Macdonald Spey Valley Resort - Aviemore Area

Situated on the banks of the River Spey, the resort is a perfect base for exploring the Cairngorms and wider Highlands beyond. The resort is also close enough to Aviremore, the UK’s premier winter sports destination and in the summer months a major adventure activities centre which means that you needed quite get the feeling of being within a corporate perimeter as there are options outside

Accommodation ranges from cosy two bedroom Scandinavian-style chalets to more spacious 2-3 bed apartments, lodges and villas. All accommodation includes a fully equipped kitchen featuring fridge-freezer, oven and microwave as standard, some of the larger properties include a dishwasher. The living area includes a TV and safe as standard and some of the villas also feature an open fire to lend you a greater sense of being in the wilds of the Scottish wilderness. All accommodation offers either a private patio, balcony or conservatory extending your living and dining space even further. Free Wi-Fi is also available to guests during a stay. All living rooms include a double sofa bed which means an additional two guests can be accommodated if required. Some apartments also include a private sauna within the main bathroom.

Bedroom (left) and living area (right) with conservatory backing onto the golf course

The Scottish Steakhouse is one of the resorts signature restaurants. Scotland is of course famed for its prime cuts, particular those of the Aberdeen Angus, so it would be totally within keeping to observe this culinary heritage, which is traditionally aged for a minimum of 21 days on the bone and hand cut by highly skilled butchers. There’s also the resort lounge bar which serves a lighter menu including snacks, lunches and afternoon teas in the bar area adjacent to the pool.

Steak House (left) and sports bar (right) where light snacks and bar meals can be consumed

Residents enjoy complimentary access to the indoor pool with whirlpool and sauna. The family friendly pool offers special sessions for the kids and chill out areas for the grown-ups to relax after a busy day exploring the Cairngorms or playing golf. There’s also an onsite gym, sports hall with Australian half tennis court (equipment hire available), snooker, pool and an outdoor children’s play area.

The leisure pool (left) and fitness gym (right)

Nearby attractions include the Cairngorm Funicular Railway, one of Scotland‘s most popular visitor attractions offering magnificent mountain views. Other family attractions include Landmark Forest Adventure Park at Carrbridge, beautiful Loch Morlich with its famous sandy beaches and water sports, Strathspey Steam Railway, Rothiemurchus Estate, Highland Wildlife Park and the Highland Folk Museum.

Slightly further afield guests will find that Loch Ness, the battlefield of Culloden, Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel, Ben Nevis the UK’s highest mountain, and Glencoe are all within striking range for those of you who really want to max out your Scottish history lesson and get up close to its stunning landscapes

Unusual Guest Number Supplements

Rooms are booked on an inclusive basis, which might remove traditional single supplements but requires a party instead to decide how to share the cost. Capacity varies between four to eight depending on group size with twin beds available on request

You aren’t necessarily penalised through a single person supplement in the traditional sense, but an odd number will lead to fewer people sharing the cost and consequently a higher price per person

Cancellation premiums

Most hotels operate a cancellation premium of some description. The amount charged however varies between chains, and even different hotels within the same chain, it also fluctuates with little sense of predictability. In addition, the terms and conditions also differ with 3 days to 24 hours being typical cut-off points beyond which cover is invalidated. Group bookings can find they’re subjected to 28 days given that a hotelier takes a bigger risk accepting such a reservation to a mass cancellation. We try to reserve piecemeal as a result

Our policy is to recover what we can for you, but we are restricted in line with what the hotel offers. It’s always helpful to check the individual hotels T&C’s. We advise you if booking by credit card, to check that you don’t hold an added service item that came when you signed up. This might cover you.

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