Scotland B2B checks in to the Capital’s newest luxury spa
The Sleeping Beauty Melrose Spa opened its doors in 2016 after being lovingly created by the fantastically named Lilac Miller, who studied at St Andrews University and now owns and runs four award-winning Sleeping Beauty salons in Edinburgh, Inverness and Shetland.
Nestled warmly within the bowels of the Radisson Blu hotel on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on the lower ground, Melrose Spa is the latest addition to Miller’s health and wellbeing portfolio and is thought to be the first luxury facility of its kind in the Capital.
Half-way through my fourth pregnancy, I went along to check it out to see if it really was straight out of a fairytale and what business travellers might expect when they check in.
First of all, I can tell you that this Sleeping Beauty Spa is aptly named because it will have you sleeping like a baby. From the warm welcome at reception to the three cosy, candlelit treatment rooms, the place oozes relaxation.
My back massage was specially tailored for my stage of pregnancy and once I’d gotten over the indignity of straddling what seemed to be a heated beanbag to support my bump, I had what was probably one of the best, most relaxing experiences of my life.
Having had quite a few massages at various stops around the world while working as a freelance travel writer, I don’t say that lightly. I’ve had varying massage experiences – from basic back rubbing in the back room of a pub in Kirkcaldy, to a strange Tibetan bowl encounter in a cabin in the Tuscan woods which left me smelling like manure. I’d like to think I’m au fait with a good massage.
Long story short, this luxury spa is well worth a visit (even if you’re not pregnant) – especially if you’re staying in or near the Radisson Blu.
The team couldn’t have been more welcoming, knowledgable or protective of me and my pregnancy and the spa is right beside the pool, steam room, sauna and gym.
In fact, the leisure and wellbeing facilities are housed in a not-so-little complex all of their own, which also sells, believe it or not, aromatherapy chocolate, as well as products from the Elemis and JustBe (created in Edinburgh) ranges, which are used in the spa’s treatments, along with Sleeping Beauty’s own therapeutic retail products.
The Sleeping Beauty team of therapists are on-hand seven days a week, with late night appointments available Monday to Friday.
Specialising in Elemis face and body treatments, they also offer nail services, massage, waxing, eye treatments and holistic therapies.