Free beauty treatments on offer

Get ready for summer with Spa in the City

Spa in the CityBeauty and spa experts are coming together for the annual Spa in the City event in Edinburgh to get everyone in the holiday mood, and this year it is bigger than ever.

Visitors will be be offered more than 1,000 free treatments, tutorials and make-overs, over two weekends in St Andrew Square (23-24 May) and the West End (30-31 May).

Themed as Holiday Countdown, Spa in the City 2015 will see St Andrew Square and the West End, outside The Huxley, transformed into a tranquil urban spa.

A wide range of retailers are taking part, including Boots, Crabtree & Evelyn, Harvey Nichols, Jenners, John Lewis  and Superdrug, along with experts representing more than 25 brands such as Liz Earle, Benefit, Sisley and Aveda to offer the latest treatments and advice.

Among the free bookable appointments are a Sassoon Salon blow and style service, a Decleor’s mini-facial and a No7’s Match Made foundation and lips service. Or, for those with a more hands on approach to their beauty regime, Lush Spa and Neal’s Yard Remedies will let shoppers have a go at making their own organic products.

There is a new drop-in ‘beauty heroes’ marquee in St Andrew Square for the opening weekend for visitors to await their next appointment.

Participating retailers and surrounding restaurants and bars are offering discounts, and the first 800 visitors will receive Spa in the City goodie bags.

Cocktail masterclasses and live music from LUNIR will take place in St Andrew Square and food and drink will be on offer at The Huxley.

Roddy Smith, chief executive of Essential Edinburgh, said: “Spa in the City is back for its eighth year and enthusiasm from both the public and our business partners has never been better. The variety of free treatments available this year surpasses anything we’ve been able to offer before, while additions such as the Beauty Heroes marquee are set to be incredibly popular.

“From world class hotel facilities at places like Balance Spa & Beauty at The Roxburghe, to high street favourites like House of Fraser and local independents such as the Sleeping Beauty Salon, Spa in the City is an opportunity to showcase the exemplary quality of the city centre’s beauty offering.”

Kevin Stewart, press and marketing manager, Harvey Nichols said: “Harvey Nichols is delighted to be involved again with this year’s Spa in the City.  It’s a great opportunity, not only for us to showcase some of our top treatment brands, but for the city centre retailers to work together in offering our local customers the opportunity the chance to engage with us in a fun and informative way.”

Brought to the city centre as part of the This is Edinburgh campaign, Spa in the City likewise aims to attract residents and those living within a two-hour travel radius into the city centre, to enjoy Edinburgh’s wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

For the latest updates, event timetable, competitions and exclusive offers during Spa in the City, visit

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