First look inside Glasgow’s only outdoor spa as THAW opens at Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel 

The new Winter Spa Garden features an open-air hot tub luxury saunas and steam room

A ONE-of-a-kind winter retreat has arrived in the heart of Glasgow with the opening of the city’s first outdoor spa.

Photos have unveiled the look of stunning new Winter Spa Garden, THAW, at the renowned Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel, which features an open-air hot tub, luxury saunas and steam room.

Residents will immerse themselves in the elements at the Scandinavian-inspired pop-up spa, which is perfectly situated under a canopy in the five-star hotel’s secluded courtyard.

The ultimate winter hideaway features an outdoor hydrotherapy hot tub – complete with luxurious lounge seat – where up to six friends can unwind.

THAW’s two four-seater infrared saunas each offer their own unique atmosphere. While one fully embraces fun, social vibes, the wellness sauna is an oasis of calm and tranquillity. There, guests will destress with soothing sound therapy, first introduced at Kimpton Charlotte Square’s Swell: Sound Wellness Room by award-winning music producer and Glasgow native, Brian D’Souza.

Further relaxation can also be found inside the four-person aroma steam room, before residents cool off and lie back in the lounge area or soak under the drench experience shower.

Throughout the experience, the Kimpton Blythswood Square team will be at the beck and call of those bathing in the outdoors with glasses of champagne, while guests will be welcomed back indoors with a hot chocolate.

THAW can be enjoyed exclusively by residents seven days-a-week, alongside the spa’s full 55-minute treatment menu, while non-residents will be able to book a treatment or the Unwind & Dine package at weekends.

Kimpton Blythswood Square is currently entering a new era, heralded by THAW’s arrival, with work under way as part of an extensive reimagination of the hotel’s award-winning Spa, including the addition of a whole new blissful wellness area and unique snowfall feature.

The full range of luxurious, holistic body treatments will be available to enjoy throughout the renovation.

Finlay Anderson, Spa Director at Kimpton Blythswood Square and Area Spa Director for IHG, said: “Luxury is a signature of the Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel, and few things say it more than an open-air spa. It’s tremendously exciting to bring Glasgow’s first outdoor spa to Kimpton Blythswood Square and we can’t wait for guests to enjoy it. 

“The Spa at Blythswood has been a central part of the Kimpton experience, and it was essential to us to ensure guests continue to enjoy the facilities they expect. 

“The reimagination of the Spa at Blythswood will make the guest experience even more special, and we look forward to revealing more details in the coming months.” 

Kimpton Blythswood Square was recently named one of the UK’s top 30 hotels outside of London in Conde Nast Traveller’s 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The landmark destination is Glasgow’s only hotel with five-star AA-accreditation, and boasts beautiful Georgian architecture and benefits from its own private gardens right at the front door.

Meanwhile, the 113-room hotel’s celebrated Scottish seafood restaurant iasg will mark its one-year anniversary this month, having earned a series of rave reviews since opening in November 2021.

THAW is now open at the Kimpton Blythswood Square hotel. To book your winter wellness experience and any spa treatments ahead of your stay, visit

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