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Gleneagles. You might know it for its golf. You might know it for its summit. But what you might not know is that the Scottish hotel has just stumped up £1.1m to refurbish some – just some! – of its rooms.
The money covers 36 of the 232 bedrooms. That’s a lot of money for not many rooms. So what is that going to get you?
It’s not really a surprise, though it pains us to say it on a Monday morning: Donald Trump has just been awarded five stars for his Scottish hotel.
Macleod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire has been given the full shebang by Visit Scotland, who called it a “marvelous achievement”. Apparently they particularly like the range of options in the bar and restaurant (which are hopefully a little less overpriced than Andy Murray’s Cromlix hotel).
The hotel is an adjunct from last year to Trump’s golf course, the creatively named Trump International Golf Links course. It has 19 rooms, ornate Italian marble-clad bathrooms (how very… Scottish) and a “whisky snug” in the basement for booze sampling.
Naturally this draws a lot of travellers, golf aficionados and otherwise, and British boutique chain Hotel du Vin is getting ready to tee off with a new hotel in the city’s Old Town, opening on April 1.
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We recently listed 5 Elopement Packages for those wanting a low-fuss wedding, but that doesn't mean one has to skip out on the time-honored tradition of The Bachelor Party. Of course, today is Fantasy Friday, so we've got to go a little over-the-top with the options, and boy have we found some. But don't worry, we've got some sensible back-up plans as well.
For Golf Lovers
Rosewood Mayakoba's $175,000 Ultimate Golf Experience is completely insane!During the week of November 11-17, 2013, the resort's El Camaleón Golf Club will host the OHL Classic, when the world’s top PGA Tour players will compete on the Greg Norman designed, 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship course. To celebrate this high profile tournament (and golf-nuts everywhere) the resort created an extravagant package that's a bachelor's ultimate last-hurrah.The groom and two of his besties will get a private lesson with world famous golf instructor Jim McLean, a round of golf with legend Greg Norman at Playa Mujeres (you'll take a private helicopter to and fro) as well as receive three positions in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba Pro-Am. Oh, and though this is already an all-suite resort, you'll stay in the 6,272 square-foot Presidential Lagoon Suite. Evenings mean sipping cocktails with the PGA Tour players (!), an invite to a private BBQ on the beach, and a tequila tasting of some of the country's best labels. This package is only available for November 12-19, 2013. Book via Rosewood.com
Not In Your Price Range?
Alternative: Head to Ponte Vedra and The Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa where from May 6 to 12, they'll be the host hotel for annual THE PLAYERS Championship at the world-famous TPC Sawgrass. Your group of guys can bask in the Florida sun in the place where some of PGA's greats like Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, and Matt Kuchar have played. This spring you'll see who'll be battling it out for a beaucoup cash purse ($9 million!) on the 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed course. Tickets start at just $15! When you're not playing yourself, feel free to spend time in the ornate Club House (we recommend indulging in the ridiculous brunch spread) where you can see Tiger Woods' 2001 tournament locker, have a few post-play cocktails, and generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Packages start at $349 per night, which includes daily breakfast, a round on THE PLAYERS Course, and other perks. In this special season and you'll generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Book through Sawgrass Marriott's special page.
We can almost see the English bagpiper, playing away at sunset. We envision high tea, 24-hour butlers and a lavish hotel reminiscent of those in the United Kingdom. A resort modeled after Pennyhill Park in England and the Ballastone Inn in Savannah is planned for good old Atlanta, opening in 2013.
The proposed Balmoral Court Hotel and Spa will include a hotel and ten English-style cabins situated on up to 125 acres of land. Each thatched-roof cottage, estimated at booking for $275 to $500 a night, will have five bedrooms, a butler, and a garden. We don’t know the exact location for the hotel, but we hear that it will be either in North Fulton or Cherokee county and plans include a lake and an 18-hole golf course.
Resort developer and operator Tarby Bryant envisions a 60-seat five-star restaurant, a parlor, meeting rooms and library inside the resort’s main building. We followed all of that, and we could envision those things, too. Then he informed us that there will be a large field with a dog, a border collie. We gave that a nod. We love animals!
That's not all folks. On that lush field somewhere near a lake and a golf course, with our friendly bagpiper, there will be a shepherd herding his sheep. Sheep in Atlanta? We are still talking about Atlanta, right? Tony Tortorici, a spokesperson for the project reminded us that “the Peabody Hotel in Memphis has ducks. We have sheep.” So, there you have it. The groundbreaking is planned for later this year.
