Cucina Restaurant at G&V Royal Mile Edinburgh unveils new décor after make over

Cucina Restaurant at G&V Royal Mile Edinburgh has been well-established as one of the best restaurants in the capital for a few years now. Recently the hotel has undergone an exciting make over which reflects a new branding concept, just as beautiful as before but even more exciting, artistic, fresh.

The restaurant offers authentic modern cooking inspired by classic Italian cuisine, diners enjoy a relaxed, informal environment and five-star service which includes a large selection of exquisite wines that can be matched to each course if you wish.

Chef Mattia Camorani has been at the hotel since its opening in 2009. Originally from Bologna, he develops dishes that showcase the Italian way of life, fresh, creative, innovative. The restaurant offers a lovely pre-theatre menu, an exquisite a la carte menu and a delicious lunch menu which change seasonally and are created with the finest ingredients, many of them local.

There are gift vouchers available as well for those thinking of gifting someone with a tasty Edinburgh experience.

Drop by to see the new decor next time you are in town.

 

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The Belmond Royal Scotsman luxury train launches ‘Action Stations’

With access to some of the most spectacular natural sporting playgrounds in the UK, Belmond Royal Scotsman launches ‘Action Stations’, private charters and bespoke itineraries for groups, combining slow luxury train travel through the Scottish Highlands and beyond, with a series of thrilling and adventurous off board excursions.

The ‘Action Stations’ bespoke itineraries are tailor made and designed to inspire productivity and invigorate employees by reconnecting them with nature and the great outdoors.

A choice of one night to week long overnight charters departing from Edinburgh can include such off board sporting activities and day excursions as white water rafting, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, canyoning, mountain biking, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, river fishing and horse riding. ‘Bridge swinging’, segwaying and ascending Scotland’s third highest waterfall are also available near Fort William and Glencoe.

After an action packed day, Belmond Royal Scotsman offers up to 36 passengers levels of comfort and luxury akin to that of a country house. Specially designed menus using seasonal Scottish fare, exceptional personal steward service and beautifully appointed Edwardian-style en-suite cabin accommodation help to create an unrivalled working and social environment.
The beautiful wood-panelled Raven restaurant car can be transformed during the day into a conference and meeting space for up to 20 delegates. No other meeting room in the world can boast scenic views of the Scottish Highlands whilst also offering modern plasma, audio and visual facilities. There is no better place to retire after a hard day’s work than the Observation Car, where tales of the trip can be shared over a dram or two from a choice of over 50 whisky varieties.

All sporting activities and day excursions are seamlessly arranged to work around the requirements of each group and itineraries can be prepared to include down time, authentic music performances and entertainment on board, plus private visits to famous estates, castles, clans and whisky distilleries.

To learn more about the Belmond Royal Scotsman visit this link

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Scotland’s Best Luxury Hotel Baths

We all have something that we love most about hotels. To some people the best thing about staying at luxury hotels is an amazing breakfast in the morning. To others a large bed with freshly ironed sheets. To others room service. Each one of us love something in particular, as well as the whole package.

 

Luxury hotels have something that not all of us are able to have at home. Beautiful baths with amazing views, or right beside the bed. Baths that are stunning to look at as well as spend time in. Baths worth getting our skin wrinkly for and going back to hotels to indulge again and again.

We have made it easy for you, we have selected our favourite hotel baths in Scotland in the hope that you give yourself the chance to experience them too. Switch your phone off, put your favourite playlist on, add essential oils or bubbles, keep a glass of something special close by and enjoy.

 

21212 Restaurant with Rooms, Edinburgh: Room 12

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Fasque Castle, Aberdeenshire: Room 12

 

 

Fasque Castle, Aberdeenshire: Room 14

 

 

Glencoe House, West Highlands: Suite 2 (Original bathtub dating back to 1896!)

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Glencoe House, West Highlands:  Suite 3

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The Torridon Hotel, Wester Ross: Room 2

The baths were made locally too!

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Cromlix, Perthshire: Eden Suite

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Cromlix, Perthshire: Hoy Spa Suite

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Boath House, Nairn: Lake View, Room 3

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Inverlochy Castle, Highlands: Glenfinnan Suite

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Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, Glasgow: Vettriano Suite and Robert Mondavi Suite

 

 

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New Treatments and Services at The Old Course Hotel & Spa

The Kohler Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews have made their annual permanent service offerings changes, these changes take place only once a year and last for 12 months.

