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Destination Beauty

Gleneagles’ newest space for relaxation is an art deco treat with all your pampering bases covered

 Cheryl Caira

 The 1920s were a decade of style innovation, where film stars and fashionistas went flapper-style with daring hemlines, drop waists and never-ending strings of fabulous pearls. One of the Jazz Age’s biggest trend staples – the bob – was more or less invented by rebellious silent film actress Colleen Moore, while the other, the bell-shaped and not-to-be-seen-without cloche hat, was created by French milliner Caroline Reboux.

Both style elements would have undoubtedly been a regular feature at Gleneagles in the ‘20s, with its reputation as a ‘Rivieria in the Highlands’ and a haven for high society. The resort’s former gate lodge and latest spot to unwind – fittingly named Bob & Cloche – has channeled this glamorous heritage, both through its ambience and décor.


Preparing for the luxurious treatments that await, guests are led into a drawing room with a roaring fire and a dream list of chic, coffee table books. The feel is unwaveringly art deco, although with a sleek, contemporary edge. Velvety pastel-pink hues complement accents of gold on the furniture and the artwork is a homage to the effortlessly elegant women that made the ‘20s so notable as an era of style. The OPI nail bar is particularly striking, with its black table tops and plush ivory-shaded seating, which leads through to dusky yellow armchairs where you can sit back and enjoy a pedicure in opulent surroundings.

As well as nail treatments (there’s even the ‘Wee Hands & Feet Treat’ if your mini-me wants to get involved) you can also indulge in a facial, get your make-up done or have your hair styled, cut or coloured. The venue has been designed as a one-stop destination for all-round beauty and pampering, so you can nip in for whatever treatment takes your fancy, have an all-over makeover for a special event or arrange a get-to-together with friends.

There’s a dressing room featuring chaise longues and a drinks trolley where you can sip on your tipple of choice and get ready for the night ahead. The hotel even runs a package called ‘Sister Act’ for groups of friends or family, where you’re chauffeured from the hotel and served champagne and canapes while enjoying being preened and polished.

The facials on offer at Bob & Cloche are bespoke and anti-ageing, using products by pioneering skincare brand Oskia. With formulations based around bio-active nutrition – and beautifully scented at that ­– expect your skin to look refreshed and radiant, with any fine lines minimised. The Glow on the Go Facial is fantastic if you want to feel significant improvements to your skin but you’re running short on time – the massaging movements and hot towel element are wonderfully relaxing, and you’ll also enjoy the benefits of a floral restoration oil, exfoliant and mask.

If you decide to get your hair blow-dried, a conditioning Kerastase Fusio Dose treatment is included, giving your locks whatever specific boost they need, whether strengthening, shine, body, nourishment or smoothing. Resident stylist Clair Bain is a L’Oreal colour specialist, so can expertly pick out your best shade options if you’re keen for a colour lift or highlights. Whatever treatment choices you make, you’re guaranteed to leave Gleneagles’ beauty lodge feeling revitalised, beautified and thoroughly relaxed.

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