Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Italy

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort in Italy is located in the lovely countryside of Lake Garda and has been nominated in a number of categories for the World Travel Awards.

Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort
Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort

The hotel boasts an 18 hole, Par 72 Championship Golf Course “Arzaga I”, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus II; while the 9-hole course Arzaga II, was designed by Gary Player.  The courses are designed to fit in around the hilly landscape and I think you’ll find they are great courses for both beginners and professionals.

This year’s Europe World Travel Awards event will be held at the Rixos Premium Belek, located in Antalya, Turkey, on October 1st.  I wish good luck to Palazzo Arzaga Hotel Spa & Golf Resort who were nominated in the following categories:

2010 Europe’s Leading Golf Resort

2010 Italy’s Leading Golf Resort

2010 Italy’s Leading Spa Resort

By Denise McKee.  Denise has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.

The Spa at Loch Lomond Golf Club

It is no longer a member’s-only treat to use the Spa at Loch Lomond Golf Club as Day Spa guests are now welcome. The building itself is a relaxing and luxurious spa placed in a magnificent and breathtaking setting.

Loch Lomong Golf Club Spa
Loch Lomond Golf Club Spa

Having booked in for an Energizer Massage, the staff at the spa recommend that you arrive at least 1 hour prior to your treatment in order to fully experience the heat experiences and the vitality pool (not to mention the sauna and the crystal steam room).

After the initial welcoming into the spa, I was shown to the changing rooms which were well-equipped – dental kits, brushes, hairspray, etc all available – and put on my swimwear, fluffy white robe and waterproof footwear in preparation for my afternoon of bliss.

First of all I decided to spend some time at the hydro pool which has different points providing various water pressure jets for underwater massage. From here I flitted between the steam room, the sauna and the ice fountain (this provides a much-needed cool down amid the heat experiences). By now my circulation was certainly working and I had a quick shower before moving onto the relaxation room to await the call for my treatment. The relaxation room itself which was very placid and offered a set of headphones for each lounger to allow you to listen to relaxing songs while admiring the lovely view out onto the small garden.

Treatment Room at the Spa
Treatment Room at the Spa

The treatment was fantastic, providing me with a (desperately) sought after boost…that must have been the Eucalyptus oil! The purpose of the Energizer Massage is to leave you with a clear head and a feeling of wellbeing; and I believe it did just that.

I should note that the spa is set within the walled garden at Loch Lomond Golf Club which also contains a large palm house and vast lawns and is really rather an extraordinary setting that I truly hope to attend again soon.

An Overnight Stay in the City of Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city that should be on your list of places to visit while in Scotland; a great place full of charm and fascinating history. On a recent visit there, I stayed at the Sheraton Grand Hotel – the hotel is in an excellent location, only a short walk from the restaurants, bars, shops and the sights.

Sheraton Grand - Thermal Suite
Sheraton Grand - Thermal Suite

The highlight of my stay was a visit to the Thermal Suite located in One Spa at the hotel; you are able to enjoy the different spa experiences in the thermal suite that include a gently heated Laconium, the blissfully scented Aroma Grotto, the warming Tepidarium and the Rock & Bio saunas. You also have access to the Hammams, the rain forest showers and the rooftop Hydropool. There is an extra cost for use of the Thermal Suite – for a resident to utilize the Suite, it will cost an additional £25.00. I would say it was definitely worth the additional amount, it is a great relaxing experience and I would recommend this to anyone.

The Living Room, Edinburgh
The Living Room, Edinburgh

After an afternoon spent rejuvinating in the spa, I visited Edinburgh Castle which offers an interesting history and is always a ‘must-visit’ while in Edinburgh. I enjoyed drinks and dinner at The Living Room located in George Street, a short walk from the hotel. Excellent food; classic dishes that I would call home comfort food.

The evening was finished with a night at The Stand Comedy Club – never a disappointment and great end to an excellent night in Edinburgh.

By Denise McKee. Denise has worked for PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of the members of staff responsible for our British Isles programs.

Thanksgiving at Turnberry, Scotland

Following the vast transformations that took place at the Turnberry Resort prior to the British Open this year, the UK office staff were thoroughly looking forward to witnessing the new-look 5-star resort having been invited to spent Thanksgiving at the hotel.

As we walked up to the hotel, the immediate crisp white of the painted benches, the hotel-front and the re-landscaped car-parking area was clear. Walking through the rotating front door into the refurbished reception area you are now faced with a breath-taking sea-view directly through a newly-appointed glass wall.

For those of you who have had the pleasure of staying at Turnberry, you may remember the lounge to the right-hand side? Well this is now the Ailsa Bar & Lounge which sports a funky and sleek design and continues to showcase the panoramic views over the links and out to the Irish Sea.

The PerryGolf team on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry
The PerryGolf team on the Ailsa Course at Turnberry

As the ladies in our office are non-golfers, we were more than happy to spend the afternoon in the Spa while the golfers took to the Ailsa Course on what was a bright (but rather chilly) November day. The Spa itself has not been included in the refurbishment but remains a perfect area to relax before a treatment with one of the excellent therapists (or after a gruelling round of golf). I opted for the Aromatherapy massage which allowed me to select which oil I preferred from the ESPA product range – as it was mid-afternoon, I decided to go for the invigorating scent! My therapist Jennifer was excellent and asked many questions (including the degree of pressure I would prefer) before beginning the treatment in order to provide a very personalised experience.

Turnberry Bathroom
Turnberry Bathroom

After a stint in the sauna, the group met up in the private dining area of the Grand Tea Lounge for afternoon tea where we were offered a choice of around thirty teas by the tea sommelier. Should you wish to opt for something a little stronger, there is a choice of champagne which can accompany the platter of delicious finger sandwiches, pastries and cakes. This was a fantastic way to set us up for the rest of the afternoon allowing us to then continue on to the fabulous newly refurbished rooms to relax and refresh before dinner (I will revert back to dinner later as it certainly requires some further depiction).

The décor in the new rooms bestows a very clean, sleek look with dark and white contrasts; the starkness being broken up and softened using greys and lilacs or understated greens and yellows which maintain the cool, airy feel to the rooms. The bathrooms have a marvellous free-standing bath with separate cubicles for both the shower and toilet which continues the sharp, clean look of the bedroom.

Next we were invited to dine in the 1906 restaurant where, firstly, we were taken into the kitchen area to have a chat with the chefs! Turnberry now have a Chef’s Tablewhich can accommodate up to 10 guests and is located directly next to the open kitchen. The chefs encourage guests to wander around the kitchen, interacting with the staff, tasting dishes, and picking up some new cooking techniques along the way. The restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons offering a unique experience for every group that dines at the table. Back in the main restaurant, we were presented with a feast – not the traditional Thanksgiving turkey I have to add – but an arrayed and classical menu ranging from chateau brignon to fresh seafood to suit every taste.

Colin Dalgleish & Yvonne Shaw at the Chef's Table
Colin Dalgleish & Yvonne Shaw at the Chef's Table
The PerryGolf team dining in the 1906 Restaurant
The PerryGolf team dining in the 1906 Restaurant

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the new-look Turnberry Resort and my only wish is that every Thanksgiving could be spent in such luxurious surroundings.