The Water­side Ho­tel

No. 1 Magazine - - SPA REVIEW -

No.1 head to the Ayr­shire coast to check out one of the new­est ho­tels on the block...

Here at No.1, we thought we’d sam­pled ev­ery ho­tel there was to try on the Ayr­shire coast, but some­how we’d man­aged to miss the Water­side Ho­tel in West Kil­bride. The rea­son we’re sur­prised that we hadn’t spot­ted it, is be­cause the build­ing is so dis­tinc­tive and com­pletely dif­fer­ent to any other ho­tels in the area. So we set off one very sunny Satur­day af­ter­noon to find out more. It turns out that whilst the bar and res­tau­rant opened af­ter a huge and costly over­haul in 2011, the ho­tel ac­tu­ally only opened it’s doors in May 2015. The en­tire build­ing; res­tau­rant, bar and ho­tel is now decked out in the most chic nau­ti­cal style you’ll see this side of Cape Cod. As men­tioned, the day we ar­rived at the ho­tel we got very lucky with the weather, it was a glo­ri­ously sunny day and that only made the views the Water­side en­joys all the more stun­ning. In­deed, the ho­tel is set right on the beach look­ing out over the wa­ter with views of Ar­ran. Af­ter check­ing in quickly, we were keen to get out and ex­plore. So we had a good wan­der along the nearby beach to build an ap­petite for din­ner – we’d been as­sured by a few of the lo­cals that day that the food would be out­stand­ing. But first it was time to head up to our room, one of 23 that the ho­tel has, for a quick freshen up. The room was spot­less and mod­ern, as you would ex­pect of a ho­tel that has only been open a cou­ple of months. The bath­room is luxe and the view, once again, is beau­ti­ful. Back down at the res­tau­rant, we were met with a bustling and lively Satur­day night at­mos­phere, with fam­i­lies and cou­ples alike, all tuck­ing into din­ner in the cool, marine-inspired sur­round­ings. We lapped up a three-course meal, which in­cluded the fresh­est fish and chips we’d tasted in a while and gi­ant suc­cu­lent scal­lops served

The build­ing is now decked out in the most chic nau­ti­cal style you’ll see this side of Cape Cod

on the shell, as well as a good cou­ple of cock­tails, an Eton mess and a melt in the mid­dle cho­co­late pud­ding... You could have rolled us out of there! So, with full bel­lies, we sat out­side in the gar­den over­look­ing the wa­ter with another drink in an at­tempt to di­gest. On the night we were there, we saw many a dap­per gent and glammed up lady head­ing into the other end of the build­ing which we later found out was The Kyle Suite, the new state of the art wed­ding, con­fer­ence and ban­quet­ing fa­cil­ity. That evening a wed­ding was tak­ing place. It’s easy to see why this venue would be such a draw, with the gor­geous scenery and the amaz­ing food! Af­ter sit­ting out­side with drinks un­til the sun was nearly down, it was time to re­tire back to our room, con­vinced that the coun­try air would knock us out in an in­stant – and that it did! Af­ter our visit it was easy to see why the com­pany who bought the res­tau­rant, in­vested so much to turn it into a ho­tel, it’s go­ing to be a huge suc­cess.

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