Macdonald Hotels & Resorts reveals Q2 investment scheme

Hotel group Macdonald Hotels & Resorts gave word of its investment programme for the second quarter of the year earlier this month, worth £2 million-plus. 

A selection of the group's properties are set to see new developments, thanks to the investment. The idea is to further place the group as health hotel category leaders, it says.

Jeanette Jones, the managing director for leisure and spa at the group, has said that its wellbeing and spa offering has become key to its brand – an aspect about which guests are getting more and more knowledgeable.

"Whether our guest is a resident, day spa visitor or leisure club member, we want to make sure they have the appropriate level of services and facilities available to them to achieve their own health, fitness and wellbeing goals," she went on.

"We are committing a serious amount of investment ongoing to this area of our business in order to further position ourselves as leading hotels in spa and wellbeing."

As part of the £2 million investment, £450,000 is being pumped into Technogym equipment replacements and upgrades at a variety of Vital Health & Wellbeing Club venues.

And some £1.4 million is being invested into Chesterwhich's Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, where the Vital Health & Wellbeing Club is set to be upgraded, in a revamp that will also see the spa extended.

When complete, the features will include 12 spa treatment rooms, a refurbished pool, a Spa Cafe and a Zen garden. June 2014 will see the upgraded club and extended spa launched.

Changing areas are set to be revamped at Macdonald Houston House and Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, with investment worth £240,000.

Earlier this year, the Scottish Steak Club eatery was relaunched at the group's Macdonald Windsor Hotel.

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