Today is St Andrew’s Day, making it seemingly appropriate to take a little focus on the eponymous Scotland hotel, golf course and spa Fairmont St Andrews.
Famous for its golf course in particular, the 520 acre estate is blessed with a unique coastal setting in the ‘Home of Golf’. In addition to the sea vista however, there are myriad opportunities for leisure and pleasure. Here are five of our favourite reasons to visit this exceptional Scotland hotel and spa.
Firstly, those views. The hotel is situated on a cliff top with dramatic views of the North Sea. Crashing waves when the weather is grey, and watching it morph into a tranquil blue when the sun shines, there’s nothing quite like the Scottish coast.
The golf courses really are a major draw card – and yes, there’s more than one. It has been recognised on numerous occasions as one of the top golf resorts – voted “Hotel Team of the Year” by Scottish Hospitality Awards & “Best Hotel (Over 50 Rooms)” by Scottish Golf tourism awards in 2018. The Torrance Course is a traditional par 72 championship course, blending the principles of links golf with a more modern style; meanwhile, The Kittocks Course is all large rolling greens, undulating fairways and holes perched on top of the cliff tops.
Inspired by land, sea, and the Celtic lore of myths and magic, the Spa at Fairmont St Andrews prides itself on being a complete leisure experience from the state-of-the-art gym, 16-metre pool, sauna and steam room, to the more relaxed elements of treatments and therapies. There are also 12 treatment rooms where therapists use the Aromatherapy Associates products in their treatments.
In addition to the golf and spa, there’s lots of things to do including walks on the Fife coastal path and family entertainment such as archaeology walks, backpack picnics, falconry, archery and clay pigeon shooting – amongst other things.
There’s a variety of dining experiences. Food is a key part of the agenda at this hotel, from a traditional afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and cakes in The Atrium with its glass roof, to Scottish dining with a twist in the main restaurant, The Squire; hearty lunches or evening cocktails in Kittocks Den; or Italian fare in La Cucina.
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