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A pampering getaway: luxury hotels in Northern Ireland

With natural wonders like the craggy Causeway Coast and cultural gems such as the waterfront Titanic Quarter in Belfast, there's plenty to discover in Northern Ireland. All you need to do is choose your stay, from sophisticated city break to serene countryside retreat.

Go all out on your next getaway by staying in one of these luxury hotels in Northern Ireland. We’ve handpicked these as when it comes to write-home-worthy accommodation or indulgent amenities, these places take it to the next level. You’ll find bubbling outdoor hot tubs, penthouse suites with sweeping city views and atmospheric restaurants serving up mouthwatering local produce.

A luxury hotel in Northern Ireland located in the centre of buzzing Belfast

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The Fitzwilliam Hotel is a lavish haven in the middle of Belfast. Rooms use geometric patterns and glass accents to create a sense of modern grandeur. In a City View room, you can gaze out at the twinkling lights or the first rays of sun from the top floor. There’s no better way to start the morning than curling up on the jewel-coloured sofa with a fresh Nespresso coffee and watching the city wake up.
 
Sate your appetite at The Restaurant, awarded two rosettes by the AA. Settle yourself into an intimate booth of supple scarlet leather and feast upon satisfying dishes like hearty salmon risotto, tender beef served with earthy celeriac and tangy mustard or venison accompanied by sweet fig and fluffy potatoes.
 
The Bar provides a warm and cosy atmosphere for after-dinner drinks. Here, lighting fixtures with burnished copper create a hip, industrial-inspired vibe. Sit back and unwind with a cocktail – try the Pear Drop, which mixes vodka with citrus fruit juice and elderflower.

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The Residence at the Fitzwilliam Hotel is a masterclass in understated elegance. In this two-bedroom suite, begin your day with a powerful rain shower, before preparing a delicious breakfast from the mini bar (you pick what it stocks). Your spacious kitchen is fully kitted out with modern Miele appliances. Recline in the airy lounge area, with its sleek metal light fixtures and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

Top rated
Belfast, 1.1 km to Belfast Central Railway Station
9.1 Excellent (2602 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Luxury hotels in Northern Ireland: a rural haven

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The peaceful Culloden Estate and Spa is surrounded by 12 acres of rolling private gardens and parkland. Its hillside position – perched by the rugged white cliffs of the County Antrim coastline – means sparkling sea views from many of the executive rooms and suites. Experience serious softness with premium beds and crushed velvet soft furnishings.
 
Indulge in some ‘you-time’ at the spa, which uses luxurious ESPA products to deliver soothing, therapeutic treatments from massages to facials. Lie back in a treatment room (decorated in soft taupes and bathed in candlelight), and treat yourself to an ocean wrap, which uses marine mud to purify and nourish the skin. Soak away your cares in the Jacuzzi and marble steam room, or finish off with a few laps in the pool.
 
For an informal dinner, head down to the hotel’s traditional Irish Pub, the Cultra Inn. Beneath original dark wood beams, sink to a tartan upholstered armchair and tuck into dishes that showcase local ingredients, like fresh hake served with salty samphire and a fragrant crab cake, followed by a pudding such as tart lemon and sweet honey crème brûlée. Feeling spoilt yet?

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If you’re celebrating a special occasion, splash out on a stay in the Palace Suite. Step out onto your private balcony and sip a chilled prosecco while watching the sunset over Belfast Lough. When darkness falls, come back into the warmth, wrap up in your fluffy dressing gown and relax in your private seating area.

Hotel Culloden Estate and Spa

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (644 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.1 / 10
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An Art Deco aesthetic at this luxury hotel in Northern Ireland

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Every inch of The Merchant Hotel, located in Belfast’s atmospheric and historic Cathedral Quarter, exudes elegance. Take the Great Room Restaurant, for example, which features an original, ornate cupola, grand Victorian pillars and luxuriant gold gilding. It’s the ideal setting to treat yourself to refined dishes like succulent, juicy beef rib, served alongside herby artichokes and a rich jus.
 
