Roe Park is a Georgian country-house hotel with 18-hole golf course on the dramatic Inishowen Penisular near Derry. The spa and leisure club are in converted stables at the back of the hotel. Downstairs is a 20-metre pool with a steam room, sauna and raised Jacuzzi overlooking the gardens. Head upstairs to the cosy, welcoming spa offering a range of Elemis treatments. The luxurious relaxation room has private areas for cosying up with a magazine or loved one, and a meditation area with a water feature.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Aqua meditation chamber
- Sauna and steam suite
- Heated pool
- Couple Suite
- Kissed tan
- Jane Iredale
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Roe Park Resort is in the scenic Roe Valley in Limavady, near the north coast of Northern Ireland. The Georgian country-house hotel is set in acres of green space with the dramatic Binevenagh Mountain framing the horizon. The original house has been extended to incorporate 118 bedrooms, and its stables at the rear have been converted into a brasserie, and a spa and health club.
Fairways Health Club, which houses The Spa at Roe Park, has a separate entrance through a landscaped courtyard. The health club has a gym and wet area on the ground floor which includes an indoor pool, hot tub and thermal experiences. On the first floor, reached by staircase or lift, is a quiet and lavish spa.
What's on offer?
The spa reception has natural coloured walls, dark wood, art-deco-style wall lamps, and scented candles. Gleaming shelves of products line the walls.
The spa changing rooms are small with pale walls and floorboards, but modern and clean with spa music playing. There is just one shower with Elemis shampoo and conditioner, one loo, small leather seats and digital wooden lockers. The vanity area has two hairdryers, alongside fresh towels, and straighteners.
The treatment rooms are decorated with tea lights and batik prints over the towels on the bed for a soft, sumptuous feel on the skin. The manicure room has two desks and the pedicure room two thrones, both of which are decorated in warm, natural hues.
The relaxation room, decorated in browns with peach lighting, is cleverly separated into smaller areas so it never gets too busy or noisy. There are four leather recliners at one end, each with comfortable plump cushions, reading lights and tables with magazines. Two recliners are in separate nooks behind shimmery sheer curtains, allowing some privacy for solo spa-goers. At one end of the room is a giant blue globe with trickling water, surrounded by a semi-circular bench. This calm feature helps create a restful atmosphere. This area could comfortably fit six to eight people so would be perfect for a girly get-together. There are chilled waters and magazines so you can relax for a while. We loved the neon sign by the water station telling you to Relax, Unwind, Indulge…
Some of the spa packages also include use of the health-club facilities downstairs. There are changing rooms down here, too, with wet kit bags but no swimsuit spinner. The 20-metre pool is the main event, with a hot tub and thermal facilities to the side. The steam room has seven white plastic seats and the wooden sauna would comfortably seat four. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural daylight and give views over the gardens. There are loungers and chairs here but the pool is open to families and children, so you might want to retreat upstairs again for your quiet spa time. You can also hit the well-provisioned gym.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Elemis Hot Mineral Body Boost massage (60 minutes, £72.50).
My therapist, Geraldine, met me in the relaxation room and took me through to our treatment room. We discussed my consultation form and my concerns (tight shoulders).
We began with me lying face down on the treatment bed. Geraldine used marine spa oil and amber balm to massage the backs of my legs and lower back, then moved on to my shoulders, where she paid due attention to my knots. I turned over for a hand and arm massage, which moved on to my legs and feet, where Geraldine found the reflexology points. The treatment made me realise how much my hands needed a good stretch. Geraldine did lots of work on my neck, which felt very tender, and she did a good job of wrinkling out the tension. We finished with a lovely scalp massage. There was a pleasant sense of flow to the treatment, and I could happily have this massage every day.
Geraldine took me back to the relaxation room and encouraged me to take some time to relax. She brought me a glass of chilled water and a refreshing sorbet in a martini glass.
The Spa at Roe Park offers Elemis treatments including facials, wraps and scrubs, massages, manicures and pedicures by Jessica, and make-up by Jane Iredale. The spa also has a rasul and options for mums-to-be alongside holistic treatments such as reflexology and Indian head massage.
We enjoyed a light lunch and dinner in The Coach House brasserie, which is just across the courtyard from the spa. We got dressed for lunch. It's a cosy, friendly restaurant with wooden furniture and windows overlooking the grounds. The menu includes salads, sandwiches, hot meals such as pizza, burgers, steak and fish, and vegetarian options. Our smoked salmon sandwich was fresh and tasty. Some of the day-spa packages also include afternoon tea.
The Coach House serves generous portions of brasserie food at dinner. Our beef stroganoff was very filling. You can also eat in the award-winning, Taste of Ulster accredited Green's restaurant.
We loved / we didn't love
We loved the high-quality products and treatments: the spa feels luxurious.
Be prepared for a split between the chilled-out spa and the busy leisure facilities. It would be ideal if there was an unbroken flow from the spa to the water experiences.
The spa doesn't offer any day packages that include lunch; you need to get dressed for the Coach House brasserie.
Who do you think would like it?
Golfers and walkers: Roe Park Resort has a hugely popular 18-hole golf course. Test your skills in the scenic parkland or enjoy the Roe Valley Country Park -- which you can reach from the resort's grounds -- before indulging in a restorative massage.
Lovers of lovely treatments: With a wide variety of Elemis therapies on offer, the spa at Roe park offers something to suit all spa tastes.
The location is perfect for exploring the north coast with the Giant's Causeway and other points of interest nearby. Fans of Game of Thrones could use Roe Park as a base to visit local landmarks used in the series, including Ballintoy Harbour and the Dark Hedges.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
Diners can choose between the award winning Greens Restaurant and The Coach House Brasserie.
Roe Park Resort offers 118 rooms.
The spa is open Monday to Wednesday: 9.00am-6.00pm; Thursday and Friday: 9.00am-8.00pm; Saturday: 9.00am-7.00pm; Sunday: 9.00am-5.00pm.