On the east coast of Scotland, just half an hour from Edinburgh, the refurbished Victorian building and seaside location of the Macdonald Marine Hotel add the defining characteristics to everything from the golf course to the spa … meaning there is something for him and for her as our reviewers from Spabreaks.com and YourGolfTravel.com will tell you …
What did you like the most about the Macdonald Marine Hotel?
He Says: As a golfer, it doesn’t come much better than being within touching distance of one of the best golf courses in the UK so to be beside the 16th green at North Berwick was great. The views of North Berwick Bay were spectacular and there are plenty of other top class courses within a short drive so the location, which was definitely a bonus for me.
She Says: The setting – it’s a seaside location. When you open the curtains in the morning you are greeted with a view across the golf course and sea views beyond. It’s what Scotland’s countryside is all about.
What did you think of the spa?
He Says: I must confess I didn’t use the spa extensively but a blast in the sauna and steam room followed by a quick dip in the pool was the perfect way to freshen up and reinvigorate myself after a day on the links.
She Says: It’s really impressive. Although it is part of the Macdonald chain, it doesn’t have the feel of a chain venue. There are extensive facilities including a gym, pool and adult-only thermal area. There is also an outdoor area to relax in and treatments from Decléor – their signature treatment incorporates a sea salt body scrub as a reference to the location.
How was the golf course?
He Says: I used the hotel as a base from which to explore the golfing riches of this area of Scotland and my three rounds were all brilliant … my golf might not have been but I can’t fault the courses! North Berwick was the highlight of the week but Dunbar and Whitekirk were also excellent.
She Says: The whole hotel overlooks the golf course and the sea beyond – it really dominates the view and sets the tone for the place in its entirety.
What’s the restaurant like?
He Says: The Links Bar was great for an after-golf filler and a quick pint but the best place for dinner was definitely John Paul at the Marine. It’s hard to beat freshly caught seafood prepared by a top class chef!
What else is there to do at the Macdonald Marine Hotel?
He Says: To be honest the golf kind of consumed me but that is why I was there after all! I suppose if I had had time I would have ventured into Edinburgh to have a look around the city. I have heard plenty of good things!
She Says: Go to the beach and have afternoon tea – it’s a big thing here; and although it has the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, Edinburgh is only half an hour away by car.
Who would you recommend it for?
He Says: Golfers plain and simple. You have an embarrassment of golfing riches within minutes of the hotel and a whole host of others reachable by car. For a slice of real, traditional links golf it is the ideal base.
What is your top tip for visiting the Macdonald Marine Hotel?
He Says: Whatever courses you choose to play if you visit this hotel for a Scottish Golf Tour be sure to include North Berwick. This is the 13th oldest golf course in the world and is still relevant to today’s game, even with all the advancements in technology in recent decades. The fact that it has hosted the final qualifying rounds for the Open Championship in recent years highlights its everlasting quality. An absolute must!
She Says: Go for a walk along the beach no matter what the weather’s like – it adds to the whole spa experience – mind, body and soul.
To Visit Macdonald Marine Hotel go to Spabreaks.com or contact the team on 0800 043 6600.
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