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I went to have my highlights re done as it had been about 7 months, I have a slight phobia of hair dressers but everyone at RUSH was so lovely and so friendly, they really put me at ease. I had a good consultation with Sam who was going to colour my hair, he listened to what I was saying and we chose the colours together. He did a great job and I was happy with the colour. I then had John who cut my hair and he was brilliant, gave me lots of tips on how to re-create my style at home and gave me a good cut. Again he spoke to me throughout the cut and told me exactly what he was doing. I was offered refreshments throughout and they really made a fuss of me. I would definitely go there again for my next cut and colour!
I visited Greenwoods with a friend last year for the night and thought the hotel was charming and lovely. The room we stayed in was lush and the hotel has a lot of character. It was also really easy to get to from London Liverpool Street. We had a delicious dinner and it was very reasonably priced for the quality of food we had. The spa facilities are good and the pool area is nice. It was a little busy around the pool but the staff were very accommodating. We both had a relaxing massage which was lovely. I would definitely recommend this for a great night away with some pampering, the hotel is just the right size so you feel cosy and relaxed!
I went to the spa for an Arabian back, scalp and face ritual. It was wonderfully relaxing. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and immediately made me feel at ease. After I filled out my consultation form I was taken to the changing rooms which were a great size and very clean. My treatment was a ritual including a warm oil back massage, a foot massage, a facial and a scalp massage. The room smelt amazing and my therapist Siobhan was so lovely. The bed was massive and there was even a bowl of roses on the floor so I had something nice to look at through the hole in the bed! She let me smell the oil she was about to use and I could smell lavender which made me feel relaxed before she started. The massage was really great, I told her I had very tense shoulders and she really worked on them. She then moved to my face and the facial was very relaxing as it had a lot of massage included. Everything she used on my face smelt amazing, each product was very distinctive. It was Comfort Zone products which I have not used before, I really liked them. She then moved to my feet and gave me a wonderful foot massage. Finally she finished with my scalp. I was so relaxed I almost fell asleep! After my treatment was over I was taken to the relaxation room which had heated beds. I was given a Moroccan tea and some dried fruit and nuts. Everything was done so well with real attention to detail, I am definitely going back!
I went to Smith's Salon for a very long over due colour and cut. I actually have a bit of a phobia about hairdressers as I have had bad experiences in the past so I was a bit nervous going somewhere new. I called up beforehand as I had some concerns about old colour that was in my hair and I wanted to pay extra to have colour correction done before they did my hair. They made time to see me the day before for a consultation which was very nice as I am sure they are always busy...I had a chat with my stylist Grace and she was so sweet. I didn't need any colour correction in the end and then I went back the following day for the proper treatment. Grace was amazing, she took a lot of time and care on my hair and listened to what I wanted to have done. I was so happy with the result in the end! All the staff were so friendly and helpful and it was amazing value for money. The salon also had a real calm feel throughout my appointment, it was run very well. I would defo go there again for my next hair colour.
I visited Grayshott Spa for 1 night over the Easter weekend and it was utter bliss. I went with my cousin as we had both been pretty stressed out recently and wanted some chill out time toghether. She is a mum and never really stops. It did actually take her a good few hours to chill out but she got there in the end...
We got there a little later than planned on the day of check in due to traffic, we were flustered and absolutely starving. We had missed the lunch service but the staff very kindly made us some delicious salads. We tucked into to a great selection of salad dishes, all served beautifully. We even managed to squeeze in a very healthy but yummy dessert of rhubard and yoghurt with honey. We unpacked and then I went off for my treatments. I had a food intolerance test and cranial osteopathy planned, two treatments I had been wanting to try for quite some time.
My food intolerance test was with a lovely lady called Paula. She has a degree in Nutrition and has a wealth of experience in her field. We had a talk about the food I eat why I had booked the treatment. I am constantly bloated and uncomfortable after I eat, even when I eat a very small amount. She predicted that my system was not producing enough enzymes. Then the test began, I held a metal stick in one hand and she tapped my finger on my other hand to test each type of food that the computer has recorded. The good news is that I am tolerant to all foods, I was worried she was going to tell me I can't eat pasta or dairy which are two of my favourite things. She then tested for vitamins and minerals and if my system is producing enough of everything, everything was fine except the enzymes. Apparantly my body is not producing enough so only 80% of my food is being digested properly, the remaining 20% just kind of sits there all the time, hence why I am always bloated. It was a massive weight off my mind! Paula recommended a one month dosage of digestive aids which kick start your bodies ability to produce enzymes. After that you don't need to keep taking them, your body takes over.
