Valentine’s Day is approaching it’s got us divided into hopeless romantics and anti-valentine cynics here at HQ. Like the Marmite of the greeting card world, it seems that the 14th of February is either a day you love - maybe even lurve - or hate.
Well whether this February finds you head over heels and desperate to shout it from the rooftops, or more in the mood for wine, friends and gossiping about loved up acquaintances, Valentine’s comes but once a year and you might as well make the most of it. So in the spirit of love, romance, friendship and pampering, we’ve found the best places to spend this Valentine’s whatever your relationship status…
If you still associate Girl Power with Union Jack dresses, platform trainers and the 1990s, you clearly haven’t paid a visit to Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden. This women only day spa provides a sanctuary (get it?) for women to enjoy time to themselves with beautiful results. We can’t think of a better place to enjoy a bit of girls only, anti-Valentine’s pampering this February 14th, especially as the spa will be hosting a Chilled DJ Singles Night. Spend your Valentine’s away from all those couples and relax with your girlfriends, a complimentary glass of bubbles and some chill-out music – no serenading here. If you fancy a chilled one this Valentine's, spa evenings cost from £55. See www.sanctuary.com for details and remember: no boys allowed.
What do you get for the man who has everything, claims pampering is for girls, but would secretly love a bit of me-time? Show him you care with a relaxing yet manly treatment like a Men’s MOT Spa Day for One at a Bannatyne Spa? The MOT includes full use of the spas facilities (including classes) and one 55 minute treatment from a selection including the Bannatyne Expert Facial, Swedish full body massage and Chocolate Indulgence Full Massage – well chocolate is traditional. Book at one of Bannatyne’s 35 venues across the UK for a Valentine’s experience he’ll never forget.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a day of pampering in one of the UK’s most luxurious spas. Make her feel like a princess with the Pamper Me Valentine’s Package at The Weybridge Health Club & Spa. For just £60 she will enjoy a 30 minute back massage, skin booster facial, file and polish of the hands and feet, full use of the facilities as well as fresh strawberries and a glass of Prosecco. We’d be happy with just a card, but if there are any secret admirers out there take note: this package is guaranteed to please.
If a busy schedule leaves you with little time for romance, why not kill two birds with one stone and book you and your loved one in for a couple’s treatment this Valentine’s? It might sound a little cheesy, but a couple’s massage is a great way to spend time with your other half (or best friend), away from the pressures of daily life. If it's a bit of privacy you're after, we recommend the Valentine’s Massage for Couples at Metta. Buried deep in the heart of Soho, Metta is a hidden oasis of calm aiming to provide city dwellers with the necessary tools to maintain ‘good urban health’ and busy couples with a bit of coveted us-time.
Any die-hard romantics among you – we hear there are still a few out there – will be pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day. We’re imagining breathtaking scenery, massages, saunas and a three course meal. Sounds too good to be true right? Not if you’re heading to Tylney Hall Hampshire Spa this V Day. Tylney Hall is a country mansion that wouldn't look out of place on the cover of a Jane Austen Novel. Their One Night Luxury Spa Pamper Break Getaway includes full use of spa facilities, one treatment from a choice of facials, massages and a Cristal Eye Treatment, a three-course table d’hote dinner in the Oak Room Restaurant, an overnight stay and a full English breakfast the following morning – now that’s romance. This unforgettable experience costs £175 per person so if you fancy it we’d get hinting now. Who needs Mr Darcy?
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