This hallowed university city has been a go-to destination for those in the know, for centuries. With numerous championship golf courses, delightful boutiques, historic points of interest and fantastic eateries, it has much to offer as a coastal staycation and here are our favourite places to stay when you visit.
Old Course Hotel
This famous AA Resort Hotel overlooks both the 17th hole of the prestigious Old Course (known as having the trickiest par 4 in the world) and the West Sands – a long golden stretch of the Fife coastline. The 175 roomed Old Course Hotel is home to the only Kohler Waters Spa outside of the USA, as well as four fine restaurants and multiple bars. Its interiors have been designed by Jacques Garcia, creating an elegant and classic ambience. Don’t miss the uber-elegant afternoon tea.
Fairmont St Andrews
Another lauded golf hotel, the Fairmont Hotel is a little further away from the hub, set in 520 stunning acres of land and overlooking the sea. Guests are accommodated in their choice of villas, suites or guest rooms. The spa is equipped with ten treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy suite, for the ultimate relaxation break. When it comes to mealtimes, there are four options, including a grill serving unmissable seafood boats replete with fresh local lobster. And there’s no better place for a sundowner than a table at the alfresco bayside bar.
Rufflets St Andrews
Found just a few minutes drive from the city centre, this family-owned country house hotel has a traditional feel. Set in 10 acres of pristine gardens, the rooms and public spaces are adorned with antiques, plush textiles, designer wallpaper and Molton Brown toiletries. The option of a four-poster bed, and gourmet dining, combined with its charmingly peaceful setting, makes Rufflets an ideal choice for a romantic getaway. But kids are made most welcome, and you can bring your pooch along too.
Hotel Du Vin
Part of a boutique chain with an emphasis on epicureanism, the Hotel Du Vin provides a glamorous yet contemporary place to stay, right in the heart of the city. Just 36 rooms and suites give this Victorian-built hotel a more intimate flair. Each comes with its own custom-built bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, a Lavazza coffee machine, a rainfall shower or rolltop bath and Miller Harris toiletries. The French cuisine served in the onsite bistro is a highlight as are the breakfast pastries (arguably best enjoyed in the hotel’s idyllic courtyard).
Morton of Pitmilly
Those seeking a self-catering holiday option around 15 minutes away from St Andrews and close to the Fairmont Hotel can opt for a break at the family-run Morton of Pitmilly. Its East Neuk location provides proximity to both St Andrews and the Kingsbarns Golf Course. The 150-acre diversified working farm has plenty of superb walks and facilities to keep all of the family entertained – there’s a pool, putting green, picnic area, games and play zones, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a gym and bookable massage and beauty treatments. Pets are welcome and there’s lots of parking, making it suitable for bigger groups (16 lodges with kitchenettes are available in total).