Product Manager, Sarah Hill, takes a barefoot stroll along the beach at the hotel on the Scottish coast …
It’s all about the view at Crerar Golf View Hotel and Spa (as the name might suggest). In an idyllic setting overlooking a sandy beach and the Moray Firth, the coastline makes for a scenic location at every turn, although it also means that a jumper is always a welcome accessory.
It’s small and homely – that’s what strikes you first when you walk into the reception and are enveloped in welcoming greetings. There are only 42 rooms at the hotel which adds to the sense of intimacy. I stayed in a Four Poster room which has sea views from your pillow, and a Jacuzzi bath which is particularly enjoyable with a glass of wine in hand. The windows in the room are so large you can see the sun rise and set as you doze, which in turn meant that I couldn’t bear to draw the curtains.
There is a 14-metre pool, a sauna, steam room, and a Jacuzzi in the spa, as well as lots of space to lounge around, a nail bar for manicures and pedicures, and a collection of spa treatments using Elemis products. The highlight however is the outdoor hot tub which overlooks the sea – what more could you ask for?
The food is a glorious and all-important big deal at Crerar Golf View Hotel and Spa. Everything is locally sourced wherever possible and there are lots of options from a seven course taster experience to an a la carte menu. Fairways is the fine dining restaurant for special occasions, but I ate in the Links Brasserie, (where the steak is to die for) and I once again had that view of the sea which I couldn’t stand to be parted from.
The hotel is just 15 miles from Inverness and is so close to the sea you are practically sleeping in it. My favourite moments there however, aside from those when I was eating or sitting in the bath with a glass of wine, was taking off my shoes and walking along the beach to the nearby village of Nairn. If you don’t fancy getting sand between your toes however there is also a footpath along the same route.
It’s really the ultimate break, visiting Crerar Golf View; there is a small spa experience, glorious food, and a beautiful location. There were small groups of friends enjoying time together, families pottering on the beach, and couples sitting in the outdoor hot tub – all enjoying their respective breaks in peaceful harmony.
– Upgrade to a Four Poster room complete with a Jacuzzi bath, and grab a glass of wine to enjoy as you soak.
– Take your shoes off and walk along the beach to Nairn, whether it’s with someone else or on your own to clear your thoughts.
– Try the steak (or whatever takes your fancy to be honest, it’s all good) in the Links Brasserie and enjoy the view as you eat for a complete sensory overload.
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