Fairmont St Andrews with Kids – The 520 acre and five star Fairmont St Andrews works on many levels. From the tartan-trewed doorman who welcomed the children at the doorstep, to a cool play room and an astounding art installation. It’s known for its golf, but there’s so much more on offer.
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Check In & First Impressions
After the personal welcome at the doorstep, check in was swift and friendly, and then our jaws dropped as we stepped into the atrium. The art and light installation is staggering, what a first impression. Downstairs, guests were having a Savoy afternoon tea, reading the paper, and breakfast is served in the morning light of the atrium.
As I explored, my husband took the kids to the Playroom. What an asset. A wall of games and consoles, and giant Connect 4, as well as books and jigsaws.
I loved the spacious bathroom, and the Le Labo toiletries were luxurious too. Our bedroom was classic, smart, neutral, comfortable – nothing in particular to highlight or dislike, in terms of character, but I did notice the handy USB charging points round the room.
Lots of choice here, right across the dining spectrum. A really unexpected and innovative Vegan Sports Bar called Zephir is one option. For a family Italian, consider La Cucina. But we caught the courtesy bus to the St Andrews Bar & Grill, which specialises in surf and turf.
The Fairmont bus arrived almost immediately after we requested it, and whizzed us to the hotel’s clifftop restaurant. The sea views are sublime, for indoor or al fresco dining. When the kids weren’t colouring in the children’s menu, they made friends with the lobsters.
There is also a lively bar, Kittock’s Den, serving informal bar meals. Afternoon tea is also available, and from what I could see, hugely popular. Next time…
Breakfast was a huge spread. Although it was buffet style it was exceptionally well done, with a huge range of food, milk and smoothies, all beautifully presented. Dining in the Squire Restaurant, beneath the dazzling glass installation, was also an experience.
The resort prides itself on two championship golf courses, The Kittocks and The Torrance. We didn’t play but, understandably, it’s a key draw for the hotel.
As well as golf, The Fairmont is well known for the expanisve meeting room/business facilities, but whilst it is a golfing bolthole, I could see that it was popular for far more than that. It appeared to be an indulgent romantic getaway for couples, girls weekends were hitting the spa followed by Afternoon Tea and cocktails, and it was certainly family friendly. I appreciate hotels that offer a grown-up experience, but we’re also very comfortable bringing the children.
We hit the pool (but of course), which was a total hit (surprise, surprise!). The public rooms and spaces were so varied and large that there was room for everyone, and room for everyone to do their own thing. The seating in and around the atrium was inclusive yet secluded; I spotted individuals reading books, working on laptops or having a drink on their own.
The Fairmont has almost an American vibe when it comes to the service, which I mean as a compliment. The ratio of staff to guests is high, and someone was always on hand to assist or take a drinks order etc. I always rate hotels where there are more than enough staff to deliver what customers require.
The Fairmont is just outside the town of St Andrews. A courtesy bus runs into the town centre, although we didn’t use it as we simply enjoyed the facilities and restaurants of the hotel itself. To explore the town we recommend the small Locomotion Train that tours the main sights of centre.
What I liked about the Fairmont, was the fact that I felt transported. I find these large, quality resort hotels have that effect. They’re all very different, but Crieff Hydro, Gleneagles, Cameron House Hotel, and the Fairmont all create that bubble effect, when real life is temporarily suspended as you take time to eat, drink, swim, spa and be merry.
For further info visit fairmont.com, and be sure to look up the Offers tab, which includes a ‘SPEND THE KIDS’ INHERITANCE PACKAGE’.