 

New Treatments

On the Rocks Body Wrap – NEW SIGNATURE
A complete head to toe experience beginning with a Dead Sea moor mud application combined with a remineralizing sea salt exfoliation. Fall asleep as you are wrapped and begin your detoxifying service. Complete with a relaxing mini facial to hydrate and remove dead skin cells, you will be awakened by a warm stone moisture application to complete this service.
80 Minutes £106 Saturday £116

All Things Scotland – NEW SIGNATURE
Experience Scotland and the North Sea. A seaweed wrap and sea salt exfoliation leaves your skin smooth and invigorated. Enjoy the warm rain of our Vichy shower and leave relaxed with a hot seashell massage and moisture application.
80 Minutes £114 Saturday £124

Rain Man – NEW
Designed for men, this warm Vichy shower experience includes hot stones on the back and feet, a full body exfoliation and our signature John Michael Kohler moisturiser.
50 minutes £100 Saturday £110

Bamboo Bliss – NEW
Melt away tension through the skillful manipulation of warm bamboo. This full-body massage uses strokes similar to a Swedish –style massage with the combined effect of deeper work. Not recommended during pregnancy
80 minutes £106 Saturday £116

Vita-D Fortified Brightening Facial – NEW
These powerful natural skin-nourishing proteins restore depleted, damaged cells to a more vibrant condition. This advanced treatment resurfaces damaged skin cells to open pathways for the nourishing benefits of the SGF-4 technology. Collagen is stimulated, fine lines and wrinkles are plumped for a smoother appearance. Antioxidant-rich vitamins C and A complete the facial to enhance restoration and tone.
50 minutes £94 Saturday £104

Rockin’ Moroccan Manicure – NEW
Hands are exfoliated with an orange peel scrub, followed by a honey, lavender scented treatment. The service concludes with a choice of our citrus scented enriched hand cream or signature scented body soufflé.
50 minutes £47 French £57

 

Take the opportunity to experience the healthy benefits of bathing for improved sleep, relaxation and overall well-being. All Kohler Waters Spa bathing treatments use healing properties of dried seawater for remineralization of the body!

 

To find out more, visit: http://www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/spa/

 

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Afternoon Tea at Cromlix: Worth waiting until April 2017 for!

Cromlix has been enjoying exceptional success, so much so, that the next available weekend for afternoon teas is April 2017

It is no wonder, Cromlix has exceptional chefs in their Chez Roux kitchen which is managed by renowned chef Albert Roux OBE KFO.

The menu changes very regularly to take advantage of the freshest produce available each week and they have their own beehives as well as a flourishing herb garden. Most of the seeds are also picked by chef Albert Roux himself who is passionate about quality local produce.

Below you will see a few samples of the afternoon tea delights available at Cromlix, they are well known for their beauty as well as their delicate flavours!

To find out next availability visit www.cromlix.com and book both date and time online

 

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Historic Architecture: The Lighthouses Throughout Scotland

Located on the rugged coastline of Ayrshire, Scotland, the iconic Turnberry Point lighthouse – originally intended as a beacon for sailors – today beckons to golfers playing at one of the sport’s most legendary resorts, Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort and a member of the Luxury Scotland collection of luxury hotels.

The iconic Turnberry lighthouse has been the backdrop of countless photos taken by guests who come from all over the world to play here, but those golfers may not realize that this famed structure, which has stood here since 1873, has a significant history of its own. The lighthouse was designed by Thomas and David Stevenson, the father and uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of such literary classics as Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The lighthouse was built on the ruins of Turnberry Castle, which is reputed to be the birthplace of Robert the Bruce in 1274. It’s now part of a resort-wide renovation that will be complete in June; the lighthouse itself has been transformed into a halfway house for golfers who want a break at the turn of the world-famous Ailsa course, and it will also feature a two-bedroom luxury suite. VisitScotland, the country’s official tourism bureau, has declared 2016 the “Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design,” making it a perfect time for visitors to check out the handiwork of the rest of the Stevensons – the ones who used their pencils to craft blueprints rather than novels.

Thomas Stevenson was both a meteorologist and lighthouse engineer whose designs are considered legendary in the field. The youngest son of engineer Robert Stevenson, he designed lighthouses first with his older brother David and later with David’s son David Alan Stevenson. Thomas was said to be very disappointed that his own son, Robert Louis, chose a different path and didn’t pursue an engineering career like most of the other men in the family. From the span of 1854 to 1886, Thomas designed more than 30 lighthouses throughout Scotland – and it happens that other members of the Luxury Scotland collection of luxury hotels are located near some of his architectural masterpieces, providing an interesting themed itinerary for a journey along the coasts of Scotland.

Turnberry Point (1873) has a sister lighthouse, Ailsa Craig (1886), also located near Trump Turnberry, a resort whose Ailsa course has hosted four Open Championships. Located within 800 acres along the Scottish coast, the resort is noted for its golf academy, spa and a variety of outdoor pursuits. Currently benefitting from a £200 million (about $292 million U.S) investment, the hotel, lighthouse and Ailsa course are undergoing renovation and will reopen on June 1.

