Aviemore | from £69 per room per night from 3rd October – 30th December
Looking to take the kids along on your mini-moon? This resort could be the perfect choice
Reviewed by Katie Bletcher [September 2016]
Driving through the imposing Cairngorms on a crisp September morning with my other half and toddler in tow I’ve got that real holiday vibe. Our home for the night is the Macdonald Aviemore Resort, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and after a few days of DIY we’re ready to kick back and sample all the facilities this beautiful alpine-style complex has to offer.
Checking into the four-star Morlich Hotel, one of four on-site, evidence of the resort’s recent multi-million pound renovation is all around. The entire ground floor has been revamped with the light and airy lobby giving way to invitingly deep leather armchairs and exposed brickwork in the bar, creating a serene, restful ambience.
Upstairs our room has also been given an upgrade with beautiful white linens, tasteful heathery tartan and thistle motif throws and cushions, a deep bathtub and a walk-in rainfall shower big enough for two. But we don’t have time to sink into the super comfortable kingsize just yet. After a dip in the activity centre pool, (and shot on the flume of course), it’s time for dinner.
The resort has a choice of restaurants including Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante and the brand new Spey Burger but we opt for Scottish Steakhouse where the food is truly amazing. The aromatic duck salad starter is a particular culinary high point but for main it has to be steak. The mouth-watering rump cut is cooked to perfection and is honestly the tastiest steak I’ve had in a very long time.
… the location. Set right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park the resort enjoys breath-taking views.
The Highland Terrace with its panoramic backdrop is a perfect location for your drinks reception or outdoor ceremony and you’re only a stone’s throw from the tranquil Loch Morlich – an ideal location for wedding photos. More adventurous couples could even hop on the CairnGorm Mountain funicular railway for stunning shots.
Aviemore Resort’s One Bride, One Day policy, meaning you’ll be the only couple tying the knot across the entire resort. You’ll have a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, focused on prioritising what makes your wedding unique and they can adapt wedding packages to suit your wishes.
There’s also a wide variety of spaces around the resort, from the intimate chapel to the ever-popular Peregrine Suite (capacity 200). And if your guest list runs into the hundreds there’s the impressive blank canvas Osprey Arena which can cater for up to 600 people.
Once the festivities are over there’s still plenty of scope for post-wedding fun with the activity centre, kids club, 18-hole Macdonald Spey Valley championship golf club, cocktail and whisky master classes, or you could even set up your own Highland Games on the lawn. But if that all sounds too energetic unwind with a luxury spa treatment. An idyllic end to a perfect wedding weekend and if you’re anything like me you’ll not want to leave.
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