the perfect way to round off a beautiful weekend of relaxation and unwinding in
the wilderness of Whinfell Forest? For me it’s to head into the onsite Aqua
Sana Spa and try out their Elemis Brighten & Glow treatment out…
our last morning at Center Parcs, after eating the breakfast of champions
(dippy eggs) and loading up the car for the journey home, I headed back over to
Aqua Sana for a little more pampering. Aqua Sana is a tranquil haven on the
village, you leave all the hustle and bustle of the village as you walk through
the door and immediately feel a little more relaxed.
I had checked in for my treatment I picked up a robe and headed through to
change. The Elemis Brighten & Glow is a treatment for both the face and the
body and so I donned my favourite Oakley Bikini and wrapped my robe around me
before heading through to the Treatment Lounge. The changing rooms themselves
are spacious and neutral, with plenty of space to sit and do your makeup
afterwards and change without feeling too claustrophobic. Whilst the Treatment
Lounge is similarly decorated in neutral tones, with modern, minimalist
furniture filling the spaces and a large table in centre that holds all of the
standard part of any treatment these days, the medical questionnaire simply
ensures your suitability to the treatment and ensures that both you and the spa
is covered in case of sensitivity reactions. My therapist, Gemma, then came
into the lounge to meet me and take me through to my suite. The treatment
suites themselves are dimly lit and cosy, a big fluffy blanket awaited me on
the bed and after talking through the treatment I was left to make myself
comfortable, face down, on the bed.
first stage of the Brighten & Glow process was a gentle body brushing on
the backs of my legs, by shoulders, back and arms to prepare my skin, followed
by a hot stone massage with warm Frangipani Oil to help reduce muscle tension
and unwind (I apparently have very tense shoulders). I even learnt a few new
techniques and muscle stretches that I can try out at home too.
every inch of my back, shoulders, arms and the back of my legs had been massaged,
it was time for my facial using some wonderful Elemis products to help
rehydrate, replenish and rebalance my skin including the amazing Lavender Mask
(which I might need to get my hands on). When I finally reopened my eyes my
skin felt so clean and clear it was unbelievable, it literally felt as though
every pore on my face had been individually cleansed and reopened.
was given a few moments to come round before being shown through to the
relaxation suite where I spend a bit of time sipping on a glass of water,
reading Red and staring out at the snowy gardens, I felt so relaxed I didn’t
want to get dressed and leave, but I knew I needed to and the lure of a
Peppermint Tea at Starbucks was just too strong to resist (as were the Elemis
would have loved to have headed back to The Pancake House and finish off our
time at Center Parcs in the same we started but it was just too busy and time
was ticking away. Instead we headed to Cafe Rouge (after a 18 holes on the Adventure Golf) for a sandwich instead before
hitting the road.
would highly recommend the Aqua Sana spas if you get the opportunity to visit
them, they are relaxing, modern and best of all reasonably priced. The ‘World
of Spa’ experiences are the perfect way to start your break, helping you to
wind down and get the most from your time away.
know I will certainly be visiting again when I visit their Sherwood Forest
Village in April, Spa & Dine anyone?
What are your favourite spa treatments?
Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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