Davaar (1854) and Fladda (1860) lighthouses are located near Crinan Hotel, a family-owned property that was one of the founding members of Luxury Scotland. Each of its rooms has a spectacular view of the sea, and the hotel has become a haven for artists … perhaps aided by the fact that owner Frances Macdonald Ryan and her son Ross Ryan are both accomplished artists.

Kyleakin (1857) and Ornsay (1857) are both located near Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye. The lodge is owned by Lord Godfrey and Lady Claire Macdonald, who is Scotland’s best known cookbook author. As would be expected, a visit to Kinloch Lodge always includes a memorable dining experience.

Corran Point (1860) is in the Scottish Highlands, near such legendary properties as Airds Hotel & Restaurant, Glencoe House and Inverlochy Castle Hotel:

  • Airds is located near the waterfront village of Oban, meaning that its chef has access to some of the freshest seafood available in the country. There’s an interesting Stevenson twist to the hotel … this time tied to that “other” Stevenson, the novelist. Events in Robert Louis Stevenson book Kidnapped took place right near Airds.
  • Glencoe House, named for this spectacular region of Scotland, was built by Lord Strathcona in 1896 before he moved to Canada and founded the Canadian Pacific Railway. It’s composed of a unique collection of suites that offer incredible privacy, including in-room dining service.
  • Inverlochy boasts 17 palatial bedrooms, each with its own design. It attracted Queen Victoria herself back in 1873, when she spent a week sketching and painting here.
    Fidra (1885) and Oxcar (1886) lighthouses are in the Firth of Forth in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, which is home to four Luxury Scotland member properties:
  • 21212 Restaurant with Rooms is a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers four sleeping rooms upstairs – with Bedrooms 1 and 21 providing views of the Firth of Forth.
  • The G+V Royal Mile is named for “George & Victoria,” a nod to the area’s royal heritage and the hotel’s prime location in the heart of Edinburgh, on the corner of the George IV Bridge, Victoria Street and the famed Royal Mile.
  • The Glasshouse is a boutique hotel located in the city center; highlights here include a two-acre rooftop garden and amazing views of Calton Hill, the neighboring World Heritage site.
  • The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa provides views of Edinburgh Castle and has recently introduced a “book room service” program – including, of course, some selections by Robert Louis Stevenson.

 

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A pod of kayakers exploring the clear waters around Kyleakin Lighthouse. Highlands, Scotland.

A pod of kayakers exploring the clear waters around Kyleakin Lighthouse. Highlands, Scotland.

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Cromlix Wedding Open Day – Sunday 30th Oct 2016

The Cromlix Wedding Event on 30th October is a great chance to explore the famous Cromlix Hotel wedding venue. On the day you can explore and view the facilities, discuss menu options and soak up the atmosphere at this extremely popular luxury wedding venue. The Cromlix weddings team will be on site to answer any questions regarding their services.

With enchanting gardens and a stunning location, Cromlix is a truly beautiful setting for a wedding. Not every hotel has it’s own chapel but this is a key feature which makes Cromlix such a wonderful wedding venue. The hotel holds a wedding licence which means you may choose to have the wedding ceremony (religious or civil) at the hotel as well as the reception.

The Open day runs from 12noon till 4pm on 30th October and it is essential to register as places will be limited. Drinks and canapes will be available.

For a truly memorable day for yourself or a member of your family, make sure you put the Cromlix Wedding date in your diary!

To learn more visit: www.cromlix.com

Summer News & Offers from Luxury Scotland – July 2016

With images of Wimbledon and Music Festivals now appearing in the media it’s clear that summer is upon us.

At Airds Hotel they are serving Wimbledon Afternoon Tea throughout the summer. Elsewhere Gleneagles celebrates the re-launch of the famous Kings Course assisted by two of Scotland’s sporting heroes and Cameron House is enjoying the limelight yet again winning top Scottish spa in the 2016 World Luxury Spa Awards.

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Perhaps our winners and heroes could celebrate with one of the summer cocktails featured in the latest blog post by our intrepid social media expert, Renata – featuring a host of summer cocktails to be enjoyed at some of the Luxury Scotland hotels. Perfect for those wedding celebrations at Cromlix.

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If a few days in glorious Perthshire sounds like an ideal way to enjoy a Scottish summer then consider the latest promotion from Kinloch House. Set in 25 acres of lush Perthshire landscape yet less than 90 minutes from Glasgow or Edinburgh, this traditional Scottish country house hotel is a wonderful short break location.

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Later in the year in South West Scotland, Knockinaam will celebrate their annual Bonfire and Fireworks event. Held on 28th and 29th October this is a sparkling annual event over two days with wonderful firework display on one evening prior to dinner. Also at Knockinaam is a tasty gourmet break entitled ‘Totally Truffle’ which is being held during November and features Gianpaolo La Greca, proprietor of the Edinburgh based Truffle importers Sapori.

