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How is that for a surprising headline? Gleneagles, the luxury golf resort in Scotland that hosted the G8 summit and the Ryder Cup last year, was just bought by Ennismore, the group behind Hoxton Hotels. Yes, those Hoxton Hotels: the original in Shoreditch, last year’s addition in Holborn, the new opening in Amsterdam next week, and future hotels in Southwark, Paris, and Williamsburg.
Before you think that means the 232 rooms and suites will go all affordable chic and the two-Michelin starred restaurant will be replaced by a Chicken Shop, don’t worry – that won’t happen. It will be run as a “standalone” business, but will be at the receiving end of “significant sums” of investment.
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There's more to Miami than people-watching and partying in South Beach.
A world away from the hectic scene of the beach, and just a few minutes from Miami International Airport sits The Trump National Doral Hotel, an oasis for golfing and relaxation. The actual resort has been open for over 60 years, attracting some of the best golfers and spa-goers, but in 2012 Trump purchased the property and brought the entire 800-acre resort firmly into the 21st Century.
Once we pulled into the private drive, we knew we were gearing up for something a lot more extravagant than just being surrounded by four PGA-level golf courses. The drive circled around an impressive fountain and ended at the equally impressive clubhouse for check-in. Once we were handed our key card and given a map to find our way to one of eight villas all named after some pretty renowned golfers; incidentally we were led to the Tiger Woods villa.
There are a few more dollars ready to stay in your wallet for drinks on that buddy getaway weekend, as one hotel chain is stepping up and chipping in to help transport your golfing goodies.
Omni Hotels and Resorts recently announced that they will pick up the extra baggage fee for your golf bag. It’s for Select Guest loyalty members, so be sure to sign-up beforehand. Basically you just check your bag at the airport, hold onto the airline baggage receipt, and then show at check-in. They will reimburse you for the traveling cost of the golf bag—simple as that.
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Gleneagles in Scotland is best known for its golf and its big political meetings, but even icons want a change of focus sometimes, so the hotel is going fashion – now it's redone its rooms, it's launching a new range of leather goods.
The Gleneagles Collection includes everything the classy politician/golfer/hotel aficionado might need, form handbags and travel bags to iPad cases, luggage tags, wash bags and even shoe bags – all in fine leather. There are three collections: The 1924 (the date the hotel opened), The Summit (after all those political summits that have taken place at the hotel) and The Traveller (presumably for mere civilians).
South Florida is not short on golf resorts with championship golf courses, but only the Trump National Doral outside of Miami has bragging rights to the new Jack Nicklaus Villas, a collection of 172 guest rooms and suites with views of the resort's famed "Blue Monster" golf course which Nicklaus frequently played, and won.
The villas, a part of the $250 million renovation Trump has done on the property, were designed by architects WATG with interiors by Ivanka Trump who went with her usual elegant palette of ivory and champagne with a bit of caramel mixed in. Mahogany wood and gold leaf Spanish revival details were also added and each room features photos and mementos of Nicklaus' career.
In short, it feels more like a Trump Hotel than a themed-golf suite and that's a good thing. If you've had a bad back nine, the last thing you want to see when you get back is more reminders of your crappy play.
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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.