Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, opens Wed 19 Sep.
35,000 square feet of pampering
Spas and budgets go together like Jimmy Choos and corn plasters. Spas are all about carefree extravagance and creating a happier. healthier person; worrying about cost negates their primary function. So when Et‘linburgh's Sheraton decided on this season's must— have accessory call yourself a five star hotel? Where's your spa? - ST 1 2m was earmarktxl for the most exuberant. spacious. com;)rehensive city spa in Britain.
Set over three split level floors. One Spa is 35.000 sguare feet of unadulterated pampering indulgence. It's cocooned in the business district of the West End like a symbol of leisure. although its ceiling-to-floor glass walls might lend themselxcs irioi‘e to exhibitionism humidity. light and aroma controlled rooms to the more hands-on massages. wraps. rubs and fashionable hot stones. you can de-stress. relax. purify or rejuvenate in one of their many private treatment rooms.
The management wants to create a ‘lifestyle experience. and its attention to detail is spectacular. Think gold-leaf mosaic tiles. wooden panelling and sumptuous underlighting. As you would expect. that doesn't come cheap: you pay by the hour not by treatments. So if you want to splurge on a refreshing tv./o-‘-.i.reek break but simply can't afford the time. then this package might rust be the answer. lMaur‘een EIIis‘i I One Spa. 8 Conference Sgt/are. Edinburgh, 0137 221 777)". Treatments fro/715.28. day programmes from 5‘60 and ha/f—day from [‘35. Gift vouchers are also available.
Inside there is a da//Iing array of egurpment and expertise to facilitate just about every desirable (BII‘OTIOHZII and physical state. If it's relaxation you're after. the impressive top floor pool area might do the trick. The pool itself is o/one friendly. so instead of using chlorine. it regulates bacteria using infused o/one gas which nw>ans less (“SCOII‘TOIT for the old peepers. It has two individual Cleopatra-style arorr‘a baths. heated Ioungers and a state-of—the-art brine- filled hydrotherapy pool boasting turbo Jets \.'.'hich give a full body massage.
Moving downstairs. a gymnasiun‘. is de rigueiir. but here your personal fitness regime is controlled electronically by a Swatch watch. If that seems like too much effort. then there's always the treatments. which have been programmed by Espa. From heat.
SIYI i' l II I: KATZEN-HAUS Name Lisa Johnson (pictured and llli(3r\’l(}‘.‘V(}(il and 3 Simon Ivlunden Based Glasgow Occupation Owners and clothing designers of Kat/en-haus Background We both met at college while studying fashion design in Glasgow. We got a loan from the Prince's Trust and opened a retail unit in what was Virginia Galleries. selling our own product.
Due to the demise of the Virginia Galleries building we decidtxl to wholesale the Kat/en-haus product. and now have accounts throughout the UK
and we export to France. Germany. Japan and the US. What kind of style do you specialise in? In this collection we have aimed for an elegant. urban. sophisticated feel not normally associated with streetwear clothing. Where do you get your inspiration from? From many sources: music. maga/ines and interior design. but the main inspiration rs people wrth individual street style. What designers inﬂuence you? Jean Paul Gaultier and Yves Saint Laurent for their creative vision. after all Yves Saint Laurent made it acceptable for women to near trousers. Where can we buy your designs? Tribal Junki iCandleriggsi and Cake in Glasgow. Also contact Simon or Lisa at 30 Strathclyde Business Centre. 120 Carstairs. Glasgow G40 IIJI). 0141 5350 4944. lela Singleton)
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I IF YOU KNOW someone who’s expecting a baby then instead of buying a cuddly tOy why not get the new mum a present instead? A new book of poems is published this week, coinciding with National Pregnancy Week entitled Baby.
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Gillian K. Ferguson has produced an alternative to the practical parenting gurdes — having failed to find anything that captured the emotions she was experiencing while pregnant. she decided to write her own book exploring the fears as well as the joy that comes with having a baby. More info on www.canongate. net/baby
I IF THE FESTIVALS in Edinburgh last month meant you had slightly less time (and money) for shopping, you might not have heard about the opening of Shop. The perfectly-named outlet is a collaboration between two designer-makers, Ruth Morris of Roobedo and Irene Wadsworth of lmpractical Clothes. Their new venture houses not only a workshop, but that all-important shop floor where the public can come in to browse and buy. Expect contemporary takes on classic designs from Roobedo, and corsets, eveningwear and accessories from lmpractical Clothes. Stop, 5 East Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, 0131 221 1722.
I FASHION WITH sparkle will be on the catwalk as Glasgow designer clothing specialists Cruise team up with diamond specialists Saul Bercott
to profile their winter 2001 collections. The two shows feature labels like Prada. Alexander McQueen. Paul Smith. Chloe and many more with hair by Vidal Sassoon and make-up by Bobbi Brown. There‘s music. champagne and a fundraising raffle in aid of NCH Scotland. 2pm & 6.30pm, Sunday 28 October. Cruise, 180 Ingram Street. 0141 572 3200.
I THE TIME FOR designer sunglasses may be fast disappearing as our glorious summer comes to a close, but recently-launched Glasgow-based website www.black eyeshades.com has a back-up plan. As well as offering up to 50% off brands like 0&6 and Calvin Klein, it’s also stocking designer umbrellas (yes, there are such things) by the likes of Jean-Paul Gautier and Armani. So now you can defy the Scottish weather in style. Just don’t leave it on the bus.
I LONDON FASHION week might be something most of us just read about. but if you want to get more involved why not go along to the weekend event aimed at the public? Launched last year. London Fashion Weekend gives you a sneak preview of collections from over 80 designers and the chance to buy at discount rates. 27-00 September. Natural History Museum, London, 0870 735 2222.
I QUALITY STREET lovers rejoice - The Big Purple has arrived. A whole production line had to be modified to make this huge version of the
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hazelnut and caramel chocolate and it’ll be available individually in the shops this month for 35p.
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