Skye hotels defy Covid with £600k investment
In spite of the pandemic the multi award-winning Sonas Hotel Collection has invested £600,000 in the past year in improving its properties, the company announced.
Even more major expenditure is in the pipeline with the aim of ensuring the three hotels in the Collection are the destinations of choice for visitors to the world famous island, Group General Manager Andreas Maszczyk said.
Among developments have been building three luxury lodges (pictured) and fully refurbishing bedrooms at the four star Duisdale House on the southern peninsula of Sleat, and creation of a family suite in the iconic tower and another double room at Skeabost House near Skye’s main town of Portree.
“Coronavirus has had a profound effect on the hospitality sector around the world,” Andreas added. “However, the industry is bouncing back and we are investing heavily in quality buildings, furnishings, service, raw materials and staff in order to remain at the forefront of the hospitality offering on one of the world’s most loved islands.
“We are determined to further improve guests’ experience of accommodation, food and service so each takes away long lasting positive impressions, believing we have exceeded their expectations.”
The lodges at Duisdale are designed to take full advantage of views over the gardens and out to the Sound of Sleat and Knoydart wilderness. They feature King size beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, a feature bath, rainfall shower, flame effect fireplace, dimmable lights and an integrated music system, allowing guests to create their own atmosphere.
A new road access to Skeabost, the only hotel on the island with its own golf course, has been built. Refurbishment of its gatehouse is another part of investment plans for later this year.
At Duisdale, which has a 2 Rosette restaurant and has twice been voted Scotland’s Hotel of the Year, Sonas is working on polytunnels to grow more of of its own herbs, fruit and vegetables, and has set up a staff ‘green team’ to initiate and follow through more environmental initiatives.
It is improving staff accommodation and stepping up training programmes at all properties. These also include the nine bedroom Toravaig House, located a mile from Duisdale close to the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig.