ACCOMMODATION : Fairmont, St Andrews

How do you describe luxury? The dictionary describes luxury as a state of great comfort or elegance.

These words are also synonymous with luxury – opulence, luxuriousness, sumptuousness, richness, grandeur, grandness, splendour, magnificence, lavishness, comfort, affluence, wealth and prosperity; and every single one of these words you can relate or associate with the 5 star Golf and Spa resort that is the Fairmont St Andrews.

Set on 520 acres of land, the views from the front of the hotel are splendid looking down to historic St Andrews town and out over the North Sea. The hotel is U-shaped and perched up on the sea cliff with their 2 championship golf courses surrounding the hotel.

The Fairmont St Andrews is part of the world Fairmont Group and they certainly know how to do lavish on a grand scale. On approach to the hotel, you are warmly greeted by jolly concierges on duty and are a little taken aback on entering the lobby. It welcomes you in style with large over sized sofas and a fire place, which no doubt roars to life mid winter.

Check in is a breeze. The staff are friendly and efficient, managing your reservation with professionalism of the highest standard. They take your credit card, you sign on the dotted line, they hand you your key card and they explain breakfast. 5 minutes later and you’re heading towards the grand atrium and the elevator to take you to your room.

There are 4 luxury bedroom styles; The Atrium rooms with views over the glass roofed atrium, The Fairmont Rooms with views over the grounds and golf courses; The Fairmont View Rooms located at the front of the hotel with views over the golf courses and the sea and the Deluxe Rooms located in the North wing with views over the golf courses and the sea.

We were spending the night in the gorgeous Fairmont View Room. Located in the South wing, our room was luxurious with hints of tartan and warming tones from the mustard yellow accessories against the rich toffee caramel colours of the furnishings.

The beds are king size with luxurious bedding that envelops you in comfort when you dive under the covers and unwind.

The room delivers on 1st rate amenities which include free wifi, satellite tv, honesty bar and a Nespresso coffee machine. Most importantly it has USB and plug points at each side of the headboard as well as additional plug points near the desk.

I love a modern bathroom, so this one blew me away slightly and how I wished I could have transported this back home.

The bathroom is swish, sleek with lots of marble.

It comes with a separate bath and a large walk in shower. Bliss.

There are also white fluffy bathrobes and slippers hanging on the back of the bathroom doors for you to use.

Toiletries are provided and supplied by Le Labo and their chosen fragrance is Rose 31. Le Labo are a New York based company who create plant-based, genderless, claimless, and cruelty-free products.

We did receive a lovely welcome gift from Fairmont St Andrews. Handmade chocolates representing the home of golf – golf club, golf ball and a golf tee all delivered inside a closhe.

In the evening we drove into St Andrews and went for a wander. We were still super full from indulging in the International Brunch earlier on, that we skipped dinner; but that made breakfast very welcome the following morning. Read my review on the Fairmont International Brunch here.

Breakfast is back in the atrium spilling out from Squires restaurant. It’s a comprehensive self service buffet covering every food that you could possibly associate with breakfast from pasties and breads, to yoghurts and fruit, to eggs any which way including scramble and omelets, smoked salmon, black pudding, deli meats, cheeses, pancakes, teas and coffees…the list goes on.

The Fairmont St Andrews prides itself on sourcing food that is local and seasonal from surrounding suppliers and across Scotland; and it shows as every dish is scrumptious.

After breakfast it was time for a wee wander. I love the large open events space which you will find just off the atrium. The lonely grand piano filling the space at the end of the corridor.

The atrium is magnificent. Ascending the double grand staircase from the lobby down to the atrium does provide that wow factor with the Zephyr ceiling sculpture spanning the length of the space. The glass ceiling of the atrium floods the space with light making the sculpture dance mid air.

At one end of the atrium you’ll find Squires restaurant and at the other the lounge library area where you can relax and unwind on the comfy sofas, sip on a G&T or read a book. It’s also where you can partake in the Savoy Afternoon Tea. A traditional afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream & jam, indulgent seasonal cakes and pastries and teas of course. You can upgrade to Champagne (my preferred option).

The lounge area leads out to the gardens and gold courses.

Of course there are games to be played too. Chess anyone?

Fairmont St Andrews is a luxury Golf and Spa resort so I couldn’t help but pop my head in and see what the spa and leisure facilities were like.

The spa is a beautiful calm space, with driftwood lining the walls and soft gentle music played as you walk down the corridors. There are 10 treatment rooms offering a wide range of massages and facial and relaxation therapies. I particularly fancied the Ishga Revitalising Custom Massage – sounded just what I needed but unfortunately I didn’t have the time, so hopefully a future visit might include some pampering.

The spa offers Aromatherapy Associates, Caudalie, Ishga and Little Butterfly treatments.

The leisure facilities include a fully equipped gym, a 16m swimming pool with loungers, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

Out the side entrance of the hotel on the way to the carpark, you’ll find this vegetable garden and greenhouse. Healthy looking artichokes and an array of herbs grow just outside the kitchen doors of La Cucina which I am sure will soon be incorporated in dishes served in the restaurants.

Beautiful bunches of tomatoes and edible flowers grow in abundance too.

The Fairmont St Andrews is the place for golfers and it is renowned for its spa; but if like me you are there for neither, that’s fine too.

Relaxing. Unwinding. Indulging. Rejunvenating. This is what Fairmont St Andrews was about for me. Thank you for restoring my balance and providing a much needed break.

Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 8PN                                                                                        Tel : 01334 837000 www.fairmont.com/st-andrews-scotland/

Prices start from approx £250 per night.

Things you need to know

  • There is complementary over night parking.
  • They operate a honesty mini-bar system in the rooms. Drink and replace or let them know what you have drunk.
  • There is a complementary mini bus shuttle into St Andrews and back. Book this at reception.
  • Access to the Fairmont St Andrews is easiest by car.The closest train station is in Leuchars which is a 20 minute taxi ride away.
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