Connoisseurs Scotland’s Turnberry Resort Offers Special Winter Holiday Stays

Whether you are seeking a vibrant, fun-filled celebration or a private getaway for Christmas and New Year’s, Connoisseurs Scotland’s Turnberry Resort makes for the perfect family destination. The 5 Red Star resort, normally closed during the holiday season, is opening its doors to offer guests an 8-night “Festive Experience” featuring a full program of activities for young and old, lasting from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, and accommodation in one of the hotel’s 150 stylish guest rooms. Those preferring a more private affair can choose a 7-night self-catered holiday in one of the eight fully-equipped Lands of Turnberry Apartments. Guests choosing either package can relax with ESPA spa treatments, enjoy adventurous outdoor activities such as off-roading and clay pigeon shooting, dine in the renowned 1906 restaurant or simply take in the stunning views of Ailsa Craig and the snow-capped mountains of Arran afforded by Turnberry’s location overlooking the Ayrshire Coast.

The eight-night “Festive Celebration” kicks off with a night of Christmas Eve activities: carols and mulled wine around the grand piano, a three-course dinner in 1906 and an optional midnight service with mince pies and hot chocolate upon your return. Guests awake to personalized stockings and a hearty Scottish breakfast on Christmas morning, followed later in the day by a champagne reception, Christmas lunch, showing of the Queen’s Speech and an evening buffet and quiet drinks. Boxing Day features a drinks reception followed by a gala dinner with at-table entertainment, a live band and dancing. The centrepiece of the holiday is Hogmanay, where a champagne reception precedes a black-tie celebration featuring a lavish five-course meal – prepared by Head Chef Justin Galea and his award-winning team – dancing, live ceilidh music and traditional Scottish activities. Children enjoy a Young Explorers’ Club with face painting, games and arts & crafts; Hogmanay Party with music, dancing, food, drinks and games; and a sleepover service until 3am on New Year’s Eve. Pricing is £2,615* ($4,089) per classic room, double occupancy, for an eight-night stay between Dec. 24 and Jan. 1 and includes a full program of meals and entertainment.

For a more intimate holiday, Lands of Turnberry offers a range of two to six bedroom self-catering apartments that offer the privacy of home with the benefit of having luxury resort amenities within walking distance. Each of the eight apartments have spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, large living room with fireplace, TV with Freeview and DVD, WiFi and washing machines. Visitors enjoy VIP access to Turnberry’s collection of championship golf courses and unlimited use of the spa facilities: swimming pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounges. Aside from the amenities offered by the hotel year round, guests staying in the private apartments during the holiday season will also have the option of participating in any of the hotel’s celebrations – such as the gala events on Boxing Day or the black-tie dinner on Hogmanay – on an a la carte basis. Pricing for a seven-night stay starts at £995 ($1,556) for a two bedroom apartment, based on up to six occupants, and includes full Scottish breakfast daily. Additional bedrooms can be added to the apartment for a rate of £385 ($602) per bedroom for the seven-night stay.

Connoisseurs Scotland’s 23 members include three of the world’s finest golf resorts, Gleneagles, Turnberry and Old Course; Inverlochy Castle, recently voted the best hotel in Europe; several outstanding city centre properties including Prestonfield, one of only two 5 Red Star Hotels in Edinburgh, and the recently refurbished Sheraton Grand; a 19th-century castle health spa; a collection of intimate country house hotels; the ultimate luxury train; the finest hotel afloat and an exclusive use property. Five of the members boast Michelin-starred restaurants.

For iInformation on Connoisseurs Scotland, its member resorts, partners and special offers visit www.luxuryscotland.co.uk.

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