For some, a holiday just isn’t the same without a little pamper and some indulgent me-time. Whether you’re looking for the full 5-star treatment complete with award-winning therapists and luxe surroundings, or a hot tub overlooking the beauty of our hills and lochs, total rest and relaxation awaits you.
We’ve chosen a mix of luxury hotels with spas and self-catering cottages with hot tubs to bring you the best of both worlds and give plenty of choice for all budgets. If you really fancy pushing the bubbles out, why not book a two-stop spa-cation and have a few nights in each!
We all know that getting away from the stress and strain of everyday life is good for us. Particularly after the year we’ve all had! With the wonderful addition of a hot tub or spa jacuzzi and you could ramp up the benefits big time!
It has been shown that the soothing effect of warm water and massaging action can really help relieve physical, emotional, and mental stress. Add in those glorious Perthshire views across the hills, or a relaxing treatment in the therapy room post-dip and you’ll be in stress-free heaven.
It’s that winning combination of warm water and massaging action that helps with muscle relaxation too. Those jets are a super-effective way to help relax and soothe tight, tense muscles, easing aches and pains along the way. For those of you on an adventure or outdoors break, a hot tub soak before exercising may also reduce the risk of injury – and it’s even better at the end of a long day exploring!
Research has shown that the relaxation gained from a soak in the hot tub may be enough to help you drift off into a great night’s sleep. Try a little soothing aromatherapy oil as a post-soak rub and you’ll be snoozing in no time.
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This luxury, four-star country hotel, situated within peaceful wooded grounds overlooking the River Tay, is the perfect location for a restorative spa break. Just over an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, rejuvenate your body and relax your mind in tranquil surroundings in the middle of the beautiful Perthshire countryside.
Dunkeld House Hotel offers indulgent spa treatments from the ishga skincare range. Developed in the Outer Hebrides, these utilise the organic healing and therapeutic properties of Scottish seaweed combined with natural spring water to soothe and hydrate all skin types.
Choose from a full body massage, Indian head massage, detoxifying body wrap, foot recovery scrub, an exfoliating facial, and much more. Indulge yourself with a manicure or pedicure, eyelash and brow tint, and perfectly applied make-up. There are treatments for men, for mums-to-be, and express options for a quick pick-me-up.
Take a swim in the indoor pool, unwind in the whirlpool spa bath, sauna and steam room, and finish your day with a delicious afternoon tea in the Orangery. With a wide range of spa offers and packages, at Dunkeld House Hotel you will be spoilt for choice.
Located by the still waters of Loch Faskally and with views across glorious mountain scenery to Ben Vrackie, the five-star Fonab Castle Hotel and Woodland Spa is a true Highland escape. Easily accessible by road and rail, it is a haven of peace in the heart of Tummel Valley, giving its visitors precious respite from the daily routine.
Revitalising body and facial treatments will leave you feeling relaxed and restored, and there is a wide range from which to choose. Fonab facials utilise the Parisian brand Matis to immediately boost skin radiance and restore hydration. Add an eye treatment to reduce fine lines and dark circles. A body massage will ease any tension with your choice of oils: marula and apricot, pomegranate and hempseed, sandalwood and peppercorn, or cranberry and inca inchi oil.
Fonab packages include a Fonabulous spa day, the Couples Experience, a mother and daughter package, and a mother-to-be treatment. For the complete relaxation experience, take a dip in the 15-metre swimming pool, ease your muscles and mind in the sauna and aroma rooms, and put your pampered feet up in the cosy spa lounge.
This award-winning holiday resort and spa nestles on the banks of Loch Tay, with stunning views across the loch to the hills beyond. Taymouth Marina is all about ‘Wild Wellness’ – taking a step back from modern technology, slowing down and healing through a connection with nature. The Taymouth Marina ‘HotBox’ is Scotland’s first lochside sauna, where you can relax and unwind in peace.
Fired by a huge wood burner, the HotBox provides the ultimate sauna experience. Lined with aspen and filled with light from the panoramic windows stretching along its length, here you can take time to sit and absorb the view before venturing into the steam room to eliminate any residual stresses and strain.
On the terrace outside, you find the giant hot pool. Fresh towels, fruit-infused water and waiter service are provided. The HotBox bar offers smoothies, light bites and other refreshments – why not treat yourself to a glass of beer or fizz delivered to you, poolside?
Finally, be sure not to miss the Loch Tay Plunge Pool – a shot down the slide into icy cold water will reinvigorate the senses and leave you ready for anything!