I then had Cranial Osteopathy. I had an amazing therapist called Catherine who explained how the treatment can affect you. This treatment is very holistic and you have to relax. If you are open to the power of holistic therapy you do get more out of it. After we stopped chatting I closed my eyes and I actually felt like I was spinning, it was a very surreal feeling as she was just holding my head. She then moved to my feet, she said I had a very busy mind (this is so true) and said I needed to be grounded. She held my feet for some time and then moved back to my head. I found it very relaxing. I think the main goal for this treatment is to re-align you. I think I would like to have it again to see how I react next time.
I then went for a swim in the pool, it was really peaceful. I used the sauna and the steam room and felt very relaxed. There is also an outdoor pool. There are sun loungers all over the grounds, the weather was gorgeous so I made the most of the outdoors. The grounds are stunning, it so peaceful and the view is lovely. Bunny rabbits and birds were all around too so it was all very relaxing.
We then sat down to dinner. The food was delicious. The portions are not massive but the food was so tasty that I didn't mind. We also had a bottle of wine, I like that alcohol is available so you can still enjoy yourself without feeling you are deprived. There is also a sharers table for those who are at the spa alone so they have someone to sit with, I thought that was so thoughtful.
We had a lovely spacious room with a great view of the field, overlooking the back terrace. It was so comfortable and we even borrowed a DVD from reception to watch before bed.
The next day we had a lovely breakfast and had our final treatments. Mine was a de stress massage. It was a little painful at times due to the tension in my back but again my therapist was very helpful and even recommended some exercises to do while I am at my desk.
After a little more sunbathing followed by lunch we had to leave...I felt so chilled out by then and I really did not want to go home!
The staff were absolutely amazing, they were all so friendly and helpful and did all they could to ensure we relaxed from the minute we arrived to the moment we left. The food was wonderful and I felt good that I had eaten so healthily for the duration of the stay. The building and spa itself are also very comfortable and very modern, no chintz in sight!
I would definitely visit Grayshott again. It totally delievers rest, relaxation, pampering and above all a healthy approach to lifestyle.
I went to Royal Day Spa with a friend for the day. We had a really great time. The spa was pretty quiet so we were lucky to have the pool and the jacuzzi pretty much to ourselves. The pool doesnt have clorine in it which I really liked, nothing worse than going for a swim and then coming out smelling like bleach!
The place was decorated really well, with lots of lovely shabby chic touches. The staff were very friendly and helpful and my therapist was great. I had a holistic ritual which was very indulgent. I really liked the massage technique used, my therapist explained that a lot of Lymphatic Drainage is used in the treatment which is great for detoxing. The whole holistic approach to all the treatments was great.
We then tucked into an amazing afternoon tea in the day room. It was a tower of goodness! I felt truly stuffed and totally relaxed by the end of it.
Royal Day Spa really is a little hidden jem, I love the boutique feel to the place and it has a real personal feeling. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get out of London for the day for some relaxing time.
I had a great time at Purity Spa. It is a hidden gem in the London Hilton Park Lane where the staff are very friendly and helpful and the treatments are really good.
I went in for a pedicure as I had a date that weekend and it was done expertly by a lovely therapist who was chatty and proffesional.
I have also had a massage there prior to this treatment with my friend which was very relaxing. That is what made me go back for the pedicure as my first experience was so pleasant. The massage was a great pick me up as I work close by. The treatment rooms are a little small but very cosy and candlit, I actually dosed off towards the end of the massage!
The only thing which is not ideal is that you have to walk past the people working out in the gym but other than that it is a great spa with good treatments and a buzzy atmosphere!
I would also recommend the afternoon tea at Podium while you there as it is very yummy :-)