Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder PH3 1SD, UK
Art Deco Details and Old World SplendourPart of the 'Leading Hotels of the World' group, Gleneagles is a destination in and of itself for visitors to Scotland.
From their website, "Set within the gentle beauty of 850 acres of Perthshire countryside, this five star [resort] is home to three championship golf courses, a sparkling, award-winning spa and an exhilarating array of outdoor activities."
Fancy learning Falconry? You can. Anxious to become an accomplished equestrian? You can do that too. Want to golf in the footsteps of greats like Jack Nicklaus or Adam Scott? Of course, you can do that as well. Fancy a full day being pampered in a spa? ESPA can sort you out. Don't know how to make traditional Scottish 'tablet' or Christmas Pudding? One of the accomplished chefs can teach you with a cooking demonstration in the grand kitchen. Even those who love to shop, and can't fathom a trip without a few luxury brands, will find the arcade inside Gleneagles well-stocked to please.
Built in the decade where Art Deco was all the rage, today's Gleneagles still exhibits much of its original architectural detail as well as furniture and lighting. Yet modernity and old world details mix reasonably across guest suites as well as common areas to give the hotel a balanced, elegant feel that's both welcoming and jaw-dropping at the same time.
Be sure to leave time for a meal at the Andrew Fairlie-helmed restaurant on site which is one of only eleven restaurants in the UK to have two Michelin stars.