I’m not one to spend hundreds on facials, massages or body wraps (which I hardly even know anything about) – my “pampering” goes as far as a nail appointment every 4-5 weeks, to get my acrylics infilled (which FYI is something I’ve been having done for almost 5 years and have no intention of giving up). However, at least once a year, Mum and I try to have a little spa break somewhere, just to relax and rejuvenate. This day was actually part of my Christmas present and it really was just what I needed.
This was my second time at this particular Champneys spa. It’s a fairly short drive away from where I live and located in beautiful grounds, boasting a golf course, a huge lake and acres of woodland. It’s an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling surrounding towns and villages. It’s a health resort, so there is also an option to stay over and make your spa break a short little holiday – though I’ve never done this.
This visit was predominantly about relaxing, we decided not to book any treatments and just make the most of the available facilities. However, I’ve previously had the ‘Mediterranean Bliss Stone Indulgence‘ and regular back massage treatments. I really enjoy a deep back massage and I also surprisingly loved the hot stone massage (I was so relaxed that I almost fell asleep) but I draw the line when it comes to exfoliation. I understand the benefits for your skin and its texture but I really hate my tummy being touched (strange I know but it’s a personal pet-hate) and a full-body exfoliation involves the masseuse rubbing the exfoliant on all of the exposed skin (with exception to the chest area and regions covered by the paper knickers). I loved the smell of the products used but I couldn’t help feeling uncomfortable. I was grateful when I was told I had to get up and shower and prepare myself for the massage!
I’ve also had the ‘Thalassotherapy‘ treatment which actually proved to be quite humorous. As you move around the pool, the jets are designed to target different areas, essentially blasting your body with mineral-enhanced water to improve circulation. If you look down into the pool, all you see is your skin being splayed out in different directions by the full force of the jets – very amusing! A surprisingly enjoyable experience though.
Aside from treatments, the resort has a huge number of facilities including a sauna, steam room, whirl pool, swimming pool and hot tub. It also has relaxation or “quiet” rooms with warm loungers if you fancy a little nap. Or if you’re feeling a little more energetic, it has a huge gym and a substantial class timetable (roughly 10 classes a day). It has two fantastic restaurants and a cafe that serves fresh smoothies, tea, coffee and a variety of health drinks. They have some amazing snack foods too: chia-seed protein balls, chocolate cake made with beetroot, carrot cake and fruit and oat cookies, which are all made daily. At mealtimes, there is an extensive range of hot and cold buffet food; salads, pasta, yoghurt and granola, fruit, fresh breads, soups and healthy dessert options too. Probably some of the best food I’ve ever had has been at Champneys!
All in all, a day spa at Champneys is an incredible experience. I took some time out to read my favourite fashion magazines (like Vogue, pictured) and just generally enjoy the peace and quiet, all while nourishing my body with healthy and wholesome foods and occasionally dipping my toes into the lovely warm swimming pool.
Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself (or very subtly hint at a loved one that you need a break). What do you do to unwind? And do you love spa days too?
Love, Beth xo.