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Issue 65 - Making A Splash

Scotland Magazine Issue 65
October 2012

 

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Making A Splash

Urban or rural, there are some really top-notch spas offered in Scottish hotels of all types. A century or so ago the Victorians pioneered hydropathic hotels with water-therapies and somewhat strict dietary and alcohol regimes. Today, however, the spa is an altogether more relaxing, embracing and sympathetic experience. In this edition we look at some of the current best spa hotels across the country.

1. The Spa at Gleneagles, Perthshire
The Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles sits, like the hotel, in a perfectly-maintained 850 acre wooded and golf estate in lovely Perthshire – a location ideal for events such as the G8 summit a few years ago and the Ryder Cup in 2014. With possibly the most serene atmosphere of our leading spas, created by a leading designer, you’ll be aware and appreciative of the confident décor and colours used. ESPA treatments for face and body are at the heart of things, as is the courtyard garden with its gentle fire where guests can unwind before or after therapies. ESPA Life is a well thought-through, personalised approach to making sure each guest gets the most out of the spa and treatments: lifestyle programmes and consultations with various experts can help make the whole experience endure and apply to life long after your stay.
www.gleneagles.com/spa
Telephone +44 (0)1764 662231


2. One Spa at Sheraton Grand, Edinburgh
A 19-metre infinity edge pool, with an outdoor rooftop hydropool, no less, gives the renowned One Spa at Edinburgh Hotel of the Year 2012 the Sheraton Grand something of a unique selling proposition. The hotel itself has just emerged with a contemporary new look after a multi-million pound redesign overseen by respected manager JP Kavanagh. The spa has, however, been from day one a huge asset to this capital operation. An array of spa days and breaks offer ways to make a spa experience central to your visit rather than a bolt-on. A thermal suite offers half a dozen or so differing types of sauna and steam experiences while a tropical rainshower is a blissful start to one of the spa’s skilled treatments for women and men. A comprehensive, high-calibre gym is an additional advantage. Hotel Spa of the Year 2012.
www.onespa.com
Telephone +44 (0)131 221 7777


3. Kohler Waters Spa at Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews
Kohler are world-class, American producers of the finest bathroom ware and the Old Course Hotel’s bedrooms showcase many of the beautiful products from the company – which also runs resorts and spas in the States. The Kohler Waters Spa, a short stroll from the dunes of the West Sands bay made famous in Chariots of Fire, recently won Best Hotel Spa in the Good Spa Awards 2012 and is a top-class facility known for innovative therapies and international-class service. A splendid 20-metre pool has a cascade waterfall at one end; there’s a rooftop hot tub, Japanese steam room and a sauna with light therapy and laminar flow showers. In the many therapies offered Carita spa products are deployed; the spa is the only one outside the USA to use famed SkinAuthority treatments; a new deep relaxation room has added to the experience.
www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk
Telephone +44 (01)334 474371


4. Spa at Blythswood Square, Glasgow
Leon Trayling won the Spa Manager of the Year 2012 at this year’s Scottish Hotel Awards and this exceptionally good urban spa justly claims to be results-focussed and ‘snappily organic, real, fresh and happening’. The hotel is a former Scottish Hotel of the Year-winner and its spa has its own range of synergistic formulations and treatments – this is very much a spa about quality therapies and treatments; the choice of things on offer is huge.
www.townhousecompany.com
Telephone +44 (0)141 240 1622


5. The Carrick Spa at Cameron House, Loch Lomond
Cameron House resort hotel complex intertwines itself beautifully with the landscape of lower Loch Lomondside and its setting has long been a golden asset. The Carrick spa sits apart in a bold new building topped by an infinity pool. Treatment rooms include a couples’ suite and an array of sauna and steam experiences including a hammam. There’s a 20-metre pool and jacuzzi. Below the spa is an airy and stylish, open-plan restaurant.
www.devere-hotels.co.uk
Telephone +44 (0)1389 713659


6. Spa at The Balmoral Edinburgh
There’s a genuinely international feel to this 5-star urban spa at the heart of the Scottish capital. Romanesque columns frame a large swimming pool around which treatments rooms and facilities are laid out. A proper, dry Finnish sauna and a Turkish steam room await you. ESPA treatments are amongst the finest and were invented in Scotland while Sundãri therapies and indulgencies bring Eastern sensuality. One of our best-ever massage experiences.
www.thebalmoralhotel.com
Telephone +44 (0)131 556 2414


7. Spa at Turnberry Resort, Ayrshire
Turnberry is truly an icon amongst Scotland’s finest hotels and the luxury spa here has an equally memorable outlook over the sea to Ailsa Craig and often the faint outline of the Irish coast beyond. There’s a 20-metre pool with whirlpool – all with huge windows from which to admire the vista – and a collection of tranquil treatment rooms where ESPA treatments were, in fact, pioneered. There’s an excellent Technogym-equipped facility.
www.turnberryresort.co.uk
Telephone +44 (0)1655 331000