The Trump Organization is pleased to announce that its transaction to purchase the legendary and iconic Turnberry Golf Resort in Scotland closed today at 2pm EST. Mr. Trump traveled to Turnberry on July 2nd to host a major press conference concerning his plans for the resort. Turnberry has already been the home of four of the greatest Open Championships of all time, including the 1977 Duel in the Sun where Tom Watson won over Jack Nicklaus. The name of the resort will be changed to Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scotland. Donald J. Trump is one of the foremost real estate developers in the world. Trump Turnberry will be solely owned and managed by The Trump Organization. The hotel will be included in The Luxury Collection brand as part of a franchise agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
“I am honored to own and manage this magnificent property, perhaps the most exciting property there is. We will be spending a great deal of time, effort and money to make it the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world. I would like to thank Starwood Hotels & Resorts for working with us, in the best interest of property, to bring about this historic acquisition. I would also like to thank all representatives in South Ayrshire for their support and wonderful statements to the media,” stated Donald J. Trump, Chairman & President of The Trump Organization.
A minimum of 100 million pounds sterling will be spent to make the current Turnberry Hotel one of the greatest and most luxurious hotels anywhere in the world. Additionally, upon the recommendation of the R&A, Mr. Trump has retained the services of the highly respected golf architect, Martin Ebert, of the firm of Mackenzie & Ebert. Mr. Ebert attended the press conference on July 2nd.
We always get excited when Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels are recognised by the industry through awards. The last few months have been very important because a number of Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels have received some of the top awards in the industry. Amongst their competition were some of the very best hotels in the UK and in some cases, the world.
As well as awards, Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels have been in the list of recommended hotels by a number of well-known international publications as well. More and more both the Industry and Media professionals are recognising Scotland as an important international destination and luxury hotels in Scotland as examples of quality in high end hospitality.
To mention a few:
One of the latest awards was received by Inverlochy Castle Hotel at the Annual Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence. Inverlochy Castle has been awarded Best Destination Hotel, along renowned luxury hotels such as Coworth Park a member of the Dorchester Collection and Limewood Hotel, both in England.
Stobo Castle Health Spa has been awarded ‘Readers’ spa of the year: Scotland’ by The Good Spa Guide, competing with the best spas in Scotland such as The Carrick Spa at Cameron House Hotel, The Spa at Turnberry Resort and Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel. They were also amongst the nominated to the national award competing with renowned luxury hotels such as Armathwaite Hall in Cumbria and Lucknam Park Hotel in Wiltshire.
Gleneagles Hotel has received enormous amount of recognition this year. ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ at the prestigious 2013 Daily Telegraph Ultra Travel Awards for the second year running, Best UK Luxury Resort Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2013, Best of the Best Family Programme at Virtuoso 2013 which took place in the USA, Best British Fixer at the Conde Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2013, amongst others.
Kinloch Lodge has deservedly received enormous attention from both the industry and the Media, featured by the Sunday Times as one of Britain’s best remote hotels, number 1 of The Independent‘s 10 Best Autumn activity breaks, recommended by The Guardian as one of their Top 10 hotel restaurants in the UK and by The Telegraph, it also retained its Michelin star and Brazilian chef Marcello Tully has been invited to do wonderful charity work overseas which was also covered by The Herald Scotland.
The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa was awarded Scotland’s Leading Hotel in the World Travel Awards 2013. The Atholl in Edinburgh was in Conde Nast’s HOT LIST 2013, as one of the best in the world, amongst some of the most luxurious venues in the planet. The Torridon Hotel was nominated Hotel of the Year at the respected Cateys Award 2013, again, competing with two fantastic English venues: Gravetye Manor in Sussex and The Pig in Hampshire.
The Airds Hotel and Restaurant was awarded three new AArosettes this year as well and as if all this recognition wasn´t enough, as many of you know, Lonely Planet has listed Scotland as the 3rd best country to visit and Edinburgh Castle was awarded top UK Heritage Attraction for the second year in a row, at the British Travel Awards 2013.
Well done to all hotels and staff, we look forward to even more celebrations and recognition to the hotels next year.
Although around 5 million people live in Scotland, it is estimated that over 50 million people all over the world can claim Scottish ancestry. 19% of ancestral tourists in Scotland come from the US, 15% come from Canada and 13% come from Australia, we welcome a large number of visitors to Scotland who have a strong connection to Scottish culture and heritage.
Luxury Scotland has once again partnered with Visit Scotland in a global celebration of Scotland’s heritage and ancestry. Homecoming Scotland 2014 is the ideal opportunity for people from all over the world to learn about their family roots. Genealogy activities will play a big part in tourist expenditure, local hotels, businesses and travel operators must be ready to inform visitors.
