Turnberry is an upscale and unpretentious golf/spa destination. Whether one wants a quiet retreat, family friendly location, or spa for rejuvination, the estate @ Turnberry awaits your arrival. We were greated by kilt wearing attendents, smiling concierge/desk personnel and a breathtaking view of the ocean and golf course from the main lounge area. Our room was in the Spa building and had the oceanview which created an atmosphere at once of relaxation and decompression from our travel to Scotland from the USA. We stayed for 4 days and utilized the pool, whirlpool,sauna and steam rooms. While rather small for a hotel of its size all the amenities were clean, operable and stock appropriately with towels, etc. for patrons usage. A visit to the Spa for a massage treatment and reflexology prooved to be a God send for a sciatica that was acting up. Rates were commenserate for the services provided which was surprising since prices in Edinburgh at the Sheraton Grand were significantly higher for the same sevices. The room was spacious and comfortable with a large bathroom stocked with aeromatic soaps, shampoos, etc. as well as self coffee service readily available at the coffee/bar space in the entrance hall. The Spa building did not provide in room safes. The hotel does provide a safe/locked boxes in the main building's office area. These can be accessed daily and frequently with one's own combination much like room safes. Unfortunately, the room temperature was rather hot due to the solar gain for the large expansive windows and no airconditioning. However, in fairness, we were aware of the possibility at the time of booking. Our stay was at a time when it was unusually sunny (no complaints!) thus the solar gain heat. The hotel was equipped to handle the situation for those travelers that prefer cooler temps in their rooms by supplying, upon request, circulating fans. We found that the main building was cooler, but do not know if that is due to airconditioning in those areas, or not. Restaurants are limited to the main diningroom for breakfast and supper (which was the only place that a jacket for men might be more appropriate) in the evening. There are other options, however, for late afternoon tea service, lighter suppers and small bites in the evening. These are relegated to 3 lounge areas that provide sunset views, informal drinks and conviviality, and bar/wine service at relative prices. We felt that the full breakfast was over priced for what it was and chose to go to the golf course across the road for breakfast at the restaurant there instead. There really weren't many alternatives for restaurants in the area within walking distance. We did walk to the small village nearby, but luncheon service was stopped at 3PM at the small hotel. We took the local bus back to the estate after after unsuccessfully searching for another place to eat. There is a small "convenience" store in the town, but only if one truly needs to purchase snacks more than sandwiches, etc. We played a round of golf on the famous course and while not inexpensive was not out of line with similar course in the USA, or other resorts. All pricing was readily available online for rates, fees, etc. Biking, quadbiking, archery, watersports, horsebackriding and falconry are available at the resort with assistance from the staff. The hotel provides a detailed compact map of all the available walking trails on the estate which included access to the WWII airstrips that crisscross the trails. The concerige desk is manned by capable, helpful and very personable staff. We required a car and driver for a trip to another nearby town and it was seamlessly arranged for us with pick and waiting service for the return to the hotel. The Turnberry also has several "lodges" available for larger families, groups, or stays. These are like townhouses in our area in the US. Again, rates and information was available on the web for those interested. We did venture out to visit an area attraction the Culean Castle with the famous elliptical staircase, etc. We actually took the local bus service there and back right from the front of the hotel for a few pounds since we did not have a rental car. Other than the walking from the bus stop at the entrance to the castle and back it was a fun experience. We enjoyed our stay which was more wonderful than we anticipated and would like to return another time to avail ourselves of the other amenities that are available and, of course, more golf!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled within an 800 acre estate with views overlooking the rugged Ayrshire coastline, Trump Turnberry Resort is an enchanting destination. Trump Turnberry is the world's original golf resort with over a century of hospitality and tradition. It is scene of some of the most memorable moments in Open history, the championship Ailsa course is a legend in the game. Complimented by The Turnberry Performance Academy, an outstanding teaching facility offering a holistic approach to the game of golf; Trump Turnberry Resort is one of the most magnificent destinations for golf breaks in Scotland. With a range of outstanding accommodation, championship golf, a relaxing ESPA spa, six restaurants & bars and thrilling outdoor pursuits at Turnberry Adventures, Trump Turnberry Resort boasts a myriad of activities for travelers, golfers and families. The resort enjoys a spectacular coastal setting with breathtaking views of the Isle of Arran, Ailsa Craig and the Irish Sea. ... more less
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