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.
Aqua meditation chamber
Sauna and steam suite
Our Spa Spy review
Roe Park is a traditional Georgian country-house hotel in Limavady on the north coast of Northern Ireland. 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.
The spa and health-club reception are welcoming and stylish, not your typical health club. The swimming pool and thermal facilities are downstairs but upstairs is a quiet and lavish spa.
What's on offer?
The first reception space has the buzzy hubbub of a health club; head upstairs to check into the spa. The spa reception has natural coloured walls, art-deco-style wall lamps, scented candles, and gentle oriental music playing. Finishing touches such as the creatively-lit stones in the reception desk draw the eye.
The changing room is small with pale walls and floorboards. There is just one shower with Elemis shampoo and conditioner, one bathroom, small leather benches and wooden lockers. The vanity area has tall leather chairs and a hairdryer, alongside a shelf full of fresh towels.
The large relaxation space, decorated in warm browns and 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 a separate private nook behind shimmery sheer curtains. At the far end of the space is a huge semi-circular bench surrounding a giant blue globe with trickling water. This mesmerisingly calm feature helps create the perfect conditions for meditation and contemplation -- almost like staring at the flickering flames of a blue fire. We love the neon sign by the water station telling you to Relax, Unwind, Indulge. If you insist...
Next to the relaxation room is a manicure room with two desks and a pedicure room with two thrones, both of which are decorated in warm, natural hues and overlook the pool downstairs.
Spa day guests can also use the health-club facilities downstairs. There's a 20-metre swimming pool with a shallow kid's pool and a raised hot-tub to either side. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in lots of natural daylight and give views over the gardens. The hot, tiled steam room and traditional wooden sauna would both comfortably seat four people. If you pick a quiet day when the kids are at school, you can relax on the poolside loungers and chairs before your treatments. The health club also has more basic changing rooms.
Tell us about the treatments
We had the Exotic Frangipani Salt Glow (50 minutes, £55) and Reflexology (60 minutes, £67). We were booked in for an Elemis Biotec Facial but I had a terrible cold on the day. My therapist, Andrea, was very accommodating and swapped the treatment to something more manageable.
Andrea met me in the relaxation lounge and led me to a large, gently lit treatment room with candles and a smiling Buddha. Andrea left the room while I disrobed, donned my disposable underwear and settled onto the bed.
Andrea started the treatment by washing and massaging my feet, then used a body brush to briskly stimulate my circulation and exfoliate my skin. Andrea poured warming oil onto the backs of my legs and arms, and my back and shoulders. She rubbed it in with long, flowing movements and pauses where she pressed gently into my muscles. She applied a layer of salt and rubbed it into my skin; it felt relaxing as well as invigorating. Andrea invited me to turn over and repeated the pattern on my front. She checked whether I was comfortable having my stomach massaged and scrubbed, too: it felt very comforting.
Andrea wrapped me up in towels while the salt and oil seeped into my skin. She gave me a gentle cleansing and exfoliating facial, careful to avoid my sore nose, with a sinus-clearing pressure-point massage around my cheekbones and forehead. She turned on the shower and left me to rinse off, returning to change the towels on the bed as I did so, and leaving a clean pair of disposable pants. The treatment ended with Andrea massaging a sweet frangipani moisturiser all over my body and face.
For the reflexology Andrea adjusted the bed so that my top half was raised, and placed bolsters under my knees and ankles. As she pressed into my soles, she asked me to inhale -- through my mouth -- three times. She then spent half an hour manipulating each foot, massaging and pulling each toe, gently pressing along acupressure points, stretching the sides of my feet, and massaging my heels and soles. At times, I felt a bit spacey. By the end I felt more unblocked, and mentally clearer and more energetic.
Andrea ended the treatment with a blissful scalp massage then rang a prayer bell to that I could gently bring myself back into the room. After giving me a moment to collect myself, Andrea returned with some water and offered very useful insights and advice about my skin-care routine.
For lunch, you will need to dress and head over to the Coach House Brasserie, next to the spa. 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. My ploughman's sandwich with salad, and my partner's chicken Caesar wrap were both filling and tasty.
If you are staying overnight, you might want to try Greens, which offers traditional fare with lots of locally sourced ingredients. We had a zingy butternut squash soup followed by salmon with dill crust which was perfectly cooked.
We loved / we didn't love
Our skilled and welcoming therapist: Andrea took great care of me and explained everything intelligently and clearly. Both treatments were perfectly attuned and left me feeling re-energised with glowing, soft skin.
The well-designed relaxation space: I curled up after my treatment feeling truly cocooned.
We didn't love
Having to dress to eat lunch and the slight disconnect between the spa and pool area.
Who do you think would like it?
Parents: Bribe your partner so you can escape upstairs to the cosy spa for some peace and quiet... and, of course, a lovely treatment.
Golfers can enjoy the 18-hole parkland course as well as an indoor academy.
The Causeway Coast is nearby, too. You can geek out if you're a Game of Thrones fan; scenes from the show were filmed along the coastline.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
We awarded The Spa at Roe Park a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles. It's a charming spa in a beautiful parkland setting, with luxurious and effective treatments, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and a great relaxation space.
visited in October 2016 and awarded it .
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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.