About the award
Introduced in 1992, this award is the AA’s ultimate accolade for hotels in the UK. It is awarded to hotels that are recognised as being outstanding examples in their particular market. From the small family-run hotel to the most ambitious commercial ventures, hotels of every size and style are potential winners.
The Rabbit Hotel & Retreat, Templepatrick County Antrim
Self-described as the laid-back sister to Galgorm, The Rabbit has been a tremendous success since its opening last year. Significant investment and redesign has transformed the former Templeton property into a very much destination hotel and spa experience.
This is a design led hotel but there is substance behind it, rooms have a Scandi designed style feel with high comfort levels and great small details.
Some rooms feature their own private courtyards complete with outdoor bath tubs and wood burning stoves.
Public areas are equally impressive with the dramatic Loft a creative events space, the popular Rabbit restaurant, and its signature spa complete with heated beach. Combine all of this with a young but professional team who deliver great hospitality whilst knowing their jobs and offer wonderful attention to detail.