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A thriving metropolis and UNESCO World Heritage site, the elegant city of Edinburgh has been a leader in cultural and academic excellence for centuries. High-end boutiques and upmarket eateries imbibe style in every part of this city, where streets are steeped in history and elegant façades hide a wealth of 5 star hotels. Scotland’s capital offers an impeccable array of ways to spend a luxury weekend or longer vacation.

5 Star Hotels Edinburgh

Edinburgh deserves to be seen in style. Bursting with history, Michelin star restaurants, 5 star hotels, luxury spa experiences and opulent shopping districts, Edinburgh is the perfect gem for a luxury vacation. From private whisky tastings and champagne afternoon tea to exclusive evening tours of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and personal shopper services at Harvey Nichols and Jenners, enjoy a VIP experience at a 5 star hotel in Edinburgh.

Elegant Edinburgh: The best 5 star stays in the Scottish capital

Royal art & High-end shopping in the City Centre

Home to several Michelin-starred restaurants and upmarket eateries, dining out in Edinburgh is a real treat where even afternoon tea is a fine dining experience. The capital of Scotland boasts a higher concentration of restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK, so elite travelers are spoilt for choice in luxury restaurant heaven. The main tourist drinking spot is the Grassmarket, situated just below Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s smallest pub as well as some of the oldest. A more high-end option is George Street, adjacent to Princes Street, where you can find upscale restaurants and cocktail bars. Whichever area you choose, be sure to indulge in a lavish afternoon tea, along with amuse-bouche, three-tiered trays of sweets and savouries as well as champagne and unlimited tea of your choice. The Colonnades at the Signet Library, a stunning 19th century library with fluted Corinthian columns, is an especially lavish choice. See what it’s like to live like the Queen at the Palace of Holyrood, which was once the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Boasting beautiful rose-lined gardens, the palace is home to the romantic ruins of the 12th century Abbey. Visitors can also enjoy viewing a range of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection at The Queen’s Gallery. Multrees Walk defines luxury shopping in Edinburgh. You can find Edinburgh’s only Harvey Nicholls here, where you can take advantage of their personal shopper experience, alongside high-end designer shops such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Mulberry. Down narrow, cobbled lanes like Thistle Street, independent shops run by masters of their trade will offer you an individual standard of service that will make you feel like you’ve struck gold.

Gourmet cuisine & Royal maritime history in Leith

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Linked to the city centre via Leith Walkway and Leith Walk, Leith is a buzzing port district home to hip creatives located in the north of Edinburgh. This area has been Edinburgh’s seaport since the 14th century, and is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Scottish Executive. Today old warehouses are transforming into trendy bars, swanky restaurants and luxury hotels and apartment blocks. Waterfront seafood bistros and traditional pubs dot The Shore area, one of the most attractive parts of Leith with cobbled waterfront streets lined with pubs and restaurants. The Royal Yacht Britannia, a former ocean-going royal residence, showcases elaborate state apartments as well as an on-board Rolls-Royce. On a tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia, you will marvel at the glitzy interiors and hear personal stories about the luxury vessel the Royal Family holidayed on all over the world. Ocean Terminal, a huge undercover shopping centre sporting high street shopping chains is the place to go for some luxury retail therapy. Head to The Shore where you will be spoiled for choice in gourmet foodie heaven as this is where three Michelin-starred eateries are located within a few hundred yards of each other. Edinburgh has an incredibly rich whisky heritage and the Port of Leith was the epicentre of the industry. For a truly authentic Scottish experience, a private room can be booked at The Vaults for a special meal and whisky tasting. Located in a history building dating back to the 18th century, The Vaults beckons whisky lovers with its roaring fires, leather sofas, friendly ambiance and antique mahogany furniture.

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