Last week I was lucky enough to be invited up to visit the world famous five star luxury Gleneagles hotel in Scotland, set within the beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside. The hotel features an award winning spa, three championship golf courses, six restaurants, two swimming pools and so much more besides. After a quick flight from London’s Heathrow into Edinburgh, the Gleneagles chauffeur picked us up from the airport and drove the 40 minute journey through the breathtaking Scottish hills until we reached our destination. I’d seen the pictures, browsed the website and been fully briefed, but I wasn’t expecting the grounds to look like the Scottish version of Downton Abbey!
If you’re after a luxurious and relaxing weekend away, then
Gleneagles is just the ticket. Having just recently benefited from a
£5million refurbishment, the facilities are second-to-none. The decor is
traditionally Scottish without feeling too old fashioned, the staff are
the friendliest I’ve ever experienced, the restaurants offer delicious
quality food that leaves you feeling full but guilt-free and the grounds
are simply stunning. My hotel suite was quite simply the most beautiful
room I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in; the giant bed was big
enough for about eight, the sofa and fireplace ensured I could relax and
read in comfort, while the bathroom featured my dream tub. Being
fortune enough to have a corner room, my views of the grounds were
breathtaking – I had a practically 360 degree view of the hotel, the
gold course and the beautiful Scottish hills.
someone who can’t eat a huge amount of pizza or pasta, I was delighted
at the amount of fish and delicious vegetarian options on the menu too. I
devoured a lake’s worth of salmon over the course of three days, topped
up with the most delicious tapas and even a pulled pork brioche in the
club house. Considering all the meat and fish is sourced locally and
cooked to perfection, the prices are reasonable and allow you to fill
your boots without worrying about your pocket. Gleneagles not only
features low-key restaurants and bar food, but the Strathearn which
makes you feel like an extra from Poirot. Food is carved and prepared at
the table, served under silver platters to the sound of a grand piano; I
was just waiting for someone to be murdered and for the Little Belgian
to turn up! Even though the hotel is extravagant and luxurious, at no
point was I made to feel uncomfortable or ill at ease. The staff are
super friendly and warm, making you feel like you’re truly welcome into
There’s so much to do at Gleneagles, including checking out their incredible spa facilities (more on that later,) but I spent a lot of time in the swimming pool and sauna. Gleneagles features both a family friendly and adult only swimming pool, both including jacuzzi facilities and even a heated outdoor mini pool. (We went for a morning dip when it was delicately raining and watched the sun rise. Utter bliss and an absolute must.) At no point did either get overcrowded or uncomfortable, ensuring I could go for a relaxing dip at numerous points throughout the day. I’ll be detailing the specifics of my spa experience and treatments in the coming days, but for now enjoy the pictures of the fabulous place I spent last week relaxing.
You can see some of the pictures from my visit on my Instagram page here.