Edinburgh may be overflowing with historical attractions, but don’t let that steer you away from the superb selection of luxury spa hotels. Here are Culture Trip’s top picks in and around the Scottish capital.
There’s no question about it – spa days are necessary. Picture fresh cucumbers embellishing tired eyes, feet soaking in a bubbly pool, hair coiffured to the nines and the sweet aroma of massage oils. Whether for a facial, pedicure, hot stone massage or just some well-deserved rest and relaxation, take some me time and indulge in the best spas in and around Edinburgh.
One of the top spa hotels in and around Edinburgh, Stobo Castle is the kind of place akin to dreams, with no expense spared. The signature hot stone massage, glass-fronted Swedish sauna, steam room, 25m UV-treated pool complete with cinematic, landscaped garden views, hydro-spa with massages from air loungers, exquisite dining and gorgeous rooms are just a few of its highlights.
In a land called East Lothian, just a 40-minute drive from Edinburgh, you’ll find the scintillating haven of relaxation called Fletcher’s Cottage Spa. Verging on indescribable, this utopia is the perfect fusion of rustic and luxurious – it’s all in the details. The exposed wood and brickwork, lounge-worthy sofas and log fire create a home-from-home feel. Every care will diminish after the endless bespoke treatments, which include Sisley Paris products. However, the pièce de résistance is the private candlelit bath, and the views over the enchanting, walled herb garden are nothing short of incredible. It’s pure bliss.
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.
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.
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.