A Scottish Affair

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By Alison Cedarbaum

In 1924, the Gleneagles hotel opened and was described as ‘a Riviera in the Highlands’ and ‘the eighth wonder of the world.’ Today, the hotel has evolved into a world famous, 5-star luxury hotel situated in Auchterarder, in the heart of Scotland. This Leading Hotel of the World embodies championship golf courses, an exquisite, award-winning spa, along with an invigorating array of outdoor activates.

Gleneagles, one of the world’s grand resorts, features 232 luxury bedrooms and 26 suites, all of which have the individuality of an intimate hotel. From traditional to modern interiors, many with fine open views overlooking the hotel grounds, the suites and estate rooms are extravagant affairs, with plenty of space, soft fabrics and modern amenities. At Gleneagles, each luxurious suite is unique in design, layout and spirit. The link that ties the suites together is the feeling of space and grandeur.

The Gleneagles experience is not fulfilled until one experiences dining, an essential part. Inspired by the pick of field, wood, river and see, the menus are bursting with flavor and imagination. The wide variety of restaurants ensures there is a restaurant to suit all tastes and occasions. Since 1924, the grand dining room, The Strathearn, has been the heart of Gleneagles hospitality. In an atmosphere that recalls the glamour of the hotel’s art deco origins, The Strathearn serves classical French/Scottish dishes. From mountain lamb to game off the moor, guests and visitors alike can enjoy scrumptious meals, lovingly prepared by a dedicated team of award-winning chefs.

Known for their championship golf courses, Gleneagles is one of the most famous names in the world of golf. With three championship golf courses, including The PGA Centenary Course Host Venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup, this resort is home to a few of the game’s finest holes, with challenges for beginner and pro alike. Mention should be made of the PGA National Golf Academy, which has been designed to improve the performance of all who love the game, featuring comprehensive indoor and outdoor practice facilities consisting of the latest technology and friendly professional coaching.

For those looking to expand their relaxing getaway with a define spa day, The Gleneagles Hotel, is the perfect setting for one of the most luxurious spa destinations in the world. Recently, the spa at Gleneagles by ESPA won Best UK Hotel Spa award at the Conde Nast Traveller Reader Awards 2013. From the moment one-steps through the double doors to the spa, calming music and the tranquil atmosphere set the tone for an unforgettable experience. Both men and women can select treatments from a wide range of natural facials, body treatments and massages.

For some, a getaway is the ideal chance to have a break from the everyday routine, to relax, to be pampered and to be treated like royalty. At Gleneagles, one can swim in one of two pools, exercise in the gym, enjoy a sauna or indulge with a treatment in the spa. In January 2013, the new “Alpine Onsen,” often known as an outside hot pool, a wonderful new family leisure pool, as well as a new reception area was revealed.

As if the golf courses and the magnificent spa experience at this hotel were not enough, the hotel additionally offers some of the finest country pursuits and leisure activities. There are indoor and outdoor experiences suitable for everyone, ranging from the world famous shooting and fishing school, to the off road driving experience, which allows guests to test their off-roading skills by handling a four wheel drive vehicle over two of Scotland’s most testing 4×4 off road driving courses.

Guests that wish to make their horse riding dreams a reality will be blown away at The Equestrian School, one of the best equipped in the world and provides horse riding lessons and facilities for every discipline of horsemanship, and at every level of experience. For those who do not want to say goodbye to their beloved pets, accommodation is available at the Gleneagle’s kennel. Recently, the hotel has launched the latest addition to its wide range of leisure pursuits, The Gundog School, the first school of its kind in the world. Here, guests can work with the school’s own dogs and learn how to handle a trained gundog, incorporating obedience, agility and handling.

Situated in 850 acres of beautiful countryside in the heart of Scotland, The Gleneagles Hotel is a unique place to escape for business and pleasure. Whether you are enjoying a day on the golf course, getting pampered at the spa, or indulging in one of the many leisurely activities, you cannot fail to be amazed by the natural beauty of the setting.

For more information:

Gleneagles Hotel
Auchterarder, Perthshire PH3
1NF, United Kingdom
+44 1764 662231
gleneagles.com

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