THE Grangemouth oil refinery might not be the typical backdrop for a relaxing break, but the The Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa is a hidden gem. The traditional Scottish manor is set in 44 acres and is within easy reach of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. This 100-bedroom hotel comes complete with stone façade and sculpted gardens.


The Classic rooms feature a large bed, television, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi or you can upgrade to an Executive Room for a flat-screen television and a spacious work area.


The Scottish Steakhouse restaurant serves a mean steak combining fresh flavours and the best cuts of beef. You can also enjoy a tasty burger or fresh fish from the menu. The hotel does offer dinner packages for overnight stays, they are worth the money the food is great.


This is where this hotel comes into its own. The spa breaks on offer are good value for money and very popular. During my stay all you seen in the restaurant was women in robes! The hotel has eight treatment rooms, a Rasul Mud Therapy Room and an ice fountain massage shower. I sampled the Spring Awakening Spa package, which includes an Elemis Biotec Personalised Facial, cream tea, glass of prosecco, use of the leisure facilities and money off any products you wish to buy. My beauty therapist Jordana assessed my skin needs and concerns to match the best treatment for my skin.

Once my skin was preped for the facial, Jordana started with the Ultrasonic treatment which uses a ceramic plate that vibrates to lift dead skin and stimulate production of collagen. I could feel a few little twitches on my skin but it wasn’t uncomfortable.

The Light Therapy is a combination of anti-bacterial blue light and re-energising red light to

deeply treat your skin. The O2 Infusion uses oxygen therapy to plump and hydrate the skin, targeting fine lines and signs of dryness.

The Galvanic uses positive and negative polarity to open pores and draw out impurities. And finally the Microcurrent is a lifting and firming treatment to stretch your muscles and contour the face. Afterwards my skin was looking very healthy and a lot of my redness had disappeared.

It is recommend that you have a few treatments to see the full effects.

The treatment last for 55 minutes. It costs £79 on it’s own for this treatment, so the spa package starting at £50 is a great deal.


The hotel is in a great position for you to explore the area. Just off the M9 you have the magnificent Kelpies on the doorstep then take a walk down to the Falkirk Wheel.

The Spring Awakening Spa Day is available until 30th April. Monday - Friday per person: £49.50 / Saturday& Sunday per person: £64.50. For further information