Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa
The Slieve Donard Hotel & Spa is one of County Downs top wedding venues. Great staff, an epic location and lots of things to make your wedding photos unique.
Walking into the hotel, you're greated by a smartly dressed doorman, then you see the huge entrance hall. This hall is where I've done all my group photos at this venue, yes, that's how big it is.
There are two main funtion rooms. My favourite is the room at the front of the hotel, with its large panoramic windows looking out over the gardens, mountains, beach and ocean. The mountains you can see from the window, are in the photo below.
The image above was taken at Murlough Nature Reserve, just a 5 minute drive from the Slieve Donard Hotel. The hotel has beautiful grounds for photos, but if you want a little break, Murlough is a great place to go for photos. I spent about 20 minutes here with this couple. We climbed to the top of the sand dunes, walked along the beach, and also got toes wet jumping over small pools on the beach (see photo below). All made for some fun and unique photos.
The hotel has 180 luxurious room including Executive and Resort rooms and six magnificent Suites, many of which have stunning panoramic views over the Mourne Mountains and the County Down coastline. So there are pleny of rooms for guests to stay for a night or two. In Summer time the sunlight is still around well after 9pm for some cracking sunset portraits.
The gardens of the hotel have their own gates onto the beach, but make sure you (or your photographer) check the tide timetables so you know when there is more sand to walk on.
I'll be writing more on this venue in the new year, so watch-this-space.