Mankind has long believed in the curative power of mineral waters. Arguably the first spa in Edinburgh was the tranquil and beautiful St Bernard’s Well in Stockbridge where Victorian gentry would take in the fresh air and drink deep draughts of the cool, clear water under the watchful gaze of Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health.
Since these relatively humble beginnings spas have grown in both number and in scope to become a very lucrative business. Many of Edinburgh’s best spas are connected to Edinburgh’s best hotels. The chic and contemporary One Spa at the Sheraton combines treatments which hark back to the classical era with state of the art facilities.
Other spas have started out as beauty salons and then increased their scope to offer treatments for the whole body. Zen Lifestyle offers patrons everything from relaxing massage and facials to tanning and cosmetic medical treatments, while Lush Spa offers multi sensory treatments based around their delicious hand made and ethically sourced products.
Modern life can be hectic and stress can play havoc with your health and your personal relationships. All of us occasionally have to take the foot off the gas and take a little time for ourselves. Whether you need a regular dose of exercise and detoxification or are simply looking for a little treat or the chance to pamper yourself or your loved ones, one of Edinburgh’s ten best spas may have just the tonic you are looking for.