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If you do one thing this year go to Auchrannie Spa Resort Hotel
We have just spent the weekend at The Auchrannie Spa Resort Hotel 19-21st January. Being in the events industry I have stayed in quite a few country spa hotels however this is the first time that I have felt the desire to write about how fantastic our stay was.
My husband, daughter and I have spent the most relaxing weekend together in stunning high quality surroundings. The facilities were perfect for our needs. Alongside the spacious rooms, incredibly tasty but reasonably priced food, the staff were friendlier and more helpful than many 5 star resort staff that I have stayed and worked with across the country.
The hotel is situated in the most spectacular of locations, Scotland in miniature indeed. It has everything pool, steam rooms, spa treatment facilities, a relaxing homely bar with an internet room for teenagers - what a blessing for our daughter. My husband even managed to get 12 holes at one of the local golf courses
My friends and family who accompanied us this weekend have all vowed that we would want to return again later in the year. If you want a relaxing holiday with something to offer every member of the family then Auchrannie Spa Resort is the place for you!
Well done Auchrannie and keep up the great work!
Stayed at Auchrannie from 5th to 7th March 2007. Stayed in the Country House Hotel where our room was clean, bright and comfortable. We ate in the Garden Restaurant on our first night there but found the food to be average with small portions. On our second night we ate at Cruise (Spa Resort) and enjoyed that more. Breakfast at the Garden Restaurant was good on both mornings. Used the pool/steam room and sauna in the Country House Hotel and found it good although the pool temp was a bit cool. The staff were pleasant and helpful. The Auchrannie location is very central with great views of Goatfell and very central for ferry, shops and walks. Overall an enjoyable, relaxing stay.
Very pleasant stay
Myself and my husband spent just one night at the Auchrannie Spa resort this month.
Unfortunately due to the fact we were staying such a short time I am unable to review any of the facilities.
However, the room was lovely. Beautiful view, comfortable bed, fantastic shower, everything we needed.
The breakfast was excellent with a huge choice.
The staff were extremely friendly and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Good for a family break
We've just returned from a nice family gathering at the Auchrannie Spa Resort. It's an ideal place to take the kids however on this occasion the fact that the pool table, 5 games in the"Teen Zone", and the sauna were out of order posed great disappointment to the teenagers in the group! All the staff are very pleasant and the food of a high quality (if a little expensive).
great find on a busy island
Auchrannie Resort & Spa (sept 2006)
After a heavy ferry crossing from Kintyre, the Solid ground of Arran was a relief. After a drive round most of the West side of the island, it was getting late and we needed to find a hotel, and as luck would have it, as we approached Brodick, (the main town) we came across the Auchrannie Resort and Spa. They only had one room available, and after our previous bad luck (at The Hunting Lodge hotel on Kintyre), we asked to see it before we decided. Our luck was in – it was great! Clean, fresh, nice view from the window and you could sit on the toilet without flinching! We said yes.
We got freshened up then had dinner at one of their three restaurants, and it was pretty good. Not fantastic, but fresh, edible and tasty. Breakfast the next morning was also good, but we didn't have time to try the Pool & spa!
All in All, a great find in a busy place, and nice helpful staff
I highly recommend everyone to "Take the high road"to Brodick and stay at Auchrannie,you will not be disappointed!!.
I am an Aussie with a Scottish background and decided that i wanted to see as much as possible of this beautiful country,based in Edinburgh i have managed to cover a lot of territory,as far north as John 'O Groats.Along the way i encountered a number of locations that will stay in my mind forever.Took a ferry over to Isle of Arran and drove in to Brodick.It was the first time i had booked accomodation on the internet,so did not know what to expect,i had been told that it was a risk and that sometimes things look different to what they do on the net.The beauty and character of this wonderful place was breathtaking,rooms were very clean,surrounds were like picture postcards,i cannot compliment the staff enough,the restaurant menu offered fresh produce from the local area,it was of the highest standard.
The relaxing spa was just what the Dr ordered.I never used the pool area as i spent my days walking and taking in the stunning scenery.If you are fortunate enough to stay at this delightful place i would also recommend a visit to nearby Brodick Caslle and a walk up to Goat Fell.
I will be back!!!
we have just returned from a few days at Auchrannie spa resort and have to say it was a wonderful hotel. We took a 5 year old with us and also found the hotel very child friendly. The restaurant CRUISE was excellant, there was a very nice bar area and the dining area was
very modern with a contempory feel to it with stunning views. The best thing was the small, childs soft play area at the end of the dining room which allowed the children to jump about to their hearts content and also allowed us enjoy dinner and a drink.
The menu was good, plenty of choice and excellant value for money, both meals we have were gorgeous and there was a childs buffet too at school holiday times. Breakfast also was excellant with plenty of choice.
We had a family room which again had a very contempory feel but the one thing that did let it down was the small bath and very small sink which didnt have a mirror above which was tricky for my partner when shaving!
Brodick itself was nice and within easy walking distance of the hotel. We were very lucky to have glorious weather so could make good use of the beautiful beaches around the island. All in all we had a great time, altough we went in the Easter holidays so there were lots of children around, I generally get the impression that couples would be better at the traditional hotel as this one has a definate family feel. The staff were friendly and helpful and we would happily return.
