No.1’ s Emma heads for a day of unparalleled luxury at this spa set on the shores of Loch Lomond
Pretty much everyone has heard of Cameron House and how it is the epitome of luxury, and I can tell you that its reputation is well deserved. From the stunning setting on the shores of Loch Lomond, the complex houses a golf course, offers fine dining, champagne loch cruises and activities galore in truly stunning surroundings. But during our visit, on a typically torrential late summer afternoon, it was the Carrick Spa at Cameron House that No.1 were most interested in. The spa is set a couple of miles away from the main house, but a charming concierge transport service is provided. On approach to the spa, the view is the first thing that strikes you, it really couldn’t be in a more awe-inspiring setting. We were booked in for an afternoon spa experience for two, which meant we could take advantage of all of the facilities before I trialled the signature Rainshower Treatment. With all of the facilities, from the thermal experiences which include an aromatherapy room and an infra-red sauna, to the holistic studio, hydrotherapy pool and jacuzzi, there is plenty of relaxation to be had. But the pièce de résistance is without a doubt the outdoor rooftop infinity pool, which looks out over the breathtaking surroundings. After a few hours spent lounging around the various areas mentioned, it was time for my treatment. I was taken to one of the plush treatment rooms and given a sensory test with two different oils. The oil I was attracted to had detoxifying properties and so my spa therapist explained that the treatment would help boost my circulation and invigorate my skin. After choosing between the oils I lay on the bed, face down, whilst the therapist massaged a nourishing oil all over my body to soften the skin. This was followed up with a salt scrub. I then flipped over and the same routine was carried out over the front of my body. Once I was suitably oiled and exfoliated, a towel was placed over my face and then the rain shower, which was suspended over the bed and had six heads ( pictured right), was turned on. The heads sweep over the body from above, to rinse off the oils and salt. The shower is basically used as a massage technique, but instead of a manual massage by a therapist, the pressure simultaneously hits different pressure points on the body and invigorates the skin, meaning this treatment can actually help minimise cellulite and improve skin tone whilst boosting lymphatic drainage. Lastly, the jets were switched off and the therapist placed hot towels over me to warm me up. The whole treatment lasted round 80 minutes in total and costs £119. Once the treatment was over, the therapsit explained that the jets can make you feel a little lightheaded or woozy so she suggested that I relax and drink plenty of water for the rest of the day. I thought it best to take her advice so I headed to the relaxation room to while away an hour or so on a big comfy bed with a magazine. By the time I grudgingly changing out of my big fluffy robe and prepared to leave, I realised I would’ve given anything to spend another few hours in such luxury.