Spa Re­view: Stobo Cas­tle

We tri­alled a top treat­ment at one of Scot­land’s most fa­mous spas

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND’S NO.1 -

WHAT MAKES STOBO DIF­FER­ENT TO OTHER SPAS? We are spoiled for op­tions when it comes to spas in Scot­land, and no doubt your email in­box is packed full of of­fers, but what makes Stobo dif­fer­ent from the rest? More of­ten than not you tend to find ho­tels tag a spa onto an ex­ist­ing re­sort, which means it can fall down the list of pri­or­i­ties. Stobo’s big sell­ing point is that first and fore­most it’s a des­ti­na­tion spa. You won’t hap­pen upon a bride in the cor­ri­dor, or find your­self in the midst of a rowdy wed­ding party. Guests are en­cour­aged to take full advantage of the rest and re­lax­ation on of­fer – and there is plenty. Just some of the op­tions on of­fer in­clude a stroll around the Ja­panese gar­dens, tak­ing part in a gen­tle yoga class, or re­lax­ing in the crys­tal steam room.

THE AC­COM­MO­DA­TION Each room is in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed in keep­ing with the cas­tle’s style and comes fur­nished with lots of lux­ury bath and body prod­ucts. For those look­ing to in­dulge in the ul­ti­mate Stobo ex­pe­ri­ence then the Cash­mere Suite is a must. The epit­ome of lux­ury with two huge dou­ble beds be­decked in cash­mere. The bath is also wor­thy of a men­tion – carved from lime­stone it is eas­ily the big­gest bath tub you’ll have ever laid eyes on. After check in guests are en­cour­aged to change into robes and re­lax in the atrium be­fore treat­ments. A de­light­ful place to while away a cou­ple of hours with a book and af­ter­noon tea. For those feel­ing more en­er­getic the pool has stun­ning panoramic views of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side. WHAT’S NEW? Stobo places em­pha­sis on rest, re­lax­ation and a lit­tle bit of in­dul­gence and the newly launched cock­tail lounge is ex­actly the kind of place you’ll want to in­dulge with an ar­ray of deca­dent drinks all to be en­joyed with views over the stun­ning coun­try­side.

THE TREAT­MENT Stobo use a num­ber of skin­care brands in­clud­ing Darphin and Neom, how­ever I opted to trial the lesser known French brand, Cau­dalie. The brand was launched in 1993 by two vine­yard own­ers in Bordeaux, us­ing ex­tracts from the grapevine as it’s be­lieved the fruit and vines con­tain po­tent in­gre­di­ents with anti-age­ing abil­i­ties and an­tiox­i­dants. Ini­tially the prod­ucts were only avail­able in French pharmacies, and given Cau­dalie’s sci­en­tific ad­vi­sor is the Di­rec­tor of the Lab­o­ra­tory of Phar­ma­cog­nosy at Mont­pel­lier’s Univer­sity of Phar­macy in France, it gives some un­der­stand­ing of the brand’s pedi­gree. The French are very se­ri­ous about skin­care, they ex­pect tan­gi­ble re­sults and sci­ence-backed prod­ucts. My ther­a­pist ex­plained very hon­estly that she was per­suaded to try the prod­ucts but didn’t ex­pect to see a huge change. How­ever, over the course of a few weeks she no­ticed a huge im­prove­ment in her skin­tone and a re­duc­tion in pig­men­ta­tion, so it was with such a glow­ing ref­er­ence that I was ea­ger to try it out. I opted for the Cau­dalie Beauty Elixir fa­cial which in­volves the use of their hero prod­uct – the Beauty Elixir Spray. The 55 minute treat­ment fo­cused on clean­ing then mas­sag­ing the face which helps boost cir­cu­la­tion and im­proves the skin’s tone and ra­di­ance. It’s slightly dif­fer­ent from other fa­cials as no oil was used which meant I didn’t have sticky skin (or a greasy hair­line) af­ter­wards. It was a thor­oughly re­lax­ing ex­pe­ri­ence my skin felt plump, soft and re­ju­ve­nated. I fol­lowed the ther­a­pists in­struc­tions to avoid ap­ply­ing make-up that evening, and the fol­low­ing day I no­ticed that the ben­e­fits con­tin­ued and my skin felt sup­ple and the skin­tone was more even. It seems it’s not just fash­ion and wine that the French are ex­perts in.

Stobo Cas­tle, Tel: 01721 725300 Stobo Cas­tle, Stobo, Pee­bles EH45 8NY www.sto­bo­cas­

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