Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland
The Gleneagles® Hotel is a Five AA Red Star golf & spa resort hotel set in 850 acres of stunning scenery in Perthshire, Scotland.
The resort will celebrate its 90th anniversary in June 2014. When it was opened on 7 June 1924 it was described as ‘a Riviera in the Highlands’ and ‘the eighth wonder of the world’. The former Caledonian Railway Company built the resort, which has its own railway station just a couple of minutes from the hotel. Today, Gleneagles is part of Diageo plc; the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer categories. These brands include Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Guinness and Baileys to name but a few.
Gleneagles, the ‘Palace in the Glens’, lies at the heart of Scotland, but the resort is only a one hour motorway drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to enjoy the freedom of one of the least crowded countries in Western Europe or the cultural attractions of two of the continent’s great historic cities.
The Hotel was designed in the style of a French chateau and Capability Brown, the celebrated 18th century landscape gardener, inspired the landscaping. Today, the hotel has 232 bedrooms including 26 suites. Braid House, an additional accommodation wing, opened at a cost of £10 million in December 2002. This wing houses 59 luxurious bedrooms, many of which have balconies, and four state-of-the-art meeting rooms.
At a glance:
* 232 luxurious bedrooms, including 26 suites
* 14 unique and elegant event suites
* A host of leisure pursuits including off-road driving; horse-riding; polo; falconry; shooting; archery and gun dog training
* Three championship golf courses – the King’s, the Queen’s and the PGA Centenary Course, Host Venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup
* An award-winning destination spa by ESPA, including Scotland’s first ESPA Life wellness centre
* Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie
* Complimentary parking and wifi
* Complimentary leisure pool, gym, tennis courts, croquet and pitch and putt
* Direct train access from London in just 5 hours
Vision 2000 Exclusive Virtuoso Amenites
~ Guaranteed room upgrade at time of reservation
~ Afternoon tea for two
~ Plus stay two nights for more and receive on Round of Golf
The Spirit Suites
Ten stunning top floor Spirit suites opened in June 2007, named after brands from the world’s leading drinks company Diageo, Gleneagles’ parent company. This £3.5 million project added nine highly sought-after two bedroom suites and an additional one bedroom suite, many of which have spectacular views of the surrounding area, to the resort, as well as the Fourth Floor Boardroom.
All Spirit Suites have been interior designed by internationally-renowned designer Amanda Rosa and boast a contemporary feel incorporating bold patterned fabrics set against soothing neutral tones.
Whether it is simply a desire for more space or the need for a secluded place of your own, the sumptuous Spirit Suites offer a new standard of luxurious accommodation, accompanied by delightful Gleneagles hospitality.
The Spa by ESPA
The state of the art destination Spa by ESPA offers a warm and tranquil atmosphere and includes 20 treatment rooms, a vitality pool lit by fibre optics to stunning effect, and a host of indulgent treatments.
You can relax in the crystal steam room or hot sauna cabin and then have a refreshing ice rub or an Arctic mist shower. Skin tingling with well-being, unwind further in the unisex vitality pool with its massaging swan necked fountains. The changing rooms themselves are an indulgent space, with large power showers and limestone heated flooring. The Courtyard Garden is bathed in natural light from the glass roof and allows both male and female guests to share some time together by the gently flickering fire. ESPA has created a selection of powerful and highly effective signature treatments for The Spa at Gleneagles that uniquely reflect a fusion of the latest scientific advances with potent European therapies, Eastern philosophy and Ayurvedic influence.
ESPA Life at Gleneagles
Launched in late 2011, ESPA Life at Gleneagles has been hailed as the “next generation of spa. ESPA Life offers intensive, trans-formative programmes geared towards improved health and wellness within the comfort and luxury of a five star hotel. Set within a breathtaking 850 acre Perthshire estate, and offering access to the hotel’s stunning facilities, it’s the perfect place to relax the mind, body and soul and begin your journey towards optimal well-being and vitality, inside and out.
An expert team of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners and experienced spa therapists together create revolutionary packages to address the stresses and strains of modern lifestyles. Bespoke programmes are devised with a clear aim: to bring guests back to their optimal well being.
Encompassing holistic medicine, sports injury, physical therapy and personal training, they are carried out by the ESPA Life team which includes naturopaths, osteopaths, physiotherapists, traditional Chinese medicine acupuncturists and herbalists, personal trainers and spa therapists.
The team is led by Louise Westra, a skilled naturopathic practitioner who is fundamental to every guest’s unique experience at ESPA Life. From an initial consultation, which may include a range of wellness tests, Louise advises on the appropriate combination of treatments and fitness sessions for both short and longer-term lifestyle goals. After this assessment, the naturopath reviews the information in detail and, during a second appointment, outlines a guest’s path to wellness. This may include dietary advice, recommended supplementation and lifestyle changes, or referrals to the appropriate complementary and alternative medicine, fitness or spa professionals.
