Forever Edinburgh: The Balmoral hotel brings locals and visitors together with new ‘Summer of Love’ programme

Iconic Edinburgh hotel The Balmoral is bringing loved ones together once again with a range of luxurious summer experiences to make up for lost time.

By Caitlyn Dewar
Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:26 pm
Guests will be able to enjoy an exquisite Afternoon Tea in the famous Palm Court
Guests will be able to enjoy an exquisite Afternoon Tea in the famous Palm Court

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The hotel is reopening to welcome back guests and new programme of experiences, named ‘Summer of Love’, is available to locals and visitors alike to the Capital alive from Monday May 17, in line with the long anticipated easing of coronavirus restrictions.

The activities will help guests reconnect with friends, fall in love with the Scottish Capital and discover world-class hospitality like no other.

Luxurious champagne brunches will be served in Brasserie Prince

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    Summer of Love’ encourages both those who call Edinburgh home and visitors reignite their wanderlust and make unforgettable memories.

    From much-needed staycations filled with champagne brunches, to an indulgent night at the ‘Neighbourhood Cocktail Club’ at Bar Prince, this season there is an experience to ensure everyone has the summer to remember.

    Starting with their ‘Time Away for Two’ offering from £398 per night, couples are invited to escape to the Capital on a romantic break, or a long awaited catch up with friends.

    When booking the ‘Time Away for Two’ two-night experience, guests will receive a third night complimentary and be greeted with chilled champagne on arrival to toast time together and memories missed.

    On Friday evenings guests can step into the convivial surroundings of Bar Prince and join the new Neighbourhood Cocktail Club.

    Guests will have a chance to enjoy the Balmoral’s famous afternoon tea for two in the spectacular surroundings of Palm Court and unwind with a relaxing Swedish massage, with full access to the serene urban spa.

    Guests can also receive a category room upgrade and a full breakfast in the comfort of your room each day.

    The hotel has also crafted a new Cultural Free Spirit Escape for those who wish to make the most of their time exploring Edinburgh.

    Again, guests can enjoy a complimentary room upgrade and in-room breakfast on a two night stay and to allow time to immerse yourself in the highlights of Edinburgh.

    With prosecco in hand, experience an exclusive red carpet, private tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia followed by a private Instagram walking tour of Edinburgh, exploring the stunning medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture of the city, led by Scottish adventurer and popular Instagrammer Ian Black.

    The Summer Free Spirit Escapes are priced from £424 per night.

    A decadent Champagne Brunch within Brasserie Prince is available from Saturday, May 22.

    The newly curated menu offers an extensive champagne and cocktail selection, paired with delicious brunch dishes, including: sweet brioche french toast, caramelised banana and crème fraîche; crushed avocado on toasted sourdough; and cider and smoked bacon Shetland mussels.

    The champagne brunch is served in the relaxed surroundings of Brasserie Prince every Saturday between 11.30am and 4pm from £23.

    On Friday evenings guests can step into the convivial surroundings of Bar Prince and join the new Neighbourhood Cocktail Club.

    Surrounded by the ‘pop’ of champagne corks and the rattle of cocktail shakers, the Neighbourhood Cocktail Club welcomes those looking for an evening filled with laughter and decadent drinks.

    The bar’s expert mixologists have developed a new range of classic cocktails with a twist, from a Raspberry Bramble to a Scottish Bloody Mary, there is a tipple to suit every taste and occasion.

    The Neighbourhood Cocktail Club is open every Friday from 5pm to 7pm at Bar Prince with cocktails from £13.

    In anticipation of loved ones reuniting for a special afternoon together, the Palm Court’s tea collection has been newly extended, offering a selection of 88 thoughtfully curated loose leaf teas to choose from.

    The collection, one of the largest in Scotland, compliments the new seasonal afternoon tea menu created by the hotel’s dedicated team of pastry chefs and has been designed to enjoy under a new installation of blossom trees that proudly don the centre of Palm Court

    Afternoon tea is priced from £45 per person.

    Finally, the Balmoral Spa has launched a new summer treatment to transport you, in spirit, to the sunshine of the Mediterranean.

    Step into the hotel’s serene urban spa and experience Time in the Med where you will be welcomed by your personal Irene Forte Skincare Therapist who will guide you into complete relaxation, using sustainable, natural skincare that nourishes the skin from the outside in. Following your two hour bespoke treatment, relax with a refreshing Sicilian lemonade in the comfort of Bar Prince.

    Time in the Med costs £180 for 180 minutes.

    The Summer of Love launches in line with the easing of restrictions in Scotland.

    To make a reservation or for further information on any of the above experiences please contact: [email protected] or call 0131 556 2414.

    More information on the Summer of Love programme can be found on the Balmoral website.

    The Evening News is supporting Forever Edinburgh a joint campaign between the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) and VisitScotland. This encourages people to rediscover the city, its stories and places while supporting local businesses, promoting attractions, shops, bars and restaurants as lockdown eases.