The spa refurbishment at Blythswood Square Hotel cost more than £1million – and on first sight it was worth every penny.
Glasgow’s fiveVenue, a favorite of celebs like Flanagan posted the first images this week, giving potential guests a glimpse of what to expect when it reopens on July 10.
And The Scottish Sun had the opportunity to tour the facilities which have been renovated over the last eight months.
The people behind the redesign wanted to offer a wellness journey to the guests who visit the spa.
Rather than spontaneously spending time in each of the stunningly appointed thermal rooms, a schedule is created for each visitor based on whether they want to relax, rejuvenate, detoxify or feel empowered.
Spa Director Finlay Anderson said, “We take the guesswork out of the spa journey and make innovation easy: we combine hot and cold thermal experiences with manual treatments, aromatherapy and visual therapy to address our guests’ wellness needs.”
“Guests can not only plan their thermal journey, but also link it to a treatment and post-treatment diet during their visit.”
The spa reception has been redecorated with nice soft lighting, woodwork and cozy nooks. It will serve as a relaxationwith all dining options now moved upstairs to the Kimpton Hotel’s Iasg .
The changing areas have been updated with Dyson hairdryers and bathrobes in muted tones.
But the real changes concern the thermal areas, which have been completely transformed.
Inspired by the Hebrides, each room is named after a Scottish island.
There is a salt crystal called Staffa as it is the island with the highest concentration of salt, while the coldest island, Fara, is called the snowfall room. And this is the big attraction for spa lovers, the first of its kind in the world.
Actuallyfalls from the ceiling, gathers around your feet and cools you down. Inspired by the likes of Wim Hof, Finlay was keen to add a cold element to the spa, which he thinks was the case .
The saunas and tepidarium have also been redesigned with natural wood paneling and twinkling lights, while the treatment rooms all have a Hebridean theme.
Another highlight is the old relaxation room, which was redesigned with sound therapy. After a treatment, guests can sit back and watch drone footage of the islands projected onto the wall while listening to the sound of the waves, rain and traditional Hebridean music.
And it all smells as good as it looks, as Blythswood partners with beauty companies Essence of Harris and Ishga. Fragrances from each of the company’s products are pumped into the spa and permeate the air.
Every detail has been carefully thought out in the brand new spa, making guests feel like they have been on a real wellness journey and I can’t wait to experience it for myself.