swimming pool at Kohler Waters Spa

Kohler Waters Spa at The Old Course

The lowdown

You probably associate The Old Course at St Andrews more with tee time than me time, but you can happily indulge in both at this historic hotel on Scotland’s rugged East Coast. And the Swilcan Burn isn’t the only water feature of note at this large luxury resort, the hotel’s Kohler Waters spa boasts its own water experiences of a more therapeutic variety.

Spavellous for

Golfers, partners of golfers, relaxing retreat, foodies, hydrotherapy fans.

Spa info

Within the spa, there’s a 20m swimming pool, large hydrotherapy pool, roof-top hot tub, 8 ft. plunge pool, steam room, sauna, and experience showers. As you’d expect from hydrotherapy specialists Kohler, there are plenty of water-oriented facilities and treatments.

The recently refurbed spa also has 11 treatment rooms and offers a variety of water treatments, thermal experiences, facials, and massages. Kohler Waters also offers Made for Life treatments, developed for people with additional medical considerations, and there are treatments designed specifically for golfers and their swing-induced ailments too. There’s a decent gym as well, with a good range of Technogym cardio and resistance equipment, plus virtual and real-life fitness classes.

Treatment highlights

The Old course Spa offers a good range of quality treatments, many designed in-house specifically for the spa’s unique facilities. As well as popular treatments like Swedish and hot stone massages, you can also get a custom massage, tailored to the way you’re feeling on the day, and the spa offers ‘before, during and after’ pregnancy treatments too. There’s also a particularly relaxing spa ritual, Hand on Heart, which is perfect for anyone in need of restorative facial and upper-body relaxation, and includes Chinese Tui Na, a specific type of massage that aims to optimise energy flow.

For the more adventurous, and to make the most of Kohler Waters’s unique facilities, there’s the Riverbath with Massage which includes, as the name suggests, time in Kohler’s Riverbath with envigorating whirlpool jets and colour change lights. Or there’s the SOK ‘overflowing bath’ with massage treatment, where you’re enthusiastically body-brushed to get your circulation going, before being invited to soak in a soothing, mineral rich bath with rainbow lights.

There’s a whole range of facials too, from bespoke Prescription ones, to the Youth Revealing Pioneer Treatment for older skin. And some great body treatments, including wraps and scrubs. In fact, you could happily spend all day in the Kohler Waters spa – time and funds permitting – working your way through the spa menu.


The hotel has 144 bedrooms and suites which vary between classic and contemporary in style and there are impressive luxury suites that overlook the golf course, 35 of which have recently been updated under the guidance of a stripe-loving interior designer, Jacques Garcia.

wining & dining

Dining-wise there are several good options, including the Road Hole Fine Dining restaurant on the hotel’s 4th floor and the Sands Grill which has its own single AA rosette and specialises in steak and seafood. Lighter lunches are also available in the spa.

why so spavellous?

Over all the Old course is a good option for a Scottish spa break, and a great option if someone in your group’s a keen golfer.

spavellous tips

If you’re having a massage, visit the thermal suite before your treatment to add to the muscle-easing and circulation-boosting benefit.

Make sure you send any golf-fan friends an obligatory photo of yourself standing on the famous Swilcan bridge.

If you don’t like golf ‘spoiling a good walk’, visit on a Sunday when there’s no golf allowed.

For anyone booking a surprise visit for a golf fan, apparently a suite overlooking the 17th hole is where it’s at.

spa-goers say

‘Don’t forget the hot tub in the roof garden’

‘The treatments are fabulous and not as expensive as at some other top spas’



The Old Course Hotel, Old Station Rd, St Andrews KY16 9SP


KY16 9SP
Photo credit: The Old Course Hotel
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