Review: Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel, Scotland

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With its unique location on the world’s most famous golf course, Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews is iconic. A mecca for golf fans, the hotel borders the renowned 17thRoad Hole of the Old Course and is situated in a prime location overlooking the famous links courses. Just metres away from the Scottish coastline, the hotel has commanding views across West Sands Beach, the renowned location for the film Chariots of Fire. Built in 1968, The Old Course Hotel features 144 rooms including 35 suites. The hotel has recently undergone a complete refurbishment of its bedrooms which feature Kohler bathrooms suites and picture-postcard views of The Old Course and the university town of St. Andrews.

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New facilities for a healing spa journey


The Kohler Waters Spa has created a whole new spa journey, adding new treatment rooms, a fitness and health centre, spa café, reception area, lounge, relaxation space and beauty studio. The renovation work has also added a large extension featuring a new 20 m lap pool as part of the large health and fitness centre, as well as a gym area with cardio and resistance stations, a functional fitness space and a group exercise studio, with instructor led classes along with innovative virtual training.

Kohler Waters Spa at Old Course hotel St Andrews

With a focus on the therapeutic benefits of water, guests can indulge in the healing effects of water at almost every turn. The spa features its own 20m pool with natural daylight and relaxing loungers, a hydrotherapy pool, a cold plunge pool and a refreshing ice fountain plus experience showers featuring Kohler Real Rain. There is also a steam room providing deep muscular relaxation and detoxification, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden with hot tub. Featuring 13 treatment rooms including two new couple’s rooms, as well as two wet treatment rooms offering Kohler bathing experiences.

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Authentic bathing

The Sok Bath features a continuous flow of water cascading over the sides of the basin and offers whole-body immersion as chromatherapy surrounds the guest with calming coloured lights. Effervescence ports release thousands of tiny champagne-like bubbles, creating a luxurious sensory experience for two. The River Bath whirlpool incorporates natural sounds and rhythms for a distinctive bathing experience. Rapids, white water, and whirlpool settings offer a full range of water massage treatments at the touch of a button, in a spacious bath in the treatment room. These baths can be used as stand-alone treatments or included in spa rituals.

To enhance the healing benefits of the water, the Sok Bath can be enjoyed with Voya Seaweed, [comfort zone] aromatherapy or Phytomer Oligomer Seawater and feature on the revamped treatment menu. One of the wet rooms also includes a Vichy Shower which is included as part of the new Rain Man signature therapy. Designed for men, this warm Vichy Shower experience includes hot stones on the back and feet, and a full-body exfoliation using Kohler Waters Spa’s signature products. The cocooning treatment is designed to increase blood circulation, hydrate the skin and soothes the nervous system enabling muscles to relax.

Kohler Waters Spa at Old Course hotel St Andrews

On the treatment menu at Kohler Waters Spa

The treatment menu at Kohler Waters Spa is extensive with 40 new treatments and five signatures. They offer guest an authentic experience with an opportunity to immerse themselves in the Kohler concept using some of the bathing equipment that has made the company internationally renowned. Combined with international spa partners that excel in marine, seaweed and eco-conscious products and treatments, it’s a winning combination that is providing popular with guests.

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The Kohler Waters Spa treatment menu includes marine treatments from Phytomer, seaweed and peat detoxification from Voya and luxurious rituals and targeted facials from [comfort zone]. The spa has also introduced Margaret Dabbs treatments, with her renowned manicure and pedicure services. The menu also caters to its natural audience of golfers, with sports-oriented therapies including: The Golfer’s Recover Massage is a personalised treatment that aims to ease tension and increase flexibility with specific stretching techniques and Golfer’s Foot Renewal which is specifically designed to restore feet after a day spent on the golf course. The treatment includes a warm mud mask applied to the feet followed by a scrub and soothing pressure point foot massage. Guests can also book Custom Time with their therapist and experience a tailor-made programme of therapies designed to attend to their current needs or specific a treatment from the menu.

The redevelopment Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course Hotel has not only revamped the existing spa and added new facilities, it has created a renewed interest in authentic bathing experiences by engaging guests with the concept of the healing power of water.

Kohler Waters Spa at Old Course St Andrews Hotel

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