The Spa at Cameron House
Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, G83 8QZ
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
17 treatment rooms
On the banks of Loch Lomond, a drive away from the hotel, this is a spa with a view. Relax in the caldarium and gaze at the Scottish hills, or watch birds fly past from the rooftop infinity pool. There is a main 20-metre pool and Jacuzzi on one level, but head upstairs for a variety of heat and ice experience rooms. We loved the big, circular hydropool with bubbles, swan-pipes and countryside views, and the spectacular rooftop infinity pool – a glorious suntrap in the height of summer.
The Cameron House Hotel has a grand baronial exterior, with steps up to the large doors, and a heavenly view across the loch. Some newer, modern extensions blend in with the background, but the main hotel is very traditional. Think wood panelling, open fires, and deer heads on the wall.
The Spa at Cameron House is a five-minute drive from the main hotel building. A shuttle bus takes guests to and from the spa twice an hour. It's a busy road, so don't try to walk.
The Spa at Cameron House is in a modern building, known as The Carrick, next to the hotel's golf course. The main entrance is on the ground floor; go up a curved staircase to get to the spa itself.
The spa reception area has décor of honey-coloured wood, white marble flooring, and low, red leather backless sofas to perch on. To the side of the reception are lots of comfortable sofas and armchairs which act as a relaxation space. This area is light, with large windows. When you check in at reception, staff will give you a robe, slippers and towel.
The changing rooms are past a soothing water wall. They are not huge but they were never crowded when we visited and always clean and tidy. There are banks of wooden lockers, operated with keycodes, and two small cubicles should you wish to change in private. In a separate area are four loos and sinks, and, in another, four showers. The showers had more of a health-club than a spa feel, with metal brackets containing body and hair wash.
The main, 20-metre swimming pool is downstairs. The room is classic cream and white with two big pillars framing the window. The pool can get a bit busy but also has a (bubbly) Jacuzzi. Loungers around the edge of the pool allow you to chill out after your lengths.
Upstairs, the thermal experiences offer a variety of heat and ice activities. The infrared sauna uses lighting to create hot air and open up the skin's pores, and there's also a traditional wooden sauna. The caldarium, set to a gentle heat, has stone walls and floors, and curved stone seating. Soft music plays while the lighting changes colour.
The tepidarium is light and airy, with large windows and contoured thermal couches, which are very gently heated. You can lounge, toast, and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains and hills as well as the golf course. The aroma room has deliciously scented essential oils, the steam room is warming and the experience showers cooling.
We loved the big circular hydro-pool; both the air and the water were warm, and the bubbles and swan pipes relaxing; again, there are floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the countryside.
Head up to the top floor and you'll find a spectacular rooftop infinity pool. It's not huge, but it is a very special spa experience! There are two showers and loungers if you want to catch the sun in the summer months.
If you want some quiet time to relax, away from the wet and thermal facilities, try the large, darkened, wooden-floored relaxation room. The ten single beds with blankets and cushions offer private space for snuggling.
The spa also has a dedicated beauty room for manicures, pedicures and make-up sessions, and a hair salon if you fancy a cut and blow-dry.
My therapist, Yvonne, took me through to one of the 17 treatment rooms and we discussed how I was feeling and how I wanted to feel after the treatment: my tense neck and shoulders were a priority.
I settled face down on the treatment bed. Yvonne started with the exfoliation, using a peppermint scrub that she worked across my back. She removed the product with a hot towel and started on the massage. She used her hands and her forearms in long sweeping movements over my lower back, spine and shoulder blades. The pressure was a little lighter than I would have liked, but it was a relaxing experience.
Halfway through the treatment, Yvonne asked me to turn over so she could move onto my facial and scalp massage. She cleansed and exfoliated my skin then applied a facial oil and massaged my face, lifting and invigorating my muscles.
Yvonne then applied a mask and began the scalp massage. She worked super-hydrating Pink Hair Mud into my hair and scalp, and massaged from the top of my scalp down to my neck and even my ears.
Yvonne gently told me the treatment had finished and left the room while I dressed. When she came back, she talked me through the products which she had used. They were all lovely ESPA products, which smelled great and felt fab. She then took me to the relaxation room and gave me a herbal tea and a glass of water. I felt deeply relaxed and my skin was nourished and hydrated.
The treatment menu at The Spa at Cameron House includes a range of ESPA and Carita facials, body treatments, massage, manicures and pedicures and beauty finishing touches. Also on offer are ante- and post-natal treatments, options for men, a rasul, and a Vichy shower which is used during some massage treatments.
If you're visiting The Spa at Cameron House for a day, you can eat in your robe in the spa café. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, hot dishes and tempting desserts. We tried the tempura to start and the roasted vegetable, baby spinach and goat's cheese ciabatta. Perfect fare for a spa day. If you're looking for something more substantial, The Claret Jug on the ground floor offers informal pub-style dining.
At the main hotel resort are three other dining options. The Cameron Grill is open for breakfast and dinner, The Boat House offers seafood from Loch Fyne, and Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond offers Michelin-starred fine dining.
The spa is in one of the loveliest settings in Scotland and you can enjoy the views from lots of different spaces. If you like to spa with a view, The Spa at Cameron House does this to a T.
The rooftop infinity pool is quite spectacular and not something that every spa can offer. If you visit on a summer day, lounging around in the sun and dipping in and out of the pool would be a divine way to spend the afternoon.
We didn't love
We visited around a busy weekend so the spa was pretty full; we couldn't even dip our toes into the very popular rooftop infinity pool. We had to queue for other experience rooms before retreating to the quieter tepidarium. Visit mid-week if you’re looking for a more serene spa experience.
The Spa at Cameron House is a drive away from the hotel. While it's no hardship to take the shuttle, it does mean you have to plan your swim and spa, rather than drift somewhere spontaneously in a robe. There is a swimming pool in the main hotel, but this caters more for families and leisure swimmers than single spa-goers.
Cameron House is a great venue for a weekend treat: lots of food options and lovely hotel accommodation with tartan textiles -- even the odd golf-inspired decoration.
Water babies: The spa has three different pools to swim, drift and bubble in, each with views out over the loch.
Golf widows or widowers: Send your other half off to try The Carrick or Wee Demon courses while you find treatment bliss.
Access to the pools and thermal experiences is for over-18s only, so The Spa at Cameron House will appeal to anyone who likes to swim and spa in an adult-only environment.
We gave The Spa at Cameron House a Good Spa Guide Bubble Rating of Four Bubbles. The spa is spacious, with curved walls and great facilities. With an indoor pool and infinity pool, thermal-experience suite, and imaginative spa treatments on offer, you can enjoy a full day in the spa and not get bored.
Spirited Spy visited in March 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
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Loch Lomond, Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, G83 8QZ
The Spa Café offers a range of healthy light bites; The Cameron Grill is open for breakfast and dinner, The Boat House offers seafood from Loch Fyne; Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond offers Michelin-starred fine dining.
Two rooms types, two suite types, apartments and luxury loch-side lodges available.
Monday to Friday: 7am - 9pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am - 8pm
There are no offers for this spa.