SWD Visits…Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa, North Berwick [review]

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SWD’s Rachel takes a trip to the picturesque North Berwick getaway, Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa.


I feel like I find the Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa by accident. I mean, obviously I knew this was my destination, but turning the corner of a quiet street, it’s almost like this beautiful venue is a bit of a hidden secret, which only its guests know about.

As I arrive, a beautiful wedding car has stopped at the hotel’s grand entrance, with an excited bride ready for her big day. Good timing for me to be able to see a wedding in action!

We have been blessed with a particularly gorgeous sunny day, making the bright and airy reception area, with its high ceilings and glossy floors, even more spectacular.

Jakob, the hotel’s Head Concierge, welcomes us warmly, assisting with our bags and taking us to the check in desk. I feel at home already!

The grand reception area


Renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and glorious 19th century Victorian architecture, I’m surprised by the modern yet traditional feel the hotel has managed to create.

Our room, a spacious executive suite overlooking the sprawling grounds, has plenty of getting ready room and all the amenities to make for an enjoyable stay.

From the fluffy white bathrobes, right through to the Nespresso coffee machine, every little thing has been thought of.


After some exploring, it’s time to head to the tranquillity and calm of the spa. Booked in for the Elemis Couture Touch package, we’re first taken to the relaxation room. Robe and slippers on, sipping a water and reading a magazine in such a calming space is just what I need!

The treatment itself is so relaxing too, with 55 minutes of pampering to condition your skin and muscles with this all-embracing experience.

Post-treatment, you can unwind and make use of the luxurious Thermal Suite, with its sauna, steam rooms and – my favourite – the outdoor plunge pool. Bliss!


The views from Links Bar and Lounge


Suitably refreshed and relaxed from our time in the spa, it’s time for dinner; the hotel’s Craigleith restaurant our setting for the evening.

Large bay windows give the most superb views out over the impressive West Links Golf Course and the Firth of Forth and create the perfect ambience.

For a more informal dining experience, there’s also the Links Bar and Lounge. Still with the spectacular views, you can stop for a drink and nibble or even afternoon tea – perfect for the day before the wedding with your bridesmaids!

Craighleith restaurant is an ambient setting


The hotel can cater any wedding, from intimate celebrations in the refined and traditional Library and Drawing Room to grand evening receptions of up to 300 in the stunning Bass Rock Suite.

There’s also 83 luxury bedrooms and suites, giving you and your guests plenty of space to stay and really enjoy your wedding celebrations.


See an enquiry | Website | t. 01620 897 300 | e. specialevents.marine@macdonald-hotels.co.uk