Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island, Oban
Oban , Argyll
Scotland PA37 1SD
Tel: 44 1631 720 371
Concierge.com's insider take:
Accessible only by bridge and boat, the 300-acre Isle of Eriska, just off the west coast, (not to be confused with Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides) offers plenty of secluded privacy without sacrificing creature comforts. Built in the Scottish baronial style (think turrets and stepped gables), the main house has 16 plush bedrooms as well as two cottages and five more spa suites with their own outdoor Jacuzzis. Rooms in the Big House are ample and feature period styling, while the spacious cottages and spa suites have contemporary decor. The public rooms are charmingly lived-in (who needs to go exploring when you can take afternoon tea by the log fire?). The kitchen can do hearty and traditional as well as contemporary. Think roast rib of prime Aberdeen Angus versus locally caught crab gâteau layered with guacamole and mango salsa. Indoor amusements include a gym, 56-foot swimming pool, and a deluxe spa center. Outdoor types can play the six-hole golf course designed by Howard Swan, hit the croquet lawn, or just explore the island. If you're having an evening drink at the hotel bar, keep an eye out for the local badgers who snuffle up to the patio after dark for a snack of bread and nuts. Room price includes breakfast and afternoon tea.