Luxury Hotels

Edinburgh – Aman – ESPA

First-time travellers to Edinburgh may have heard about such Scottish culinary specials as black pudding and haggis. See these dishes, above, photographed at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. Visitors have heard about Edinburgh Castle, and Holyrood, and the Royal Mile, and Princes Street.. but who knows about not only the now-static Royal Yacht Britannia but also its little sister?

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Girlahead is hearing rave comments about Fingal, the historic Scottish lighthouse support ship that is now a 23-cabin luxury hotel moored permanently in Leith, a few minutes from central Edinburgh. ‘Faultless cabins, service and food’, one reviewer told her.  Princess Anne overnighted in the 54 sq m Skerryvore Suite when she stayed aboard – all cabins, which start at 19sq m, are named after lighthouses designed by the Stevenson family.  Mark Alston’s menu thankfully features Scotland’s marvellous produce: Girlahead might well go for Diver-caught Orkney scallop ceviche, Dry-aged 12oz sirloin, and, to finish, it is a toss-up between Perthshire strawberries, and cheeses from Edinburgh’s best, Iain Mellis, who started what is now a select group of  I.J Mellis cheese purveyors.

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Aman already has a private jet and beauty+perfumes. Now it will sell its own fashion at some properties. Aman Essential pieces are male, female and unisex – later, online sales, but not rental facility are planned. Director product development Kristina Romanova leads the collection’s design.  All items, sized XS through to XL, are manufactured in Italy (the Amanpuri cashmere and suede heritage blanket is Loro Piana).

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ESPA is a name we all know.  It heavily co-brands, says Girlahead, at such iconic luxury hotels as Acqualina in USA, Lucknam Park in England and Gleneagles in Scotland. Hear ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth, here: