Yes, I think summer is over now, the nights are drawing in and we’ve started having proper fires again!
I have had such a brilliant summer. Being unemployed has definitely had it’s advantages – we’ve had LOADS of people to come and visit/stay with us in Inverness, so has included lots of trips to Loch Ness, the forest behind our house and Dornoch Beach! I’ve been able to volunteer at a childrens holiday club, we’ve had our two week holiday seeing friends and going to Prague, and also last week I enjoyed a mini spa break on the Isle of Mull with my friend Donna. Unfortunately this is pretty much a picture free post even though I was intending to take lots of pictures of the hotel, the spa and the delicious food we ate! (However I did take lots of pictures during the ferry crossing, a selection of which you can see below!)
We got the deal through Hotel Connexions – a daily email that gets sent with details of a discounted hotel deal. I spotted a 2 night DBB deal at the Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa for £89 per person. This also included 10% off spa treatments and a free bottle of wine in our room – not bad eh?
Even though I live Inverness and I could have got a bus through to Oban for the ferry crossing (via Fort William), it was actually cheaper to get the train down to Glasgow the day before and stay at Mr B’s aunt’s house in Uddingston! This also meant that Donna and I could get a good gossip and catch up on the train to Oban.
I had checked out reviews of the hotel and spa on Trip Advisor before we left – the main complaints were about the exterior appearance of the hotel and the winding corridors – something that we thought weren’t that much of a problem when we got there ourselves.
Hotel – our twin room was very comfortable – beds were well made up and the decor was a classy brown and cream, with a nice print of Tobermory hanging above our beds. Our room was changed perfectly on the 2nd morning when we went out for a walk. There was a bar area which had wifi – this was pretty patchy (but this is island life I guess!) so I resorted to using the data allowance on my phone which proved marginally faster!
Food – this was excellent and where we felt we got excellent value. There was a good choice at breakfast – and included also some signature dishes such as smoked salmon and eggs, or french toast which you could order with the server. Dinner was a 3 course meal from a set menu – the quality was excellent and we didn’t feel that we were being short-changed (as you can sometimes feel if you book an all-inclusive deal). We could have chosen from the full menu, which was very extensive and was discounted well for any all-inclusive guests.
Spa – On the first afternoon we had the spa all to ourselves! There was a 17m pool, a sauna, steam room, foot spa and also an outdoor hot tub looking out onto the bay at Craignure. We spent a good while hopping to and from each of these! We had also booked some spa treaments which we got 10% off. We both had a body scrub, massage and facial for £85, which was excellent value and the therapist used excellent Elemis products.
Area – the Hotel was a 10 minute walk from the ferry crossing to Craignure. There was enough to keep us occupied for the time we were there, and didn’t have a car to get to other places on the island. Opposite the hotel is a Forestry Commission walking path, which is a little steep in places with stony paths, but gave excellent views once we got to the top! In Craignure, there was a pub, cafe/bar, tourist information point/shop, a Spar and a charity shop! We also found a coastal path back to the hotel (though it’s not suitable for taking your suitcases down this path if you are checking in!)
So, our mini break was definitely worth the money in our opinion – it helped loads that we had good weather to do our walk on the 2nd day, but you could easily survive in the hotel if the weather wasn’t brilliant!