Spa Re­view: Atholl Palace ............................

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND'S NO.1 -

Set in stun­ning grounds sur­rounded by views of Pit­lochry, Atholl Palace is a ma­jes­tic sight. And nes­tled in the iconic build­ing is the Laven­der spa – which was orig­i­nally a Vic­to­rian health hy­dro and which, even to­day, still utilises the power of the nat­u­ral spring wa­ters from Ben-y-vrackie. The spa’s sig­na­ture treat­ment is the Laven­der Lul­laby – and we can see why. At 90 min­utes, it’s thor­oughly lux­u­ri­ous and you re­ally are pam­pered head-to-toe. The treat­ment be­gins with the face be­ing dou­ble cleansed and then an ex­fo­li­at­ing peel with papaya is ap­plied and eye­pads popped on. Whilst that gets to work on the face, a scrub is worked into the front of the body to re­ally slough away dead skin. Next the peel is re­moved from the face, and the scrub is then ap­plied to the back. At this point, a quick shower is needed to re­move the scrub be­fore a mask is ap­plied to the face and you can just lay back and re­lax whilst a bo­lus – com­monly used in Thai mas­sage – is filled with laven­der and marine sea salt heated in a steamer. It is then rolled and pressed over the body. Next up is a full body mas­sage and the treat­ment is fin­ished with the face mask be­ing re­moved and an eye cream ap­plied. Wow – that is the dream way to spend an hour and a half! You can then head to the restau­rant and en­joy some af­ter­noon tea if you re­ally want to have the ul­ti­mate deca­dent af­ter­noon.


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