The Machrie – Isle of Islay, Argyll
What a spectacular setting, right by the dunes on the Isle of Islay. The Machrie was given a top-to-toe refresh three years ago and now has 47 clean-lined contemporary rooms, suites and lodges (the latter come with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area – perfect for those who prefer to self-cater). There’s a newly renovated championship golf course designed by former European Ryder Cup vice captain D J Russell, e-bikes for exploring and scenic coastal pathways on the doorstep that lead to secluded beaches or the hills. The hotel can also arrange fishing trips and guided sea kayaking to spot seals, puffins and other wildlife. When it comes to downtime, there are three lovely lounges to relax in, plus the PureGray spa. Start the evening with a fine Islay malt whisky on the terrace of the 18 Restaurant & Bar – it has beautiful panoramic views across the green to the Atlantic Ocean – before tucking into delicious comfort food classics such as the unmissable double-baked Isle of Mull cheddar cheese soufflé and Islay Ale beef, mushroom and bacon pie.
Doubles from £145
+44 (0)1496 302310; campbellgrayhotels.com