Whether you want to spa-rkle like Markle on your hen do (the royal bride reportedly whisked her besties off for a weekend of pre-wedding spa pampering at Soho Farmhouse) or you’re wondering where to go in the run-up to your big day for some bridal spa treatments that’ll get your skin glowing, here’s our pick of the best spas in Scotland.
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ONE SPA, EDINBURGH
If you’re seeking a spa you could easily luxuriate in for an entire day, Edinburgh’s One Spa will tick all of your boxes – including the ones you didn’t even know needed ticked.
Connected to the five-star Sheraton Grand Hotel via an elevated glass walkway, it comprises four split-levels of spa, offering every conceivable means of relaxation. The thermal suite has a hammam, laconium, tepidarium, crystal steam room, rock sauna, bio sauna, aroma grotto and dry salt room, alongside lifestyle showers to refresh you in-between and a deep relaxation room with a twinkling starlit ceiling and log fire.
There’s a 19-metre infinity-edged swimming pool on the top floor for those that like to keep active, and a shimmering indoor-outdoor rooftop hydropool where you can recline for a gentle body jet massage. There are 15 treatment rooms (as well as a Serail mud chamber), with a range of treatments including facials, wraps, massage and full body scrubs by ESPA and Made for Life Organics.
Fancy more of a beauty-focused treatment? Head to NOW by One Spa on the fourth floor for a wide range of treatments such as HD brows, LVL lashes and Shellac polish. You’ll all look amazing when you hit the town!
How much does it cost? Enjoy use of the spa facilities (including the thermal suite and rooftop pool), a spa treatment and overnight accommodation with your hens from £180pp.
FLETCHER’S COTTAGE, NORTH BERWICK
You’d be hard-pressed to find a spa in Scotland with more beautiful interiors than those found in Fletcher’s Cottage at Archerfield House. It might be located in North Berwick but you could easily trick yourself into believing you’d escaped to a cosy Norwegian retreat; the relaxation area, swathed in a soothing palette of neutrals, has a wood-burning stove, exposed brick walls and wooden beams.
If a hygge hen is your idea of heaven, this is the spa for you. There are seven treatment rooms, so plenty of scope to get everyone involved in the pampering action, along with a marine steam room, lavender sauna, rasul mud cure room and private bath huts in the spa garden. Brands used in the treatments include Made For Life Organics, Aromatherapy Associates, Voya, Sisley and OPI.
How much does it cost? Get overnight accommodation in a Luxury Pavilion Suite (double or twin room). two 45-minute spa treatments (including two hours’ use of the facilities on the day of your treatment) and breakfast the following morning from £275 per night (valid until April 2019).
Visit Fletcher Cottage’s website | t. 01620 897050 | e: email@example.com
STOBO CASTLE SPA, PEEBLESSHIRE
Perhaps you’re looking for some proper rest and rejuvenation in a destination spa with tranquil surroundings. If that sounds like bliss, make your way to Peeblesshire for a luxury spa break at Stobo Castle. Surrounded by rolling hills and set around a picturesque loch, you and your besties will feel completely relaxed before you’ve even set foot inside.
Top-of-the-range face and body treatments are available here using products by Caudalie, Phytomer and Neom, in addition to a range of holistic therapies such as reiki and crystal healing. The spa facilities are fantastic, too: in the ladies-only area there’s a laconium, aromatic steam room and ice fountain; in the mixed area you’ll find a glass-fronted Swedish sauna, steam room, swimming pool and hydrospa; and there are even three hot tubs outside!
Guests are encouraged to unwind in the relaxation room, and when it’s time for lunch you can dine in your robe and slippers. Divine.
How much does it cost? A Celebration Spa Day costs from £99 and includes a three-course lunch with coffee, top-to-toe Face & Body glow treatment, use of spa facilties, guided walks inc. the Japanese Water Gardens and optional aqua and fitness classes.
BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE, GLASGOW
Planning to celebrate your hen do in Glasgow? Make a beeline for Blythswood Square – its spa was named Luxury Spa of the Year at this year’s inaugural Scottish Beauty Industry Awards.
A subterranean haven, it’s located on the lower floor of this luxe city centre hotel and has a fabulous thermal suite comprising saunas, steam rooms and an ice fountain, and two relaxation pools.
If treatments aren’t a priority and you just want to unwind for a few hours, you can pay for the thermal experience on its own (from £45). But with a range of treatments available from brands including Ishga, Ila and Made for Life Organics, and nine treatment rooms, we say go for it and indulge. Then make your way to the Spa Café afterwards for afternoon tea and fizz…
How much does it cost? Have a SPArty at Blythswood Square and get exclusive use of the thermal experience and spa lounge from 9pm until 12am and prosecco on arrival (additional food/drinks packages available) for £45pp. Minimum 15 guests.
