With its island location, surrounded by stunning Scottish scenery, it’s not hard to see why Arran’s Auchrannie Resort has been named as ‘Scotland’s best staycation’*.
But what does it take to become Scotland’s best staycation? What are the main factors? Let’s explore the 10 things that attract people to stay at the luxurious resort of Auchrannie in autumn and winter:
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1) It has romantic retreats – complete with outdoor hot tubs
When it comes to booking a getaway or Scotland staycation, a retreat can provide the perfect peace and quiet as you spend some quality time together with loved ones. At Auchrannie Resort, there are beautiful cedar-clad retreats that are self-contained and sit on their own remote location, just a seven-minute walk from the main hotel buildings. Inside, there is a wood-burning stove and beautifully-decorated rooms, and outside is a seated area with fire pit and traditional hot tub, boasting peace and tranquility.
2) It has a spa
Called The ASPA, Auchrannie Resort’s spa is a unique space for friends, couples or individuals who want to indulge in a little ‘me time’. One of the highlights is the relaxation pods which you can enjoy before or after your treatments.
There is also two swimming pools, a sauna, steam rooms and health suites on-site.
3) It has – not one but – two restaurants (with new menus)
You do not need to go far to get good food at Auchrannie for it boasts two restaurants on-site: Cruize and Brambles.
Cruize is a modern bar brasserie serving freshly prepared pizzas, pastas, steaks and burgers, while at Brambles Seafood & Grill you can have a pre-dinner drink on the terrace, before tucking in to locally-sourced steaks and fish dishes.
Both restaurants are launching new menus at the end of October – so why not book your stay around then and be among the first to sample the new dishes?
4) It has a traditional hotel
As well as its modern spa building, lodges and retreats, Auchrannie Resort is also home to a traditional house hotel that offers cosy lounges and open fires, everything you would expect from an award-winning hotel in autumn and winter. Choose from the luxury standard rooms, executive rooms or suites. All three are tastefully-decorated to a very high standard and offer a perfect space for relaxation.
5) It has a number of outdoor pursuits to try
Thanks to Arran Adventure, there are a range of activities available for you to try at Auchrannie. Friendly instructors are on hand as you try something new, such as archery, segways or bike or e-bike hire.
6) It even has a motorhome/campervan stopover
Those who are visiting Arran by motorhome, are most welcome at Auchrannie Resort as the estate has its own motorhome stopover point.
Those who book a plot can stay on-site and benefit from use of the leisure club, spa and restaurants (charges apply). You will also have Wifi, electric hook-up and chemical toilet disposal. Dishwashing and showering facilities are also available.
7) It has breathtaking views out every window
Because of its location on Arran’s Auchrannie Road, the resort has spectacular views across the island and Firth of Clyde from almost every single window. Rooms with a view come as standard at Auchrannie.
8) It has log fires and lodges with wood-burning stoves
In the house hotel building, come in out of the cold after a day exploring Arran and you will greeted with a warm open fire. Take a seat and keep cosy as you relax and soak up the chilled-out atmosphere. Or why not book your own private retreat (like the one above). Here, you will be able to cosy up in front of the wood-burning stove.
9) It has a beautiful island location
Arran is the largest island on the Firth of Clyde and is home to Auchrannie Resort. The Isle of Arran is also a popular place for outdoor activities. And Auchrannie is the perfect base for those who want to explore all the island has to offer. From hillwalking and wildlife tours to castles and distilleries, there is something here for everyone.
10) It has rooms for £99 this autumn
*Auchrannie Resort, Arran was named Scotland’s best staycation at the Prestige Hotel Awards in May 2022.
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