Enjoy a hedonistic hotel holiday all year round in the Victorian splendour of Crieff Hydro

From photographs to sound systems, even the light bulb, the Victorians knew a thing or two about inventions that make a difference to our quality of life even till today.

Though arguably their greatest discovery of all was the indulgent hydro hotel spa break, where decadence is seen as the ultimate reward for all the hard work during the rest of the year.

And one of the best kept secrets in Perthshire is the magnificent Victorian baths at Crieff Hydro. First of all, it’s a feast for the eyes; lie back and admire the painted ceilings, beautiful pillared roof and let your cares and worries float away.

It’s an idyllic couple’s retreat at any time of the year, with each season offering up something special in the delightful 900-acre estate.

The Victorian baths have an adult-only pool with a sauna and steam room, all created back in 1905 when the era of the hydropathic treatment holiday first came to the fore. And this was a venue that was an indulgence for the select few from the first moment, a delight that’s not been diluted over the decades.

What has changed is the delivery – there’s no longer a puritanical need for bracing plunge pools and dubious treatments. Instead you will be pampered as you luxuriate in this underground delight. You can, of course, add on spa treatments galore, to make the most of your hedonistic holiday.

Round it off with an afternoon tea, served in front of the arguably best views in Perthshire.

You can go for a classic … freshly baked scones, mouth-watering cakes, dainty sandwiches and tea, or mix it up a little with Prosecco, gin or champagne – the choice is yours. It’s available Sunday to Thursday and be sure to book well in advance.

Add to that an indulgent adults-only treat with a visit to The Tasting Room. Find out more about some of the most-loved spirits in the country, sample the 1881 gin (distilled as sister hotel Peebles Hydro) or try some fine Scottish whiskies.

Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, sample a few favourites then pick your favourite for a final treat … this is without doubt a holiday for over-18s only. Bookings are required, even for hotel guests, as this is a very popular activity.

Find out more about Crieff Hydro’s couple’s retreats and adults only weekends here.


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