THE BLACK Bentley from the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh -The Caledonian whisks me along Princes Street. I’m heading for a stay at the hotel to indulge in their spa. Having recently undergone an overhaul, it now features two new treatment lines that are waiting to spoil guests.
First up is the results-driven 111Skin, named after its location at 111 Harley Street in London. This range first hit the beauty editor’s radar ten years ago, having been available to patients as the Original Dramatic Healing Serum, which plastic surgeon Dr Yannis Alexandrides prescribed post-surgery and aesthetic procedures.
The product was such a hit that once their supply was depleted, patients flocked to Harrods to inquire if it could be purchased over the counter. With such high demand, the 111Skin brand was born and has gone from strength to strength. Recently, it has formulated a salon range and become an international sensation.
Waldorf Astoria Spa
At the Waldorf Astoria Spa, I am cocooned in a sultry room with music conjuring a zone-out atmosphere, awaiting the commencement of my 111Skin Rose Radiance body treatment. Louise cleanses, preens and polishes my skin for 90 minutes, making my body feel baby-soft with a visibly luminous glow.
The treatment is then complemented the following day by a Hawaiian-style massage using products from Ground Wellbeing, created by trailblazer Peigin Crowley, whose range of tailored massage oils is designed to stimulate and rejuvenate the body using rhythmic pressures.
Utilising only plant-based ingredients, the products inspire intuitive self-care and are handmade in small batches in Ireland, using vegan ingredients that are blended with the soothing of the soul in mind.
The hotel is situated adjacent to the historic Edinburgh Castle and close to the Royal Mile, from where I can explore both halves of this exciting city, the old and the new, rather like me, before and after my visit to the Waldorf Astoria Spa.
by Amanda Bernstein
Spa prices for a massage start from £140 Prices start from £290 on a room-only basis hilton.com