Edinburgh’s most gorgeous spa hotels for a relaxing weekend break

By John Pilkington,

Perfect for a relaxing weekend spa break, Edinburgh has lots to offer and if you are in need of some pampering then these hotels have luxurious spas just waiting to welcome you.

So why not kick off your high heels, slip into your bathrobe and head to the steam room for a day of R & R at one of Edinburgh’s top spa hotels. Here we bring you our favourites.

An Edinburgh spa hotel with a rooftop hydropool

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa

Found just off the lively Lothian Road and offering enviable views of Edinburgh Castle, Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa is a modern spa hotel in Edinburgh that places great importance on comfort. Guest rooms are stylishly decorated with subtle tones and hues and feature modern, glass-walled bathrooms for an extra touch of luxury.

But for the ultimate in relaxation, guests should head to the hotel’s One Spa. Focusing on re-energising the body and mind, One Spa’s treatments feature a balance of energy, water and heat. Guests can enjoy the infinity pool or rooftop Hydropool, in addition to the rejuvenating Thermal Suite and calming range of spa treatments. The perfect addition to a city break in the capital.

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A traditional spa hotel in Edinburgh with a 20,000 sqm welness centre

The Scotsman

A classic grand spa hotel located in the Old Town of Edinburgh, the Scotsman is a haven of traditional luxury. With interiors boasting deep mahogany wall panelling, marble fireplaces and ornate frescoes, the historic spa hotel is a great choice for an indulgent weekend.

And what better way to unwind than at the Aveda Scotsman Spa? Encompassing over 20,000 square meters dedicated to health, fitness and wellness, the spa has plenty of activities and treatments to offer guests. These include specialist Aveda treatments using ethically-sourced and naturally-occurring ingredients sourced from around the world. Guests will also find a fully-equipped gym, pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and rain showers.

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A castle hotel in Edinburgh with its very own spa

Dalhousie Castle & Aqueous Spa

Just a thirty-minute drive from Edinburgh’s city centre is the historic Dalhousie Castle. Dating from the 13th century, the castle was converted into a prestigious Edinburgh spa hotel in 1972. Today, the hotel allows guests to sample a taste of luxury right inside the castle walls: Egyptian cotton linens, Scottish tartans and period furniture help create a welcoming atmosphere fit for a king.

Guests also receive complimentary access to the Aqueous Spa, which features an invigorating hydro pool, a Roman-style laconium and a relaxing tropical rain shower, which uses ambient lighting to create a feeling of warmth and well-being. In addition, the hotel offers several treatments designed to leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

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An iconic spa hotel in Edinburgh with a Finnish sauna

The Balmoral

One of the most prestigious names in Edinburgh, The Balmoral is an iconic hotel found at the heart of the city. Originally opening in 1902, The Balmoral provided lodgings for train travellers, with the impressive exterior clock intentionally set three minutes fast to help guests make their connections. Today, the Edinburgh spa hotel provides five-star luxury accommodation, in addition to The Spa.

Offering a broad range of treatments, including those specifically for men, The Spa boasts a 15-metre indoor pool, a gym, a Finnish sauna and a Turkish-style steam room, making it a perfect place to unwind – without being far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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A boutique-style spa hotel in Edinburgh

Radisson Collective Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh

The only five-star hotel to be found directly on the famous Royal Mile, once the G&V Royal Mile Hotel, offers refreshingly colourful boutique accommodation. Boasting a range of impressively-styled rooms, each with their own unique features and quirky colour schemes, the Edinburgh spa hotel is a great choice for those with an eye for design.

Of course, another highlight of the hotel is its spa. Found high above the historic centre of Edinburgh, this urban oasis is a centre for relaxation and invigoration, offering a selection of exclusive treatments, as well as heat therapy, body massage and a boutique gym.

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A luxury Edinburgh spa hotel with the city’s only Guerlain wellness centre

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian

This luxury spa hotel in Edinburgh is housed in a grand historic building – in a previous life, it was a Victorian railway station – and enjoys a prime location in the heart of the city at the west end of Princes Street.

