Macdonald Resorts has reported seeing a marked increase in demand for its self-catering accommodation amid the pandemic.
It comes as research from 56 Degree Insight found that 41% of those planning a staycation in Scotland were choosing self-catering accommodation, with other parts of the UK experiencing similar trends.
Macdonald Resorts currently has five locations across the UK, including locations at Snowdonia National Park, Cairngorms National Park and the Scottish Highlands, with sites offering self-catering accommodation in light of more customers “opting for safe staycations within their family bubbles”.
The hotel chain has also introduced new hygiene and safety standards, with a range of policies entitled ‘Safe & Sound’ that “focus on safe ways of working, social distancing and hygiene”.
While on-site restaurants are now open at Macdonald Forest Hills, Spey Valley and Elmers Court, pools, spas and children’s play facilities remain closed in line with government guidelines.
Michael Stott, CEO of Macdonald Resorts, said: “2020 has been very challenging, and we know that people are keen for a change of scenery and to enjoy a break.
“However, we also understand that there is still a sense of nervousness and at Macdonald Resorts the safety of our guests and staff is our number one priority which is why we have introduced a number of hygiene and safety measures.”
He added: “Our accommodation is a ‘home from home’ providing peace of mind and the perfect base for children to play or for families to walk and explore and spend quality time together.
“Our stunning resorts are ideally located to provide a much-needed chance to recharge the batteries whether that’s relaxing and soaking in the beautiful scenery, or by enjoying a more action-packed break with cycling and water-sports.”