Resorts & Retreats Awards 2020

Page 20 LUX 2020 Resorts and Retreats Awards Hideaway Lodges offers its guests a beautiful and peaceful holiday to relax and unwind, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Situated in the stunning Drumlang bluebell woods, Hideaway Lodges is surrounded by beautiful birds and wildlife such as fallow deer, mountain hares and golden and white-tailed eagles, making it a popular destination for avid bird and wildlife watchers. With its central location the north and south of the island are easily accessible for guests to enjoy a walk, a cycling excursion or a road trip across the island. Guests can choose from one of three eco- friendly lodges which cater for up to two adults on a luxury self-catering basis with either a king-size bed or twin beds. Each lodge has a comfortable lounge, dining area, bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen containing a large fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and electric cooker. The lodges also include a veranda with outdoor seating to allow guests to enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife on their doorstep. On arrival guests are welcomed by owners Janine Allen and Mark Whitaker, and with their warm hospitality and knowledge of the island, guests feel at home and comfortable as soon as they check in. The couple maintain the properties themselves with the assistance of a freelance cleaner and ensure that all lodges are immaculately clean and cosy, adding their personal touch by leaving kilner jars of homemade shortbread in each lodge. In recent years, Hideaway Lodges has noticed a lengthening of the main season with more people visiting the Isle of Mull in Nestled on the shores of Loch Na Keal on the beautiful Isle of Mull is Hideaway Lodges, providing eco-friendly, luxury, 4-star self-catering accommodation exclusively for adults. To celebrate its win in our 2020 Resorts and Retreats Awards, we offer a unique overview of the experience guests can expect when they visit this beautiful and unique establishment. Hideaway Lodges Best Self-Catering Accommodation - Argyll & Bute winter months. With fewer visitors during colder months, staying on the island during the winter increases the tranquillity around the island and provides guests with even more of an escape in the wilderness. The tourism industry has faced many challenges this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and tourism business owners on the Isle of Mull also had the difficult decision of deciding whether to close their business or delay opening for the season in order to protect their guests and indeed themselves and their staff. Hideaway Lodges quickly adapted to the pandemic and implemented necessary changes and protocols to ensure their guests had flexibility with their bookings including deposits, refunds and arranging new travel dates. With more than a 60% return rate, Hideaway Lodges has built a good relationship with its returning customers which provided them with a definite advantage over recent months. Looking ahead, Janine and Mark aren’t planning on making any major changes to the lodges but will continue to ensure that Hideaway Lodges stays up to date and remains a Scottish Hygge, as well as a place of outstanding natural beauty for its guests to escape to. Ultimately in today’s hospitality market the emphasis is on creating unique experiences that guests will remember forever and as winners in this year’s Resorts and Retreats Awards, Hideaway Lodges is a true leader and will continue to provide truly memorable experiences for its guests for many years to come. Contact: Janine Allen & Mark Whitaker Company: Hideaway Lodges Web Address: “We aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible and are committed to ensuring we preserve our beautiful woods, birds and wildlife for all.” “We always work on the basis that good karma is more important than money, we ensure we put our customers first and are as flexible as we can be in all situations.”