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The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is a spectacular 5-star property set amid 11-acres of private and picturesque grounds on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen.
Offering an elegant and intimate stay for guests, which have included many passing celebrities and high-profile individuals, the hotel’s excellent facilities, world-class service and prime location make it a fantastic base for those wanting to explore this north-east region of Scotland in style. Despite being a member of the coveted Small Luxury Hotels of the World, The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa is an accommodating family-friendly venue that boasts a charming and comforting atmosphere, warmly welcoming everybody who steps through its doors.
There are 39 opulent guest rooms and suites available at the hotel, each individually designed with comfort in mind. There’s also a luxury on-site spa with a selection of relaxing treatments guests can indulge in, using authentic ingredients to help soothe the body and mind – or if you prefer a faster pace, the fitness centre has all the equipment you need to get your heart pumping. With a spectacular dining scene including the Conservatory Restaurant, The Drawing Room Bar & Lounge, and Afternoon Tea, guests can look forward to quality cuisine during their stay.
The hotel also boasts a selection of fantastic leisure amenities, making it easy for guests to explore the city’s rich history and rolling countryside – when they’re not spending time on the green, of course. You’ll find some of the finest game shooting and fishing just a 30-minute drive from the hotel, not to mention over 1,000 castles and ruins to explore across the north-east of the country alone – including the home of Her Majesty the Queen, the Balmoral Castle – each with a different story to tell.
Golf is the real star of the show in this neck of the woods though; just 20 minutes from The Royal Aberdeen Links Golf Course, you’ll find no less than 50 exclusive courses to tee off at within a 50-mile radius. During your stay at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, you’ll have access to Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Murcur Golf Club, Cruden Bay Golf Club, Newburgh on Ythan Links, Trump International Golf Links, and Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, to name a few.
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The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa boasts 39 bedrooms and suites, each individually designed with ultimate comfort in mind. Suitable for both the businessman and leisure traveller, guests can sink into sumptuous king size or zip-link beds, while inter-connecting rooms suitable for families can also include twin beds to accommodate four guests. You’ll find excellent amenities available in each of the rooms including free WiFi and evening maid service – ensuring all guest needs are met.
Each of the stylish Executive Rooms feature king or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower, and pleasant views of the scenery. In-room facilities include everything from bathrobes to hairdryers, a refrigerated mini-bar, fresh fruit, newspapers and magazines, a telephone, and a TV. Maid service is available in the evenings and for anyone travelling with a furry four-legged companion, dogs are welcome in each of The Marcliffe Executive Rooms!
Boasting antique-style décor, all the Deluxe Rooms at The Marcliffe feature king or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with a bath and shower, plus pleasant views of the grounds. Facilities include cosy bathrobes, a hairdryer, mini-bar with refreshments, fresh fruit, newspapers and magazines, luxury Molton Brown toiletries, a telephone, and a flat-screen TV.
The plush Junior Suites offer guests a spacious area to relax in after a long day of exploration, with comfortable king or twin beds, an en suite bathroom with a bath and separate shower, and pleasant views over the hotel grounds. In-room amenities include bathrobes, a hairdryer, refrigerated mini-bar with snacks, fresh fruit and biscuits, newspapers and magazines, luxury Molton Brown toiletries, a telephone and a flat-screen TV with multiple channels and movies.
This stylish One-Bedroom Suite is perfect for couples or solo travellers looking to lap up the luxury for a few nights. The Dunnottar Suite is slightly larger than the rooms at approximately 40sqm and features a king-size bed, spacious living room, garden view, plus an en suite bathroom with a bath, shower, and luxury Molton Brown toiletries. Other amenities include bathrobes, a hairdryer, mini bar, fresh fruit and biscuits, daily newspapers and magazines, a telephone, and a flat-screen TV.
Stay in style at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa when you check into the elegant Fyvie Suite. This One-Bedroom Suite is the largest of the accommodation types available at the hotel, measuring at approximately 45sqm. It features contemporary interiors, a king-size bed, spacious living room area, en suite bathroom with a bath and shower, plus beautiful views over the manicured gardens. The amenities include bathrobes, a hairdryer, mini bar, fresh fruit and biscuits, daily newspapers and magazines, luxury Molton Brown toiletries, a telephone, and a flat-screen TV.
The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa Highlights
There are a variety of highlights that make this resort stand out from the rest. Whether you’re visiting for its stunning interiors, high-quality service, excellent golf, or its prime position in this beautiful corner of Scotland – you’ll have plenty to discover.
Discover what makes The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa. Here are our personal highlights.
