Luxury spa hotels are perhaps not the first things that come to mind when you think of Glasgow, but to those in-the-know it’s a secret haven of some of the UK’s most magnificent spas. Whether you are looking to find a romantic break, a girl’s weekend or just fancy a bit of R&R, there’s guaranteed to be the hotel for you in here.
So read on to discover some of the best spa hotels all within one hour of Glasgow, featuring swimming pools, Jacuzzis, fitness gyms and a whole selection of treatments ranging from the extreme to the traditional.
Arguably one of the UK’s most luxurious hotels, Cameron House is only an hour from Glasgow on the magnificent shores of Loch Lomond. Enjoy the rooftop infinity pool over-looking the mountains, and The Carrick golf course.
The state-of-the-art spa menu offers anything from an advanced enzyme facial to a signature rain-shower massage. Alongside the infinity pool, you can enjoy a hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, relaxation pool, sauna, Hamman room, aromatherapy room – it really is the kind of place you’d need an entire weekend to explore!
After enjoying a spa session of being preened and pampered, you can grab a bite to eat in the Spa Café, serving a delicious seasonal menu of soups, salads and sandwiches.
An interesting fact is that during the Commonwealth Games David Beckham rented out the entire hotel. A couple had their wedding booked for this time and were offered £10,000 of compensation plus their wedding anywhere in the world paid for… You’d almost book hoping Mr Beckham wants to come back!
Mar Hall Golf and Spa Hotel
A traditional Scottish hotel with a fabulous restaurant serving up the ‘breakfast, lunch and dinner of champions’ plus a fully equipped and inviting spa, this golf and spa resort is the perfect place to come and relax.
Whether you are just looking for some R&R or something a little more functional like the Golfers Recovery Massage and Exfoliation, the extensive spa menu is sure to have something for you. The Spa incorporates seven luxury treatment rooms, including a Rasul Mud chamber, swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms. All spa treatments are provided by Parisian skincare brand, Decléor.
Mar Hall Spas’ head therapist recently won Head Therapist of the Year 2014-2015 and all of the spas’ therapists are of an extremely high standard, learning from the best and striving to make every spa experience unique.
Gleddoch House Hotel & Spa
The Gleddoch Imperia Spa is the perfect place to take some time out, with all hotel guests having complimentary use of the spa. If you are really in need of some TLC, then book yourself a treatment to chase all the stress away.
The spa area features a swimming pool, sauna room, steam room and fully-equipped gym. The spa uses products from two excellent brands, Ishga Scottish Seaweed Skincare and Elemis Spa Therapy applied by their expert therapists in a wide range of treatments.
Most of the luxurious rooms at the Gleddoch hotel have incredible views over the River Clyde or the highly-manicured golf course. Our favourite of the rooms is the Executive Super King offering floor-ceiling windows, beautifully luxurious furnishings and an extremely large king-size bed.
Glasgow City Centre
The luxury award-winning spa at the Blythswood Square Hotel is a haven of relaxation in the centre of the city. The 10,000 square feet of spa covers nine luxury treatment rooms, two relaxation pools, a relaxing lounge and café area, plus several additional relaxation areas such as an aromatherapy saunarium. There’s also a well-equipped fitness suite so your gym-regime does not need to get left behind.
The hotel’s 93 luxury rooms all ooze decadence and there are also six well-appointed suites and Glasgow’s best penthouse. A peek inside the penthouse reveals a fully-furnished rooftop for those rare sunny days, a bathroom composed of mostly marble, its own lift and breath-taking views over Glasgow city centre.
MacDonald Crutherland House
Located just south of Glasgow in 37 acres of unspoiled countryside, Cutherland House is a converted manor house hotel and spa offering a get-away from the stresses of daily life.
Enjoy the 18-metre swimming pool complete with sauna and steam room or book yourself in for a treatment to ensure you unwind completely. After your day in the spa you can taste some of the gourmet cuisine in the 2 AA Rosette restaurant or treat yourself to a decadent afternoon tea overlooking the grounds.
Furnished to the highest standard, each of the 70+ rooms boast comfort and luxury with modern amenities and views over the grounds. Upgrade to an executive room for extra luxuries like fine wine and fresh fruit. Family rooms are also available.
The Marine Hotel
The Marine Hotel promises to deliver an elegant and comfortable stay in a luxurious hotel, with sea views just under an hour’s drive from Glasgow. The impressive leisure club and spa has spectacular views over the Firth of Clyde and boasts excellent facilities, with a fitness suite, over 30 fitness classes on offer and squash courts.
Once you’ve finished sweating it out in the gym, head over to the spa complete with heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spa pool. The pool overlooks the sea, making the perfect setting for relaxation.
Whilst there, you can also enjoy a round of golf as the surrounding area is home to over 40 golf courses or you can dine at the Marine Troon, the hotel’s exclusive restaurant.
Hotel The Westerwood Hotel and Golf Resort
The Westerwood have just made a significant investment into updating their spa and it’s well worth a visit. The renovations include new treatment rooms, an extended relaxation chamber and a brand-new Rasul Mud Therapy Suite. This complements the already existing health club, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
The spa treatments use Espa skincare products and the highly-trained therapists can help you to decide which treatment best suits you. The spa also offers specially formulated treatments for men and special preparations for a glamourous night out.
The hotel is also home to a fantastic 18-hole golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas. The signature hole, known as the ‘Waterfall hole’ around Par 3 15th, means hitting from above to a green surrounded by a 60ft rock face. It’s not for the faint hearted but it certainly keeps things competitive!