As another Scottish winter descends, a relaxed mini-break with a spot of pampering becomes an increasingly attractive option. Combine it with a bracing visit to the beautiful East Lothian coastline and it looks all the more tempting.
Today’s Big Deal offers the ideal respite from the pressures of the festive season, or a refreshing getaway in the New Year. The elegant and welcoming Macdonald Marine Hotel invites you for an overnight stay in North Berwick and your choice of treatments in their immaculate, contemporary spa.
The Macdonald Marine Hotel is an imposing landmark Victorian building with a superb location on the waterfront in North Berwick. Guest rooms are individually appointed in a classic style, with period touches such as high ceilings and large windows.
The Big Deal option one offers an overnight stay for two with breakfast in a Classic room in the Macdonald Marine hotel with a 30-minute spa treatment of your choice and a glass of Prosecco.
Option two offers a two-night stay for two with breakfast in a Classic room in the Macdonald Marine hotel with a 30-minute spa treatment of your choice and a glass of Prosecco.
Stays are available from Sunday to Friday with a £40 supplement for Friday night stays.
There is the option to upgrade to an Executive room for £40 for one night or £70 for two nights.
The Macdonald Marine Hotel Spa is a relaxed and elegant haven where you can enjoy facilities that include a steam room, sauna and pool.
The Big Deal includes a 30-minute spa treatment. Choose from a range of grooming and beauty treatments to suit your preference. Treatments available are:
Elemis Taster Facial
Deep Tissue Massage
Exotic Lime and Ginger Salt Glow
Pro Collagen Hand and Nail Treatment
Sole Delight Grooming for Feet
Ceremony of the Sun Total Glow Self Tanning
Hot Lava Stomach Treatment
Special Occasion Make-up
The deal includes breakfast but guests may also be interested in dining at the hotel. The Craigleith restaurant is a graceful and relaxed venue for lunch or dinner, with plush red décor and great views of the Firth of Forth.
Contemporary Scottish cuisine features strongly on the menus, with freshly-caught and locally cured fish and locally-sourced beef.
Out and about
The East Lothian beaches offer superb walking options, with Yellowcraig, Belhaven Bay and Gullane Bents within easy reach of the hotel. Nearby Tantallon Castle is a fascinating fortress with a dramatic position on a promontory.
Birdwatchers will enjoy the facilities at North Berwick with the Scottish Seabird Centre on the waterfront and the world’s largest gannet colony on the Bass Rock.
You don’t even need the car. North Berwick is a 30-minute train ride from Edinburgh Waverley, with regular hourly connections. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from the station or a short taxi ride.
Visitors have been generous in their reviews of the Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following:
‘We had access to the Marine Hotel Spa and what a treat. It has all the equipment and a wonderful pool and hot tub area including steam and ice tub. They also offer great massage services which I personally used and found to be some of the best I’ve ever had.’
‘Staff are so welcoming and friendly and nothing was too much trouble. All areas were well maintained and user friendly. I also had a mini facial which was SO good.’
This Big Deal offers an invigorating and refreshing break on the East Lothian coast. It would make an ideal getaway before the mayhem of the festive season descends, or a thoughtful gift idea for the post-Chrismas period, offering the promise of a 2016 escape to the coast.