The great Scottish outdoors. Fresh air, beautiful scenery and the magical myths and legends. The perfect place for Wellness and relaxation…
Studies show that to experience total relaxation you have to experience it through all five senses, meaning a calm setting and atmosphere are key when choosing a spa. Scotland are blessed with some of the most luxuriously tranquil spas that are nestled deep in the great Scottish outdoors, surrounded by stunning scenery, beautiful mountains, lochs and even world class golf courses, We think they’re the perfect way to relax, unwind and escape the stresses of our busy lives. Stick on your white robe and fluffy slippers, kick back and check out Panoptic’s picks for the best luxury spas in Scotland.
Located in a stunning Victorian manor house in the quaint town of Crieff at the heart of beautiful Perthshire, this spa and hotel couldn’t be any better situated. The spa is only just over an hour away from both Glasgow and Edinburgh, making it a perfect country escape from the busy city hubbub. Although Crieff may feel quiet and sleepy, the little town has lots to offer, from picturesque walking trails, a beautiful golf course and a hip Italian eatery with a focus on luxury wines – Delivino’s.
The spa boasts many amenities, such as a sauna, steam room and stunning 19th century Victorian baths, lovingly maintained since the spa originally opened in 1886. The spa has partnered with Parisian essential oil brand Decleor to ensure every aspect of your experience is as luxurious as it can be, from the location to the treatment. You will leave Crieff hydro feeling refreshed, relaxed and truly pampered.
You can find Carrick spa on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, in the sprawling resort of the 5-star Cameron house hotel. Only an hour away from Glasgow, this is again another wonderful countryside hideaway from the city. Come to Carrick spa and watch as your worries slip away to the sound of the crashing waves in the background.
A key feature of Carrick spa is the wonderful infinity pool it boasts looking out across Loch Lomond – in fact, Carrick spa prides itself on its number of magnificent hydro and thermal experiences that are not to be missed. The spa of course boasts a wonderfully relaxing jacuzzi, but it doesn’t stop there. Carrick also features a luxury rooftop infinity pool with stunning views across breath taking Loch Lomond and Ben Lomond, a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, experience showers purpose built for the most decadent of aromatherapy experiences and for the brave, it even has an ice fountain. If you’re not one for getting your hair wet, Carrick can also offer you several sauna, Hamman, and aromatherapy rooms along with intriguing caldarium and tepidarium’s.
If that’s not enough, another draw of Carrick spa is the decadent “Café spa”, extending the luxury treatment to your tastebuds. Outfitted beautifully, with calming and relaxed décor the café spa boasts several delicacies to begin or round off your spa experience such as freshly pressed juices and smoothies and a menu of elegant and healthy bites.
Offering something truly different, Taymouth Marina is a spa in the most extraordinary of surroundings. Directly on the bank of the beautiful Loch Tay and in the shadow of beautifully picturesque treelined hills, Taymouth capitalises on its rustic surroundings to create a wild feel to this beautiful retreat. With features like outdoor bucket showers, water sports, trips across Loch Tay and a slide that leads you straight to a plunge in the beautiful Loch, Taymouth Marina is an experience not to be missed.
Despite its rustic and outdoorsy feel, Taymouth Marina boasts beautiful self-catering apartments, townhouses and detached cottages for your group to stay in and a delightful gastro-pub, The Ferryman’s Inn – although camping is always an option to encourage bonding in the great outdoors! Other amenities at Taymouth include a hotbox sauna and steam room, a selection of fruits and delicacies to enjoy while you’re at the spa and a wonderful outdoor hot pool that looks across the loch.
For those who thrive off the hustle and the bustle of city life and don’t feel like escaping to the country, we recommend the luxurious Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, nestled in the heart of Edinburgh, you still feel like you’re right in the middle of the action while taking a moment to breathe. Arguably one of the best views in Edinburgh can be found in the Sheraton – looking out across the Usher Hall and Edinburgh castle – what a place to unwind! We recommend going after dark to watch the twinkle of the city lights below you!
The Sheraton boasts an iconic outdoor rooftop hydro-pool and the spa also offers a gorgeous indoor infinity pool on the top floor of the spa, so when it comes to fantastic swimming experiences, you’re spoiled for choice. If you tire of these wonderful pools, the spa also offers a whole host of other amenities such as steam rooms, saunas and world-class massages and treatments all hosted in the 5-star Sheraton Grand Hotel – so when you’re done relaxing, you’re truly on the doorstep of the capital and all Edinburgh has to offer.
When talking about Scottish luxury – we would be truly remiss to forget the one and only Gleneagles. Truly an institution, Gleneagles takes five-star luxury to heart and ensures only the best will do in every element of its glorious resort.
Nestled in picturesque Perthshire, Gleneagles thoughtfully takes its surroundings to heart, using local botanicals to craft the decadent oils used in their spa treatments, along with partnering with some of the world’s leading wellness brands to provide you only the best treatments. The spa is focused on relaxation, restoration and rejuvenation and is stunningly outfitted to transport you into a world of complete zen.
There are a number of pools offered, including outdoor thermal pools that bask in the beautiful Scottish surroundings and indoor adult only pools to provide an invigorating swimming experience. Not to worry about getting your hair wet however, the spa offers a luxury beauty lodge featuring glamourous treatments to leave you feeling and looking your best.
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