Programmes include: Optimal Energy; Optimal Weight; Sleep More; Total Woman; Total Man; Fertility & Conception; Relaxation & De-stress; Meno-ease; Fit for Golf; Detox and Action your Corporate Medical.
The Club at Gleneagles offers a 20 metre length lap pool, leisure pool and Jacuzzi, and outdoor hot pool; 280m² gymnasium with 28 types of Technogym cardiovascular equipment, 18 flat-screen televisions, and Wellness computer system monitoring individual’s performance; aerobics dance studio; lavishly appointed health suite with mixed steam baths and sauna; and luxurious changing accommodation.
In 2013, The Club will be fully refurbished, revealing an exciting new look that perfectly complements the Spa at Gleneagles. Visuals available on request.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
With two Rosettes to its name, The Strathearn serves classical French/Scottish dishes in an atmosphere that recalls the glamour of the hotel’s art deco origins.
From mountain lamb to game off the moor, aged beef to smoked salmon carved and flambéed at your table, each dish has been lovingly prepared by a dedicated team of award-winning chefs.
A recent refurbishment has created a more intimate dining experience, while losing none of the room’s famous grandeur. The unrivaled Gleneagles breakfast now has its own dedicated setting in The Long Room with new hot and cold buffet counters, a feature juice bar and breakfast omelette station.
Andrew Fairlie: Scotland’s only two Michelin starred restaurant BEST UK RESTAURANT, SUNDAY TIMES FOOD LIST 2012
In May 2001, Michelin award-winning chef, Andrew Fairlie, opened his own restaurant within the hotel, offering guests and gourmands alike the delights of French influenced cuisine. The restaurant received Michelin Star rating in January 2002, after only 8 months of opening and shortly after Andrew was named as Drambuie Scottish Chef of the Year. Among other accolades received in 2002, the restaurant was named AA Restaurant of the Year, Scotland, and best hotel restaurant in the UK and one of the ten best in the world by USA magazine HOTELS. It is also the only restaurant to be awarded five Medallions – the Scottish equivalent to AA rosettes and classified as “outstanding” – by VisitScotland.
In January 2004, the restaurant was awarded a coveted fourth AA rosette. A prestigious second Michelin Star followed in January 2006 followed by AA Chef’s Chef of the Year, a unique award voted for by other AA rosette-achieving chefs. At the beginning of 2008 Andrew Fairlie won the title of Scottish Chef of the Year at the Scottish Restaurant Awards 2008. In November 2011, Andrew Fairlie was named a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, one of only seven in the UK, and in 2012, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles was named Best Restaurant in the UK in the Sunday Times Food List.
Deseo, a lively and fun ‘Mediterranean food market’ restaurant, was unveiled in July 2007. This exciting dining concept allows guests to enjoy a wide array of appetizing dishes in an informal fashion.
Tempting aromas from various food stations change throughout the day, whilst the sense of theatre makes each station an attraction in its own right. Situated adjacent to the spa, pool and leisure area, Deseo is particularly perfect for family dining, placing a strong emphasis on varied and healthy eating for all.
Dinner at Deseo means whatever you wish or desire, therefore guests are free to order whatever they like, whenever they like, however they like it.
The Dormy Clubhouse
The Dormy Clubhouse is located next to the King’s and Queen’s 18th holes and has fantastic golf course views. Recently refurbished, the Clubhouse has superb steward-attended changing rooms (with saunas and relaxation areas), as well as bag stores and a large, well-stocked golf-shop with eye-catching trophy cabinets.
The Clubhouse features a relaxed and comfortable lounge area with sofas, armchairs and a circular central fireplace. It also includes a distinctive horseshoe shaped bar, with a comprehensive range of wines, spirits and beers, and a restaurant with picture windows, giving great views of the golf courses beyond.
The restaurant offers dining on two levels, including the option to sit up at another bar adjacent to the restaurant, where you can dine and watch our chefs prepare delicious dishes in our tandoor ovens.
The Blue Bar
A new addition to The Dormy Clubhouse is The Blue Bar (opened in September 2011). Located within a courtyard which is accessed through the Clubhouse itself, The Blue Bar is a unique al fresco experience, where guests can enjoy some of the world’s finest cigars and whiskies.
An indulgent outdoor/indoor space, the courtyard has a central gazebo and overhanging sails with a feature fireplace surrounded by bespoke heated sofas. The whole effect is of a distinctive, sheltered outdoor environment, which is warm the whole year round.
Once inside, guests can choose from an excellent range of cigars, including pre-embargo Cuban cigars, enjoy a dram of fresh and velvety-smooth Johnnie Walker Blue Label, or sample from a range of moreish molecular whisky cocktails.
