Gleneagles, that everything for everybody (with taste, that is) knows more than nearly everyone else how to look after kids. An entire wing of the main building, above, is given over to young people’s education, enjoyment and entertainment, and cleverly only adults who have special room keys can enter. The gal was enthralled by the stage, the cooking lessons, the activities (she was told that Gleneagles’ owner, Sharan Pasrich of Ennismore Capital, has young children, obviously a reason for the significant spend, here, on next generation travellers).
Gleneagles – nearest town Auchterarder, in Scotland’s Perthshire – was built in 1924 for Caledonian Railways (yes, it still has its own station, a couple of miles away. There are 850 acres of rolling land, with championship golf, and every physical activity you can think of, including ESPA wellness and a gorgeously-big Technogym. The 232-bedroom hotel naturally also has range of eating possibilities, including a Johnnie Walker Blue inside-out bar at the Golf Club House, which also has Auchterarder 70 own-label beer on tap. Gleneagles, run by Conor O’Leary, is part of both Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred, and Girlahead particularly likes overnighting in the hotel’s Braid House wing, where even-numbered rooms have balconies, and views over the oval nine-hole putting green to the Ochil hills. Gleneagles re-opens Wednesday 15th July and, says Conor O’Leary, ‘he can’t wait’.
The Norman, in Tel Aviv, is without doubt Israel’s best-known design property – it is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Why is it so special? Adults love its overall design, the Bauhaus original tweaked by architects Yoav Messer and Nitzah Samok, and interiors specialist David D’Almada. Think simplicity, open stairwell with a poem rising vertically up one of the white walls. Think oodles of glass, including all-wall windows – premium of the 50 rooms is the 250sq m two-floor Penthouse Suite with its own 40sq m terrace, hot tub included. Unusually here, The Norman (named for the London-based owner’s father) is not kosher, so you can get decent coffee 7/7, but of course service is more than decent, at any time. GM is Yaron Liberman, who coyly releases to Girlahead that yes, there will be an extension to the hotel. What will this have? We suspect more bedrooms, more wellness, and possibly a concept store. Watch this space.