In a Scottish first, Glasgow’s upmarket Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel has created an immersive and therapeutic 'forest bathing experience' in one of their guest rooms by decking it out with a cornucopia of plants.
The sumptuous leafy retreat is an experimental project by the hotel, aimed at exploring the psychological and physical benefits of being surrounded by living things – known as biophilic design.
While relaxing among the plants, guests can also sip vitamin-infused cannabidiol cocktails, indulge in guided meditation and listen to birdsong as part of the de-stress packages on offer.
A night in La Chambre Verte costs from £579 to £879 a night, with a range of unconventional treats available.
Kimpton has partnered with luxury cannabidiol skincare brand La Rue Verte, leading horticulturalists Benholm and an award-winning Scottish DJ to create a multi-sensory experience combining the theory of biophilia with spa rituals and sound therapy.
The bespoke nature-based immersive soundscape in the room has been created by Open Ear Music and combines field recordings of birdsong in Blythswood Square and the sur – also known as Auntie Flo.
According to the hotel, “a rejuvenating sunrise flow and calming twilight track help trigger the brain into a deep meditative state of relaxation and feeling of euphoria”.
Guests are invited to take time out to listen deeply and relax in musical escapism.
The new experience is aimed at ‘well-being tourists’ who want to truly unwind, relax and focus on self-care.
The launch of La Chambre Verte coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, which this year celebrates the theme of nature after experiences of lockdowns showed the importance of access to green space in maintaining a healthy mind.
A new survey by the Mental Health Foundation Scotland shows 65 per cent of adults felt a boost to their mood when close to nature.
Finlay Anderson, spa director at Kimpton Blythswood Square and area spa director for InterContinental Hotels Group, said: “At Kimpton we believe heartfelt human connections really make a difference to people’s lives and our hotel is so much more than just a wonderful place to sleep.
“When we opened following the first lockdown in 2020 we noticed a real desire from our guests to return for rest, relaxation and self-care from the perspective of mental health to our award-winning spa.
“Following this, we are delighted to present an alternative therapeutic experience surpassing the usual parameters of an overnight stay, which offers guests the opportunity to reconnect with themselves, as well as others, post-lockdown.”
Emma O’Neil, director and founder of Hashtag Organics, La Rue Verte, said: “Think of it like a green prescription, I truly believe we have the best natural formula.”
Adrian Bryne, from the Benholm Group said: “At Benholm Group we have long understood the value plants can bring to every environment.
“To have the opportunity to work on a project which is designed to highlight the benefits of biophilia for mental as well as physical well-being has been a real joy.”