Spa Review: Stobo Castle
We trialled a top treatment at one of Scotland’s most famous spas
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.stobocastle.co.uk