No.1 Review: Fairmont, St Andrews


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There’s not much that tempts me out of hibernation when winter bites but the promise of some festive cheer is guaranteed to do just that.

The Fairmont St Andrews property received a multi-million pound revamp and the results are stunning. Due to its golf famous location you’d be forgiven for thinking that the hotel only caters to golfers, but the reality could not be further from the truth.

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The lobby at Fairmont St Andrews

In fact, as we discovered when we arrived, the clientele is a broad mix; your expected golfers, lots of couples on a romantic break and families too. I can be a little bit sceptical about places that cater to a number of different demographics as rarely does a ‘one size fits all’ approach work. However, Fairmont St Andrews has nailed the tricky balance, possibly due to the sheer scale of the property, the dedicated customer service and the fact that the refurb has cleverly but stylishly sectioned off areas of the hotel so you still feel like you are in a more intimate setting.

Our room was both luxurious and stylish with a nod to a more traditional Scottish vibe, but the real star of the show was the bathroom. It was complete with an enormous, luxurious walk-in shower and huge bath that I delightedly enjoyed an hour long soak in after a blustery walk round the grounds.

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Guest room at Fairmont, St Andrews.

Dining at Fairmont, St Andrews

After recovering from facing the elements, we decided it was time for a bite to eat. Guests can choose from the on site Italian restaurant, La Cucina, or the St Andrews Bar and Grill, perched on a cliff top with views over the golf course and world famous St Andrews Bay.

We decided on the Bar and Grill and it did not disappoint. We tucked in to an utterly delicious start of langoustine ravioli and I followed up with a full lobster drizzled in garlic butter whilst my other half went for the fillet steak and was thoroughly delighted with his choice. We barely had room for dessert but settled on the petit fours with chocolate dip. Completely unnecessary but we didn’t regret it for a second.

Fairmont at Christmas

The hotel takes Christmas decoration to a new level with a giant tree displayed in the atrium. To help get younger guests in the festive spirit, the hotel is shortly about to launch their ever-popular Santa’s grotto with which is available to non-residents too.

For those couples looking for a little festive romance, the outdoor ice rink is guaranteed to deliver just that (open to childen too), meanwhile families can also enjoy the Christmas movie screenings taking place throughout December.

The hotel prides itself on being a true destination, there’s something for everyone – it’s truly the perfect festive retreat for all.

Christmas decorations at Fairmont St Andrews

Sophie Lambert

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