award for excellence in quality and hospitality last year, as well as previously holding the title of Global Luxury Spa Hotel of the Year.

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