Isle of Eriska Hotel changes ownership as island is acquired by Hong-Kong company

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The Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa has been taken over by new owners, as the property and the island it is situated on have been sold to a family-owned company located in Hong Kong.

As of August 2016, the island and hotel and spa was acquired by Creation Gem, owned by the Rong family, meaning the Buchanan-Smith family will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operation of the hotel or the island.

The current management will all be retained however and are now challenged with taking Eriska forward into the future.

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The private island, located off the west coast of Scotland, covers 300 acres and includes a 25-bedroom five star hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, plus its own golf course, nature reserve and the recently re-launched Stables Spa.

Paul Leonard, head chef, retained the restaurant’s Michelin star in 2016 and the hotel is a member of Relais & Chateaux.

New owner, Mr Rong commented: “My family and I are offering a bridge of friendship from beautiful Shanghai to stunning Scotland. We are honoured to continue as the custodians of such an iconic property and aim to protect and nurture the island, securing a bright future for Eriska for years to come.”

The new owners have committed to a significant investment towards the future of the entire island with the construction of four new Hilltop Reserves already underway and planned renovations to the main house in the pipeline.

The four new self-catering lodges will mirror the existing two Hilltop Reserves, which are located on the hillside overlooking the estate. The one-bedroom lodges come with their own private hot tub and outdoor decking and will offer views across the sea.

As part of the new investment into the island, the hotel has completed a full renovation of seven of the 25 en-suite bathrooms during January 2017 and will re-launch the new piano lounge and drawing room as the hotel re-opens this month.

Gordon Cartwright, general manager of Eriska, joined the team in April 2016.

He says: “A change of ownership doesn’t mean a change in ethos and guests new and old can still expect the roaring fires, luxury, comfort and excellent service from the committed island team, along with a memorable dining experience. Eriska is about providing an island getaway that is totally unique, not just in location but because the experienced team deliver on the small details that make all the difference. As General Manager I’m committed to preserving the Buchanan-Smith family legacy that has made Eriska an icon of hospitality for over four decades.”

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