by • June 17, 2016 • SalonsComments (0)1663

Kerri Farrell, 36 from Warrenpoint, who is expecting her first child in September, entered the competition through The Merchant Hotel’s website as part of its ‘Decade of Decadence’ 10th anniversary celebrations and was drawn at random from thousands of entries.

The incredible package worth £10,000 offers 10 years of luxurious experiences, with an indulgent and relaxing weekend at The Merchant Hotel every year until 2025.

The prize consists of 10 separate overnight stays, each valued in excess of £1,000.  The weekend of luxury includes (all based on 2 people sharing):

  • An overnight stay in one of The Merchant’s five Victorian suites.
  • A bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne in room on arrival.
  • The Great Room Restaurant tasting menu with matched wines on night of arrival.
  • A cocktail in The Merchant’s world famous cocktail bar.
  • Breakfast in The Great Room Restaurant.
  • A Spa Taster Session which includes a 25-minute treatment
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea for two in The Great Room Restaurant
Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Prize Winner Kerri and Staff from The Merchant Hotel

Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye. Prize Winner Kerri and Staff from The Merchant Hotel

Kerri has been busy planning when to use the first of her 10 luxury experiences. Commenting on the news, she said:

 “When I got the call to say I had won the competition, I thought it was a joke – I just couldn’t believe my luck. As we prepare for the arrival of our first child later this year, it’s great to think that we will have the opportunity for a luxurious break away once a year for the next 10 years. It’s a dream come true.

“I hope to be able to share this wonderful prize with my husband, family and friends. I have always loved The Merchant and it’s particularly magical around Christmas, I may try to take the first stay in December with a friend, so we can soak up the festive atmosphere and indulge in a little pampering.  It’s my husband Rory’s 40th Birthday is in January, so perhaps we’ll take the second stay together then to mark the occasion – I’m sure a little bit of R ‘n’ R will be most well received with a newborn at home.”

Gavin Carrol, General Manager of The Merchant Hotel added: “Our congratulations go to Kerri on winning our highly coveted £10,000 prize. For 10 years, The Merchant has always been synonymous with luxurious experiences; we look forward to welcoming Kerri to The Merchant and helping her to enjoy a Decade of Decadence.”

Belfast’s only 5-star hotel and Northern Ireland’s only five AA red star property, The Merchant Hotel opened in the Cathedral Quarter in April 2006, breathing new life into the city centre, delighting guests with first class service, unrivalled luxury accommodation and an unparalleled food and drink offering. In just 10 years, The Merchant Hotel has become synonymous with decadence and luxury and has put Belfast City on the map as a leading travel destination.

Over the last 10 years, The Merchant has accumulated over 100 prestigious accolades, including their recent AA Five Red Star Rating, the UK Hotel Awards Best UK Hotel and World’s Best Cocktail Bar at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards. And, in 2015, The Merchant’s owner, Bill Wolsey, managing director of Beannchor Group received an OBE for services to business and the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland.

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