Desperate times call for desperate measures. When life gets in the way of epiphanies, productivity and ‘me time’, book a spa day. Unashamedly decadent and rightfully therapeutic, clear the calendar and block all inane online mutterings. Although it may take time to detox from the familiar sounds of text messages, tweets and emails, explore the art of relaxation with our guide to the best spas and wellness retreats in Glasgow.
Blythswood Square Hotel
Leave all technology at the wayside, push back those meetings and don’t stop until you reach the spa at Blythswood Square Hotel. Luxurious to a tee, they spare no expenses when it comes to the full works. The perfect place to switch off – picture the soothing, swishing feels of the hydrotherapy pool, and the refreshing sound of silence in the crystal steam room – and breathe. Little pockets of relaxation interspersed throughout every space, in tandem with the holistic face and body treatments, make for an overall dreamy experience.
Blythswood Square Hotel, 11 Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 240 1622
Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
A sublime oasis of calm, the spa within the Edwardian Scottish mansion Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort is suited to those with a penchant for the extra bells and whistles. Decléor products and superior surroundings make this retreat feel like another planet. Oh, and the treatments are almost too good to be true. Take the Mar Hall Tranquility Floating facial for instance – feel the benefits of a regenerating facial while lying on a warm pillow infused with water. This ingenious invention is only rivaled by the equally impressive Hydrotherm Massage – let your muscles unwind as your body becomes one with the water-injected cushion.
Pack a bag and head for the bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond. The heavenly vibes and sweet aromas encompassing Cameron House will show you the way. Whether a post-Munro-bagging relaxation session or life hiatus, let this utopia enchant with its 17 treatment rooms, relaxation suite, and couple’s room complete with a mineral bath, steam room and private balcony. The Rasul mud chamber with steam room diminishes any woes, and the Carita products hit each spot. That rooftop infinity pool though! The view out towards the wonderland of Scottish mountains is the kind of stuff destined to ignite a fire of creativity within.
Cameron House, Riverside, Balloch, Alexandria, Scotland +44 871 222 4681
Always a pleasure and never a chore, a trip to Savannah is a day-maker. The West End and City Centre locations are both as charming as each other, the Clarins products are divine, the committed artisans are renowned for their finesse in the art of waxing and body treatments, and the Scottish hospitality is unrivalled.
Savannah Beauty Centre, 482 Crow Rd, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 334 0077
A perfect pit stop for those always on the go, Spa Twentysix is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether in need of a pre-party manicure and pedicure, post-deadline pick-me-up massage, or summer-ready spray tan, this little gem has your back. Situated in the South Side, this quality spa is both cosy and tranquil.
Spa Twentysix, 26 Gavinton St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 141 629 2830
PURE Spa West Nile Street
Aside for being pure bliss, PURE Spa will also deliver whatever you need, and whatever you’re searching for, when it comes to all beauty requirements. From the nitty-gritty necessities, like gel nails, manicures, pedicures, waxing and tanning, to more decadent treatments, like deep tissue and hot stone massages, this particular pamper palace never fails to impress. The Express Menu comes in handy during lunch breaks.
PURE Spa West Nile Street, 114 W Nile St, Glasgow, Scotland +44 843 507 1888