This sense of opulence is matched by the rooms, which embrace period Victorian or snap-worthy Art Deco styles. The latter feature elegant marble bathrooms with freestanding baths and furniture created by iconic designers, such as Corbusier. You’ll sleep soundly at night thanks to black-out curtains. Celebrating a special occasion? Keep a bottle of champagne cold in your handy in-room fridge.
 
One of your stops is certainly the spa, where you’ll enter a quiet haven of peace and quiet. The sauna and aroma steam room warm up your limbs and help detoxify skin. Get your circulation going by alternating them with the ice fountain then chill on the thermal loungers. Treat tired muscles to a refreshing peppermint and sugar scrub, which slowly buffs away skin cells to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion all over.

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Step back into the irresistible grandeur of the Victorian age in one of the suites at the Merchant Hotel. The hotel was once a bank, and these rooms been lovingly converted from the chief cashier’s own private living space. Discover antique furniture, a roaring fireplace and roll-top baths. For unparalleled luxury, request the room with the original four-poster bed.

The Merchant Hotel

Top rated
Belfast, 0.8 km to Belfast Central Railway Station
9.2 Excellent (1053 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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A riverside luxury hotel in Northern Ireland with a spa village

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Your first stop at the countryside oasis of the Galgorm Resort & Spa is the thermal spa village. Its close-knit outdoor network of bubbling warm pools, is the place to sit and unwind as you watch the sun set over the hotel’s 163 acres of flower-filled gardens and parkland. Afterwards, brave the snow cabin with its -10°C ice crystals and snowscape to rejuvenate body and mind. There’s also an indoor pool for a few laps before breakfast and a Celtic sauna to help you detoxify. Or you can just relax in the hot tub!
 
There are four restaurants to choose from at the Galgorm Resort & Spa. Fratelli specialises in authentic Italian fare, so dig into flavoursome dishes like pizza, topped with spinach, mozzarella and egg, or linguine coated with a garlic and white wine sauce. There’s nothing better than a Chianti for the full Italian experience.
 
Spacious rooms await you at the end of the day. Decorated in soft neutral tones and featuring premium mattresses, they’re the ideal place to relax and unwind. Bathrooms are crafted from marble for an elegant feel, with a separate bath and shower.

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An extra special weekend deserves a stay in the Renaissance-style Suite 1857. From your Juliet Balcony, watch the cascading waters of the River Maine. Inside, you’ll find an intricately carved king-sized bed, curved archways leading to your private seating area and original wooden beams overhead.

Galgorm Resort & Spa

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (601 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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Luxury hotels in Northern Ireland: warm and welcoming

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Deep in the County Down countryside, you’ll find the peaceful and friendly Blackwell House. The interiors here perfectly balance decadence with an informal country retreat. Expect crackling fireplaces and centuries-old antiques, as well as modern conveniences like iPod docks plus a book and DVD library.
 
Rooms here are designed to be comforting and homely, amped up with an extravagant edge. Oversized fabric headboards, brocade textured wallpaper and plush soft furnishings create a tactile and comfortable place to rest. Some even feature period four-poster beds. In the Colonial Room, sink into the soft leather armchair before the toasty fire. The super king-sized bed is topped with 600-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets for snooze-inducing softness.
 
Mark a birthday or anniversary in style with afternoon tea. Indulge in freshly baked scones slathered with silky clotted cream and jam, washed down with a cup of fragrant tea or bubbling prosecco. The hotel’s homely restaurant uses family recipes and local ingredients and serves a hearty breakfast every morning.

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Celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary? Choose the magnificent Blue Room. Scented with fresh flowers and overlooking the house’s pretty shaded walkway, things don’t get much more romantic than this! At the foot of the king-sized bed is a teal velvet chaise lounge – the ideal spot for reading or planning your day. Plus, the bathroom is home to a decadent, 6 foot roll-top bath.

Blackwell House

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (86 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.4 / 10
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A lakeside lodge stay at this luxury hotel in Northern Ireland

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Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel and Lodges combines understated luxury with a welcoming, home-away-from-home feel. Self-catering lodges sit on the banks of Lough Erne, with private outdoor decks for you to savour the morning sun with a fresh cup of tea. Two en-suite bedrooms make them ideal for getaways with friends, and each has a sleek kitchen for whipping up breakfast before a day of exploring.
 
