A Scottish Escape
Scotland, The Gleneagles Hotel
The Gleneagles Hotel is located about an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland’s beautiful, rolling countryside. The hotel was established in 1924, and the main building has the look of a palace, which sets the tone quite nicely.
A honeymoon at Gleneagles is one filled with luxury. The rooms are spacious and offer amenities like a fireplace, cozy bathrobes, and heated floors in the bathroom. Splurge for a room in the Braid House, which has balcony rooms with stunning views of the Scottish countryside.
Gleneagles is the perfect honeymoon destination for sporty couples. It’s known around Scotland and the world as a premier golfing destination. It hosted the Ryder Cup in 2014 and has three championship courses. The resort also offers tennis, cycling, walking and running paths, and a fully equipped gym with fitness classes.
But, there are also plenty of opportunities for relaxation. There are indulgent treatments at The Spa for him and her as well as extras—like a crystal steam room, sauna, Arctic mist shower, and relaxation rooms—to help you unwind. The resort also includes a hair salon, nail bar, and luxury boutiques for retail therapy.
Gleneagles was named to the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2014, and it earned TripAdvisor’s 2014 Certificate of Excellence with 4.5 stars. The accolades are well deserved. With its wealth of activities, luxurious accommodations, and location in Scotland’s breathtaking countryside, Gleneagles is the perfect place to honeymoon.
To take advantage of Scotland’s warmest weather (around 65°F), go between June and early September. May and June offer the most daylight hours (the sun rises before 5 am and sets around 10 pm), so adventurers can take advantage of the long days.
Gleneagles has an on-site dining option for whatever your mood. Casual Deseo offers Mediterranean cuisine, which uses many locally sourced ingredients, and gourmet desserts. Head to the Dormy Clubhouse after a round of golf; it offers a variety of options (some from its Tandoor oven) in a cozy environment complete with fireplaces. The Strathearn, Gleneagles’ most formal dining option, is perfect for a romantic, white-table cloth dinner of Scottish/French cuisine. Gourmets can dine at Scotland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie, which offers a Scottish/French menu.
Go for a romantic stroll around the King’s and Queen’s golf courses; enjoy the facilities at The Club, like the pool, sauna, and indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis; go off-roading on a Scenic Safari with views of the Highlands and a Champagne picnic. If you have the skills, start with a round of golf at one of the three championship courses. If your skills aren’t quite up to par, there’s a nine-hole course and a pitch-and-putt for beginners. But if you aren’t a golfer, you won’t be bored at Gleneagles. You can go as a couple to a variety of activities, like a horseback riding lesson at the equestrian school or clay-target shooting or archery at the shooting school. Do leave time for a treatment at The Spa. The Gleneagles’ signature two-hour treatment, The Source, includes a body scrub and massage using ingredients from the local countryside.
Rates start at $735 a night for a Classic room and breakfast for two between May and September. www.gleneagles.com