In 2014 Scotland will also be the host of two important international sporting events – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and The Ryder Cup. Special events celebrating all things Scottish will take place all over Scotland, from food and drink festivals to art exhibitions and walks. Once again we are preparing ourselves not only to a great boost in the country’s economy but a significant positive impact in the local economy as well.If 2013 has been a positive one so far, 2014 will be even better!
Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels will be welcoming tourists all over the world preparing unique activities and packages to encourage visitors to explore the best of Scotland whilst learning more about their ancestors and family’s history.
If Scotland runs through your veins, this is the time for you to make special plans to return to your ancestral home and enrich your life with knowledge and experiences to pass on to generations to come.
Visit our website to see some of the special itineraries we have created for visitors to experience the best of Scotland according to their interests.
We look forward to seeing you all!
Many overseas visitors ask hotel staff how we celebrate Christmas in Scotland. They wonder if the dishes and the type of celebrations we have at the hotels are very different from the ones we have at home, with our families.
Christmas holidays as we know them today, are very recent to Scottish history. Pagan Celts celebrated the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) in a celebration called Yule which is the name of the midwinter festival of the pagan Norse and Teutonic people of northern Europe. The celebration happened to encourage the gods to allow the sun to return.
The Catholic Church took over this celebration and after the protestant reformation in the 16th century, Christmas celebrations were banned and outlawed because it was considered a papist festival. The ban existed for nearly 400 years, until the 1950’s. Until then, Christmas was like any other day in Scotland, everyone went to work as usual and did not celebrate it. The real celebration took place on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve), which is the true traditional winter celebration in Scotland!
A traditional Scottish Christmas has traces of both Celtic and Christian religions. It’s a powerful theme for an essay itself! Christmas trees for example are the result of an ancient pagan idea that the evergreen tree represented a celebration of the renewal of life.
Unlike what happens in many countries, Scotland celebrates Christmas Day more strongly than Christmas Eve. Same as in every other country, the celebration is an opportunity for the family to gather. The dishes are very similar to the ones cooked in other Western countries: a traditional turkey lunch, gammon, ham, chicken, Brussels Sprouts, roasted potatoes, vegetables and Christmas puddings.
Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels celebrate Christmas in different ways, some providing a traditional lunch and dinner, others developing a more elaborated gourmet experience and gala evening. Most hotels have special packages for the festive season and become incredibly busy this period of the year.
We are very proud of the level of attention and detail Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels give to their menus and packages during the festive season. It’s an exciting time to be in Scotland and the cold weather makes the whole experience even more Christmassy and wholesome.
The definition of tradition is “a long-established or inherited way of thinking or acting”. What is most interesting about all Scottish traditions is that they are the result of Scotland’s history and challenges. When you spend Christmas in Scotland, you will have a glimpse of Scotland’s colourful heritage: From Celts and Vikings to Anglo-Saxons and Romans. The underlying characteristics are warmth and the unforgettable Scottish Hospitality.
To read more about Christmas Festivities in Scotland and to learn about what Connoisseurs Scotland Hotels have prepared for their guests, please access our Christmas newsletter
Have a wonderful Christmas!
Breakfasts are one of the best things about staying at luxury hotels. No matter what or how much we are used to eat in the mornings (if anything), hotel breakfasts are a temptation impossible to resist. Being able to choose a varied number of items from a menu and knowing that not only they will taste good but will also be fresh and beautifully presented makes many of us guests and luxury hotel lovers want to go to bed earlier the night before so that breakfast time arrives faster.
Very few drinks taste better than the freshly-squeezed orange juice we drink at hotels in the morning. Some might even say that the glasses we drink them from make them taste better, just like a freshly brewed tea served in fine china.
Who hasn’t overeaten pastries because they smell and taste so good that you fear regretting not having enough of them later in the day? Who hasn’t had continental breakfast as well as a cooked breakfast just because they can?
We are very lucky to have produce of outstanding quality in Scotland. All Connoisseurs Scotland hotels go to great lengths to make sure they use fresh local produce. Egg yolks are yellower and taste better, berries look and taste fresher than the ones we normally buy at the supermarkets, seasoning smells stronger, salmon tastes lighter and looks like a real peachy colour fish, not something that has been coloured pink to the mass market.
The type of breakfast we have at a hotel is a reflection of the hotel’s character and personality as well. Extra items that are only available in the area, little details about presentation sometimes express the hotel’s history, their relationship with their community and with Scotland as a whole.