If you’d prefer to be cooked for (you are on holiday after all), head to the Kove Restaurant. The lake glistens outside the window as you tuck into dishes made using spectacular local ingredients, such as flavoursome smoked chicken with spicy and crunch satay sauce, or salmon cured with peaty whiskey and served with fragrant salsa.
 
Follow the gentle aroma of essential oils to the spa. Nothing beats a sunset hot tub session, especially with views like this – lie back in warm bubbles as the sun sets over the lake. If you’re in need of some TLC, browse the extensive list of treatments, from nourishing body wraps to deep tissue massages to tease out those aches and pains. Finish off in the steam room or sauna (you can save laps in the indoor pool for tomorrow).

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Take your time away up a notch with a stay in one of the Signature Lakeside Suites. Deep scarlet throws and curtains give it a romantic feel, while the roomy open-plan living area keeps things airy and contemporary. You’ll have your own Jacuzzi bath – great for warming up on chilly nights.

Killyhevlin Lakeside Hotel & Lodges

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (424 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
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A 5-star luxury hotel with a Thai spa in Northern Ireland

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The refined Lough Erne Resort is the place to disconnect from the everyday. What better place to start than the hotel’s tranquil, Thai spa? Begin in the steam room, which releases nature-inspired aromas for a sensory experience. Next up, a Thai massage is just the thing for overworked or tired muscles. Hop into the Jacuzzi for warm bubbles and refresh in the tropical rain shower. There’s also a light therapy sauna for healing.
 
Choose a lake view room to gaze on the green landscape outside your window (which includes the sparkling Castle Hume Lough and sports-lovers’ paradise, the Faldo Golf Course). Interiors celebrate the traditional, with heavy drapes to block out the light and plush tapestry armchairs. If you’re craving a relaxing evening, slip into your free-standing clawfoot bath, pop on a podcast and drift away.
 
For dinner, head to the Catalina Restaurant, which is the first in Ireland to have been awarded three AA rosettes. With strong relationships to celebrated local suppliers, the menu here showcases the delights of Irish cuisine. We’re talking tender, rich crab from Kilkeel served with soft scallops and tangerine jewels of fresh orange.

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If you’re feeling flush, splash out on a Deluxe Lakeview Suite. Every day begins waking up in your spacious four-poster bed to views of the lake gently lapping the shore. Get ready for the day in your private dressing area, or make yourself a fresh cup of coffee and slip into your Jacuzzi.

Lough Erne Resort

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (660 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Boutique chic at a luxury hotel in Northern Ireland

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One of the (many) highlights of the 4-star Enniskillen Hotel is Beckett’s Dining Room. In this small and intimate space, you’re encouraged to linger over your food, which is prepared using some of the great produce Northern Ireland has to offer. Dig into innovative dishes such as tender pork cheek with garlic and crunch crackling, or tangy goat’s cheese alongside sharp apple and the subtle crunch of granola.
 
Every detail of the rooms has been designed to make your stay unforgettable, from refreshing rainfall showers to get you going in the morning to soft towels and even softer bedsheets. Superior rooms have plush leather headboards and eye-catching artwork for major style points. There’s a mini fridge too, with still and sparkling water and plenty of space for you to stock it up.
 
Heading out tonight? Make for Wilde’s Lounge, named after Oscar Wilde. Let the master bar-tenders mix you up a cocktail from the menu – those with a sweet tooth will love the indulgent Salted Caramel Martini, or if you’re craving something refreshing, go for a zesty Frozen Margarita.

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Discover a slice of gothic elegance in the Bronte Suite. A moody palette of stormy greys and chocolate browns creates dramatic interiors befitting the suite’s literary namesake. Spend your evening with a fruity glass of Merlot and a good book in your private whirlpool bath, then slip into your bathrobe and slippers and unwind by the flame-effect fire.

The Enniskillen Hotel

Top rated
8.6 Excellent (1197 reviews)
Excellent Service 9.1 / 10
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