For me a spa day is the perfect way to have a little bit of ‘me’ time, a period of time to revitalise my body and mind. I don’t often get the chance of a day to myself, but if the planets align and I manage to sort out childcare then a spa day is certainly is where you’ll find me.
Last week I visited the Aqua Sana Spa at Longleat Forest, I’ve been here a few times before and it really is the best way to make you feel like you’ve had a little holiday even though I’m only 45 minutes from home.
I didn’t take a great deal of photos as there is a perfect reminder when you walk in to leave your mobile behind, after all you are there to relax and get away from the world for a few hours.
Aqua Sana is set within Center Parcs, in a beautiful forest location in Wiltshire. With more than 16 different spa experiences from around the globe including a Turkish Hammam, Balinese Multi Steam Bath and my favourite, the Indian Blossom Steam Room.
I chose a Top to Toe Relax day which included refreshments on arrival, Lunch in the Mediterranean Cafe/Bar and a whole 2 hours of Elemis treatments. At £175 (£199 if you visit at the weekend) it is a little more on the expensive side, but I was far too easily swayed by the promise of 2 hours treatment time!
I started the day in the cafe, as every day should, enjoying a coffee and a pastry followed by a relaxing hour or so sampling what the spa had to offer. I wandered around the different experience rooms, letting the different aromas transform me to a faraway place.
My particular favourites were the steam rooms and the meditation room in which you lie down on a heated lounger, taking in the warmth and sounds, perfect for preparing your muscles for a massage. Mid morning is when I got to enjoy my treatments.
First off, I have to say my therapist was lovely, and so knowledgeable. My treatments included a deep tissue massage, which involved a fairly deep massage, kneading and pressure points. My back was desperately in need of this. This was followed with a luxury Elemis facial, specialising in any skin problems I had chatted through with the therapist beforehand.
Afterwards I was shown through to a relaxation area where I could enjoy a little lie down whilst enjoying the beautiful view of the towering Redwood trees, I could have stayed there for hours.
Then came lunchtime. The spa like zen feel certainly continues throughout the experience and into the Vitale Cafe Bar. I chose to enjoy a fragrant chargrilled halloumi and fire roasted tomato dish, alongside a chargrilled broccoli and cauliflower salad.
If I hadn’t have been driving I would have certainly enjoyed a glass or two of something sparkling, but on this occasion I opted for the apple and mint smash.
After lunch I returned to the spa to relax and read my book and enjoy more of the experiences on offer, I might’ve fallen asleep for far too long while on a water bed (the sign of a very relaxing day!).
I am planning to return sometime with the girls to try out The Hideaway, a private spa suite situated within the spa, the ultimate chill out area perfect for a birthday celebration or a special occasion.
I hope this post has given you a little insight to the Aqua Sana Spa if you haven’t yet visited, let me know if you have a favourite spa I should try.