Turnberry Resort & Golf course in Ayrshire celebrates Scotland by offering Arbroath Smokie, Scottish Griddle Cakes and ‘Burns Breakfast’ (Arran cheddar hash potato with haggis, fried egg and hollandaise). They are a breath of fresh air to the health conscious by offering Bircher muesli and granola, dried mango and papaya as well as rhubarb & ginger, avocado & heather honey compotes.
The Pool House in Poolewe offers one of the friendliest and most Scottish of porridges you could ever find. Soaked overnight by the owners themselves, with a touch of salt and a splash whisky.
Kinloch Lodge in the Isle of Skye encourages local producers by offering local dairy yoghurts, kippers and eggs Florentine.
The Boath House Hotel in Nairn gives credit to excellent local producers by sharing their names and a bit of their history with their guests: Golspie Mill, Hardmuir Farm, Peelham Farm, George Campbell and Sons and Uig Lodge Smoked Salmon are amongst them.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa offers the type of waffles with syrup that you could only find in US diners. Large, light and wonderfully sticky. You can count on one hand how many restaurants offer waffles as good as that in Britain’s largest cities.
Inver Lodge Hotel in Sutherland offers scrambled eggs with smoked salmon where the salmon is so beautifully seasoned that it’s almost spicy. It ruins every other scrambled egg with salmon you have thereafter.
These are only some of the examples of breakfasts you can try (and experience) at Connoisseurs Scotland hotels.
We might want to prepare them at home and cook them just like they do, but they simply never taste the same.
Every country’s cuisine tells a story. In Scotland, you start your day with one.
Luxury Scotland is inviting guests to join the thousands of whisky aficionados making their pilgrimage to the Scottish Highlands with a stay at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa or Rocpool Reserve Hotel – two of the luxury properties in the Luxury Scotland collection.
Staying at these hotel, guests will be able to enjoy Scotland’s “water of life” in style with luxury accommodation right in the heart of Scotland’s largest whisky producing region.
Located in the Speyside region, these five-star properties offer the perfect base for exploring the source of the great Scots malt whiskies – heavy, rich sherry flavored malts and light, complex floral malts for which the area is so famous.
From savoring a scotch and chatting with the knowledgeable locals in Rocpool’s whisky bar to taking a tour through the historic distilleries along The Malt Whisky Trail, guests are offered rare insight into one of Scotland’s best-known traditions.
The Malt Whisky Trail is a 68-mile route through the picturesque glens of Speyside features the Speyside Cooperage and seven of the area’s well-known distilleries, including Benromach, where guests can hand-fill their own unique bottle; Glen Moray, which offers a comprehensive tasting and distillery tour led by the manager; and Strathisla, producer of the famous Chivas Regal brand. Continue Reading >>
Scotland has a lot to offer on the water front – scenic coastal paths, dolphin spotting, sailing, angling, kite-surfing, white-water rafting, land yachting, cruising Scottish Highlands and islands… plus lots more
This month our intrepid travel journalist, Linda Jackson, explores some of of Scotland’s 31,000 lochs, lochans, rivers and 6,000 miles of coastline to find Scottish active outdoor vacations that you just can’t resist.
Adrenalin-seeking adventurers might head for the lochs of the West Highlands of Scotland where they’ll discover Inverlochy, a luxury hotel in the Highlands that offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits guaranteed to match the adventurer in you.
Surrounded by some of Scotland’s best sailings waters, Crinan Hotel is not only ideally placed for sailing, but also for fly fishing, family-friendly day boat trips and boat charters round the Isles. Passing by boat through the Crinan Canal, rich in history and wildlife, is a scenic and memorable experience with fifteen locks and seven bridges to tackle.
Savour 30 minutes of flight-seeing by seaplane around the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond when you stay at Cameron House on Loch Lomond – this is an exciting opportunity to catch a bird’s eye view of the famous loch and surrounding national park
Full details in our June newsletter Article – Water Water Everywhere >>>
Choosing which of Scotland’s golf courses to play might well be a headache for golfers looking to enjoy a Scottish golfing break. Scotland has a fabulous variety of courses - championship golf courses, loch-side gems, lush hillsides courses, leafy woodland courses and exhilarating links golf courses by the sea.
To make a golfers life easier, many of Scotland’s regions offer special golf passes that allow you to play a number of top courses at bargain prices. But where to stay? Many of Luxury Scotland’s hotels have their own courses while other member properties are very close to some of Scotland’s golfing gems.
One of our Luxury Scotland news articles highlighted the various outdoor activities that you can enjoy.
So whether you favour paragliding or rock climbing – or if you have never tried canyoning in Scotland , you might be inspired by this newsletter article entitled A Sense of Adventure.