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To enhance the Luxury Scotland experience for our visitors we have devised a series of interactive maps covering five regions in Scotland. You will find the relevant map on each of our member hotel pages. Clicking on the map reveals a host of attractions, castles, distilleries and points of interest which we hope visitors will find interesting. This is a work in progress and we’d love to have your comments and your recommendations for developing this new feature.

Wishing you a very enjoyable time during July.

Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
Luxury Scotland.
E: jeremy@luxscot.co.uk


Some last minute news about our member hotels:

 Gleneagles King’s Course re-launched with two Scottish Sporting Heroes

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The King’s Course at Gleneagles, one of Scotland’s most iconic golf courses, was relaunched this month following an extensive development programme to restore the course to its original glory.

Scotland football manager, Gordon Strachan, and golfing legend Stephen Gallacher teed off on the first hole of the course to lead the celebrations.

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North-East Scotland Triple Championship Links Deal

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Until October 2016 the Marcliffe Hotel is offering a superb golf package for those keen to test their golfing skills on three of Scotland’s internationally renowned championship links golf courses.

With prices from £850 for single occupancy, The Marcliffe package includes two nights accommodation and full Scottish breakfast plus one round at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club or Murcar Golf Club, 18 holes at Trump International and 18 holes at Cruden Bay Golf Club.

All three courses are challenging and very scenic venues for the golf lover.

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Fireworks Dinners & Truffle weekends at Knockinaam

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Knockinaam’s annual bonfire and fireworks celebrations take place on 28th & 29th of October. Guests can enjoy a two night stay inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast, tea or coffee with home-made shortbread on arrival and early morning tea each morning from £270 per person for the stay. The firework celebrations will be featured on one evening prior to dinner.

During November Knockinaam is going ‘Totally Truffle’ with Gianpaolo La Greca, proprietor of the Edinburgh based Truffle importers Sapori. Join Gianpaolo and Tony for a masterclass in searching, handling and cooking with Truffles.

Continuing the success of previous Gourmet Breaks Knockinaam will also include an informal wine tasting tutored by Ian Matthews from Corney and Barrow Wine Merchants. The Totally Truffle weekend includes a gourmet dinner each night and wine to accompany each course each evening all from £382.50 per person.

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3-for-2 Country House Break from Kinloch House during July

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On selected dates in July, Kinloch House in Perthshire is running an exclusive 3 nights for the price of two nights promotions.

Take advantage of the long, warmer summer days and explore the stunning Perthshire countryside and hidden gems that surround Kinloch House. A perfect choice for a romantic break, a country house break or even a family celebration.

Kinloch House is offering a special price of £165 per person per night for Dinner, Room and Breakfast with your accommodation as complimentary on the third evening. (subject to conditions).

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Wimbledon Strawberry Afternoon Tea at Airds Hotel

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Let your summer sparkle with a “Strawberries & Cream Afternoon Tea” at  the Airds Hotel

To celebrate the start of Wimbledon & the summer season, Airds Hotel is offering their famous Strawberry Afternoon Tea. In addition to a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and scones, the three tier cake stand will also include cakes and pastries all using fresh Scottish strawberries. Available to residents and non-residents the Wimbledon Strawberry Tea costs £24.00 per person per person.

Pre Booking is required so call Airds on 01631 730236 to book your afternoon treat!

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Cromlix Wedding Open Day – October 2016

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This is a great chance to explore the famous Cromlix venue. Visit and view the facilities inside and out including menu options.

Ask the Cromlix wedding team any questions regarding their services. The Open day runs from 12noon till 4pm and it is essential to register as places will be limited. Drinks and canapes will be available.

For a truly memorable day for yourself or a member of your family, make sure you put the Cromlix Wedding date in your diary!

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Cameron House Scoops Another Luxury Spa Award

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The Spa at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond has scooped a World Luxury Spa Award for the second year running. Voted Best Luxury Resort Spa for Scotland by travel industry consultants and hotel guests, the The Cameron House Spa was recognised for its world class facilities and excellent customer service.

This all helps to consolidate the hotel’s reputation as one of the finest spa destinations in the UK. Located on the banks of Loch Lomond, The Spa is famed for its idyllic surroundings and lochside views from the rooftop infinity pool.

It has 17 treatment rooms including a VIP couple’s room with mineral bath, steam room and private balcony, as well as a rasul mud chamber with steam room and a relaxation suite.

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Luxury Scotland 2016 Brochure

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Featuring the finest luxury hotels in Scotland and selected partners from the world of luxury travel.

Our 2016 Luxury Scotland Brochure is an invaluable source of perfect Scottish destinations for the discerning traveller. As well as a special feature on Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, the brochure contains full details of all our five star hotels, the luxury cruise ship MV Hebridean Princess and the Belmond Royal Scotsman Train.

>> To view our 2016 Brochure click here

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