Happy New Year to all of our guests, visitors and members – and I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and Hogmanay break. We were really busy over the holidays and saw in 2013 with an amazing firework display in the skies above the hotel. It has become quite a tradition at the resort and we know the local community really looks forward to our midnight celebration. Thanks for all the kind comments we have received.

We’ve started 2013 on a real high – the resort winning recognition in Conde Nast Traveler in their ‘Platinum Circle‘. It is given to hotels that have remained in the Conde Nast gold list every year for the last five years – so many congratulations to everyone at the resort for their hard work and dedication, and an equal measure of thanks to all those who voted for us.

Our Spa Members joined new year celebrations with their annual gathering on our fourth floor – with a ‘Moulin Rouge’ themed night where the conversation flowed along with the wonderful array of cocktails and canapes. The Spa has just launched its very own Facebook page. Take a look, and if you fancy membership – or simply popping in to enjoy one of the Spa’s award-winning treatments – do get in touch.

January in Scotland means three things: firstly, we’re all back at work after Hogmanay. No one ‘does’ New Year quite like the Scots, and this year was no exception! Secondly, it is getting colder. Snows are forecast across the UK – and we know snows further north are now eagerly awaited by those with an eye on the slopes. We get very little snow in St Andrews as we are right on the sea, and no matter how cold the winter gets, we always make sure our guests are as warm as toast with wonderful roaring log fires (and the occasional dram of course!).

Finally – and most importantly – it is the month which sees all Scots mark the birthday of our National poet, Robert Burns. We are holding a celebratory dinner on Saturday 26th January and all are welcome. Guests receive a warming drink of arrival before the traditional Piper to address the Haggis. Our three course Burns Supper is as traditional as they come – and we end, of course, with dancing to live music and the wonderful sounds of a Ceilidh Band to lead all into the wee small hours. If you are interested in joining us, tickets are £45 each and can be bought through our reservations team on 01334 474371.