New Cairndale Spa puts Dumfries on the wellness tourism map

08/07/2024

SCOTLAND’S newest luxury spa is set to welcome its first guests this weekend, following a multi-million pound investment which aims to put Dumfries on the tourist map as a leading wellness destination.

The continued growth in wellness tourism and staycations mean that the impressive new facilities within The Cairndale Hotel promise a significant boost to the local economy.

The family-owned Cairndale Spa officially opens its doors to visitors on Monday 8th July, offering a new relaxing escape for tourists looking to enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish borders along with locals seeking a luxury spa experience within easy reach.

Covering almost 1,300 square metres, the stunning two-storey spa follows a £2million investment and offers a luxury space for bespoke spa experiences for day guests and overnight visitors that is unrivalled in the local area.

Taking pride of place on the lower ground floor is a thermal pool which features a number of jets, water blades and airbeds. In addition, visitors can take advantage of the aroma steam room, herbal steam room, Himalayan salt sauna, infrared sauna, herbal lounge, rasul, hammam and private bathing suite along with access to a dedicated café and juice bar.

Cairndale Spa also offers a host of relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, delivered in six elegant treatment rooms, which includes a couples treatment room to enjoy the experience together. Local visitors can also access the bespoke facials, massages, wellness treatments and therapies with or without facilities access.

With a strong commitment to respecting the planet and supporting British wellness brands, Cairndale Spa’s team of talented therapists utilise leading UK brands VOYA Organic Beauty, Tribe517 and Gaia Skincare. These are joined by the exclusive Cairndale x Annandale Collection, a range of whisky and vanilla scented products created in collaboration with the nearby Annandale Distillery.

The development has been supported by an award of almost £400,000 in funding from South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) and has created over 20 new jobs for the area.

It is hoped that the development will generate an estimated additional income in excess of £12million over the next 10 years to boost the local economy, bringing in new visitors to the region, who will then explore Dumfries and its other attractions during their visit.

Cairndale Hotel and Spa Director, Matthew Wallace Jr, has overseen the development since its inception and is excited to welcome the first guests through the doors.

“Cairndale Spa has been in the planning for a long time, with the last six months since work began being particularly busy, but we are thrilled to now be ready to welcome visitors,” he said. “It is fantastic to see our hard work and the investments come to fruition and I genuinely believe that we have created something outstanding that the whole region can be proud of.

“Our team has worked tirelessly to create a space where guests can relax, unwind and experience luxury bespoke treatments and spa packages within easy reach of some of the most beautiful and less explored parts of southern Scotland.

“We are fully committed to supporting and working in partnership with tourism organisations and local businesses to help put Dumfries firmly on the map as a leading and popular Borders destination.”

Professor Russel Griggs, Chair of South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) said: “We are delighted to see the new luxury spa facilities open at Cairndale hotel.

“We recently launched the South of Scotland responsible Tourism strategy along with our partners. Our investment in this fantastic new facility in Dumfries shows our commitment to delivering on the compelling ambition set out in that strategy to transform our visitor economy and make the South of Scotland the most sustainable, talked about, successful and coveted destination in Scotland.”

Claire Primrose, Spa Manager, is delighted to have been joined by a number of new team members from in and around the local area, who she believes will help the new spa thrive.

“Many of the talented staff here at Cairndale Spa are local to Dumfries and are proud to be a part of this exciting new chapter,” she said. “Their wellbeing will always be at the heart of everything we do and we believe this creates a strong team which in turn can deliver unrivalled experiences to guests.

“With our hand-picked and highly skilled team and this incredible new facility which we believe benefits the whole region, I am confident The Cairndale Spa will quickly become the destination spa of choice in Scotland.”

A full treatment menu is available to browse online at cairndalehotel.co.uk/spa where bookings can also be made. Meanwhile, more information and news can be found on the Spa’s regularly-updated social media channels: www.facebook.com/CairndaleHotel and @cairndalehotelspa on Instagram.

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