Scotland’s First “Spa on Rails” Debuts on the Belmond Royal Scotsman
With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to change old habits and start new routines…like reducing stress and taking better care of the body and soul with more frequent spa visits. A relaxing spa treatment adds to the restful ambience of a vacation and improves the ability to focus on ‘getting away from it all.’ Those lucky enough to head to Scotland in the new year will find several of Luxury Scotland’s luxury hotel members with new spa offerings, helping to ensure a stress-free visit.
Scotland’s biggest spa news for 2016 is the introduction of country’s first “spa on rails”—a brand new dedicated spa car aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman set to debut in April, 2016. The Haybarn Spa will offer two treatment rooms with an extensive menu of signature treatments including bespoke facials, massages, manicures and pedicures. For this exciting addition to the UK’s only luxury sleeper train, Belmond partnered with British artisanal brand Bamford to create the relaxing sanctuary complete with stunning views of the glens, peaks and lochs that dot the Scottish Highlands. The spa was designed by Bamford architect, Spencer Fung, using Scottish sustainable wood from Bamford’s Daylesford Estate in the Cotswolds. The cabin-like feel of the treatment rooms will complement the luxurious surroundings of the train and offer the ideal retreat for guests.
Not to be outdone, Lochgreen House Hotel, located in Ayrshire, also plans to open a luxury spa on the scenic country house’s property in 2016. Plans call for a “relax lounge” featuring a wall of windows that overlook the Royal Troon Golf Club and the spectacular Ayrshire coast. Spa treatment rooms will be complete in early 2016, with the pool area in place by late summer.
East meets west with the new Serenity treatment at the award winning Spa by ESPA at Gleneagles. This fusion treatment includes a back massage, craniosacral treatment to the head area, facial cleanse and massage, shoulder and neck massage, Thai foot treatment, and culminates with the gentle, hypnotic experience that is Shirodhara. Shirodhara is a form of Ayurvedic therapy that involves gently pouring liquids—in this case, aromatic sesame oil—over the forehead to create a deep sense of relaxation. A 90-minute Serenity treatment is available for £150 (US $228), and a 2-hour treatment is £200 (US $304).
Therapists at the famous Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews ask guests to choose how good (or bad) they want to be in the new year with their Detox or Retox spa/accommodations packages. The Detox Package includes a revitalizing 25-minute treatment (either “Burst of Radiance” or a Custom Massage) and full use of the spa facilities including the fitness suite and the sauna and steam room to help melt away the pounds. A healthy breakfast at the Road Hole Restaurant and a Kohler Waters Spa pack complete the deal. For those looking to continue the season of indulgence, the Retox Package includes a two-course lunch at the Jigger Inn or Hams Hame Pub & Grill and full use of the spa facilities for chilling by the pool or relaxing in the rooftop hot tub. A chocolate turndown service at night and a full Scottish breakfast in the morning round out the package. Both packages are available from January 2 to March 31 (excluding Jan 10-15 and February 12-14) for £195 (US $296) per room, double.
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