Spring has sprung in St Andrews. The daffodils are out – and the skies are blue. I’ll break into a song soon!

We have had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend – starting on the day itself with our award-winning 3 AA Rosette Road Hole Restaurant treating couples to a fabulous Valentine’s Tasting Menu. I can’t report on any proposals as I am sworn to secrecy! Love was definitely in the air – and appropriately, we are now counting down to a very special event in March when we open our doors for our very own ‘Marriage Awareness Day’. On Sunday 24 March – from 11am until 4pm – the resort’s Kylie Thomson will welcome couples who are planning their ‘big day’ to come and see the hotel and all that we have to offer. We host more than 50 weddings each and every year, so we know exactly how to plan the perfect wedding day. There’s no charge – so just pop in.

And with March on our minds, we turn to Mother’s Day (Sunday 10th March). What will you be planning? We have a marvelous Mother’s Day package to treat all Mums – a night in one of our luxury five red star bedrooms combined with full use of our Kohler Water’s Spa, voted ‘Best Hotel Spa’ in the Good Spa Awards 2012, with its decadent rooftop hot tub! After a long and well-deserved lie-in, Mums will be treated to a sumptuous full Scottish breakfast served in the Road Hole Restaurant, overlooking the spires of St Andrews, the Old Course Links and West Sands beach. And you can add treats to spoil your Mum rotten – a gastronomic delight of an Afternoon Tea served in our beautiful conservatory? Champagne & Canapes? A Chocolate Turndown … or a stunning bouquet of flowers on arrival? We also have a range of treatments available from our Spa therapists – from Manicures to Pedicures and everything in between!

We also have an eye on Easter as it comes early this year – on the last day of March. If you live locally, how about treating you and your family to a wonderful Afternoon Tea during the Easter holiday? Finger sandwiches, delicious cakes, homemade scones, piping hot pancakes … mouthwatering isn’t it? It is £58 for a family of four (Mum & Dad with two children) – for a never-to-be-forgotten tea time experience.

And thinking of families, I will have some news soon from David Scott, Manager at our Duke’s Golf Club, on an exciting new event that we hope to launch in April. More on that next month – so keep an eye!

The Spring sunshine is definitely affecting some of my colleagues! Seven of them – who we are now calling ‘The Magnificent’ – have all signed up to the half marathon at this September’s Great North Run. They are running to help raise money for various charities – all under the banner of the resort’s Stewardship programme. I’ll update you later on their training. Needless to say, Lent couldn’t have come fast enough – so no more chocolates, cakes or biscuits for our ‘athletes-to-be’. We wish them all every success. Now … whereare those biscuits …

Duty calls – until next time, enjoy the Spring sunshine.