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Discover Ishga with our Stables Spa

Posted by Elizabeth Todd on Jul 1, 2015 5:25:48 PM

We are delighted to introduce ishga products at the spa. Here at the spa we wanted to create an atmosphere toIshga-1 truly link your mind, body and soul to the island and the sea, while delivering unique Scottish experiences. We can provide you with the setting, facilities and now the products to discover the link and release your inner wellbeing.

The Stables Spa, set in the former stables building and accessed by a path through the Spa Garden, offers five treatment rooms, three to connect you to the natural land, plants and wood, and two connecting you to the cleansing sea and tranquil shores that surrounds you.

So who is Ishga? The name Ishga is derived from the Gaelic word for water. The Hebrides has some of the cleanest waters in the world Ishga sustainably hand harvest the seaweed to produce a 100% organic ingredient for the Skincare range. Ishga and Stables Spa believe that the seaweed content in the products is higher than any other Seaweed brands on the market. Scientific tests have shown that Hebridean seaweed contains natural anti-oxidants that have anti-ageing properties which help protect the skin. ishga products work on every skin type by harnessing the potent powers of the finest Scottish seaweed. Believing that the products can really make a positive difference to the health and appearance of your skin.

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We have worked with ishga to create treatments to infuse the mind allowing your body to be lifted with every cleansing breath, combined with natural products. From treatment to taste we will be offering a morish Scottish and spa cuisine served in our Deck Restaurant. During the month of July discover our new releases and offerings as they arrive.

Topics: spa treatments scotland

Independence Day

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 28, 2015 10:21:43 PM

At the Isle of Eriska we are an independent company. Just like back in 1776 the United States became and independent company.
Within the island we have our own quirky ways of doing things.
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Although we are part of Relais and Chateaux and Michelin, we do still proud ourselves on being privately owned and independant from any other corporation. Eriska has been open for over 40 years now and remains to be striving from one positive to another.

The biggest difference between us and most remote luxury hotels, is the fact that we are located on an island, connected by a bridge to the mainland. 

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At the end of last year we opened up our Hilltop Reserves, designed by Mozolowski and Murray which are yet to be found anywhere else within Scotland. 

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Also at the end of last year our Hotel Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star, being one of fifteen which can be found throughout Scotland.

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Shortly after recieving our Michelin Star, we started rejuvinating the Stables Spa, which is now complete and ready with a new treatment menu on the way.

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland, Best Hotels in Scotland, #eriska40years

Tennis at Eriska

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 21, 2015 10:16:31 AM

Tennis is one of the most popular sports in the world with people in their millions tune in or visit the events. Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open (Roland Garros) and the US Open.

One of the most memorable French Open championships came to a close last Sunday with a fitting finale against Stan Warwinka and Novak Djokovic (world number one) with a stunning victory for the underdog.

Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game's original surface, which gave the game its original name of "lawn tennis". With Wimbledon just round the corner starting 29th June visit Isle of Eriska to practice your game, with our indoor Sports Facility open daily between 8am and 8pm you can book the court by the hour from just £15

After working up an appetite stop off at the Deck Restaurant for a refreshing and delicious plate of Strawberries and Cream and a glass of Prosecco. 

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Topics: spa treatments scotland

Father's Day Special

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 11, 2015 12:58:13 PM

Father’s Day is now known all over the world and it’s not just fathers that receive cards and gifts but also grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers or any other person who commands the position of a father in their life. 

This Father's Day celebrate in style at Stables Spa and Deck Restaurant.  Show your appreciation, and spend quality time together, while enjoying the breathtaking views of Eriska. We can create vouchers for any of our experiences but this father’s day we are offering an  incredible package.

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Golf, Rasul and Lunch for £45.00 per person.

The Eriska Links Golf course began life in 1994 and has now evolved into a 6 hole course. The ethos behind the course is for it to melt and immerse into the landscape, with this the course naturally follows the West Coast of the island making this a gem of a course. It has its quirky challenges for the experienced players but also a thrilling game for beginners.

During a Rasul Mud Experience, once you are comfortable with your private chamber, you will apply our finest mineral mud to your face and body before a gentle steam begins to fill the room. Relaxing on the heated loungers and letting the mud and steam gently detox and de-stress you, beneath a twinkling starry sky you will feel a sense of calm and wellbeing. The ritual finishes with a soft, warm tropical rain shower that removes the mud leaving your skin incredibly soft and smooth.

