HOTELIER Paddy Crerar announced yesterday that investing heavily now, with “the world reopening for business”, is a “surprisingly clear and easy decision” as he unveiled his company’s multi-million pound plans for improvements to three of its Scottish properties.
Crerar Hotels, which is founded and chaired by Mr Crerar, said the Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa in Inveraray and Golf View Hotel & Spa in Nairn would benefit from the combined investments of £765,000 and £850,000. It announced that this would complete the early stages of its “ambitious plans to offer unique experiences at each of its spa hotels”.
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Work has begun on a new ‘Shore Spa’ in Loch Fyne, with Crerar Hotels noting that this will “include additional treatment suites, a Himalayan salt room, [and] Eucalyptus steam treatment combined with a brand new balcony with lakeside saunas, ice chambers and more improvements to the existing aquatic experience.”
She said work had begun on Golf View to “transform her current country club” into a “luxury” spa called the Coast.
Crerar is relaunching the Deeside Inn in Ballater in the spring of 2022 as The Balmoral Arms. The hotel group said the lodge on the Royal Deeside would be “reimagined to be worth £2.2m in the first phase”.
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Mr Crerar said: “If the destination was an Olympic sport, Scotland would be constantly on the podium and I would say gold medal winner every time – we should be disappointed with anything less. What that means for Crerar Hotels is that we must always focus on To be the best no matter the circumstances. Investing so heavily now is a surprisingly straightforward and easy decision. With the world reopening for business, Scotland’s fantastic show will be front and center.”
The latest investment announcement comes on the heels of Crerar Hotels announcing the results of a £500,000 investment in the five-star Glencoe Inn and a £3.5 million ‘turnaround’ in the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa.
Chris Wayne-Wells, CEO of Crerar Hotels said: “Our goal has always been to invest in our portfolio and the people coming out of the multiple Covid lockdowns as a way to tackle the challenges of the pandemic head-on.
“By continuing to invest in our hotels, we are in a better position to enhance our offering – allowing guests to experience the highest standards while taking in all that this amazing country has to offer.”
He added: “The results at Glencoe and Mull speak for themselves, and with international travel truly opening up, we believe this additional investment in the Inveraray, Nairn and Ballater areas will benefit not only the group, but the broader Scottish tourism industry.”