Get five-star pam­per­ing

Un­wind by treat­ing your­self to a lux­ury break on the north Down coast

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

En­joy a bliss­ful week­end of pam­per­ing at the lux­u­ri­ous Cul­lo­den Es­tate and Spa, over­look­ing Belfast Lough. Many of the guest rooms in this five-star ho­tel pro­vide breath­tak­ing views of the north Down shore­line and across to the Co Antrim coast. The Cul­lo­den is the per­fect place to un­wind since it has ev­ery­thing you need for a re­lax­ing break. Lay down your bags in your exquisitely dec­o­rated bed­room and head to the spa, which of­fers the per­fect haven to en­joy some time out.

Here you can choose from a range of sooth­ing and rein­vig­o­rat­ing treat­ments, with stress and ten­sion melt­ing away. You can also use the ther­mal suite, re­lax­ation rooms or swim­ming pool to truly make the most of your ex­pe­ri­ence.

Once you have in­dulged your senses, take a five-minute drive to He­len’s Bay in Craw­fords­burn Coun­try Park. Walk along the beau­ti­ful beach, which has been recog­nised with a Green Coast Award. It is hugely pop­u­lar in the Belfast area, and if you’re lucky you may even spy a por­poise or seal as you tread on the shore.

Al­ter­na­tively, a three-minute walk from the ho­tel will trans­port you to days of yore at the Ul­ster Folk and Trans­port Mu­seum.

Dis­cover what life was like in North­ern Ire­land more than 100 years ago as you wan­der through the beau­ti­ful park­land, where you will en­counter cos­tumed staff in cot­tages, farms, schools and shops.

At the mu­seum you will find one of the most best col­lec­tions in Europe, fea­tur­ing lo­co­mo­tives and vin­tage mo­tor­bikes, along with his­tor­i­cal ex­hibits.

Back at the Cul­lo­den Es­tate, dine in ul­ti­mate style at the award-win­ning Mitre restau­rant.

Lead­ing chef Paul McKnight pre­sides over the kitchen of this warm and wel­com­ing restau­rant, which serves mod­ern Ir­ish cui­sine us­ing fresh lo­cal pro­duce and hand-picked herbs from the Cul­lo­den’s very own or­ganic gar­den. The menus are suit­able to all tastes and the fan­tas­tic wait­ers will en­sure your glass never runs empty.

Af­ter din­ner, visit the Cul­tra Inn, nes­tled in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ing grounds of the ho­tel. Take in the stun­ning evening-lit views while you en­joy a drink by the wel­com­ing log fire.

The bar is also home to reg­u­lar live en­ter­tain­ment, which will keep you en­ter­tained be­fore you re­treat to your quar­ters. Be­fore re­turn­ing to daily life, re­fuel with the most im­por­tant meal of the day. Break­fast at the Cul­lo­den Es­tate and Spa en­sures you have the best pos­si­ble start as they of­fer the widest se­lec­tion of lo­cally sourced pro­duce.

Choose from full Ir­ish break­fasts, Bush­mills Whiskey-in­fused por­ridge or a clas­sic con­ti­nen­tal buf­fet.

Leave full and con­tent, re-en­er­gised for the week ahead.

RE­LAX­ING GETAWAY: (clockwise from above left) the Cul­tra Inn, the lux­u­ri­ous Cul­lo­den Es­tate and Spa, the Ul­ster Folk and Trans­port Mu­seum, and the beach at He­len’s Bay

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