Relax at The Gin Spa

Long distance friendships are not much fun, my two closest friends live at opposite ends of the country with myself nestled in the middle. With over eight months apart from my friend, Joana, I knew I wanted to mark celebrate our reunion with something special. Gin is our chosen poison – a versatile spirit with no two brands quite being the same. So as an early Christmas present, I booked us into The Gin Spa for a day of relaxation, high tea… and gin.

The Gin Spa, Virginia Court

The Gin Spa is the first of its kind, a bespoke spa inspired by gin and botanical elements. Many will be familiar with Cup and Gin 71, the Glasgow tea room which turns into a dedicated gin bar come evening. Well, The Gin Spa is their next venture and every gin lover’s dream!

We were met by Melanie as we arrived and were given a quick consultation and run through of the various treatment options as well as botanicals and essential oils used. As we sat we were handed a deck of cards and we had to choose three cards from a deck to discover the life affirmations on the other side. As we had our treatments we reflected on our affirmations.

My life affirmations confirming that I talk a lot of shite!

Whilst Joana opted for a facial, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for a back massage. My therapist Nicola really didn’t know what she was in for when she started working on my mess of a back. You know you are tense AF when the massage therapist really has to work on one knot for over 5 minutes! She really did a fantastic job – she put me completely at ease, I felt completely relaxed and could get out of my own head for the first time in weeks! Nicola took the time to explain issues I had with my back, highlighting areas of weakness that had been affecting me for a long time.

Now completely zen, I was rejoined with Joana and we were walked through their gin selection. Sipping on a goblet of Tanqueray No. 10 with Mediterranean tonic water, we were left to relax and catch up on eight months of gossip.

As we were leaving we were gifted with a brilliant wee goodie bag containing our affirmations, chocolates, and complimentary Eden Mills gin cocktails. I can’t thank the ladies enough for taking such good care of us and making our reunion so special.

I couldn’t have asked for a better first-time experience at the Gin Spa and cannot wait for my next visit!


If you are looking for gift ideas this festive season, then I can definitely recommend treating your loved ones to a trip to The Gin Spa. You can find out more about the services here:

Until next time,

Ashleigh x


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