The Tryst is a split-level bar offering beverages and light snacks, open to all, at the heart of Glenmor, Gleneagles’ Seasonal Ownership village. It boasts spectacular panoramic views across to Ben Lawers in the Trossachs and Ben Vorlich in the Grampian Mountains and, during the summer months, guests can sit out on the balcony overlooking a picturesque lochan.
ACTIVITIES AT GLENEAGLES
Golf at Gleneagles is an unashamed pleasure. In March 1999, Gleneagles reintroduced Visitor Golf to make the three championship standard courses available to a wider audience. Playing over the immaculate greens and fairways provides unrivalled views of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The courses were the inspiration of two of the world’s most famous golfers, James Braid, five times winner of The Open, who designed the King’s and Queen’s, and Jack Nicklaus, Golfer of the Century, who created the PGA Centenary Course (formerly named the Monarch’s).
The 2014 Ryder Cup matches will be played over The PGA Centenary Course, the venue for both the Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championships and the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The Golf Academy – Scotland’s PGA National Academy
The Golf Academy at Gleneagles enshrines the philosophy that improving a player’s performance improves their enjoyment of the game. The Academy provides an important focus for developing a player’s short game in addition to improving play from the tee, and includes a covered 320-yard double-ended driving range with capacity for 40 golfers.
Shooting & Fishing
Shooting and fishing enjoy a world-class reputation at Gleneagles for providing the most expert instruction in all disciplines, at all levels of skill. Guests come from all over the world to test their skill in shooting clay targets, and fly-fishing for novice and experienced anglers is available at lochs on the estate.
Off Road Driving
Off Road at Gleneagles provides a test of skill in handling a four-wheel drive vehicle over two of Britain’s most challenging, purpose-built off road courses. The courses were designed by some of Britain’s leading off road specialists to include ridges, gullies, steep gradients, ditches and water splashes. Guests are taught the specialist techniques of hill climbing, controlled descents, traversing slopes and general vehicle handling over rough or wet terrain. Junior off road provides younger guests with the opportunity to test their driving skills over similar courses in ¼ size Land Rover replicas. Argo driving was also introduced to the resort in 2002. Guests aged 12 and over, can learn how to drive the “argo” – amphibious vehicles with caterpillar style tracks instead of wheels.
The British School of Falconry
Courses at The British School of Falconry at Gleneagles are internationally acclaimed as the finest introduction to the ancient sport. Lessons meet every level of experience and involvement, and guests who are seriously keen can develop their skills further by hawking on the Perthshire moors.
The Equestrian School
The Gleneagles Equestrian School is one of the world’s finest equestrian facilities and has become one of the largest training and examination centres for British Horse Society qualifications. More than 70 competition days are held each year for all disciplines. Stabling is available for 43 horses, including more than 20 mounts available for students and guests. Private and group lessons are available on own mounts or centre mounts for adults and young riders.
The Gundog School
Working with the school’s own dogs, guests learn how to handle a trained gundog, incorporating obedience, agility and handling. This unique school takes its inspiration from Scotland’s great sporting heritage, wherein Labradors, spaniels and other breeds have, for many centuries, partnered sportsmen and women in the field.
If your dog pulls on the lead, jumps up, refuses to come when called or is just less than perfectly trained, don’t despair, our trainers will work with you both to develop a more harmonious partnership.
Train your own Gundog
Is your dog less than a credit to you on the field? Our trainers are all Kennel Club approved by a panel judges, and can turn a liability into a gundog to be proud of.
Children at Gleneagles
Gleneagles is a huge playground for children of all ages, boasting a teenage Games Room (The Zone) and a stunning Playroom for our younger guests to enjoy. Full baby-care facilities, partnered sports and games, daily events, and specially created parties are also provided. Activities such as falconry, golf lessons, horse riding, archery, and off road driving have been adapted to cater for even the youngest of guests. Special child-friendly menus can be found in each of the restaurants and room service.
Gleneagles and the Environment
A world-leading integrated ecological management plan preserves and enhances the matchless beauty and wildlife of the 850-acre estate. Gleneagles works closely with Scottish Natural Heritage on all developments within the estate, which has 20 areas designated as sites of scientific interest (SSIs) and one site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The resort has a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and won the Pan European Award for Environmental Excellence in 2001 – recognition of the good practice carried out throughout the estate.
The resort also runs an initiative in collaboration with the ‘Big Tree Country’ Perthshire, to help protect and sustain the beautiful countryside that provides such a breathtaking location for the hotel. Guests have the opportunity to donate a voluntary £1 supplement, per room per night, to be donated to re-planting and rebuilding Perthshire’s natural woodlands.
To date, their efforts have raised more than £150,000 for Big Tree Country.