Scot­land’s Spa On Rails

A unique take on R&R.

Muhibah - - IN THIS ISSUE - Words & Images BEL­MOND LTD

Pic­ture the scene. You’re me­an­der­ing past pris­tine High­land scenery. Be­yond the pic­ture win­dows, land­scapes of bril­liant wild­flow­ers, mir­ror-calm lochs and misty moun­tains pass by. But you’re in a co­coon of lux­ury, soak­ing up the aro­mather­apy fra­grances as you en­joy a mas­sage or re­ju­ve­nat­ing body scrub.

This is the unique ex­pe­ri­ence that awaits at the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa aboard the lux­ury Bel­mond Royal Scots­man train. It broke records when it launched, be­com­ing the first spa ex­pe­ri­ence of its kind aboard an overnight rail jour­ney in Bri­tain.

Crafted in nat­u­ral woods and with pure white fur­nish­ings, the spa car­riage is a cosy but faith­ful replica of the flag­ship Hay­barn Spa at Bam­ford’s Dayles­ford farm. There, in Eng­land’s Cotswolds coun­try­side, guests are wrapped in the soft­est robes and sump­tu­ous scents such as gera­nium, laven­der and pep­per­mint.

Hay­barn founder Ca­role Bam­ford ex­plains that her grow­ing col­lec­tion of spas of­fer nat­u­ral, sus­tain­able prod­ucts crafted by ar­ti­sans. The treat­ments them­selves are in­spired by an­cient well­ness rit­u­als and Ayurvedic prin­ci­ples.

What brought Bam­ford and Bel­mond Royal Scots­man to­gether?

I have al­ways loved trav­el­ling and am in­spired by all the beau­ti­ful sights, sounds and scents along the way – so much so that they of­ten find their way into our Bam­ford range of prod­ucts. It was very ex­cit­ing to take the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa on board a train that is syn­ony­mous with lux­ury, re­lax­ation and in­no­va­tion; Bel­mond Royal Scots­man shares our phi­los­o­phy and so many of our val­ues.

How are your vis­its to Scot­land brought to life in the spa car­riage?

When I think of Scot­land, walks in the High­lands, fresh air, rush­ing streams and beau­ti­ful heather-cov­ered hill­sides come to mind. At Bam­ford, na­ture is our great­est in­spi­ra­tion with its sea­son­ally chang­ing hues, scents and tex­tures. These nat­u­ral el­e­ments fea­ture in the in­te­ri­ors of each of our Hay­barn Spas and all our body and skin­care ranges.

What dis­tin­guishes the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa Ex­pe­ri­ence? At the Bam­ford Hay­barn Spa, we of­fer a holis­tic ap­proach based on our heart­felt con­nec­tion with na­ture, and this is no ex­cep­tion on board the Bel­mond Royal Scots­man. I love the idea that as you travel through the beau­ti­ful Scot­tish coun­try­side, you feel a part of the sur­round­ings while en­joy­ing a treat­ment us­ing our or­ganic botan­i­cal prod­ucts.

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