Get Rid of Wedding Stress With a Luxury Spa Break!


Like anyone with a wedding on the horizon, I feel like I barely get any time to myself. Planning for the big day is exhausting: there are a million things to do – and a short time to get them done – but sometimes the best antidote to wedding-stress is to simply get away from it for a few days!

With that in mind, and to avoid wedding burn-out, my friends and I decided we’d get away for a girly-weekend – and a few days of pampering and relaxation at a luxury spa before heading back to the real world.

I’d never really tried out a ‘spa experience’ before, so when we took the train out of Edinburgh to the Gleneagles Hotel, I really didn’t know what to expect. Gleneagles has a reputation as one of the top 5 star hotels in Scotland – and I have to admit, setting foot in its beautiful 850 acre countryside estate, with its rolling hills and truly breathtaking scenery, was an impressive start.

The recently refurbished spa was everything you’d expect from a luxury hotel: the decor was modern and stylish and the service excellent. For the uninitiated, spa packages include an initial consultation with a therapist – who works out a programme with guests, tailored to your individual needs.

From ice-rubs to yoga, reiki to reflexology there’s an impressive range of treatments, massages and therapeutic experiences reflecting styles and influences from across the world. With so much going on, it can be confusing for the uninitiated but there is always spa staff on hand to answer questions and give advice. I tried an exfoliating heat treatment followed by a muscle massage – perfect for dissolving lingering wedding tension!

When you’ve finished in the massage room, there are plenty of post-treatment options: relax in the steam room or sauna cabin – or take a dip in the vitality pool. The spa even hosts its own restaurant – Deseo’s – which continues the ‘healthy lifestyle’ tone with delicious, nutritious food prepared fresh from an open kitchen, as you wait.

By the time I got back to reality I was raring to tackle the last few wedding-hurdles. Pre-wedding anxiety is inevitable, but this trip was a great way to reconnect with my friends and let the stress take a back seat for a while.

If you’re starting to feel the pressure of your wedding, you need to take a little time out to treat yourself and recharge – before getting back down to those really crucial tasks, like choosing which colour the place-mats are going to be!

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