Thursday, 17 November 2011 3:50 PM
Steeped in history, Edinburgh is Scotland's strikingly beautiful capital city. With a captivating castle, fascinating museums and great shops, it's a wonderful place to go sightseeing - but you will also find it's an equally perfect spot for pampering yourself in a spa.
Indeed, Edinburgh is ideally suited to breaks combining a little indulgence in the form of treatments and relaxation in spas and seeing some spectacular city sights.
If you are looking for spa breaks in Scotland, you'll find there are plenty of establishments you can choose from. In fact, historically people used to come to the nation to 'take the waters' in early forms of spas, which were known as hydro hotels.
An excellent place to explore the country's fascinating past and equally intriguing present, Edinburgh is home to some truly excellent spas, including the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa.
This fabulous accommodation is situated in the centre of the city, offering splendid views out over the famous Edinburgh Castle - but it has far more to offer than charming vistas alone.
Home to One Spa, the hotel has some amazing facilities for unwinding and enjoying a spot of pampering. There is a great range of treatments to choose from, including facials, deep tissue massages and mud wraps, while you can also make use of the excellent 19 m swimming pool.
Taking a dip in this gorgeous pool is all the more relaxing due to its floor-to-ceiling glass surroundings, which give a glorious feeling of space and light. So, you can really unwind here with a languid swim - or simply rest on the loungers that lie around the edge of the water.
When you're not relaxing in the spa, you can explore the city - and you'll find no shortage of fabulous things to see and do here.
For example, why not pay a visit to the imposing Edinburgh Castle, which is surely the capital's most famous attraction?
Walking away from the castle, you can wander down the charming Royal Mile, whose maze of streets are home to historic buildings and places like the Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre - a must-visit for fans of the tipple.
Alternatively, you could head to the New Town, which is well-known for its wide streets and beautiful Georgian architecture. Explore Princes Street and discover some fantastic shops perfect for splashing out in.
With a vast selection of sights to explore and excellent spas to indulge yourself in, Edinburgh is the ideal place to combine sightseeing and relaxation.