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The Deck Restaurant flooded by natural light, combines contemporary design with breath-taking views. Along with the views the menu on offer is Scottish and moreish, from ‘Our Own Home Smoked Salmon’ and ‘Butter Linguine’ to ‘Eriska Fish and Chips’ with local beers and beverages to match, The Deck is open all year round and is the perfect spot for our residents and non-residents to meet for morning coffee, late lunch or early evening dinner, with dining available from 12.30pm until last orders at 7.30pm. Offer includes a £10 food allocation.

Topics: spa treatments scotland

How Will You Treat The Special Old Man?

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 7, 2015 6:53:19 PM

Throughout life there is one man who will always stand by you, always make you smile, wipe away those tears and deal with those hormonal teenage years. He will never moan at having to pick you up when you need a lift or taking you out for dinner every once in a while. Your father will care for you from the moment you come into this world.

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So how will you treat your father this father's day? Enjoying a walk in the Scottish sun, take him out for lunch in our Deck Restaurant, treat him to dinner in our Michelin Starred Restaurant? Many different options on the Isle of Eriska. Now that we have opened up our Deck Restaurant to non-residents as well as residents, everyone is welcome to join us to celebrate how much their dad has done for them over the years.

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We have men's treatments in our Stables Spa, why not treat him to a Spa day at the Isle of Eriska whilst you enjoy treatments yourself. 

To check availability on how to spoil your old man, call us on 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: 5 star retreat scotland

Aromatherapy Awareness Week

Posted by Claire Soulsby on Jun 4, 2015 9:08:12 AM

We have illnesses we can over power and others we have to live with, body and mind. If we are unwell or down we tend to visit the doctor and we are provided with toxins and potions which we have trust in. Aromatherapy as a medicine has been around for many of thousands of years dating back to 2000 BC but it wasn’t until the late 1800s when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burned himself and used Lavender essence to heal his burns. All around the world we have specialists and natural remedies that are created from the earth and have no chemicals infusion, for some this is a last resort but nowadays with the world of wellness ever growing and wellbeing thriving it is becoming more of a go to.

 

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, extracted from plants. It reacts with our bodies smell sensors, which is linked to the deepest parts of the brain which holds the trigger to our senses, memories and emotions, have you ever been emotional or some even hyper after an Aromatherapy treatment?  The benefits of using Aromatherapy oil is to improve our wellbeing from our skin's overall appearance and texture to our physical and emotional states. The essential oils are made up of very small molecules so they have the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of the blood, skin and body tissue, releasing muscular aches and sinus congestion, the oils also help to improving circulation, optimising the skin’s cellular renewal process. They help to combat our problem areas like acne, eczema and the skin natural aging. All essential oils are anti-bacterial and some believed to be anti-viral.

We use Essential oils in many of our treatments and we believe in the benefits they have, so whatever your body and mind needs or if you want to be transported to that special memory come and take the journey with us.

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Holistic Total Body Care

This all-encompassing treatment commences with full body skin brushing and exfoliation to prepare the skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. This is the followed by a deep body and scalp massage using a blend of essential oils chosen to suit individual requirements. This truly holistic experience will bring harmony to both mind and body.

Aromatherapy Facial

Suitable for all skins, this deep cleansing, relaxing aromatherapy facial, purifies, refines and hydrates. Specific active aromatherapy products are combined with acupressure massage, lymph drainage and Oriental Head Massage to leave the mind clear and the skin radiant and moisturised.

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Experience the benefits of massage and individually chosen essential oils in one of the finest anti-stress treatments available. This complete scalp and body massage focuses on acupressure points, helping to strengthen the nervous system, thus restoring lost energy.

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Topics: spa treatments scotland, Stress Awareness

The Newest Member

Posted by Claire Soulsby on May 31, 2015 1:16:00 PM

Within the Isle of Eriska we are changing with the times, we have expanded the Stables Spa and we have also opened a new restaurant.

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The 'Deck Restaurant' is located inside the spa and is open to the public, as well as residents. With a menu holding the freshest options, along with local beers and beverages. It is due to be sunshine on our Deck, so we invite you to join us! This is the perfect opportunity to take your children, mother, father or grandparents out for a extrodinary lunch, dinner or tea and coffee. 

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Why not choose to stay in one of our luxurious rooms whilst enjoying the Deck Restaurant or our Michelin Starred Restaurant. Stays start from just £157.50 per person! To check availability either call 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: Food, Ross Stovold, Deck Restaurant

Flawless Skin with Eriska

Posted by Claire Soulsby on May 24, 2015 4:50:55 PM

Flawless skin, we all want it and we can all achieve it.

