Having a 20 month old little girl, a part-time job, and a new house to decorate, doesn’t leave one with an awful lot of time to relax. So when you are given the opportunity to leave the little one with the hubby and have a whole afternoon of luxury loveliness with your best friend, you’ve got to make it count.
I had bought an afternoon spa session for my friends 30th birthday, on the proviso that she absolutely had to take me with her. So after a delicious Sunday lunch at The Duke William, in Ickham, we ambled down the road to find The Tor Spa Retreat.
It certainly helped that the sun was shining, but we were greeted with a smile and taken through to a relaxing lounge area, complete with magazines and complimentary tea, coffee and fruit- all part of the Half Day Spa package. After a brief tour of the place, including the beautiful surrounding gardens, we were left to adorn our white fluffy robes and flip flops (again, all complimentary) and start to unwind.
Although we hadn’t booked any treatments, they do offer a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments and packages. Just take a look at their website to be tempted. With so much on offer I think I would find it hard to choose between a Chakra Prayer Massage and an Alepam Fresh Fruit Facial (using apple, grapes and avocado- surely not to be missed??). I would probably have to choose both.
There are only a limited number of fellow spa goers there with you, and luckily (or possibly expertly planned by us) we had each section of the spa to ourselves for most of the afternoon. Starting off on the loungers in the Quiet Room, we were allowed to be a little less than quiet and have a good gossip as we were alone.
We then tried the super heated pool which is now also oxygenated, and according to their website, this method of using oxygen and ultra-violet light creates ozone, which treats the water instead of having to have lots of chemicals! Bonus. With the warm water and peaceful surroundings, you could close your eyes and (almost!) feel as if you were on holiday.
Both the sauna and steam room were also a treat. After a wander out to the lake to cool down, and then a short stint of reading on the loungers in the conservatory, we were then ready to start the routine all over again… I thought the 3 hours of the Half Spa Day might possibly drag (WHAT?! How can relaxation drag, I hear you ask?) but it flew by far too quickly, and before we knew it, it was time to venture back to reality.
I look forward to our return to the Tor Spa Retreat (we have said this needs to be a quarterly treat), and with packages now starting from as little as £20 for a Mini Spa – a one hour use of the oxygenated pool, sauna, steam room and relaxation lounges, with use of robes, towels and flip flops- there really is no excuse.