Today I am thrilled to spotlight on the Fairmont St Andrews, a luxury contemporary hotel and Wedding Venue on the rugged Scottish coast with views overlooking St Andrews, the Home of Golf, and the North Sea.
I recently visited with my family and from the moment you walk through the doors its not just another hotel, it is an incredibly special experience.
To give you some history when Don & Nancy Panoz, the visionary founders of this luxury Scottish hotel discovered a breathtaking cliff-top location overlooking the legendary St Andrews they set out to create Scotland’s newest resort destination.
The Resort was designed in keeping with the historic nature of the area with a dedication to preserving the landscape’s natural beauty, stunning vistas and the spirit and traditions of the game of golf, and they have done that beautifully.
The exterior of the hotel is quite modern and doesn’t give much hint to the spectacular interior designed to reflect the colours of sea and shore.
The impressive lobby/reception area welcomes you in with a roaring fire, impressive artwork and stylish furniture.
Warm Scottish hospitality spills out in multitudes and from the moment you step out of your car everyone makes you feel like a treasured friend, and that is a lovely feeling.
From the lobby it opens into a massive atrium space decorated in subtle hues.
A grand double staircase leads you down into the space which is bookended with a lounge/library space to one end and a dining space to the other.
Light streams from the floor to ceiling windows bouncing off the glittering hanging sculpture that certainly is an incredible centrepoint.
Whether you are leisure, business or Wedding guest or the Happy couple, having a lovely place to lay your head is really important after a hard day of work, sightseeing or dancing/celebrating all night.
The five-star resort’s 211 elegantly presented bedrooms and suites all feature undeniably Scottish finishing touches and a plethora of space.
King Size beds, thick, soft duvet covers and five star amenities will start your journey into relaxation as soon as you arrive..
Fairmont guestrooms have an option of king or twin room – the twin boasts two queen size beds for ultimate comfort.
The hotels beautiful rooms combine rich materials, and stylish lighting, artworks and furniture.
Alternatively if you are looking for a little extra space, a selection of suites are the perfect option with stunning sea views.
The exquisite Kingdom of Fife Presidential Suite’s separate living room, dining room, spacious bedroom and Jacuzzi bathroom, come together to offer spectacular accommodation and views over historic St Andrews, and the stunning St Andrews Bay can be enjoyed from a private balcony.
This can be perfect Wedding or Honeymoon accommodation or for those wanting to indulge themselves with a special treat.
Or if you desire a home away from home there are two, four-bedroom Manor Homes allow you the flexibility and convenience of home style comfort with the amenities of the resort at your disposal.
The Hotel caters to all but is family friendly with interconnecting rooms, folding beds and cots available,
For those with the requirement there are accessibility rooms with doors wide enough for wheelchair access.
These rooms also have roll-in showers, non-slip mats and night lights. Wheelchairs are also available from the Concierge.
We stayed in a Fairmont Deluxe Double Double room which was elegantly decorated and really quite spacious with two large double beds perfect in size for a family of four.
The huge modern bathroom has lovely bathtub and separate walk-in shower with steam free mirrors, bathrobes, gorgeous toiletries and large fluffy towels.
There is free superfast broadband throughout the hotel which has massive appeal if you are staying on Business or have kids that love their gadgets like mine.
Our room boasted one of the best lookouts in the resort too, with a breathtaking view over the golf courses and down to the sea even though the Scottish weather tried to scupper us with rain and fog.
For your relaxation and leisure the hotel offers The St Andrews Spa.
This has 10 luxurious treatment rooms offering a range of treatments which include locally-themed massages, touch therapy, facial and relaxation therapies, as well as a nail salon.
Treatment offerings come from some of the world’s leading product houses: Aromatherapy Associates, Ishga, Caudalie, Made for Life and OPI,
There is also an impressive fitness suite, steam and sauna rooms and an indoor pool which is amazing.
For the kids there is a Games room with Arcade Games , 6 X-Box stations, a Chalkboard , Giant Connect Four and Air Hockey etc which my kids really enjoyed, and for the littlies there is a mini soft play to tire out even the most boisterous toddler.
For dining the resort boasts a range of dining outlets, each with its own distinct personality and flair, and an array of options to cater for every palate.
Indulge in homemade cakes, finger sandwiches and pastry delights from the Hotels Savoy Afternoon Tea experience in the Atrium Lounge, enjoy Scottish steak and local seafood cooked to perfection in St Andrews Bar & Grill, or enjoy a little piece of the Mediterranean in the Italian restaurant, La Cucina.
Serving up traditional Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a distinctive Scottish flare, La Cucina offers a homely relaxed dining experience.
We dined here on our overnight stay and my Rigatoni Bolognese followed by Lemon Tarte was top notch.
What really sets the Hotel apart though from a dining point of view is Breakfast.
This is set in the Squire Restaurant in the atrium.
Whether it’s a delicious full-cooked breakfast or something a little healthier there is SO much choice.
From cereals to yoghurts to artisan breads, croissants, pastries, to fruit or a plate of deli meats and cheeses. the menu is extensive.
There is even an egg station where you can have your bespoke omelette made up right in front of you.
Add in Scottish staples like porridge and tasty treats like waffles and pancakes and you are well and truly spoilt.
There has just been a major refurbishment to this Fife Wedding Venue coming together to set the stage for a spectacular Big Day.
The hotel offers over 15,000 square feet of flexible event planning, conference accommodation, and meeting space..
This includes including the 6,179 sq ft Robert Burns Ballroom which can support events of almost any size with external doors to allow vehicle access, the John Barbour 106 theatre style auditorium and ten multi-purpose large and small meeting rooms with natural daylight.
The expansive grounds can also be used to erect Tipi and Marquee.
The venue is fully licensed for civil, humanist and religious ceremonies.
Banquet menus at Fairmont St Andrews feature authentic recipes showcasing cuisine and cooking methods from Scotland and around the world.
These menus feature local and sustainably sourced ingredients from Scotland’s extensive larder of produce and offer dietary preferences from our Fairmont Lifestyle Cuisine menu.
To find out more about the Hotel as the setting for your special day> Wedding Brochure…
There are plenty activities within the grounds and the surrounding local area from mountain biking, hill-walking and kite-flying to a stroll through the medieval St Andrews visiting aquariums, museums and traditional kilt-makers, all moments away from Fairmont.
To aid you in sightseeing there is a complimentary shuttle bus to St Andrews from Hotel front entrance on the hour.
To help you make the best use of your time in St Andrews the hotel staff has compiled a list of suggested St Andrews, Scotland itineraries to help you experience the region’s most popular attractions and hidden treasures.
Then there is Golf which is a huge focus at the hotel, itself being embraced by two Championship Golf Courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks.
Golf carts and equipment are available for rental, and tuition is available too.
Within half an hour is all the sights of Dundee.
Its regenerated waterfront has 2 nautical museums: RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, and 19th-century warship, HM Frigate Unicorn.
North of the water, Verdant Works is a museum celebrating the city’s jute-manufacturing heritage and there is also the brand new V&A design museum too.
All in all I could not recommend it more, whether you are in Scotland for a lovely break, on Business or you wish to consider a beautiful Fife Wedding Venue.
Its an amazing pace to stay with incredible hospitality.
Consider it also as a Venue for your Big Day, from the huge Scottish Wedding to the romantic elopement just for two, or a lovely little Minimoon.
Why not indulge yourself in absolute relaxation, savour all the nearby sights, breathe in the hotels huge personality and just enjoying a really wonderful and magical place that will always hold on to a little bit of your heart.
To Contact the Fairmont St Andrews7
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (Weddings)
Phone: 01334 837000