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The enchanting allure of Scotland has captivated travellers for centuries, inspiring tales of romance, adventure, and breathtaking beauty. The Royal Scotsman, a Belmond Train, transcends the typical Scottish journey, elevating it into an extraordinary expedition through the nation’s majestic landscapes.
With the unveiling of the Dior Spa Royal Scotsman and a partnership with Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kitchin, guests can immerse themselves in a sophisticated blend of indulgence and exhilaration while embracing the serene natural splendour that surrounds them.
A Sanctuary on Rails: The Dior Spa Royal Scotsman
The Dior Spa Royal Scotsman is a testament to the luxurious craftsmanship of the Belmond experience and the lasting affinity Christian Dior held for Scotland. The spa offers guests a haven of tranquillity, nestled within the train’s opulent carriages, allowing them to unwind and rejuvenate as they journey through Scotland’s awe-inspiring landscapes.
Adorned with Dior’s iconic burgundy toile de Jouy motif, the spa carriage features two elegant treatment rooms that transport guests to a world of serenity. Dior’s wellness experts have curated a bespoke well-being menu, providing three tailor-made treatments catering to the specific needs of the train’s guests.
The D-Travel body massage purifies the body and relieves muscular pain, while the D-Elements full-body treatment incorporates the natural beauty of the Scottish landscape for a mind and body relaxation experience. Lastly, the D-Highlands facial, inspired by Kobido facial massage techniques, uses the Dior Prestige line to sculpt the face and improve the skin’s appearance.
Each treatment, meticulously designed by Dior’s wellness experts, immerses guests in the enchanting beauty of Scotland’s scenery, creating a holistic experience that connects the body, mind, and spirit.
A Taste of Scotland with Tom Kitchin: An Epicurean Adventure
Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kitchin, Scotland’s most celebrated culinary star, partners with the Royal Scotsman and culminates in “A Taste of Scotland,” a gastronomic adventure that invites guests to savour the essence of Scotland’s culinary landscape. With his philosophy of “From Nature-to-Plate,” Kitchin crafts a tantalizing exploration of the country’s indigenous produce, celebrating the bounty of the Scottish larder.
During the journey, from 4 to 6 September 2023, guests indulge in unforgettable culinary experiences, including a wine masterclass and lavish meals. The two-night itinerary includes an exclusive wine masterclass with local wine merchants, L’Art du Vin, followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner designed by Chef Kitchin.
The second day features country pursuits at Rothiemurchus Estate, in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Here, guests enjoy a lunch barbecue by the quaint Lochside bothy before visiting the legendary Benromach distillery in Forres for a tour and expert-led whisky tasting. The journey concludes with a Gala dinner as the train travels south towards Dundee. Each meal is a symphony of flavour, showcasing Scotland’s finest ingredients, artfully prepared to create a harmonious balance of taste and texture.
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The Highland Survival Adventure: Embracing Scotland’s Wild Side
The Royal Scotsman’s “Highland Survival Adventure” is a bold endeavour that allows guests to channel their inner explorer. This action-packed itinerary, crafted in partnership with luxury adventure travel experts WILDNIS, plunges guests into the heart of the Scottish wilderness, encouraging them to discover their primal instincts and innate connection to nature.
Guided by WILDNIS’ seasoned survivalists, guests embark on a thrilling odyssey through the rugged terrain, mastering their survival skills through a series of daring outdoor challenges. The Highland Survival Adventure is a refreshing experience that leaves guests with a deep appreciation for the natural world and a renewed sense of self.
The Royal Scotsman, a Belmond Train, has curated an experience that interweaves indulgence, adventure, and the majesty of Scotland’s landscapes, setting a new benchmark for luxury travel, where sophistication and exploration collide in perfect harmony. ◼
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© This article was first published online in May 2023 – World Travel Magazine.