From yoga and unique craft making in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings, to luxurious spas and world renowned resorts in tranquil countryside, Scotland has everything you need to enjoy a fully relaxing and revitalizing experience. Some of Scotland’s top natural retreats:
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa
Old Station Road, St Andrews
Steeped in history this Home of Golf hotel is reaping the rewards of a massive revamp. The world-famous Old Course Hotel and Spa has the first KOHLER spa experience outside the USA, offering a truly world-class spa experience with the highest levels of personalized care and luxurious treatments. Treatments include the ‘Highland Fling’ couples massage and the Neat Feet pedicure, to the new Hammam Ritual and ‘Soul to Sole’ Body Treatment. The hotel’s spa also has a 20-metre swimming pool with cascading waterfall, rooftop hot tub, thermal suite with hydrotherapy pool, poolside relaxation area and fitness suite. Treatments start from £92.
Wild Rose Escapes
Higher Crochail, Cannich, Beauly, Inverness-shire
Wild Rose Escapes is based in Strathglass, with views towards Glen Affric. With Loch Ness just down the road, it is the perfect place to escape to. Rosie and Alex run week long yoga, walking and craft retreats. They also run shorter weekend retreats and courses, hen parties and prehistoric cookery weekends. New for next season in Spring 2014 is their Iron Age style round house, made from wattle and daub and a living moss roof, which is suitable for evening feasts. A Wild Rose Escapes retreat combines beautiful local accommodation, delicious healthy home cooked meals, creativity, stunning landscapes and a relaxing atmosphere. Weekend courses start from £120 up to £895 for week long retreats.
Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa
North Berwick, East Lothian
Renowned for its beautiful coastal setting and situated along the John Muir Way, the new national pathway opening in 2014 from Dunbar to Helensburgh, the Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa boasts stunning 19th century Victorian architecture and a luxurious spa complex. From advanced anti-ageing facials to aroma envelopments, relaxing full body massages to hot stone treatments, there’s something for everyone. The award winning John Paul Restaurant is the perfect finish to a pampering day, serving the finest local Scottish produce, within a an elegant, richly decorated dining room. Spa packages start from £45 per person.
Inverliever Lodge, Ford, Argyll
ecoYoga Scotland is a unique riverside retreat in the Scottish Highlands offering a variety of Yoga (ashtanga, vinyasa flow and Iyengar), bathing and wonderful food in an inspirational setting with abundant renewable energy harvested from nature. Energising Yoga courses are held throughout the year for students of all levels, ensuring expert tuition in a special heated Yoga studio with waterfall views. After yoga sessions, visitors can indulge in hot tubs and an underground artisan sauna, or adventure into the spectacular river gorge baths. Luxury B&B (Bed and Bathing) is available all year. Weekend yoga retreats start from £220, self catering is £70 per night in 2014.
Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa
Victoria Dock Rd, Dundee
Dundee, known as a city of jute, jam and journalism is soon to be a leader in creativity and design with the opening of the V&A in Dundee in 2015. In the heart of the city is the Apex City Quay Hotel and Spa showcasing Scotland’s first green spa, channeling the Japanese tradition of Yu (healing power of hot water). The holistic spa contains sunken Japanese inspired hot tubs, Ozone pool, sauna & herbal infused steam room, all perfect for unwinding after lifting spirits in the Technogym studio. Offering a range of relaxing, detoxifying & rejuvenating Elemis treatments, along with a choice of holistic therapies, visitors are certain to find their inner peace when visiting YuSpa. Treatments start from £32.00.
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