The Home of Golf and So Much More
Fairmont St Andrews is a five-star luxury hotel situated on the outskirts of St Andrews in Scotland. As we drove up the winding driveway there stood what looked like a large stately home with over 520 acres of land which has two championship golf courses. Upon arrival we were greeted by a very polite and friendly Scotsman dressed in full Scottish attire. Although the hotel was very busy that particular weekend this man seemed to know everyone by first name. We were shown into the large, recently refurbished, lobby towards reception where we were greeted by courteous and efficient staff whose purpose was to check us into our room. We were then taken to the deluxe suite. This was a magnificently large room, with floor-to-ceiling windows highlighting the spectacular views of St Andrews Bay and one of the famous golf courses. The living area was furnished with comfortable sofas and chairs, and there is internet access in all rooms, the bed linen was luxurious and the beds very comfortable.
There are two main restaurants at the hotel, one off-site at the clubhouse – St Andrews Bar & Grill – with stunning views over the golf courses and the bay where I had the pleasure of experiencing their delicious sea bass dish. The other restaurant is Italian called La Cucina which is inside the hotel itself and offers a wide selection of seafood, fish and meats all cooked and prepared to very high standards. There is also food available in the form of more casual dining at the sports bar, The Rock & Spindle, and Kittocks Den where I enjoyed a particularly delicious Caesar salad.
Breakfast is served in The Squire, a vast area but with a warm inviting feel to it. The buffet breakfast offers an extensive variety of both hot and cold dishes, and a live egg bar, you will definitely be spoiled for choice. The chefs pride themselves on sourcing locally produced food where possible.
There are plenty of places to go walking for those who love the outdoors – around the golf courses or along the seafront, and there is access to the Fife Coastal path from the golf courses that runs through the property from St Andrews right round to Crail.
The hotel aims to give parents time to relax too so have a recently refurbished children’s room offering a soft play area, dance machine, and Xboxes for the TeenZone and other amenities to keep them amused, which was always full of little happy smiling faces. Golf lessons for children are also on offer and at meal times there are children’s menus. The hotel offers a babysitting service should you wish to relax later in the evening knowing your loved ones are safely tucked up in bed, or if they are a bit older they can go to the 106-seat in-house cinema.
Fairmont St Andrews is being refurbished at the moment, with minimal disruption to the public, they are refitting carpets and soft furnishings which will incorporate some Scottish materials such as tweeds and tartans. In order to avoid Scottish theme overkill they have put up ‘mood boards’ on the walls in reception for anyone to view and give their opinion. A lighting installation called ‘Zephyr’ by the artist George Singer is being hung from the ceiling in the atrium. He has designed a piece of art which gives the illusion of the sea and sand indoors – a splendid design that will light up to give an ambience feel to the inside and will be seen from all directions on the main floor. I look forward to returning when this has been completed and to taking the family to enjoy all that’s on offer.
By Marion Tamburro