As mentioned previously, Gleneagles is my current favourite Scottish hotel and it has been for the past 6 years. In 2015 we started the tradition of an annual kiddie free spa break there in December and I cherish every single moment.
I was super excited getting packed up to go. The frumpy, comfy pj’s were pushed aside for a little silky number. I had the ESPA relaxing salt scrub packed in my case and of course champagne!
It was my husbands birthday so we had a nice family morning and enjoyed a leisurely brunch at Mimi’s bakehouse.
Then as soon as the wonderful grandparents arrived I was like a dog on heat. Bye my beautiful babes. Get us there NOW #adultonly!
As soon as we entered it was sheer bliss. I love all of the Christmas decorations, the hotel looks magical in December.
The only criticism is that the view from our room wasn’t great and it was a few minutes walk from the lift. Previously we have stayed in the new balcony suites over by the spa which are extremely spacious and a little more contemporary. They have a remote control fire too. What’s not to love?
It was lovely to stay in the old building. Despite the disappointing view (the hotel was very busy) it still felt like 5 star luxury. The bathroom was beautiful and the bed super comfy.
It’s always nice to get a sink each, walk in shower and separate tub. This room was a classic.
One thing I love about going to a hotel kiddie free is having time to play some tunes, drink champers and get ready at our leisure. No arguing over who keeps an eye on the kids. We could both enjoy a fizz buzz. My make up was all mine and the GHD’s were left on as I have no little fingers to worry about.
Off we trotted down to dinner in our gladrags. Our meal was complimentary as my husband had booked the dine on us offer you can find here. The meal is worth £125 and it was fantastic. It kicks off with delicious oysters (half a dozen per person) and two types of smoked salmon, carved at the table.
The menu has a fantastic selection from king scallop, prawns or soup to foie gras starters.
For main course you can chose from juicy steaks, loads of seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes.
The desserts were delicious. One regret is not going for the cheese trolley – clearly I was kiddie free so necking all the booze in sight. Not thinking straight #cheesefail. It was a lovely touch that the team arranged to play happy birthday on the grand piano for my husband.
In my opinion, too many luxury, romantic Scottish hotels lack great spa facilities. Both my husband and I love to hit the spa. Having the spa in a separate building to the hotel is a big turnoff for me. I like to relish the fact I am on a totally relaxing break – which means wandering down in my robe and trying not to feel like a bit of a tool.
Gleneagles have an ESPA treatment spa area which is on a smaller scale and exceptionally chilled out. The treatments are wonderful. If you are not pregnant make sure you ask for either the soothing or fitness oil. They smell incredible.
There is also an adult only spa zone which is next to the family area. There is a lovely little outdoor pool too.
Having two young kids at home means that the relaxing spa experience is actual heaven for us.
The ability to lie with a magazine in such chilled out surroundings is sheer bliss.
It is also an excellent place to be after breakfast and ideal if you have a hazy head from drinks the night before. There is elderflower cordial on tap and a fridge filled with cold towels for the head. All that was missing was a crushed ice machine.
The breakfast remains as good as I remember with a buffet filled with everything under the sun. This includes a bloody Mary and prosecco cocktail bar.
There is a homemade pancake bar too. They also offer an a la carte breakfast option with dishes made fresh such as kippers, duck eggs and ham and waffles with Belgian chocolate sauce and Chantilly cream. Ring a ding ding.
I did feel slightly guilty not taking the kids because there is so much entertainment for them in the hotel. They even had a complimentary ice rink set up for the guests to use That certainly puts the Edinburgh Christmas market prices to shame.
Gleneagles is a very hard place to leave. The team are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for them. The whole place has such a homely and welcoming feel to it. I remember the first time we stayed and I actually felt like crying when it was time to head home. The fact they had brought us a glass of Krug champagne when we arrived for the tasting menu at Andrew Fairlie was a deal breaker. This was also the first time I discovered ESPA products which are amazing. I have been a fan ever since.
I spent our final 20 minutes by the big roaring open fire drinking mulled wine and enjoying festive treats the lovely staff were offering guests (again, complimentary). There was a chap playing lovely Christmas classics on the piano and it was magical.
Off we set, back to reality. My husband had to practically drag me out the door. Already excited to go back. Until the next time Gleneagles, stay fabulous.