The Carrick Spa is part of the luxurious five-star hotel Cameron House, Loch Lomond, even although it is situated a couple of miles down the road from the main estate. If you are staying at Cameron House, a concierge service will transport you to the spa and back, and if you are not, it is clearly signposted and easy to find.
Also at The Carrick is a golf course and clubhouse (housing the highly-regarded Claret Jug restaurant). However, on our visit, we were there for the spa.
The Carrick Spa overlooks the golf course and some spectacular fountains. The spa runs over three floors- reception and the main pool on ground level, the thermal and hydro experiences, changing rooms and cafe on the first floor, and a rooftop pool on the second.
Upon entering, we were given a tour and introduced to some of the thermal and hydro areas. These are a series of hot and cold experiences ranging from ice showers to exceptionally hot hydro pools.
The changing rooms are well-maintained at handily located right next to the entrance to the main spa area. There are an abundance of lockers, plus private curtained areas for those who like some privacy, and several hairdryers and straighteners. All guests are also provided with a fluffy white dressing gown, towel and flip flops to navigate the spa with.
When you exit the changing rooms, a stunning waterfall wall greets you. This is a beautiful interior design feature and instantly prepares you for the utter relaxation you will experience.
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We then started to work our way around the thermal and hydro experiences. The therapist who welcomed us told us to do them in any order, so we started with a Tropical Shower- warm water jet blasts in a dark and relaxing shower. Our favourite experiences were the Hydro Pool (very warm circular pool with massaging bubble jets) and the Aroma Sauna (a warm but not dry sauna with a cloudy mist of relaxing aromatherapy scents). We probably spent the most amount of time though in the Rooftop Infinity Pool. This half moon shaped pool also has bubble jets, but sits on the edge of the building overlooking the vast golf course. The cold air teamed with the warm water is very invigorating, and it's a great place to think and get some perspective on the world.
After a couple of hours going between these experiences, we just had to try their afternoon tea in the spa cafe. You can wear your robes and flip-flops here, as many did, but we chose to change to be more comfortable. The afternoon tea was visually beautiful, and a riot of colour that looked almost too good to eat. We were surprised that there were no sandwiches; but once we had started on the decadent chocolate truffles and delicious mini berry panacottas, we weren't bothered. This was such a nice treat to round of a relaxing spa visit with.
We couldn't leave The Carrick Spa however, without sampling a treatment. I opted for an Espa Age-Defying Facial (£89), and my therapist targeted the products she used to my skin's needs by asking me questions about it and by looking at it using a UV lamp. My skin felt amazing afterwards; but the best part of the treatment was the thick clay-like pink hair mask she applied. I left this in my hair overnight (it looks messy so don't expect a night out afterwards) to get the full benefit of it, and when I washed it out in the morning, it was so soft and had so much added volume. It smelt amazing too.
The Carrick Spa is a perfect place for a girly spa day as it has everything you could possibly need in one place. The staff are excellent too.
Spa day visits to The Carrick Spa (Alexandria, Dunbartonshire G83 8RE) cost from £99, and include a light lunch, express treatment and 2-hour use of the thermal and hydro experiences. Details of each individual available spa day can be found here.