Donald J. Trump may be a controversial figure but there is nothing controversial about the Trump Turnberry Hotel and Spa in Ayrshire Scotland.
America’s former president bought Turnberry Hotel and golf courses from Leisurecorp in 2014 for $60 million when the resort was renamed Trump Turnberry. He then passed control to his sons Donald Jr and Eric just before his inauguration as President and it seems his boys are doing a great job in maintaining the luxurious standards of the property and golf course.
Trump Turnberry and its low-rise, white-washed architecture topped with a red brick roof, stretches over an elevated 850 acres of land that lords it over the rugged Firth of Clyde Ayrshire coastline from the Isles of Arran, Ailsa Craig, and the Kintyre peninsula. On a clear day, you can just about make out the Irish coast.
Reception is on the other side where a dramatic fountain marks the point. It looks particularly lovely as night falls. We were greeted by kilt-clad (the tartan is a Turnberry exclusive) hosts who offered us a drink and shortbread biscuit while we were being checked in.
At 6pm the hotel’s resident bagpipe player walks around the building filling the air and treating residents to Scottish tunes. Quite a treat.
Trump Turnberry exudes Edwardian grace with comfortable lounges, spacious and elegant rooms and plenty of opulent chandeliers around the place from bedrooms to the ballroom.
A shocking fact is that the ballroom alone has eight magnificent Swarovski chandeliers each valued at £250,000 – that’s a staggering £2 million pounds hanging from one ceiling. This is a chandelier city.
Service is on point, friendly, and very smoothly done. You feel noticed and important.
Trump Turnberry is a well-turned-out pile, luxuriously put together and yet relaxed and social. There’s plenty of romance in those rooms and views, and many activities so that an avid golfer can be accompanied by a spa lover or someone who prefers quad biking or horseriding, or to just spend the afternoon relaxing on one of the sumptuous armchairs in the lounge.
Trump Turnberry is around an hour’s drive from Glasgow Airport and half an hour from Prestwick Airport. There’s almost 1000 acres of estate to explore with plenty of activities. Why leave the resort?
VERDICT: The Trump Turnberry Hotel is a luxury hotel in a gorgeous location in Ayr, Scotland. Luxury rooms, great food, impeccable service, activities galore, and Championship golf courses, it has everything.