The Gleneagles® Hotel is one of the world’s famously chic hotels. Since it was established in 1914, it has quite simply been ‘the’ place to stay on your Highlands retreat and today it continues to build on the reputation.
The Great and the Good and the Beautiful People have always appreciated this stunning venue, although (of course), the multi-award-winning Gleneagles® is too classy for name-dropping! Suffice it to say that The Gleneagles® Hotel which describes itself as ‘a magnificent 'French chateau' set amid gently rolling hills in the heart of Scotland’, gives a whole new definition to five star. Fabulous surroundings are matched by discreet service and a hospitality ethos that makes every guest feel absolutely ‘at home’ … although my own home isn’t quite this luxurious!
There are 232 rooms, in including 26 sumptuous suites. Each room is individual in design and layout, with superb amenities and thoughtful touches. Guests can choose a traditional or modern approach to interior design – both so glorious that I promise you won’t want to leave!
Hospitality is at the very heart of the Gleneagles experience. Four restaurants set the highest culinary standards, including Scotland's only two Michelin stars in ‘Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles’. (Yes, he’s the one from television!). Elegant bars and public spaces encourage intimate conversation or tranquil relaxation.
Outdoors, Gleneagles makes the most of its 850 acre setting. Three championship golf courses are among the very best in the world; The King's, The Queen's and The PGA Centenary, host venue for the Ryder Cup 2014. Other outdoor leisure pursuits include shooting, fishing, falconry, off-road driving and horse riding, as well as swimming in The Club's two indoor pools.
For those who prefer to cocoon themselves away, The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, is a sparkling experience of treatments and healing waters, as well as ESPA Life, an innovative residential programme encompassing complementary and alternative medicine practices, lifestyle treatments and personal training.
Coco Chanel once said that ‘A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.' This girl believes that the perfect hotel should also be ‘classy and fabulous’ … and I found both qualities at The Gleneagles® Hotel.
Jennifer Ford, Travel Executive with The Portfolio Suite at Howard Street, Belfast