Discover an abundance of leisure activities during your stay at The Marcliffe. When you’re not busy soaking in the spa or perfecting your putting fields on the green, there’s a host of rich history and local culture to discover in this corner of the city. The hotel’s network of agents on Royal Deeside and across Scotland means it can easily cater to your wants, arranging popular local activities and excursions such as hunting, shooting, and fishing. Discover a selection of fishing packages along the River Dee and River Don, where you’ll find salmon and sea trout. There’s also plenty in store if you prefer to stay on dry land, too.
It’s clear to see why Scotland boasts the nickname the ‘Castle Country’, since there’s over 1,000 ancient castles and ruins to discover in the north-east of this spectacular destination alone. History buffs will be in their element when venturing out on the Castle Trail, where you’ll pass a selection of 17 restored castles, stately homes, and ruins through scenic Aberdeenshire. The regal Balmoral Castle on Royal Deeside is the newest palatial property to be added to the trail and a must-visit for a tour of the Royal Family’s beautiful gardens.
You can’t visit Scotland without embarking on a distillery tour in honour of the local tipple. Royal Lochnagar in Royal Deeside, The Macallan in Moray, The GlenLivet and GlenFiddich in Banffshire are a few of the nearby distilleries you can visit to learn about and sample a selection of single malt whiskies.
As expected, The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa has an exquisite dining scene with innovative menus that showcase some of Scotland’s finest local produce. Guests have a choice of spaces to dine at during their stay; the Conservatory Restaurant offers an airy, open-plan intimate dining area available during breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a terrace available for alfresco dining when the weather permits. Or if you’re visiting on a business trip or event, there are six stylish conference and banqueting rooms that can seat up to 400 guests.
Consider yourself a wine connoisseur? The wine cellar is fully stocked with over 400 quality international wines and champagnes, with a choice of eating spaces and an expert sommelier on hand to educate you with each glass. Similarly, The Drawing Room Bar and Lounge is an atmospheric space that houses over 100 choice malt whiskies, plus a host of original local paintings and a fascinating array of artefacts collected by the Spence family over the years – including a display of 140 cheese dishes from across the globe. Sit by the baby grand piano with a drink or curl up by the log burning fire with your morning coffee in this cosy space.
The option for a Traditional, Champagne, Prosecco or Bellini Afternoon Tea is also available at The Marcliffe at a set cost per person, for those after a light and leisurely lunch with a view.
Those seeking R&R during their stay can indulge in serenity at the on-site spa at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa. Indulge in a variety of relaxing body treatments for both ladies and gentlemen performed by fully-qualified therapists, including facials, waxing, luxury manicures and pedicures, plus a selection of Swedish, Aromatherapy and Hot Stone massages sure to soothe any aching muscles.
Crowned as the traditional home of golf, this corner of Scotland boasts a selection of superb courses, including the challenging links at Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen Golf Club –established in 1780. Whether you want to take a swing at stunning links courses or experience those inland, golfing enthusiasts will have plenty to choose from.
Founded in 1780 as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, this iconic course became Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815. Crowned as the sixth oldest golf club in the world, the course was originally designed by the Simpson Brothers, Archie and Robert, and later re-bunkered and lengthened by architect James Braid. One of the most challenging courses for its rugged terrain, golfers will be rewarded with views of the country’s most dramatic dunesland as they putt.
This 18-hole course located on the coast of Aberdeenshire is 10 minutes from the thriving city centre and is proud to have reached No.35 in the Golf World Magazine ranking of the Top 100 Courses in Scotland. Originally designed by Archie Simpson before it was revised by James Braid, you’ll be met by sloping sand dunes and fairways and stunning views over the North Sea. A popular course to play whilst you’re here.
One of the traditional Scottish links golf courses, Cruden Bay is internationally famous for being one of the best, old-fashioned links in Scotland. With awe-inspiring views of Slains Castle, this scenic course is one of the most challenging with its fair share of humps, hollows and blind shots, for seasoned golfers to master.
This hidden jewel nestled on the Aberdeenshire coast is less than 15 minutes from the vibrant city and a must-visit if you’re a golf enthusiast with a passion for old-fashioned links. Founded in 1888, Newburgh on Ythan was originally a nine-hole course on the Newburgh Links, before it was extended in 1996, with elevated hilly greens to navigate.
With The Great Dunes of Scotland as a backdrop, Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie occupies a three-mile stretch of North Sea coastline between Murcar Links and Cruden Bay, so you’re sure to benefit from postcard-worthy views (and coastal winds!). Surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife habitats, this dramatic course will be a blast for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t mind a challenge.
Located 4 miles from The Marcliffe, this beautiful course boasts a nine-hole par-three golf course, a 27-bay driving range and a short game area in Royal Deeside – so visitors have ample space to practice their technique when off the green. The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre also has three PGA Coaching Professionals on hand for anybody seeking private coaching. After a few hours battling the elements (and the course) relax in the coffee shop with pleasant views over the course.
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