A Gaelic spa journey

MARIA CROCE embarks on a voyage of discovery at the newly-opened Spa, at Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow, where she experiences a Turus body wrap using seaweed from the Hebrides which are islands off the west coast of Scotland.


My eyes blinked as a stepped into the dimmed lighting of the Spa at the new luxury five-star Blythswood Square hotel in Glasgow as it felt like I was walking into a different world.


The Spa’s signature range of treatments is called ‘Turus’ which is the Gaelic word for journey – and I certainly felt like I was setting off on an amazing voyage of pampering and relaxation.


The Spa is located in the lower basement of the hotel and features a café, funky lounge, Champagne nail bar and low lighting which leads to twinkly lanterns guiding you to the treatment rooms. Then it’s down some steps to an amazing thermal suite of pools, saunas and steam rooms.


I started my day at Blythswood Square with a three-hour Thermal Experience. After I’d slipped into my swimming costume, armed with fluffy robe, slippers, towels and bottled water supplied in my locker, I set off to explore the range of saunas and steam rooms. It was a chance to begin to relax and detoxify my body, while the heated rooms opened and cleansed the pores so my skin would better absorb the products during my Turus body wrap after lunch.


You can head off in any order, but it was suggested I might want to start in the Laconium room, to acclimatise my body for about 15 to 20 minutes. The warm air in this tiled room is a mild 55-60 degrees Celsius - like a comfortable day on holiday and I was able to relax as my body heated up gently and slowly.


There’s also a Saunarium which lies somewhere between a sauna and a steam room, where you get the benefits of both, but the heat is more moderate (at around 60-70 degrees Celsius) and very comfortable. And a traditional Sauna where the dry air heats the room to 85-95 degrees Celsius. For damp heat there’s a Crystal Steam Room geared to helping you breathe more easily as you sit and watch a crystal in the centre change through the different colours of the energy chakras aimed at helping balance your body and mind.


To cool off in between treatments there are showers, but also an ice fountain so you can rub handfuls of ice flakes over your body – if you’re brave enough! I enjoyed a swim in the 12 metre vitality pool with massage fountains and jets and then I took a dip in the bubbles of the hydrotherapy spa pool.



Finishing off I headed to the Tepidarium room – where you can relax for up to 30 minutes. It’s a comfortable, cosy heat, with warmed, moulded mosaic beds. I headed back into the Spa reception in my robe for a lunch in the cafe which had a selection of tasty dishes including a Caesar salad, olives and salmon, together with a pudding, served on a tray.


Then it was time for me to experience a 60-minute Turus body wrap – one of the Spa’s signature treatments, which uses hand-blended products – including organic Scottish ingredients such as seaweed from the Hebridean coast.


The Spa, which covers an area of 10,000 square feet, has an holistic approach to treatments. Their own collection of products is complemented by skincare brands Anne Semonin and ila.


My wrap included a full body seaweed and salt scrub followed by a nourishing seaweed and plasma plankton mud wrap - aimed at reducing cellulite and improving texture and hydration of the skin.


The scrub felt like a treatment in itself, as the grittiness was massaged into my skin. The mud wrap was packed full of marine minerals to detoxify and stimulate the lymphatic system, protecting against free radicals and eliminating toxins.


Warm towels were cosseted around me as my therapist Claire Doering expertly gave me a relaxing head massage as the products set to work on my skin. Then it was time to step into the shower in the treatment room to rinse off before getting back onto the treatment bed and Claire massaged my body with a deep moisturising balm made from roses harvested from the base of the Himalayas.


My body was silky smooth and even the rough patches on my heels felt soft. My skin felt revitalised and hydrated. It was like a five-star facial for my body.

• A 60-minute Turus body wrap costs £80.

• Thermal Experience (three-hours) costs £65 for day guests, but is also included in the range of spa day packages.


Spring Awakening Offer

Blythswood Square has a Spring Awakening Special Offer where you can use the Thermal Experience facilities followed by a one-hour spa treatment and a half hour in their ‘Real Sunlight’ room.

The package includes a body scrub using Himalayan salt packed full of lemongrass and juniper berry followed by a re-mineralising bio energy mud wrap with sun dried clay from Italy.

Then you get to relax in the specially designed Real Sunlight Room consisting of a beach theme and a 100 per cent safe UVA & UVB sunlight with Vitamin D.

Offer Available from Monday to Thursday until March 14, 2011 and costs £90 per person.


Contact: +44 (0)141 240 1622 or email [email protected]



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