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I've been hear a couple of times now. It's brilliantly placed, not far from Waterloo station.
The salon is small but perfectly formed. I felt so relaxed and at ease. The beautician (Hayley I think her name was - sorry, I'm rubbish with names!) was so friendly and down to earth, yet professional. She paid attention to detail and is clearly a perfectionist!
The products used were Harmony Gelish, which is definitely the best extended wear nail polish I have experienced. It lasted throughout my (beach) holiday perfectly.
I would recommend and would visit again.
The hotel is located right on the sea front, perfect for a stroll along the pebbles. There isn't much else close-by though, but that didn't matter to us.
The hotel room was perfectly adequate, quite quaint, like a B&B more than a hotel. A decent, comfortable bed, good sized bathroom with lovely bath/shower, tea and coffee making facilities in the room and a modern TV.
The hotel spa facilities were very good, if perhaps a bit tired. Parts of the leisure area could have done with a bit of a revamp. That said, the jacuzzi was nice as was the sauna and steam room. The swimming pool was a very good size and mostly empty during our stay.
Sadly, when I tried to book spa treatments, about 2-3 weeks before our arrival, I was told that they were completely booked up, so we didn't get the opportunity to sample the treatments, which was a shame. I can only suggest that you book as far in advance as possible. The menu of treatments available was pretty extensive though and reasonably priced.
During our stay, there was scaffolding up at parts of the rear of the hotel, right outside our window. Whilst it didn't effect us too much, it was a bit of a shame and did impede our view over the green. Nobody had warned us about building works and reception blamed Wahanda for this...
Overall, we enjoyed our stay. It was a welcome break from the city and an opportunity to relax, more than anything.
The gym was clean, tidy and well equipped.
All the facilities were as expected, reasonably well maintained.
The class was fun and vibrant. The instructor was energetic and friendly.
All in all, we had a fun time!
I went along to the Amida Spa with a female friend.
At first, entering The Harbour Club was a little intimidating. There were lots of slim, attractive women around, clearly with lots of money and free time! That said, the Amida Spa was a haven and the staff there were relaxed, welcoming, professional and friendly.
We were given fresh towels, a robe and slippers to use. We had use of all the spa facilities, namely the 25m lap swimmng pool, the hydrotherapy pool (jacuzzi), the heated relaxation beds, the aroma room, the sanarium (a sauna and steam room) and the salt inhale room (like a steam room). These were all very nice.
The entire place was decorated beautifully, very inviting. The changing rooms were spacious with large lockers. There was plenty of showers which included complimentary Molton Brown hair/body shampoo and conditioner. There was very powerful hair dryers available for use too.
I had the Mamma Mio Tummy treatment. It was a bit odd and involved a deep massage of my abdominal area, which was something I'd never experienced. I was then wrapped in a detoxing mask and left to 'process' for several minutes. The treatment room was extremely relaxing, with a Moroccan theme decor. The therapist was very informative, respectful and caring.
My treatment was one hour long. I would say a 'spa day' would probably last about 4 hours, including the treatment and taking time to shower/dry hair.
We had a lovely time and I would definitely return.
The salon was fairly easy to find from Tottenham Court Road.
It is fairly small with lots crammed in, so a little cramped.
I had my Gelish extended-wear pedicure done downstairs, via the old fashioned spiral staircase, which is a bit disconcerting!
My therapist was nice enough but seemed to be in a hurry, not taking much time over what she was doing. That said, I couldn't complain about the end result.
All in all I was happy but wouldn't rush to return to this salon.
Nirvana Health and Beauty is convenientally situated, just off AllfarthIng Lane (which has free parking after 11am!).
The salon is clearly newly refurbished to a high standard. Very clean, modern and attractive.
The staff I met were polite and informative, very down to earth yet professional.
The 'FLABeLOS' treatment was really quite crazy, in a nice way! Essentially, you are stood on a machine, in a private room. The machine goes through phases of shaking you. Your wobbly bits really do get a work out, it's very amusing!
Afterwards, I felt like I'd certainly got my blood pumping, revitalised I suppose. I've taken about 3-4 sessions so far and can't honestly say if it's helped me tone or loose inches/weight. Perhaps doing it often would provide more obvious results.
I would return to Nirvana without a shadow of a doubt. I did actually have a Shellac extended-wear manicure cure at the salon on one visit, which was very good.
Lyttle Minx is a fairly small salon, that said, it is certainly big enough! It is modern, bright and apparently well equipped. It is well located with plenty of free parking close by.
The staff were lovely, very friendly, professional and attentive.
I had what was billed as a 'Shellac Manicure'. The products used were not actually Shellac, but it was a UV nail colour. Sadly, the first colour I had applied (just before Chritmas) started to chip after just 3 days. Shellac should last for about 2 weeks (I have had Shellac and Gelish manicures several times before and they definitely do last at least 2 weeks, with no chips or peeling).
I returned to Lyttle Minx on New Year's Eve and got the complete set done again, with no extra charge. Brilliant customer service but, yet again, after just 2 days, the nail colour has chipped.
I shall call them again after the Bank Holiday. The girls and the salon are really nice but the products seem to let them down, which is very disappointing.
I have another Wahanda Mob-Deal voucher, but think I may avoid the UV manicure. It's not great...unfortunately.
Well, the hotel appears rather posh from the outside.
The Therapy Suite is situated down in the basement. It looks ok, quite small.
My friend and I waited over 45 minutes to be greeted by a member of staff, which was not great. We ended up having to go back back up to reception after waiting downstairs for 20 minutes, then waited a further 25 minutes up there!
There is no swimming pool, but perhaps I had assumed that there would be, rather than having been told that there was.
The gym consists of half a dozen machines. Not hugely comprehensive, from what I could see.
The member of staff, Marcus, at the Therapy Suite reception did eventually attend to us. He was not exactly rude by hardly friendly and polite, to be honest. My friend and I did not get a warm, welcoming feeling from the place.
In fact, after having had to wait for so long, we decided that we'd been put in a bad mood and asked to reschedule our facial appointments. We were not in a very relaxed frame of mind but this point.
Two weeks after our 'failed' spa day, I received a telephone call from Mark, the Therapy Suite manager. To give him his due, he was very apologetic and seemed genuinely concerned about our experience. The delay in contacting me was down to the reception telling him that things had been resolved to our satisfaction...
Mark very kindly agreed to offer some 'bonus' treatments, by way of an apology, which I felt was a fair offer.
I shall review again in a few weeks...