No.1 Reviews: Lochside House Hotel


As soon as I entered the Lochside House Hotel on a crisp Sunday morning and made my way towards its serene spa, I knew I was in for a treat.

Not only were the staff super attentive and ensured my pamper package would suit my personal needs, they also offered a tour around the spa and listed the extensive treatments they had on offer.

From essential spa treatments, including body wraps and indulgent facials to holistic hand or maternity massages, Lochside really do have it all no matter what you’re looking for.

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Once I was settled in and consulted for my treatment, a full body aromatherapy massage with added hot stones, I was shown through to Lochside’s tranquil Thermal Suite.

Here guests can relax to soothe both the body and mind as the suite aims to offer pure tranquillity. A vitality pool, which allows you to control the pressure with buttons placed around the pool, as well as a steam room and sauna help to soothe, relax and detoxify the body. Truly serene surroundings!

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I stayed in the Thermal Suite for around 45 minutes before heading into the spacious changing rooms to get ready for my treatment. My expertly trained ESPA therapist then talked me through my entire treatment, what to expect throughout and what the purpose of the massage would be. As we chatted and I mentioned that I sit at a desk the majority of the day, she encouraged me to focus on giving my shoulders some TLC and to relieve any tension in that area during the treatment.

We then chose which scents should fill the room, how much pressure I’d like and I was also able to control the temperature of the room in order to suit my personality and body, which was a really lovely touch.

I was then encouraged to add hot stones to my massage to really help to melt away any tension, and I’m glad I did. These warm volcanic stones help to relieve deep muscle tension and was incredibly relaxing and soothing.

The therapeutic full body massage uses aromatherapy oils which are known for their healing properties and are inhaled and absorbed through the skin to achieve your desired results. The massage itself consisted of slow massage techniques and lasted around one hour, which I think is the perfect time to really unwind, relax and make the most of the treatment.

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Lochside ensure no corners are cut as they encourage visitors to stay as long as they’d like after the treatment in their relaxing room. Equipped with comfortable couches, ambient music and a selection of magazines, I could have stayed there all day.

I left Lochside Spa feeling rejuvenated and relaxed – a gorgeous Sunday treat!

Eve MacDonald

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