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.

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 hotel 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.

The Scotsman

A classic grand 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.

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 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.

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 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.

G&V Royal Mile Edinburgh

The only five-star hotel to be found directly on the famous Royal Mile, the eponymous G&V Royal Mile offers refreshingly colourful boutique accommodation. Boasting a range of impressively-styled rooms, each with their own unique features and quirky colour schemes, the 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.