£15m refurbishment for Co Down hotel and spa

£15 million pounds is to be spent on the Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa development in Newcastle, County Down, Ireland. It coincides with major investments at both Royal County Down Golf Club, and by the District Council in Newcastle towards the "new look" promenade facilities of the area. In total £25 million will be spent on this area over a five year period, to help affirm Newcastle’s position as the premier resort destination in Northern Ireland. Dr. Billy Hastings, owner of the Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa commented, " The development will be completed before the Ryder Cup (June 2006), which will attract major golf business to the whole island of Ireland next year, and also for the Walker Cup in 2007 which is being hosted in Newcastle. This major finance injection into the South Down tourist resort is the largest in the province outside Belfast for many years and we welcome it." The new spa and hotel will have an air of Victorian splendour. The project will add more than 50 new enormous and superbly appointed bedrooms to give a total of 175, but also adds a 16 treatment room spa and leisure facility, one of the largest and probably the most highly specified on the island of Ireland. Added to this are extended conference facilities and a radical re-design of the property’s extensive landscaping to showcase the magnificent Slieve Donard building in its seaside setting. It will also better accommodate helicopters; the chosen mode of transport for an increasing number of the hotel’s guests.

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