Features writer Patricia-Ann Young visits the spa at Fairmont, St Andrews for a day of relaxation and pampering.
I have a confession to make. At 24 years old, I had never “ until now “ been to a spa; to be honest, I never really take the time to sit down and relax. So when the Fairmont St Andrews invited the editorial team out to see what its Signature Spa had to offer Scottish hen parties, the answer was a big yes please!
Recent research shows that traditional hen parties are on the wane. Karaoke, neon sashes and a night on the tiles have been replaced with altogether more classy celebrations, and chilled-out hen spa weekends in Scotland are a much more popular option these days. So where better to go than a luxurious five-star hotel?
I headed to the Fairmont with fellow features writer Katie and editor Natasha, each of us a little bit stressed out (it was almost deadline time for this issue!) and in serious need of some rest and relaxation. Happily, that’s exactly what we got.
The serene, chilled-out vibe of the Signature Spa immediately put as at ease the minute we passed through its doors. We each filled out forms about what our problem areas are (my shoulder blades always feel pretty tense) while sipping on strawberry and kiwi-infused water. We were then shown to the changing rooms, given fluffy robes and slippers, and had some time to hit the pool, sauna and jacuzzi before our chosen express treatments began.
I opted for the 25-minute intensive muscle release massage, designed to break down tension and pain by working deep into my stiff, sore back muscles. I was worried that the treatment might be painful, but fortunately I had a consultation with the therapist beforehand and we discussed the intensity I would like. The massage, using aromatherapy oils, was so relaxing that I almost fell asleep, and it struck me how beneficial this would be to a bride-to-be up to her eyeballs in wedding planning.
Editor Natasha had the massage too (“My therapist did an amazing job of de-knotting my shoulders,” she says) while Katie went for the Ultimate Aromatherapy Associates facial, which left her skin really radiant.
Afterwards, as we sat together in the relaxation room with a glass of seriously good prosecco in hand, we were like three different people: happy, content and utterly de-stressed. Away from the rest of the spa, this room is perfect for small groups of pals to have a natter and flick through the stacks of glossy high-end magazines.
PERFECT FOR HENS
The fun wasn’t over yet, because we then headed upstairs for afternoon tea, laden with the tastiest sandwiches, scones and cakes (Natasha even got a special gluten-free afternoon tea, which she declared the most delicious she’s ever had). We chatted away to the friendly staff and found that there are lots of other things you can do at the hotel for your hen, including a cocktail masterclass and hiring out the luxury self-catering lodges in the grounds if you want somewhere a little more private than the hotel.
When we visited, the hotel was putting the finishing touches to an extensive refurb and it looks and feels welcoming but chic and stylish. It would make an excellent retreat for hens that enjoy some sophistication. And I think I’ve definitely caught the spa bug. In fact, I think I might have to go back. Just to double-check¦
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Express treatments at Fairmont Signature Spa are £45pp; hen packages vary in price depending on the activities you opt for.
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