Visit Blythswood Square’s website | t. 0141 248 8888
THE SPA AT LOCHSIDE, AYRSHIRE
With its incredibly picturesque location on the banks of the Loch of the Lowes and the sight of the Afton Hills in the background, you’ll feel your shoulders drop the minute you arrive at Lochside.
It gets even better when you make your way to the spa, which has a thermal suite comprising a vitality pool, steam room, sauna and relaxation space. You’ll love the range of ESPA treatments available, as well as the fact that bespoke treatments can be tailored specifically for you and your needs.
Better still, groups of friends are really catered for here, with a range of packages that encourage you to come and unwind for a few days.
How much does it cost? The Hide and Sleep package costs £225pp and for that you get two nights’ accommodation, full Scottish breakfast, full use of the spa facilities, a three-course meal both nights, a full body massage and a finishing treatment of your choice (based on two sharing).
KOHLER WATERS SPA, ST ANDREWS
Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in coastal St Andrews reopened earlier this year following an £8m refurbishment, and is the only spa from the famous brand outside of America.
The focus here is ‘health through water’, the literal meaning of the word spa, and guests can embrace this mantra with therapeutic bathing in the hydrotherapy pool, Kohler Real Rain shower experiences and even a rooftop garden with hot tub.
New additions to the space will please sporty prospective guests: a 20m lap pool, new gym area, a functional fitness space and exercise studio which offers, as well as instructor-led classes, new and novel virtual sessions. The Spa Café has everything you’d want in a light lunch, with healthy salads and cleansing teas to complement your spa experience.
How much does it cost? The ‘Water’s Escape’ spa day includes prosecco and canapés, spa café lunch, facial or massage, tea and cakes in the afternoon and a tour and try-out of the fitness centre for £124pp, with a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. Add on a night’s stay for £420pp.
THE SPA AT THE PRINCIPAL CHARLOTTE SQUARE, EDINBURGH
Last year, the new look Principal Charlotte Square was unveiled following a multimillion-pound refurbishment that saw the city centre hotel get a complete style revamp along with a brand new spa and health club.
It’s compact but high-class, with a mood-lit swimming pool, thermal area with sauna and steam room, and three treatment rooms. In addition to treatments using Scottish skincare brand Ishga, this is the only spa in Scotland that uses products by the award-winning OSKIA. Beauty treatments are available too, including waxing, eyebrow and lash tinting, and OPI ProSpa manis and pedis.
How much does it cost? Spa days cost from £110 per person.
Visit Principal Charlotte Square Spa’s website | t. 0131 240 5500
THE COACH HOUSE SPA, KINROSS
How do you like the sound of a spa that you and your hens can hire out privately? The Coach House Spa can offer just that, welcoming small groups of up to 14 people to spend the day in VIP pampering heaven.
Nestled within the beautiful grounds of Kinross Estate by the banks of Loch Leven, The Coach House was converted from the former stables of the old house and has a real boutique feel. Treatments – which range from face and body treatments to holistic and wellness therapies – take place in scented cottage-style rooms and can be tailored to suit your needs using skincare by the award-winning Kerstin Florian and Aromatherapy Associates.
You’ll have full use of the facilities, including a relaxation room, sauna and hydrotherapy pool, with the opportunity to enjoy a glass of bubbly in the snug Tartan Bar or outdoor courtyard garden. Afternoon tea can be added on too; you’ll love the homemade selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and traybakes!
How much does it cost? Treatments start from £65pp for a 55-minute treatment. Private hire packages available from £115pp.
Whether you are in Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow – or even planning a visit to London – there’s a PURE Spa & Beauty conveniently located close by for you and your hens, making it ideal for anyone who wants to incorporate some pampering into their city celebrations.
Open seven days a week with appointments to suit you, PURE Spa & Beauty is an award-winning brand offering a wide variety of treatments. They use only the best beauty brands, including Elemis (an SWD favourite) and their therapists are trained in a wide variety of beauty treatments including mani-pedis, spray tans and their signature PURE facials.
In addition, you can book a full range of spa treatments. You could even try an Infra-Red sauna (believed to encourage detoxification), which is available at all locations other than Edinburgh’s Lothian Road, Waterloo Place and Aberdeen’s Cults.
How much does it cost? PURE Spa & Beauty has a range of spa packages and pamper parties available to suit all budgets. The Pure Deluxe Spa Party includes an infrared sauna session (replaced with the use of sauna, pool and steamroom at Waterloo Place, Edinburgh), choice of two express spa treatments, a glass of bubbly each, refreshments and nibbles from £78pp.