Spa Re­view

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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.

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