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REVIEW: Portavadie, home to Scotland’s most luxurious spa

REVIEW: Portavadie, home to Scotland’s most luxurious spa

LUXURY west coast retreat, Portavadie, has opened Scotland’s newest and most luxurious spa and leisure experience. 

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As part of a further £10 million development, the spa and leisure complex includes a 16-metre indoor pool, outdoor spa pools, two Scandinavian saunas, Precor equipped gymnasium and the largest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland.

_MG_7049Like the outdoor pools, the indoor facilities including the gym and spa areas – and even the saunas – offer stunning floor to ceiling views across Loch Fyne and beyond to the Isle of Arran, bringing nature right into the facility and flooding the building with light.

_MG_7315 (1)Both guests and visitors can enjoy the new offering, with complimentary leisure access for shore-side residents, and prices for day visitors and water based residents starting from just £12 for adults and £5 for children. Full spa access is also available, with prices for a day’s spa experience starting from just £91. This includes full admission to the new complex, with its stunning pools, relaxation areas, hydrotherapy pool, cafe bar and treatments.

_MG_7557_8_9The spa will use bespoke signature treatments from the product houses of DECLÉOR and ishga, and the generously proportioned custom treatment rooms have been fitted out with high-end equipment and furnishings, including a superb sound and lighting system, which creates and enhances the atmosphere and mood of each room.

_MG_7319“It’s fantastic to see our unique, world-class spa and leisure experience at Portavadie now open. The team has created the most stunning light-filled relaxation and wellness space, offering the ultimate in luxury and reward for our guests,” Iain Jurgensen, general manager, told Essential Journeys.

2012 08 21 - 25 Portavadie Marina-119 (ZF-5800-75227-1-011)“We are all proud to see our beautiful glass doors open to guests and visitors. Already the feedback is excellent and locals, marina visitors and guests have been simply blown away by the breathtaking setting and facilities.”

RC Luxury Aprt SofaThe current range of luxurious apartments, self-catering cottages, studio apartments, lodge rooms and the finest Scottish cuisine in loch-side restaurants and bars complements the new addition.

Honda,Highfield shoot,TeignmouthA range of activities is also available, including: mountain biking, walking, sailing, rib rides, or simply exploring the surrounding area and soaking up the scenery.

2012 08 21 - 25 Portavadie Marina-89 (ZF-5800-75227-1-027)The spa and leisure experience at Portavadie is open to residents throughout the week, with non-resident options Sunday-Friday from 12pm-5pm. Membership is also available, with prices starting from £35 per month for the general public, and only £30 per month for berth holders.

_MG_7397 (1)Portavadie’s new spa and leisure experience is a wonderful light-filled, modern facility, spread over two floors: the 16-metre indoor pool, Precor equipped gymnasium, Scandinavian sauna, changing facilities and café are located on the ground floor, while the spa treatment rooms, a hydro pool, a Scandinavian sauna, steam room, spa user changing facilities, relaxation space, and a balcony are located on the first floor. Outside, facing on to Loch Fyne, is the largest heated outdoor infinity pool in Scotland, along with two hydro pools and under-floor heating.

You can find full details of all spa treatments and prices at http://www.portavadie.com/spa-experience.php

RC Luxury MasterThere is a range of accommodation that can be tailored to suit individual needs at Portavadie. From luxury apartments to cosy cottages, studio apartments to an eco-retreat, all the accommodation options provide quality, contemporary comfort and value for money.

2012 08 21 - 25 Portavadie Marina-119 (ZF-5800-75227-1-011)The five-star luxury apartments are spacious and filled with light and include a sauna suite, under-floor heating, a balcony, full self catering facilities and can accommodate up to six people.

There are five cosy self-catering cottages at Portavadie that overlook the marina. These sleep up to four people, have self-catering facilities and are dog friendly. Scandinavian-style studio apartments have an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, with two bedrooms and an outdoor seating space. Portavadie has an exclusive hideaway for two; a secluded romantic eco-retreat which overlooks Loch Fyne away from the main complex. This offers the ultimate couples getaway and includes a private decking area, self-catering facilities, a wood-burning stove and is dog friendly. With eleven flexible bedrooms, The Lodge is Portavadie’s largest accommodation space and is ideally suited for large parties, events or celebrations with a range of rooms sleeping between two and four people. The Lodge also has its own kitchen and bar and direct access to the Tarbert Ferry.

Marina 2With berthing available for up to 230 vessels of up to 70ft in length, Portavadie Marina can accommodate a wide range of water users. Competitive berthing rates are available, along with a range of yard services, and there are packages available for those that wish to take advantage of both the marina and the spa and leisure experience. Portavadie’s marina has won a Five Gold Anchor award and is gateway to some of the best sailing waters on the west coast of Scotland, in close proximity to the Kyles of Bute, Isle of Arran and only 10 miles from the Crinan Canal; the gateway to the west coast and Hebrides.

Marina Restuarant Upper LevelPortavadie has two restaurants offering a range of freshly prepared food for all tastes, using local and seasonal produce. Being set on the shores of Loch Fyne, Portavadie draws on the world-famous Scottish seafood and home-produced meat in a number of its dishes, ranging from hearty home-cooked food in The Lodge to waterfront dining in the Marina restaurant. The Spa and Leisure Café also offers views out over the pools and across the loch and features home-churned ice-cream, handmade stone baked pizzas, light lunches, and snacks for a relaxed culinary experience.

Portavadie is one of several villages amid ‘Argyll’s Secret Coast’ on the west coast of Scotland. There is a range places to visit, things to do and food to taste at some of the many tourist attractions stretching from the shores of the Kyles of Bute, right up to Inveraray and everywhere else in between.

To find out more, visit www.argyllsecretcoast.co.uk

Portavadie Spa & Leisure Complex, Millhouse, Portavadie, Loch Fyne PA21 2DA

Telephone 01700 811075 or visit www.portavadie.com

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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