Go East, as the Pet Shop Boys sang in the early demo version of their hit single. They were, of course, thinking of the glorious East Lothian coastline, that scenic stretch of beaches, cliffs and romantic castles on Edinburgh’s doorstep.
It’s the ideal destination for a brief getaway from the city, offering bracing sea breezes, romantic beach walks and some glorious scenery. If only there was a comfortable and stylish hotel and spa in the vicinity.
Hold on, there is. Today’s Big Deal, by happy chance, just happens to offer a relaxing and invigorating break by the sea at the Bayswell Park Hotel and Spa in Dunbar.
The Bayswell Park Hotel boasts a superb location, perched on a cliff top beside the Firth of Forth, with majestic coastal views across to the Bass Rock. Recently refurbished guest rooms combine traditional comfort with luxurious contemporary touches.
Today’s Big Deal offers a choice of break to suit your preferences.
Option one is £125 for an overnight B&B stay for two in a luxurious hot tub room, with a 30-minute spa treatment and late checkout.
Option two is £79 for an overnight B&B stay for two in a standard double room with dinner and a late checkout.
Hot tub rooms are the perfect choice for a luxurious romantic break. These spacious boutique style suites have their own private balcony with a hot tub and scenic sea views, so you can enjoy an indulgent wallow while taking in the sunset.
Standard rooms feature relaxed contemporary décor and modern amenities.
A little pampering
The Bayswell Park Hotel Spa is a tranquil retreat offering a variety of treatments and therapies. The Big Deal offers a 30-minute spa treatment for each guest from a repertoire that include back, neck and shoulder massage or skin specific facial.
Dining in style
The Big Deal offers diners the chance to enjoy a meal in the hotel’s View Restaurant, a relaxed, light-filled space with all-round vistas over the water, the ideal spot for an intimate dinner a deux.
Menus are distinguished by a strong Scottish accent in contemporary gastropub-style dishes that make use of local produce where possible.
Highlights include starters of cullen skink, crisp haggis bon-bons or pan-fried scallops, mains of Irn Bru braised Scotch short rib of beef, lightly-spiced venison burgers or steamed East Coast mussels, and desserts such as sticky toffee pudding, rich chocolate tart and affogato with a choice of liqueur.
See and do
Easily reached by road or rail from Edinburgh, Dunbar is a charming coastal town with a 13th-century castle and picturesque harbour.
The East Lothian coastline is perfect for beach walks, with great stretches of sand at Yellowcraig, Belhaven Bay and Gullane Bents, and the dramatic medieval fortress of Tantallon to explore.
The Bayswell Hotel and Spa has earned plenty of positive reviews on TripAdvisor. These are recent contributions:
‘I loved this hotel! We stayed in a hot tub suite and it was fantastic. The room was very clean and there were some really wonderful touches. The homemade shortbread and fruit basket were a great finishing touch!’
‘Absolutely fantastic place, very relaxing with stunning views. The room was absolutely spotless. The staff in this hotel are lovely, they cannot do enough for you.’
Today’s Big Deal at the Bayswell Hotel and Spa offers a relaxing escape from the stress of festive preparations or, with availability until the end of March, a welcome break to look forward to in 2016.
Whether it’s planned as a pre-Christmas getaway or a thoughtful festive gift, this East Lothian break is a brilliant way to enjoy a little romantic quality time in a scenic coastal setting.