The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland, has officially re-launched its leisure complex, The Club, following 12 months’ work and a £5m investment. The refurbishment has been led by the Gleneagles team and London-based interior design practice, Sedley Place, and coincides with the hotel’s 90th anniversary this year.
Bernard Murphy, GM at Gleneagles, says: “We are delighted with the new look of The Club, which seamlessly combines modern, luxury facilities with a real step up in terms of design. We’re particularly excited about the introduction of a new adults-only pool and relaxation area, and a new outdoor Alpine Onsen – they will be a fantastic asset for the resort, and provide some really beautiful new spaces for our guests to enjoy.”
The Club now features a refreshed reception with a viewing gallery overlooking the pool hall, and waiting area with comfortable seating for visitors. The dry and wet stairs connecting the various levels allow swimmers and gym users to remain separated. The changing facilities have been enlarged with more lockers, vanity tables and added space for adult and toddler changing cubicles.
With the use of mood lighting and quiet deck-level loungers, the former lap pool has now been transformed into an adult zone with a more calming atmosphere. This area comes with the latest heat experiences including a jacuzzi-style tub, sauna and steam room, and heated loungers arranged around a water font.
The existing leisure pool has been completely remodelled, and now features a waterfall feature, bubble-jet crossing and bubble pool. The introduction of a glazed screen wall constructed from insulated, thermally-efficient glass, provides better acoustics and improved insulation in the pool hall.
Undergoing a complete transformation, the old outdoor pool is now an Alpine Onsen, combining the look and feel of a hot mountain pool with the tranquillity of a highland landscape. A prominent theme, the rushes-and-reeds pattern motif has been incorporated throughout The Club design.
All of the changes to The Club have been undertaken with an eye on sustainability and environmental-friendliness.
The refurbishment is part of an ongoing development programme for Gleneagles, which is set to host the 2014 Ryder Cup in September. The hotel has previously unveiled a series of developments, including the £3m overhaul of the Dormy Clubhouse in 2011, the installation of The Blue Bar - a new outdoor whisky and cigar bar - in the same year, and a £1m investment in its PGA Centenary Course in 2012. In 2013, the resort invested £1m in refurbishing 36 of its 232 rooms, as part of a rolling revamp.