Slieve Donard Resort & Spa

Downs Rd., Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0AH, Northern Ireland

A lavish redbrick monument to Victoriana, this turreted hotel, built in 1898, stands like a palace on green lawns at one end of Newcastle's 6½-km (4-mile) sandy beach; the traditional furnishings help make it feel like stepping back in time to the town's turn-of-the-20th-century heyday as an elegant seaside resort, though the bright guest rooms have modern comforts. Ask for a room overlooking the water; the views of the mountains and sea are striking. Amenities include a stylishly designed 16-room spa complete with saunas, amethyst steam rooms, and vitality pools. Dinner and Sunday lunch are served in the Oak Restaurant. Chaplin's Bar is named after a visit to the hotel by Charlie Chaplin, who enjoyed its comforts for a weekend in 1921. The Royal County Down Golf Club is next door.


  • appealing mix of luxury, history, and style
  • fireplaces in lobby welcome on chilly days


  • housekeeping slow with requests
  • occasional noise from wedding receptions


Phones: 028-4372–1066


178 rooms, 6 suites
Rate Includes: Some meals