Crieff Hydro Hotel originally opened as a hydropathic spa; as far back as 1868, its focus was on restoring the health and wellbeing of its guests, albeit with an ice-cold dip on nurse’s orders! Today, if you fancy a luxury break on a 900-acre Scottish estate with amenities and entertainment galore, Crieff Hydro Hotel has plenty of experience in taking excellent care of its guests.
The spa, leisure pool and gym are open daily. Spa treatments include the signature facial, an aromatherapy hot stone massage, a pedicure or manicure, a Decléor exfoliation and massage for tired feet and legs, and a natural bamboo back massage.
A Signature Hydro Spa Day or Decléor Blissful Retreat offer a blend of relaxation experiences, and can be purchased as a gift. The beautifully decorated Victorian Baths are unique to Crieff Hydro and perfect for adults only, complete with a sauna and steam room.
For a truly indulgent treat, Crieff Hydro have also recently launched brand new spa breaks. Skin. Body. Mind. Three peas in a pod. All one and the same… and all intrinsically linked to your wellbeing. Look after yourself (and your spa buddy) with one of these breaks, packed with all the good stuff.
For the finishing touch, visit the hotel’s newly refurbished hair salon and make-up counter, or how about lunch with friends at The Terrace, or a very special afternoon tea in the Winter Garden?
Less than two hours’ drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Stags View on Drumfork Estate near Glenshee is an ideal base to get out and explore this beautiful part of the country. A popular destination for skiing, there is also angling, golfing and white-water rafting on your doorstep, or simply take a walk and soak up the area’s breath-taking scenery.
Stags View stands alone on Drumfork Estate with views over the Perthshire countryside. Sleeping six people with a large super king master bedroom complete with ensuite bathroom, a second super king bedroom and a twin bedroom, this cottage is perfect for a family or friends holiday. Cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen, relax in the bright lounge complete with wood burning stove or pop outside to discover your private hot tub – it will be brought to temperature for your arrival, so you can jump straight in.
To make your break even more special, Stags View offers a selection of added extras to guarantee a little luxury. Add a Romantic Night In to your booking – Champagne, chocolates and rose petals – or perhaps a Celebration Package with birthday banners, a helium balloon and party blowers. Prosecco and chocolates and white towelling robe hire would fit the bill for a romantic weekend away. On a family holiday, disposable barbecue hire and delicious venison burgers and sausages will set you up for some quality time together.
Within the grounds of Kinross Estate on the banks of Loch Leven, easily accessible from across central Scotland, the Coach House offers a small and intimate boutique spa experience. The estate’s original 17th century stables have been converted into the ultimate spa getaway where you can relax and be pampered to your heart’s content in stunning natural surroundings.
The five-star Coach House Spa takes a personal approach to your wellbeing, combining specially tailored beauty treatments with plenty of time for you to fully unwind and enjoy the spa facilities. For a signature facial, your therapist will choose the best formula for your skin type from the Kerstin Florian nutrient-rich botanical skincare range. Tailor a head-to-toe massage to your preference, with light, medium or firm pressure. Or opt for an Aromatherapy Associates experience, choosing one of twelve signature blends of the finest natural plant extracts and essential oils.
Between treatments, you are free to don your fluffy robe and slippers and explore the rest of the Coach House spa – a hydrotherapy pool and sauna, relaxation room and snug area with comfy chairs to sit and enjoy a magazine with views over the loch. Order a coffee, a glass of Prosecco, or even an afternoon tea. In the summer, you can enjoy refreshments outdoors in the courtyard.
This iconic 850-acre country estate near Auchterarder has been welcoming guests for almost a century with five-star accommodation, a plethora of outdoor pursuits, and exquisite fine dining. Surrounded by stunning Scottish scenery, Gleneagles has something to suit everyone. For absolute indulgence, head to its gorgeous new spa where you can escape the hustle and bustle and take the opportunity to rest and rebalance.
At the Gleneagles spa, a specialist team of therapists deliver signature treatments using a range of bespoke oil blends featuring natural botanicals from the Perthshire countryside. Immerse yourself in ‘The Long Exhale’ – the two-hour Gleneagles experience that will restore your body and mind. Or let your therapist curate your own ‘Be in the Moment’ holistic massage, addressing your individual needs and returning you to equilibrium.
Gleneagles boasts 20 treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna cabin and vitality pool. Swim and gym spaces are available, and don’t miss the beauty lodge with nail bar, pedicure room and hair salon. Pause for lunch in the healthy spa café, or finish off your day in the Glendevon room with a sumptuous afternoon tea.
