The Best Spa Hotels to Book in Edinburgh, Scotland

Whether for a facial, hot stone massage or just a dip in the pool, take some me time and indulge in the best spas in and around Edinburgh
Whether for a facial, hot stone massage or just a dip in the pool, take some me time and indulge in the best spas in and around Edinburgh | Courtesy of Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh /
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Edinburgh may be overflowing with historical attractions, but don’t let that steer you away from the superb selection of luxury spa hotels. Picture fresh cucumbers embellishing tired eyes, feet soaking in a bubbly pool, hair coiffured to the nines and the sweet aroma of massage oils. Here are Culture Trip’s top picks in and around the Scottish capital.

1. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel and Spa, for top-end Elemis products


Three relaxation loungers in a dark-lit room at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel and Spa
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This family-friendly hotel is a short walk from Waverley Station and offers mahogany-red interiors, Egyptian cotton linen and balconies overlooking Arthur’s Seat. When you need some alone time, head to the Macdonald’s spa – they use Elemis products to customise treatments for each individual’s skin and body type. Afterwards, opt for a nutritious meal at the hotel restaurant, which serves some of the finest local produce, including 21-day aged rump steak and salmon topped with beurre blanc.

2. Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, for unique signature treatments

Hotel, Luxury

Indoor pool and jacuzzi in a mood-lit room at Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Courtesy of Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh /

Sheraton Grand is one of the leading spa hotels in Edinburgh. Here, you don’t have to choose between relaxation and action-packed fun. Spend time exploring Edinburgh’s best sights – Princes Street and the Royal Mile are just a stone’s throw away – before unwinding at One Spa, the award-winning Scottish thermal spa. Their jewel-like hydro pool and mood-enhancing colour therapy create a peaceful environment, not to mention their bespoke chakra balancing treatments. As an added perk, rooms have Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience beds and views of Edinburgh Castle.

3. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, for a full-body makeover

Hotel, Luxury

White spa reception area featuring a brown velvet bench in the centre of the room and perfumes and skin care products displayed along the walls at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh
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Trust “the Caley” to work wonders in the spa game. This grand and historic Edinburgh institution is home to the first and only Guerlain Spa in the UK. The beauty treatments include the most impeccable products, along with the accompanying patented techniques, methods and protocols, some of which date back to 1939. The whirlpool, steam room, sauna, five cabins, VIP dual suite, nail bar and makeover stations are second to none.

4. Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, for excellent skin and facial treatments

Boutique Hotel, Luxury

Blue-toned image of the indoor pool, steam room and sauna at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel
Courtesy of Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel /

Effortlessly chic and unwavering in charm, the Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel (formerly the Roxburghe) has a desirable location on Charlotte Square and happens to hold the key to one of the greatest little spas in the city. From facials and massages to body wraps, its spa plays host to world-class skin and beauty treatments. Refined and splendid accents adorn every space, evoking a strong sense of relaxation from the get-go. It’s ideal for understated opulence and real serenity.

5. The Balmoral, for multi-award-winning class

Hotel, Luxury

Massage therapy room at the Balmoral
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A complete dreamland, the multi-award-winning Balmoral Spa is pure bliss. It features five treatment rooms, a relaxation suite, and a Finnish sauna and steam room, and offers a host of rejuvenating treatments, including massages and beauty treatments. Whether you choose the Mediterranean Nourishing Treatment, Detoxifying Seaweed Body Wrap or Essential Body Massage, feeling on top of the world is the only possible outcome.

Want to discover more? See our guide to the best luxury hotels in Edinburgh, and book now on Culture Trip.

Erin Lee contributed additional reporting to this article.

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