The Best Spa and Wellness Retreats in Scotland

Portavadie has sweeping views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran
Portavadie has sweeping views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran | Courtesy of Portavadie / Expedia
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26 November 2020

Harnessing the healing power of water and the nourishing benefits of the coastline’s seaweed and salt, Scottish spa culture is often an earthy, elemental experience. These hotel spas are perfect for rejuvenating after hiking in the Highlands or a day sightseeing in Edinburgh or Glasgow. As if this land of mountains and lochs weren’t tranquil enough, these spa and wellness hotels in Scotland will send you to a state of bliss.

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (994 Reviews)
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This five-star landmark hotel occupies an opulent Georgian building, but the star of the show is its award-winning spa, where under dim lights you will find a world of serenity far from the Glasgow streets. The hot-cold, wet-dry experience takes you between a laconium, saunarium, tepidarium and hydrotherapy pools, while the treatment menu brings bathing to a new level (try the Hebridean seaweed bath, or pain-relieving CBD oils for the water and your temples).
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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Hotel, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel
4.7/5 (727 Reviews)
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Overlooking West Sands Beach on one of the world’s most famous golf courses, the 144-room Old Course had already made a name for itself before it became the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA. It’s centred around the healing power of water, and you can hop between hot and cold pools or simply breathe in fresh air from the rooftop garden hot tub. Spa treatments include Catch the Breath, in which tui na Chinese massage techniques are used to calm and rebalance.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff

Golf View Hotel and Spa, Nairn

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.2/5 (202 Reviews)
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A popular spa town for Victorian visitors, it’s easy to see why Nairn, on the Moray coast of the Highlands, has long been prized for its fresh air and healing qualities. The calming coastal setting is fully embraced here, and as well as an indoor pool and outdoor hot tub overlooking the Moray Firth, the spa uses products sourced from the Western Isles. Try the seaweed body wrap, a Hebridean sea salt and oil scrub, followed by nourishing seaweed gel to boost your energy and work magic on the skin.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Bar/Lounge

Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa, Dundee

Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
Map View
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Dundee’s most lavish spa lies in this cool quayside hotel, which comes with views of the River Tay from the swimming pool windows. Rotate between the herbal-infused steam room, sauna and warm hydrotherapy spa pool, before pondering which treatment you’ll have in the Japanese-themed Yu Spa. Top-quality Elemis products deliver luxury massages and facials, and the natural healing art of reiki is also on offer, to help you feel rebalanced and revived.

Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel and Spa, Stirlingshire

Spa Hotel, Hotel
4.1/5 (548 Reviews)
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The rooms and self-catering lodges at this rural retreat are gloriously traditional, with heather-hued tweed and touches of tartan. If the view over Loch Ard to Ben Lomond isn’t enough to slip you into a relaxed state, a facial or massage with Elemis products in the low-lit tranquillity room will do the trick. Spa packages are available to suit a range of budgets.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Full-service spa
24 Hour Front Desk
Laundry Facilities

Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh

Hotel, Luxury
4.6/5 (997 Reviews)
Courtesy of Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh / Expedia

With a rooftop pool where you can watch the sun go down over the city, a series of hot and cold spa rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness studio, the Sheraton takes wellness seriously. Treatments in the One Spa are designed with creative flourish. If you’re in a group, you’ll have fun with the Serail Mud Chamber, which involves applying mud to your own body and face and letting it dry before the chamber then fills with gentle steam.

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At a Glance

Free Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Full-service spa
Business Centre
Concierge Service
24 Hour Front Desk
Fitness Facilities
Laundry Facilities
Multilingual Staff
Bar/Lounge

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  • The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.7/5 (997 Reviews)
    Courtesy of the Balmoral Hotel / Expedia
    City sightseeing can be hard work, but the Balmoral, located on the capital’s thoroughfare of Princes Street, can help you recuperate. It has a relaxing pool area complete with Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room, but the real magic happens at its spa treatments, such as the Forte Body Ritual, in which oils from Sicilian botanicals help to restore physical and emotional balance. Embrace the hotel’s glamorous vibe by combining a spa visit with a champagne afternoon tea.
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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Concierge Service
    24 Hour Front Desk
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities

    Portavadie, Argyll

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.7/5 (69 Reviews)
    Courtesy of Portavadie / Expedia

    The relaxation space at this sleek Scandi-inspired hotel works in harmony with its environment, thanks to floor-to-ceiling views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran. Spa treatments use either Outer Hebrides-developed Ishga products, which harness healing qualities of Scottish seaweed and spring water from the Isle of Lewis, or Decléor’s powerful essential oils. Outside, the infinity pool is the perfect place to inhale the fresh West Highlands air.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Outdoor pool
    Full-service spa
    Fitness Facilities
    Laundry Facilities
    Multilingual Staff
    Bar/Lounge

    Trigony House Hotel, Dumfries and Galloway

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    4.9/5 (36 Reviews)
    Courtesy of Trigony House Hotel / Expedia

    At this pretty honey-hued house amid the woods, there’s a secret at the bottom of the garden. It’s what the hotel describes as a boutique micro-spa – a private space where you can relax in nature, featuring a wood-fired Swedish hot tub and a Finnish sauna cabin with views of the rolling Nithsdale valley. A secluded treatment room offering massages, facials and reiki completes this miniature world of wellness.

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    At a Glance

    Free Wifi
    Restaurant
    Laundry Facilities
    Bar/Lounge

    Auchrannie Resort, Ayrshire

    Spa Hotel, Hotel
    Map View
    Courtesy of Auchrannie Resort / Expedia

    As the only resort on the Scottish Isles, this Isle of Arran property is a diamond amid wild, rugged nature. While the island is undoubtedly beautiful, with two pools and a thermal suite at the Auchrannie, you may never want to leave. The spa’s fragrant ESPA products work wonders for the skin. And if you can’t decide from the menu, book an Island Escape package for two 25-minute treatments, time in the pool and lunch with a glass of fizz.

    These recommendations were updated on November 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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