Wow, how much has The Principal Charlotte Street changed? Have you been in yet?
I was running five minutes late for a meeting and was hoping to dart straight to my friend who was waiting, I quickly became very disorientated – everything is different – in a good way!
The refurb looks to have been a huge success, there are entirely new seating areas, a whole new orangerie, ‘The Garden’, where the outdoor bit used to be, and a spa too! Unfortunately the service trying to get coffee was a bit haphazard, maybe they had new staff? In hindsight we maybe should have sat in The Garden as the service seemed better there and it looked like a great place to hang out, in fact it reminded me a lot of Gleneagles, and that can only be a good thing, right?
After the meeting we went down to the basement where the new spa is. The decor is very current, and if you’ve ever been to Blythswood you will appreciate the similarity of the pools, though our version here in Edinburgh is a bit smaller.
Everything is very well put together, and what I mean by that is, they must have spent a huge amount on an interior designer because putting together this kind of simple look and everything fitting together perfectly is not easy. I’ve tried. It was a disaster!
We started with a couple of ishga treatments. My friend had a relaxing Hot Stone Massage (this is not her pictured, though she does sport a good natural tan year round). Ishga is made with Hebridean seaweed so it’s really natural and packed full of B vitamins and anti-oxidants, great for this time of year. Hot stones are a great addition to your normal massage too as it allows the therapist to work 6-11 times deeper!
I had a combination treatment called ishga Face & Body Sensation which was both an express facial and a back and shoulder massage, it’s the ideal choice if you suffer from FOMO (I was given a row by my friend’s son for using this term, he says I’m just trying to appear young and cool, I say, I have to do something haha – it’s fear of missing out by the way, just in case you’re not as young and cool as me. Ahem.)
After our treatments we retired to the relaxation room which felt kind of Mongolian Yurt Chic in style? I liked it. It was a bit different but it felt very on trend.
We finished up with a sauna, steam room, and a dip in the pool before having to admit our spa day had come to an end. The pool is gorgeous and feels really private, and the whole spa has a very boutique vibe which I really liked.
Naturally after all that swimming (ha!) we’d worked up an appetite so we couldn’t leave without a trip to Baba, no pictures though I’m afraid, but it’s definitely worth a visit.