 

We need to think about our home skincare routine, what we eat and how much sleep we get but they one thing we are encouraged to do is spa facials. We are encouraged within articles, blogs and even Instagram to visit spas for your facial every 6 weeks. It has been proven that a spa facials, the products we apply at home and our lifestyles will lead to glowing skin- not only on our face but bodies too!

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Whichever facial you choose, you can expect all facials to include the basics of cleansing, toning and moisturising, achieved via creams, masks, serums, spritzers, tonics and oils. The difference between facials is the how and the how much of each you get!

 

Here at Stables Spa we offer a range of facials for all skin types and for the individual results you are looking for.

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Our Express Facial – 30 minutes is an ideal booster for those short on time but want the burst of radiance, maybe to enhance your evening make up or for men a little refresh after shaving irritation.

Our Skin Specific Facial ideal for everyone. With this facial your therapist personalised the treatment based on an initial skin consultation. Your products and techniques are chosen and tailored for you.

Our Deluxe Facial with Firming Eye Treatment- Specifically designed for mature, dry or dehydrated skins, aimed at reviving the skin’s natural moisture. Dull, lifeless skin responds to intensive acupressure point massage and lymph drainage to the face, neck and shoulders and deeply relaxing Oriental Head Massage to the scalp and eye area bring harmony and tranquillity. The result is revitalised, nourished skin and a naturally enhanced sense of well-being.

Advanced Lifting and Firming Facial-Firming massage helps to release deep facial tension while naturally lifting and firming maturing, stressed or distressed skin. This therapeutic facial helps to lift and firm, leaving your skin nourished, hydrated, toned; bringing back forgotten freshness and long-term benefits to body and spirit. The Lifting and Firming Facial is more than a facial, it is a whole new experience.

Holistic Back, Face and Scalp Treatment An all-embracing treatment incorporating a full ESPA facial, with acupressure, face and head massage. The initial, deep cleansing back exfoliation is followed by an aromatic oil massage bringing powerful de-stressing benefits to mind and body.

ESPA_Spa_EriskaOur therapists will also consult products and home care advice to continue the results until your next specialist facial. So remember eat well, sleep well, have a good homecare routine and book your next facial with Stables Spa.

Topics: spa treatments scotland, Scottish Weather

British Tomato Week

Posted by Claire Soulsby on May 20, 2015 4:26:33 PM

This week in Britain is British Tomato Week, this week is used to highlight how within Britain we should be buying more of our local produce rather than the imported fruit and vegetables. Within the grounds of Eriska during the summer we grow our own tomatoes which can be enjoyed in our Michelin Starred Restaurant.

A classic cocktail made from tomatoes is a Bloody Mary, within Eriska we have our own twist on this

Bloody Mary: A Bloody Mary (or Virgin Mary) is quite often ordered as a pre-dinner drink. The recipe given should produce a nicely balanced drink, with a little peppery heat from the tabasco sauce, freshness from the lemon squeeze, and richness from the Tomato and Fermented Mushroom Puree, but many people will have a personal taste with regard to the amount of Tabasco used.

How to make the Eriska Bloody Mary:

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Ingrediants

1. 50 ml of Smirnoff Vodka

2. Bottle of Tomato Juice

3. 12.5ml of Fermented Mushroom Juice

5. 15ml of Lemon Juice

4. 7 Dashes of Tabasco Sauce

6. Fresh Black Pepper

7. Fresh Celeriac Leaves out of our garden

 

Technique:

1. Combine all Ingrediants into a Cocktail Shaker

2. Add Ice into the Cocktail Shaker

3. Shake Cocktail Lightly

4. Strain into Highball Glass

5. Garnish with Fresh Celeriac Leaves

 

If you are interested in learning how to make more of our cocktails that we serve in Eriska sign up for a cocktail class by calling 01631 720 371 or email office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: Drink, Grow Your Own, cocktail masterclass

National Vegetarian Week

Posted by Claire Soulsby on May 17, 2015 8:45:00 PM

There are many different types of dietary requirements, this week is here to help us rase awareness for vegetarianism. When you come to Eriska our Michelin Starred chefs can customise the menu simply for your requirements. 

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Within the grounds of the Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island the chefs grow their own vegetables and herbs, this includes turnips, leeks, potatoes and carrots. The chefs also pick wild plants such as nastursiums and as it is heading into mushroom season they will be hand picking mushrooms to be cooked in the kitchen.

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Our Head Chef, Ross Stovold, is able to create vegetarian menus inclusive of dishes such as Salt Baked Beetroot, Pot Roast Swede and Barbequed Leek.

So for availability either to dine with us at Eriska or stay the night and make a stay of the experience call 01631 720 371 or email us on office@eriska-hotel.co.uk

Topics: Fine Dining, michelin star