Feeling stressed out? Well for the next couple of weeks you can grab an exclusive last minute spa deal, whether it is for just one day or an over-night stay, at some of the best salons, spas and hotels in the UK. Spoil yourself, treat your other half or maybe just organise the perfect chill-out time with friends on a luxury break. So with the launch of our fabulous UK Spa Fortnight well underway, we thought it was only right to try one of our great deals out in person.
In tandem with my colleague and social media guru, Alison, I headed to be immersed (and literally I was) in a full Hammam package at Casa Spa in Bayswater. Now before I begin, here is a little confession; I have never visited a spa. I know, total epic girl fail. I have allergies, asthma, am short-sighted and am frankly a liability in new situations – which is why the exotic mysteries of a spa have never really appealed. Its safe to say I am now a convert; turns out I love a bit of pampering.
So after nipping out to buy an emergency bikini (which was a fairly traumatic experience in itself) we headed to Edgware Road for the Hammam experience. All my worries were swept away when after enjoying a refreshing mint-tea our fantastic therapist for the evening, Gosia, explained to us what the treatment entailed. It was clear we were in safe (and firm) hands. After a quick change it was into a 40 degree steam room. At Casa Spa they have special LED mood lighting to add a soothing effect, which certainly made the experience more atmospheric. The idea is to open up your pores in readiness for the treatments.
Now I know ladies are supposed to glow, or at worst perspire; we were definitely sweating. Fortunately 15 minutes later Gosia returned, to chuck cold water over us. We screamed like girls, then laughed. After the initial shock of the cold water, we definitely felt better and then it was time for a full body black soap (Savon Noir) treatment. It felt wonderful, sitting there steaming (clearly not in the drinking sense!), as the soap began to work its magic on our skin. Then into a shower to wash it off, before returning for another steam before the full body and face mud mask (Purus Ghassoul) was applied. Having the mud massaged into the skin was absolute bliss, filth never felt so good. Then time for one last steam before a shower and some fresh mint tea, mini Lebanese cakes and fruit while we relaxed in the chill-out area. The idea is to detoxify and cleanse your skin, and you could feel the benefits immediately. I left feeling relaxed and rejuvenated – so clearly job done. For those spa experts, I am sure I don’t need to tell you how wonderful the experience is, but if you have never splashed out on a spa treatment, or a little me time, it is so worth it. It truly takes you out of everyday life and put into the the hands of professionals who are there to make you feel good. Really, what’s not to like.
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