If escaping to the spectacular purple-hued heather-clad hilly wilds of Scotland appeals, then Gleneagles Hotel is unsurpassed. Not only does it offer a wealth of country pursuits (including all the kit you need) such as golf, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, ferret racing and falconry, but a multi-million-pound overhaul by new owners Ennismore has seen the hotel transformed into an utterly stylish destination. A host of design firms and Scottish artisans have contributed to the project, including leading global practice David Collins Studio, which has sprinkled its refined dose of glamour upon several of the public areas. Gleneagles today offers true appeal to those with sophisticated metropolitan tastes; guests more predisposed to cocktails and afternoon tea than wellies and waders.Originally dubbed the Palace in the Glens when it opened in 1924, Gleneagles was the most regal hotel in Scotland and a key fixture in the social ‘season’ for the aristocratic set during the roaring ’20s. Many of the new spaces pay homage to this, such as the new American Bar with its drinks list of rare whiskies and cocktails like the Deauville and Flapper, all served in exquisite Richard Brendon crystalware in an Art Deco-inspired interior with lilac-hued walls and clubby leather armchairs. Meanwhile, golfers using the Dormy Clubhouse can enjoy Auchterarder 70, the new craft beer bar replete with oak panelling and parquet flooring, a nostalgic nod to Gleneagles’ very own railway station. Gleneagles guests can quite easily spend a weekend without dining in the same establishment twice. Gourmands should book ahead if they want to enjoy Andrew Fairlie’s two-Michelin-starred dishes, such as his popular lobster smoked for hours over whisky-barrel chips. The beauty of this revived countryside beauty is that there are so many opportunities to savour the hotel’s improved culinary delights, while also soaking up the breathtaking surroundings. It’s hard to think of an afternoon tea experience that offers a more spectacular vista than the Glendevon lounge, with its gallery of windows offering panoramic views of the hotel’s rolling lawns, with the Ochil Hills in the distance.