Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
Conference Square, Edinburgh EH3 8AN
The international Sheraton
brand name began setting professional standards and a unique style of hotel-living
in the United States back in the 1930s.
has always been its password for success and development, today offering excellent
facilities, comfort and personal service to leisure and business guests throughout
to the Sheraton Grand hotel in Edinburgh is the sparkling new ONE SPA health and
fitness complex, `the most advanced cityspa in Europe,` which opened in September
2001. Designed by Sir Terry Farrell this is a fabulous transclucent six storey
coloured glass building, with direct access along a glass passageway from the
Sheraton. The luxurious interior furnishings by Syntax are created in soft woods
and cool mosaic walls and floors, promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being,
and designed to counteract the stress of modern city life.
its centre is a beautiful blue 19 metre swimming pool, surrounded by loungers
for resting after exercise. Here there are also individual aromatic baths, with
your choice of herbal scent in which to wash away stress, aches and pains. For
the ultimate cleansing experience is a hydrotherapy pool which can be enjoyed
both inside and outside - you can relax in the swirling mineral heated waters
on the roof terrace.
This is an extraordinary experience where you can pamper
your body, rebalance the properties of your skin while at the same time breathing
fresh cooling natural air. We ventured into the pool early one Sunday morning
before breakfast, with few bathers around. It even began snowing. This was the
Edinburgh equivalent of the famous Blue Lagoon in Iceland - which I have also
experienced one freezing January day.
those preferring more active exercise and a good work-out, ONE spa has an up-to-minute
fitness studio with the latest Technogym cardio and resistance equipment. The
Fitness centre is very popular and currently has 700 members with a waiting list.
Hotel guests of course may visit the Spa and fitness centre as a day member.
Spa is extremely spacious and even at a busy time of day, there is always a quiet
space, pool, or steam room. On a separate floor from the pool is the Thermal Suite
with a fabulous range of hot and cooling therapies to purify, detoxify and soothe
the body. The floors and mosaic walls are carefully designed with gentle colours
and textures. This has a very special calm and luxurious atmosphere, like a Moroccan
temple. Guests dressed in toweling robes or swim suits and non-slip shoes, wander
around slowly as if in a dream, quietly experiencing the different saunas and
steam rooms. All around are attractive shower areas, complete with subtle changing
colour lighting, to cool you down again.
suite of specialist heat treatments include a Hammam steam room, enveloping you
with a choice of gentle scents. Next door is the magically named Aroma Grotto
where you can sit within an aromatherapy sanctuary and inhale purifying herbal
extracts. And of course there is also a classic Finnish sauna with a temperature
of 80-100.c to invigorate the whole body with a blast of intense heat followed
by the essential cold shower.
Thermal Suite has a row of the most ingenious heated ceramic " loungers",
for the ultimate in complete relaxation and body rest after the exertions of the
heat and water therapy.
concept behind ONE is based on ancient Eastern philosophies of holistic healing
and wellbeing. The specially designed ESPA treatments and techniques are devised
from a cultural blend of traditional therapies from India, Bali, Thailand, China
and Europe. A team of highly professionally trained therapists will ensure that
your treatment will be selected for you on an individual basis to alleviate stress,
soothe muscular pain, or relax the body and mind.
experienced a three hour ESPA Holistic Ayurvedic body treatment and an aromatherapy
facial which was simply out of this world. I was completely rejuvenated, de-stressed,
and quite literally pampered from head to toe - or to be accurate, toe to head.
into a comfortable cotton robe and slippers, I was led down the corridor to the
peace and tranquil luxury of the treatment room. I was seated and with great ritual
style presented with a pot of herbal tea to be served in a delicate tiny cup.
The therapist then began to prepare a foot bath. My feet were placed individually
into a round bowl of warmed mineral-rich water with floating flower petals, as
well as polished stones to stimulate the skin. Everything is conducted at a slow,
gentle pace for complete relaxation.
my feet were cleansed and massaged, I was invited to lie down on the extremely
comfortable treatment bed and covered with soft, warmed towels. In the background
soft melodic whale-song type music was playing to soothe the mind.
Ayurveda Holistic treatments are based on the traditional body massage using herbs
and oils from the Kerala region of India in the south west coast which has been
practiced since around 600 BC. This method of preventative health care is followed
across India and today it`s a unique and indispensable branch of modern medicine.
The Ayurveda approach believes in the treatment of not just a particular ailment,
but the whole individual. The curative and restorative programmes and treatments
make it the natural way to perfect health and harmony of life.
the full body massage began I was invited, with my eyes closed, to smell a selection
of oils and moisturising creams so that my preference of herbal scent suited me.
Carefully only revealing small sections of my back, one leg, or arm, the therapist
worked her way around my body, pummeling the muscles and glands, feeling for knots
and tension spots in my shoulders and lower back. Like the foot bath, the whole
programme is prepared like a sacred ritual. The central part of the "ceremony",
was the application of roasting hot, beautifully polished stones, which were rubbed
with oils up and down my back. The stones are placed on energy points to leave
the skin revitalised and the body and mind relaxed.
was utter bliss and I really thought I was dreaming, so intense was the very sensual
hand-to-skin personal touch. This is luxurious pampering of the body and extremely
Once the stones were used on one section of the body, each was placed
in my palm and between my toes.
rushing the treatment - and I had no idea how long I had been lying there. Time
was now meaningless - she moved on to prepare me for an aromatherapy facial. My
face was cleansed, gently massaged, and purified with a careful combination of
oils and creams with the aim to rebalance the natural minerals of the skin. The
nourishing herbal ingredients naturally rejuvenate and refresh leaving the face
toned and stimulated.
was a Toe to Head programme and we had now reached my head. Using some kind of
herbal mud concoction, my therapist began to rub and massage my scalp as well
paying attention to tired neck muscles and shoulders.
treatment was almost over but after all that physical activity, it was now time
to relax. I was left to rest on the bed for five minutes rather than move too
quickly. I was then taken to the lounging area to lie out with a glass of fruit
juice or water. You are welcome to read a magazine, or have a snooze.
and a half hours later my ESPA Holistic body treatment was complete. I was a new
woman. I can`t wait to go back to experience it all over again.
would recommend this, or any of the treatments at ONE whatever may suit you, and
give your body, mind and spirit a much needed M.O.T. You will truly feel the benefit.
There is a wide range of massage, facial, health and beauty treatments for men
and women. The Sheraton offers special residential Spa packages for a very special
short break in Edinburgh.
may be part of a global `chain`, but the stunning design of the `new look` Sheraton
Grand, Edinburgh, featuring the fabulous ONE spa, has created a very special and
unique city-centre hotel. This illustrates the dynamic and contemporary ideas
required for a 21st century hotel and the needs of the traveller and guest today.