Spotlight: Gleneagles

When it first opened its doors in 1924, this magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland was described as a “Riviera in the Highlands”.

Today, as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Gleneagles continues to offer an unbeatable array of attractions that includes a five-star luxury hotel, three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars.

Throughout its history, Gleneagles has long been associated with Health and Wellness. In the early days people would escape the cities to relax and rejuvenate in the fresh country air and during the Second World War broke out, the hotel closed and became first a military hospital and then a rehabilitation centre.


Since 2008 when Gleneagles created The Spa by ESPA, an award-winning 20-treatment-room spa, with Scotland’s first ESPA Life wellness centre – guests have journeyed to Gleneagles to enjoy a new type of health and wellness offering.

The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA is one of a highly select group of destinations in the world designated a Luxury Spa Resort – an honour awarded after rigorous evaluation by the Leading Hotels of the World group. As Scotland’s pre-eminent destination spa,

The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA offers an extensive menu of traditional therapies as well as complementary and alternative wellness treatments. All are designed to relax, invigorate and rejuvenate both the body and the mind.

Visitors to The Spa can de-stress in the soothing surroundings of the central courtyard, enjoy an indulgent heat and thermal experiences before or after their treatment, or enjoy a snack at The Spa’s café, with a menu focused on revitalising superfoods.

Gleneagles spa

Throughout your visit, you will be attended to by a hand-picked team of alternative health and fitness specialists offering treatments and personal programmes with one simple aim: to help you feel good, inside and out.

Our integrated team of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners are on hand to review your current state of health and to guide you towards your optimal wellness while a wide range of lifestyle programmes aim to help to optimise your wellbeing and vitality and aid everyday issues such as stress, sleep problems, lingering fatigue, detox and fertility.

A particular highlight of a visit to The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA is the beautiful Espa Mindful Massage. This holistic, deeply relaxing experience works on the concept of mindfulness, focusing on both mind and body to reduce stress and be more ‘in the present’.

Your therapist will guide you through breathing and visualisation techniques to relax and release physical or emotional anxieties. The metamorphic zones on the feet are massaged to rebalance and ground, before a soothing, deeply therapeutic massage continues up through the body.

You’ll finish with a re-energising scalp massage using warm Rose Quartz Crystals and emerge feeling focused, with renewed positivity.

If you’d like to experience Gleneagles for yourself, visit our ESPA Finder to find out more.

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