Just 30 minutes outside Glasgow, up a country lane surrounded by Renfrewshire fields, is an incredibly luxurious spa.
Aura spa, within The Bowfield Hotel and Country Club, opened last year following a £5 million refurbishment of the hotel.
The result of the refurbishment was an uber slick and stylish spa, with treatment and relaxation rooms decorated in natural earth tones with low lights, candles and shimmer bead curtains.
It looked absolutely stunning in the photographs so when we were invited to experience our current Big Deal for a spa day at Aura with afternoon tea we leaped at the chance.
Here’s how our spa day went.
Thirty minutes outside Glasgow
The Bowfield Hotel and Country Club is super easy to get to by car, just a 30 minutes drive from Glasgow City Centre in a straight road along the motorway.
Once turning off the motorway, you make your way up a country road through the green fields of Renfrewshire stretching as far as the eye can see. Despite only being half an hour outside Glasgow it felt like a countryside retreat.
The temperature had dropped and it had began to rain when we arrived so we were very much ready to escape into a warm and relaxing haven.
Arriving at the hotel we were immediately taken to the Aura spa, a low lit space with a cosy carpet, wicker chairs and soothing music. We were seated at one of the tables and asked if we wanted our afternoon tea with a soft drink or glass of bubbly. My dietary requirement of vegetarian was easily catered to.
The afternoon tea consisted of three tiers of sandwiches on the bottom (savoury cheese, hummus, egg mayo, ham and tomato and salmon cucumber), cakes on the middle tier (cheesecake, chocolate cake and carrot cake) and my personal favourite part of an afternoon tea at the top – scones with a generous serving of cream and jam).
We tucked into our afternoon tea, accompanied by multiple cups of tea and coffee in the uber relaxing space before making our way upstairs to the spa.
Before we got changed into our fluffy robes and slippers, a member of staff gave us a quick tour of the spa area. The care and time that went into the development of the spa could clearly be seen – every element, from the music, the lighting, the soft carpets, the candle lined hallway, the shimmer bead curtains, the extra large Lemi treatment beds, and the ESPA and Ishga products used in the treatments exuded luxury.
And the smell – it’s said that smell is the most powerful sense and the scent in the Aura spa, a warm and spicy musk, completely soothed our frazzled minds as we wandered around the spa area.
Jacuzzi, swimming pool, steam room, sauna
We then headed into the changing rooms to get changed into our swimming costumes and fluffy robes and slippers. There are three changing areas at Aura, male, female and family, and all are large, stylish and modern, decorated in the same brown and beige earth tones and fitted with huge mirrors and hairdryers.
Comfortable in our robes we made our way into the swimming pool area. First we spent some time in the jacuzzi before heading in to the steam room to sweat out all the toxins. We finished our time at Bowfield by slipping into the swimming pool, swimming a few laps and floating on our backs in the water, gazing up at the ceiling.
The rain battering against the floor to ceiling windows made us feel extra cosy. Alas, it was time to get dressed and head back outside into it. But the cold rain as we ran to the car couldn’t quench the warm glow inside that only a spa day (made even better with afternoon tea) can create.
We currently have a Big Deal at £32 instead of £66 for a spa day with afternoon tea at The Bowfield Hotel and Country Club