These five-star luxury self-catering holiday cottages lie within the beautiful landscape of Trinity Gask Estate, offering absolute peace and privacy only fifteen minutes from Perth. Amidst extensive private woodlands, wildlife ponds and stretches of the River Earn, you can unwind with glorious views across Strathearn to the Ochil hills.
Choose to stay in ‘The Retreat’ – a spacious, south-facing family home set in a large, enclosed garden, complete with a wood-burning hot tub, sunny patio and barbecue, and swing ball for the kids. Enjoy access to the astro tennis court and free salmon fishing on the river.
Alternatively, the deluxe ‘Woodland Retreat’ offers a romantic hideaway – a traditional stone house with solid French oak floors, renovated with high tech lighting and attractive interior décor, entirely secluded from the outside world. Explore the private woodland trails around your cottage, where you might encounter deer, pheasant or red squirrels, before settling down to admire the spectacular views from your private hot tub – you’ll hear not a peep in this haven of tranquility, except from the birds above.
Pathgreen Glamping is a fantastic new family business run from a smallholding in picturesque Path of Condie, just half an hour from Perth. Denise and Grant realised their dream when they opened up their home as a luxury glamping destination, certain that guests would love this incredible, peaceful retreat as much as they do.
The fully-equipped ‘White Clover’ glamping pod sleeps six with a comfortable interior, deluxe kitchen and wood-fired hot tub. With larch cladding and a fully glazed front, the pod blends perfectly into its surroundings whilst allowing you uninterrupted rural views during the day, star-gazing at night. Denise and Grant ensure a personal touch to your holiday and haven’t forgotten the little extras – hire their pizza oven and pizza-making kits for an informal al-fresco meal, or sit back and relax with an antipasto grazing platter.
As an award-winning holistic and beauty therapist, Denise also offers a range of fabulous treatments at the Meadowsweet Spa to enhance your stay. Neal’s Yard products ensure you receive the finest natural remedies with ethically sourced herbs, botanicals and essential oils.
Choose from a customised facial, a deeply relaxing reflexology session, or an aromatherapy candle massage. Reiki helps ease emotional stress, and mindfulness will keep you connected to the present moment. In addition, a range of beauty treatments includes hand and nail care, exfoliating pedicures and expert attention for your brows and lashes.
Only an hour from Edinburgh and Glasgow, you can escape the hustle and bustle at this secluded woodland retreat built on the grounds of Erigmore Estate. Beside the village of Birnam and close to Dunkeld, you find yourself in the middle of verdant Perthshire countryside yet close to all the attractions, amenities and restaurants in town.
Erigmore Leisure Park offers a variety of different self-catering accommodation – choose a comfortable family apartment or cottage, a high-specification caravan with patio doors and decking, or contemporary open-plan lodge with hot tub.
The estate has a 40ft indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna and whirlpool spa bath. You can take it easy on holiday with tasty meals and light bites available at the onsite bar and lounge, as well as a takeaway and kids’ menu. There are soft drinks and hot beverages, or sports fans might like to chill out with a craft beer in front of the 6ft TV screen.
Erigmore is in the perfect location for a memorable family break. Just minutes away, there is the wonderful Beatrix Potter exhibition and garden, and the café, shop, film screenings and outdoor gigs of Birnam Arts. Pick up a picnic at The Scottish Deli just down the road in Dunkeld, and explore the beautiful riverside walks starting near historic Dunkeld Cathedral.
Situated in the centre of Blairgowrie, the Angus Hotel and Spa offers the perfect Perthshire staycation with 90 bedrooms to choose from, all-day dining in its Baytree Bar and Jutemills Restaurant, and a warm welcome from the friendly and accommodating staff. In addition, guests and members are invited to spend some me-time in the brand new spa, open seven days a week.
Begin in the wellness spa bath where the warm water from bubble seats and hydro jets will soothe away all those aches and pains. Take a dip in the 11-metre vitality pool before spending time in the energising aroma steam room. Recline on a poolside lounger and quench your thirst at the spa refreshment station, before a visit to the Finnish sauna. Finally, if you dare, a cold water bucket drench should improve your skin tone, aid blood circulation, and leave you feeling wide awake!
The cosy treatment room and resident therapist are found just by the pool, offering a range of therapies from a hot stone or aromatherapy massage to a rich facial or organic pedicure and foot massage. You’ll feel great inside and out with the Organic Series – a natural, vegan product that’s kind to your skin, and to the environment.