A great place for a relaxing stay
We booked into the spa part of the complex in February for our anniversary. We took advantage of a special offer they run over the winter season which includes two nights' accomodation, breakfast, ferry passes and £30 a night towards dinner. The resort is a five minute drive from the ferry port and a couple of minutes' walk from the sea. We were greeted very warmly by the staff who impressed us throughout our stay. Our room was spacious, clean and well-equipped, the local Arran Aromatics toiletries were a nice touch and we visitied their factory and bought some of the products that the hotel used. Other reviews commented on the noise from other rooms and although I am a light sleeper, I wasn't disturbed at night. On our first night we chose to eat in the Auchrannie House Hotel which is a short walk from the spa accomodation. The food and service were excellent and most of the diners were smartly dressed. The breakfast was good on both mornings and on the second night we ate in the spa bar area where the dress code is more relaxed, and I would say the food was of a reasonable standard. I booked into the spa for a body massage (book in advance as treatments are very popular) and was very impressed by the whole experience from being greeted at the counter to being taken to a room to relax after the treatment was over. I used the other spa facilities such as the pool and steam rooms and everything was in good working order and well-maintained. Overall we were very impressed by the complex, the only let down was that very few of the tourist attractions were open at that time of year, so I would advise booking plenty of spa treatments or take your waterproofs and enjoy the stunning scenery!
The Girl's Annual Spa Break
Having stayed at Auchrannie Country House Hotel in February, 2006 on a special midweek ferry- inclusive dinner, bed and breakfast deal for 2 nights (advertised widely in National Press), my friend and I decided to return this year on the same deal as we enjoyed our first visit so much. We cannot speak highly enough of the Hotel, all aspects of our stay were excellent both times we visited. One of our reasons for visiting was the fact that the adjoining Spa Resort has wonderful swimming pool and Spa treatments available (the treatments are at extra cost but Hotel guests are able to make use of the Swimming Pool in both the Hotel and the Spa Resort free of charge). Last year, the Hotel pool was shut for repairs but we used the Spa Resort Pool several times and each had a lovely treatment the day we arrived which set the scene for a very relaxing break. This year, it was wonderful to be able to wander downstairs in the same building to the Hotel swimming pool for a relaxing swim and sauna before breakfast, not having to brave the wintry weather outside! Last year, to compensate for the Hotel Pool being shut, the opening hours of the Spa Pool were extended to the same as the Hotel Pool to accommodate us and we also received a complimentary drink voucher which was a nice touch. The rooms in the Hotel are very comfortable, we were in the more modern wing of the Hotel in a twin room with en-suite bathroom and were very comfortable, particularly on our visit this year with a lovely view over the garden. It was so quiet and peaceful, we felt as if we had the place to ourselves! The room was a good size and had everything we wanted in the way of facilities with very comfortable beds. The Garden Restaurant is superb with the most wonderful imaginative food and daily specials and the service is superb, discreet but very attentive and we were made to feel very welcome. The open fire in the lounge area and large comfortable leather sofas in the conservatory were a lovely place to while away a few hours reading a book or relaxing before and after dinner. Last year, we happened to be there on Valentine's Day and the dinner was really wonderful with some fantastic sweets on the daily special menu!! The hotel was a lovely base to come back to after a day exploring the island - this year the weather closed in at lunchtime on our full day on the island and we were more than happy to come back and have a quiet lunch in Brambles Bar and Brasserie which is also in the Country House Hotel building and we did not move outside again for the rest of the day, it is such an oasis of calm and peace and no-one is making you feel you should not be there at any time through the day. We have not eaten at the Spa Resort but it is also lovely though geared much more to families and would be ideal for people with children. The Hotel is great for couples of any age, female friends (there were another 2 ladies like ourselves staying and a mother and her 2 daughters while we were there this year as well as several older couples and all were having a good time) and couples with small children or babies (there was a couple with a baby there this year as well and they were able to have dinner by themselves - maybe the Hotel offer a baby listening service??) The Hotel Pool is quieter than the Spa Resort Pool though is available for use by people staying in the Timeshare Lodges on the complex so could be busy at holiday times too. We were there at a very quiet time this year, last year's visit was a mid-term holiday and the Spa Resort Pool also doubles as a public Swimming Pool for the island and can be used by School groups at times making it very crowded as it was the afternoon we arrived last year.
I can highly recommend the Espa treatments available at the Spa Resort and there is a good well stocked gift shop in the Spa Resort as well.
We will certainly be going back again next year for our yearly "treat", it is a very special place.
Good and not so good points selfcatering lodge
CD/DVD/TV (if needed for a wet day)
Access to pool + spa
Not so good points:
Hotel pool shared by locals and therefore, closed for several hours per day 12-4, when open volleyball and aqua-aerobics in shallow end hence limited use to those under 5 ft!
Spa pool holds children swimming lessons for locals that necessitated turning off water features for younger children in separate kids pool for up to 90 mins. Try not to swim between 4-5.30
Pretty unfriendly staff at times in spa and cruize restaurant.
A place full of rules and regulations eg. unable to borrow float for use in pool.
Cruize cafe, patchy service and patchy meals.
Despite the above review had lots of rest and relaxation in Arran -a beautiful island. If travelling again would probably rent a cottage (would be cheaper) and pay for daily use of spa facilities as per the locals.
Hope this is helpful. Have fun exploring Arran