If you are looking for a golf vacation that the whole family will enjoy, the Turnberry Resort, known for its championship golf courses, health spa, and outdoor activities, is located on the Atlantic coastline in Scotland. Available activities for non-golfers include mountain biking, off-road driving, horseback riding, falconry, target shooting and fishing in a two-and-a-half acre spring-fed loch. The resort completed a full renovation, upgrading all of the rooms, spa and hotel facilities. Turnberry is home to three championship golf courses - the Ailsa Course, the Kintyre and the Arran. If you want to polish up your game, the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy at Turnberry offers golf programs for all ability levels. The school has an open air driving range, a short game pitching area, putting course, a 12-hole pitch-and-putt course, 2 indoor/outdoor teaching areas and an audio-visual theatre.
The hotel spa employs a holistic philosophy to harmonize mind and body. The spa has a swimming pool with beautiful views of the sea, Jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy suites as well as The Toni and Guy Hair Salon. Spa services include hot stone therapy, reflexology, oriental head massage, aromatherapy, facials and treatments designed especially for men.
The resort's eight luxury two bedroom apartments all have a full kitchen, a living room, one bedroom with a king bed and one with two double beds. These apartments are the perfect option for a family that wants the freedom of a private living space and kitchen. The hotel often runs special packages that make the luxury apartments a great deal. Guest rooms and suites are individually decorated with rich fabrics and elegant furnishings. Many rooms offer spectacular views of the ocean.
The Outdoor Activity Center is the starting point for most outdoor activities at the resort. Enjoy Trout Angling or Salmon Fishing and have the hotel's chefs prepare your catch for dinner. The falconry center, which houses a range of birds including Eagles, Owls, Hawks, Buzzards and Falcons, offers introductory lessons for £ 55 per person for one hour. The resort offers several gourmet restaurants which prepare dishes using locally grown produce, seafood and game. The hotel restaurant, featuring spectacular ocean views, serves traditional French cuisine and classic Scottish dishes. The Terrace Brasserie, located above the spa, serves light Mediterranean-style dishes. The Tappie Toorie Grill at the Clubhouse offers casual fare.
The hotel offers excellent specials so be sure to check their website before you book. Doubles start from £ 375 per night in the summer and from £ 220 in the winter. The rate includes a full Scottish breakfast, use of the swimming pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes, putting greens and the 12 hole pitch n' putt course. Green fees start from £ 90 for hotel guests at the Kintyre Course and from £ 105 at the Ailsa Course. Golf is available from April 1 through October 31, depending on the weather. Major carriers fly to Glasgow International Airport from New York City and many European cities. The resort is 55 miles from the airport (+44(0)1655-333-991, website).
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