January is relatively a dry month of doom and gloom and it is of little wonder that we often find ourselves dull in spirit and colour. Despite this it is also the perfect month to undo our bad habits and conform to the religious healthy way of living. However imagine if we had a choice, not go down this well-trodden route and instead opted to feel rejuvenated and focused in mind, body and soul? Imagine a New Year’s resolution that not only encompassed a confident step but included a relaxed demeanour and a glowing outward appearance, making you feel a way that you had never felt before. Acknowledging the fact that we sometimes need to step away from the norm and find alternative means of reaching that refreshed and happy state, a spa break in a capital city might just happen to be the perfect antidote to that blissful state we so often desire.
The moors and mist shrouded lochs of the Hebrides don’t immediately spring to mind but look a wee bit closer and beyond the sprawling coastline that defines Scotland, lies unrivalled luxury in the heart of the city. Tempting as a shot of whisky accompanied by a hearty haggis or a tattie supper offering a weekend escape, the capital city of Scotland, with its sophistication offers more than just a cholesterol attack and instead serves to embrace you in a winter spa destination break filled with more than just a serving of history, traditional folk music and majestic coastlines. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, offering beautiful contemporary rooms, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa beneath Edinburgh Castle is five-star luxury all the way, with mood lighting to accompany you as you go through the motions.
EAT & DRINK
Featuring an impressive drinks list including 52+ varieties of gin, the vibrant bar and restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa – One Square, offers a deliciously inventive range of classic British dishes and indulgent afternoon tea, however if this proves to close to home, Edinburgh has so many restaurants in the city to choose from and is a haven of culinary delights, with local markets such as the Edinburgh Farmers Market and the Sunday Market offering fresh local produce, to Michelin-starred restaurants in Leith, cafes and restaurants catering for Mexican, Indian, Chinese and Kurdish dishes to name a few.
REJUVENATE AT THE One Spa
A luxury treat, the spa at the Sheraton Grand Hotel offers more than just pampering treatments and with a natural balance of energy, water and heat encased in a beautiful, light-filled space, there is more to offer in this sprawling enclave of a retreat. Based on the historical Roman Celtic Sequence, the thermal suite experience at One Spa takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete. With treatments designed to give you the maximum benefit when taken in sequence, there is an option to randomly pick any of the treatments available. From the hydro pool to the tropical rain shower, randomly jumping in between the Laconium room offering gentle dry warm air, the ice drench a scoop away leads to the rock and bio sauna. It is the Hammam steam room mingled with aromatic scents that tempts one to sample the aroma grotto, a final relaxing heat treatment infused with eucalyptus. If that is not enough to raise the pores and clear the airwaves, a cold fog shower infused with mint to cool the skin will leave you feeling exhilarated and not forgetting the Tepidarium, a quiet place of relaxation and the infinity pool to remind you of life’s simple pleasures.
With a choice of heavenly spa treatments there are also spa days and breaks available for friends and loved ones. The One Spa also has special treatments for men, ranging from intensive facials, pedicures and fitness massages in addition to a gym and fitness studio to help you tone and balance your body’s core. In addition to spa treatments, the One Spa also offers lunch boxes with delicious, freshly made and convenient mini-courses to suit one’s training and nutritional requirements, helping you to meet those New Year’s goals.
There are great ways to travel to Edinburgh and the options are endless. With a great range of value train tickets and cheap rail fares available take the scenic route and travel by train or opt to fly into Edinburgh International Airport offering a wide range of domestic and international flights from Europe, North America, Canada and the Middle East. Alternatively opt to arrive in style by driving or taking a bus. Lost for choice, passenger cruise liners and ferry boats are readily available.
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