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Luxury will be par for the course at new 8m euro Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa development………

A significant tourism boost for the Ballyliffin area of Donegal is on the horizon with the opening of a new luxury boutique hotel and spa in June 2005.

Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa, a four star 40 bedroom "boutique" property by local development company, Glasheady Golf Lodges Ltd, represents an investment of 8m euro and the creation of 50 jobs for the area, and is expected to help boost Ballyliffin Golf course’s share of the lucrative international golf tourism market.

The Lodge and Spa has been built specifically to meet demand from affluent international visitors - mainly North American - to the top rated links course. and to encourage golfers toward longer stays, to boost tourist spend in the local economy.

“Ballyliffin is one of the “must play” links courses on the travel itinerary of international golfers touring the top courses in Ireland,” explains Cecil Doherty of Glasheady Golf Lodges Ltd. “With over 134,000 golfers coming to Ireland every year – many of them wealthy Americans, plus the ever burgeoning domestic market, there was a clear need for luxury accommodation located a stone’s throw from this world class course.”

Ballyliffin Lodge will provide 40 bedrooms, including 14 suites, and flexible conference, wedding and event accommodation for parties from 50 to 450, as well as a more intimate 60-seater fine dining room The Holly Tree, headed up by award winning chef Kwangi Chan, and a 120 capacity traditional bar, Mamie Pats.

When it opens for business this summer, Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa will be the fulfilment of a long-held ambition for Cecil Doherty, formerly Manager of Ballylifffin Golf Club, who observed first hand the pressing need for a different style of accommodation that would appeal to affluent golf tourists. He left the club last autumn to complete the development – and to begin stage two of Aughrim Heights, a modern development of 59 holiday cottages in Ballyliffin village.

In addition to the obvious appeal of Ballylifffin Lodge to golfing fans, the hotel has also set its sights on the wedding/conference market. Beautiful scenery, warm Donegal hospitality combined with excellent facilities and award-winning food will undoubtedly appeal to twenty and thirtysomething couples looking for a venue for their special event.

“We see huge potential for conferences and meetings at Ballyliffin Lodge” explains Cecil. “The location - far from the madding crowd – is highly appealing for corporate away days. The proximity of the golf course and the on-site spa will provide excellent “break-out” activities for delegates.”

For golfing widows, the Spa at Ballyliffin Lodge intends to offer sanctuary. With seven luxurious treatment rooms offering Hot Stone Therapy, massages, a flotation tank, and the full ranges of face and body treatments by Thalgo and Uspa, the spa will be a significant magnet for non-golfing visitors, with a range of one-day, overnight stay and weekend packages.

Issued on behalf of Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel

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