[Photo:Balmoral Court Hotel and Spa]]
It's been six years since we first heard rumblings about Donald Trump's grand plans to open a $500 million golf course resort on the northeastern coast of Scotland, near Aberdeen. Along the way, plans got
slightly majorly derailed, with the site becoming, as Donald Jr put it to the Daily Mail, "the most environmentally-scrutinised project in all of Europe, if not the world."
But Trump managed—at least partly— to get his way this month with the grand opening of the golf course component. As for the rest of the hotel? Well, as we all know, the Donald isn't really a fan of people standing in his way...
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Edinburgh...Kuwait...Oman...Brazil. The list of current and under-construction Missoni Hotels is an exotic one, and today we can add another city to the list: Antalya, Turkey. 2013 will bring a Missoni Hotel to the Turkish Riviera, and although this one will follow the pattern of the other Missoni by having the interior personally designed by Rosita Missoni, its exterior will differ greatly. It's going to have a celebrity-designed golf course!
Hotel MIssoni Belek, Antalya is bringing in Swedish golf champ Annika Sörenstam to create the 18-hole course, which will be just one of the attraction in the development around the hotel; there'll also be a country club, shops, residential villas and an olive grove. That last bit sounds much closer to Missoni's Italian heritage than gray days in Edinburgh.
If hearing that Tiger Woods' divorce settlement could cost him $750 million made you consider trying to get your own money career in golf, Keswick Hall can get you started with its Keswick Club's Golf School for the Novice.
Okay, the new golf school doesn't promise you'll be swinging clubs like Tiger, but you'll learn the basics, like choosing the right ball, hitting it out of the bunker and even talking like a golfer—apparently only amateurs say, "I'm going golfing"; proper par parlance is "I am going to play golf."
The incessant raining on the East Coast this week has left some of us dreaming wistfully about sunny beaches, like, say, the nice ones in California. Well, color us thrilled about today’s good luck: It’s sunny and there’s a brand-new resort opening just south of LAX.
Reportedly 10 years and $480 million in the making, Terranea Resort opens today on 102 acres of coastline. Destination Hotels & Resorts manages the 360-room hotel, which sits on the former peninsula site of Marineland of the Pacific across the channel from Catalina Island.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
The five-star Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO boasts 700 rooms and killer views from almost all of them -- and, frankly, for the price (suites can go for $715 per night), the view had better be awesome.
The hotel is known for its extensive spa and impressive golf course, but the real draw here might be the forthcoming Broadmoor Cottages. In May 2009, the hotel will unveil six cottages (up to 6,300 square feet) with killer views of Cheyenne Mountain and the 18th hole. Five cottages will have eight bedrooms and one will have four bedrooms -- and we can just imagine the kickass snowy weekends we could have with all our best friends.
That said, while this photo was snapped on October 5th, it might be wise to double check on the construction situation with the cottages -- since they're not finished yet, we assume there is the potential for some nasty anti-viewness here while they're going up.
Just outside Miami lies the City of Doral, a suburb about 8 miles from M.I.A. that -- fun fact! -- took its name from the popular (and famous, we assume) Doral Golf Resort and Spa.
But movin' in on the city's namesake golf resort now is ultra-luxe The Blue, a brand new "urban luxury escape" that will lure the golf-loving travelers out of Miami.
Besides the obvious awesomeness of the name of the golf course the resort overlooks, The Blue Monster, the all-suite property has some baller amenities in every room:
Fully-equipped kitchens, oversized private verandas and marble-tiled five-fixture bathrooms with rain shower and stand-alone Jacuzzi bathtub accompanied with a flat screen television. The room amenities include plush terry robes, 42" flat panel high-definition LCD televisions, in-room coffee/tea makers, wireless internet access, sound systems with DVD players and iPod docking stations.
Unfortunately, the resort is still in its soft opening stages so the signature restaurant (5300 Chop House) or poolside cafe aren't up and running yet, but to compensate the resort is offering rates starting at $189 until December 20th.
Wait, isn't the cookie monster a blue monster? Are there free cookies anywhere at this resort? They should really get to thinkin' about that.
You don't need to pony up the dough for a room at the expensive Inn at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, Calif. to enjoy the beautiful coastal view and a sunset serenade from a Scottish bag piper at dusk.
We hit up the hotel's Lobby Lounge on Saturday night where vacationing golfers and their families gathered around one of the four fire pits on the back terrace. Here you can take in the killer views of the Pacific Ocean and the second hole of the Links at Spanish Bay.