Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and Spa, Falkirk
Escape the city for a relaxing night or weekend at the Macdonald Inchyra hotel in Falkirk. Ideally placed within easy reach of Stirling and about an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and 40 minutes from Glasgow, the former manor house – which has been sympathetically extended over the years - is an ideal weekend retreat for those looking to be pampered and well fed.
Set within 44 acres, the peaceful surroundings belie the nearby busy roads and industrial heartland of Grangemouth. After a multi-million pound refurbishment, the hotel introduced a sleek new look as well as a state-of-the-art Vital Health and Well-being club and spa.
Offering a range of treatments from respected British brand Elemis, the spa can cater to all needs from anti-ageing facials, mud therapy and pampering manicures and pedicures to restorative, well-being massages. Between treatments, guests can swim in the 20 metre pool, work out in the gym, detox in the steam room and sauna, or lie on a heated stone bed and let daily stresses ebb away.
For total decadence this summer, why not book into the indulgent spa day? Guests can look forward to a 55 minute treatment – we recommend the freestyle back massage – followed by a glass of prosecco and a cream tea. The deal, from £89 per person, includes use of all spa facilities including robes, towels and slippers, but it is the Elemis treatments that’ll really sooth aching muscles and tired minds.
If you’d like your spa day to extend to an overnight or weekend break then the Macdonald Inchyra hotel offers a range of refurbished rooms from the classic and executive to an indulgent feature king room. The hotel décor offers Scottish charm – without a sniff of twee tartan. Instead the interiors are Farrow and Ball meets Harris Tweed, with muted creams and grey, deep reds, soft purple and pastel plaid. The spacious en suites have a good sized tub, a powerful shower and little extras such as robes, slippers and Elemis toiletries so guests can re-live their spa experience in their room.
The darkly decorated ground floor is home to a welcoming reception, spa, bar area and Scottish steak restaurant, all of which continue the theme of modern Scottish with plaid accents and wooden furniture. The steak restaurant has luxe leather seating in dark red and open, brown banquettes behind which is a feature cow hide wall.
The spa cream tea can be enjoyed outside, weather permitting or in the bar area or, if it’s award-winning steak you’re after then the steakhouse won’t disappoint.
Awarded an AA Rosette, the restaurant specialises in quality, local ingredients used to create fresh new flavours to complement cuts of beef from some of Scotland’s well renowned butchers. While this may make vegetarian’s despair, fear not as there is a good selection of non-meat dishes available. Recommended are the fillet steak, served with a grilled beef tomato, flat cap mushroom and hand cut chips and the butcher’s cut steak served with thin chips.
Offering a total escape with excellent facilities and wonderful treatments, the Macdonald Inchyra also has great food and service making it an ideal place for a summer staycation in the most unlikely of settings.
Classic rooms are from £90 per night and for more information on the spa and spa day deals then please visit the hotel’s website.
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