If you fancy a bit of marina loveliness (who doesn’t this time of year?), Portavadie in Loch Fyne, Scotland, is a must-visit. Go there for a stunning range of holiday accommodation, from luxury apartments (see above) and studio apartments to cosy cottages (both of which are dog-friendly, so bring along the pooch!) and an eco-retreat right on the shore. A resort made for family breaks, romantic weekend retreats and action-packed breaks.
The apartments are our favourite; spacious, five-star pads offering plenty of comfort and stylish interiors for sumptuous living. Think floor-to-ceiling windows, drenching every room in sunlight, and lots of lovely stone and wood. Be sure to relax in your personal sauna suite and soak up the coastal views from your balcony.
The two-bedroom, ground-floor apartments sit right on the waterfront and boast open-plan living and kitchen areas, double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and fab terraces with views of Arran, the marina and beyond.
Larger groups can opt for the deluxe two-bedroom apartments, comprising two double boudoirs on the ground floor and an open-plan kitchen and living space upstairs. Marvel at the chic extras, like the glass atrium (which fills the place with light), huge L-shaped leather sofa to sink into and the stylish balcony, where you – and should – watch the sunset. Nice walk-in shower, too.
The three-bed luxury apartments are fine things too, with their sweeping staircases, double walk-in showers and bedrooms and a skylight mezzanine which is just the place to kick-back and enjoy the views.
There’s the townhouse-style apartments, too, for more urban types. As expected, they’re the most luxurious of the lot – we love the state-of-the-art, open-plan kitchens.
Guests enjoy complimentary golf at Kyles of Bute Golf Club and access to the resort’s new leisure facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools and spa for a bit of pampering. But if all of that isn’t quite your thing, you can always pack a picnic, charter a skippered yacht and cruise the waters.