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Iconic Scottish destination resort to reopen on 1 August

Posted: 21st July 2020

A leading hotel and golf resort on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, has announced that it will be reopening on Saturday, 1 August as Scotland travels into phase three of its lockdown easing route map.

The hotel, which is set in 1,000 acres of countryside yet only seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, has been closed since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were introduced at the end of March and will reopen with comprehensive safety measures in place to allow guests a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Golfers have enjoyed being back on the resort’s two golf courses – one of which is a Championship course – since 29 May and whilst the tennis courts and children’s play park will reopen on 1 August, the Dalmahoy pool and indoor gym will remain closed until Government restrictions allow reopening.

Alistair Kinchin, general manager at the independently-branded hotel, said: “We’re really excited to welcome guests back to our hotel.  Dalmahoy has always felt like a home-from-home for many and we’re a country style hotel with vast amounts of green, outdoor space along with many activities which can still be enjoyed safely such as golf, tennis, a children’s playpark, nature trail, outdoor dining, and we’re also a hotel that you can drive to with ample free parking. We anticipate that all these things will be reassuring for guests who choose to staycation with us over the next few months. We’re particularly looking forward to welcoming families back before the schools go back.

“However, there’s no doubt things will feel different from before. But the challenge for hotel, restaurant and leisure operators is to still ensure our guests and visitors feel comfortable and get real enjoyment from the new normal.

“We’re up for the challenge and have put a number of measures in place here at Dalmahoy to ensure safety and still maintain the warm Scottish welcome that we’ve become known for – our staff will wear visors rather than masks so you can still see a smile, guests will be treated to a freshly-cooked breakfast rather than a breakfast buffet, and rather than an app greeting you on arrival, you will still be warmly welcomed at the front door, albeit a socially distanced hello!  It’s about trying to strike a good balance.”

Dalmahoy is also offering various incentives to entice guests back including: kids go free, stay longer and save (i.e. stay 2 nights and save 25%, but stay longer and save more) and Dalmahoy database subscribers will receive a free room upgrade for stays before 31 December 2020, if the stay is booked by end of August.

Alistair is remaining cautiously optimistic about the future of the hospitality sector in Scotland: “We’re opening and we’ll do everything we can to make it a success. However, it’s clear this crisis will forever change Scotland’s treasured hospitality industry. All we and others in our sector can do is give our best endeavours to ensure every guest remains welcomed and safe throughout their stay.”

Keep in touch at https://www.dalmahoyhotelandcountryclub.co.uk/keep-in-touch/

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