The iconic Carriage Queen Rooms are a nod to the hotel’s locomotive history, or you can upgrade for perfectly-framed views of Edinburgh Castle right from the comfort of your bed.

Boasting the only Guerlain spa in the UK, the hotel’s wellness centre is a peaceful haven where guests can treat themselves to some well-deserved TLC. Why not take a dip in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, unwind in the steam room and sauna, or rejuvenate in the private, custom-designed treatment rooms?

If you’re in the mood to spoil yourself, you should pay a visit to one of the hotel’s two restaurants, run by the renowned Michelin-starred chefs (and brothers!) Chris and Jeff Galvin. The Pompadour – inspired by the favourite mistress of King Louis XV – serves classic French cuisine in a sumptuous atmosphere, while Galvin Brasserie de Luxe is a more informal yet totally chic Parisian bistro-style affair.

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A modern spa hotel with a hipster restaurant in Edinburgh

Village Hotel Edinburgh

You’ll find this modern spa hotel in Edinburgh’s commercial district, in a stylish glass-and-steel building that on the inside channels a distinctly Shoreditch vibe.

To make the most of your stay, upgrade to Club bedrooms for mod-cons like large flatscreen TVs with Sky (plus movies and sports), Bose bluetooth speakers and your own Tassimo coffee machine.

Get ready to dig into tasty culinary treats in the hotel’s trendy restaurant, where the menu features star items like Korean BBQ pork tacos, jalapeno mac’n’cheese and halloumi poke bowls. There’s also a Starbucks so you can grab your caffeine fix when you need it, or a great selection of craft beers in the on-site pub.

The hotel’s spa includes a 20-metre heated pool, steam room, sauna and a whirlpool spa, so you can unwind after a day exploring the city. Or, if you’re planning on heading on a big night out, why not get dolled up with a  St Tropez spray tan, some HD brows or gel nails?

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An Edinburgh spa hotel with a dreamy ozone pool

Hotel Apex Waterloo Place

This timeless spa hotel in Edinburgh is the city’s first purpose-built hotel and a thoroughly chic mix of both old and new, from the contemporary lobby to the sophisticated dining room.

On a romantic break in Edinburgh? Then you’ll love the Duplex Suite; spread over two floors, the space is a beautiful home-from-home with a king-size bed, walk-in shower, free-standing bath, iPod docking station and Nespresso coffee machine – order room service and you need never leave…

Alternatively, dine in style in the elegant hotel restaurant, complete with corniced ceilings, Georgian windows and original fireplaces. Order a bottle of wine and tuck into tasty sharing platters like baked Camembert with artisan baked break and chive & sea salt butter.

The intimate spa has a steam room, sauna and ozone pool, in addition to three tranquil treatment rooms – including one specially for couples – where you can enjoy Elemis spa massage therapies and facials tailored to your skin type.

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A Georgian spa hotel in Edinburgh with a trendy mezze restaurant

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square Bathroom

Formerly The Roxburghe Hotel, this spa hotel in Edinburgh is made up of seven Georgian townhouses overlooking a private garden square. The hotel echoes the golden age of travel and is full of knickknacks like tuck boxes full of treats, vintage post boxes and scarlet bedside telephones.

The bedrooms are eclectic and full of personality; each room has been lovingly decorated with excruciating attention to detail, as carefully curated artwork adorns the walls and bathrooms boast rainfall showers and signature toiletries from The Perfumer’s Story.

Inspired by the flavours of the Middle East,  BABA is a mezze, charcoal grill and cocktail bar; think baba ganoush with pomegranate and mint, beetroot hummus with whipped feta and hazelnut dukkah or for a more Scottish flair, haggis and harissa kibbeh.

Inspired by the 19th-century spa towns, the hotel’s wellness centre offers treatments using natural, organic ingredients in the heated relaxation rooms. Guests can also use the pool, sauna and steam room to unwind further, or enjoy an OPI manicure and pedicure.

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