Sisterly Spa Day at Cwrt Bleddyn

Earlier in the summer my step sister and I headed off for a day of pampering, gossip and spaaaah.  Set in the beautiful surroundings of Monmouthshire, Cwrt Bleddyn is hidden away on an old country road with stunning views as you drive into the grounds.

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We’d bought an offer from KGB deals, quite the bargain too at £25 each.  I have seen similar offers on KGB but can’t spot anything running at the moment. For this we had access to the pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, small relaxation room, 25 minute treatment and afternoon tea. Here’s the lowdown on our visit:

The Good

  • The staff are lovely and really attentive.
  • My massage was so relaxing and soothing, my spa therapist managed to make 25 minutes feel like well over an hour.
  • The champagne room in the hotel was adorable, I’d love to spend a night there drinking copious amounts of bubbles with the Gingerbeard man before retiring to a oldy worldy hotel room.
  • The afternoon tea was tasty, just what we needed after having a swim and working up an appetite. We indulged in delectable cucumber finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and traditional welsh cakes, washed down with tea and champagne.

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The Bad

  • Unfortunately the outside of the spa is a little tired and it’s a shame that you have to walk through the gym to get to the spa area.
  • The chairs in the relaxation room could be a little more comfortable and it is a bit small.
  • For me, the area around the pool should be relaxing and very comfortable so you can snuggle up in your robe. Investing in some cosy and inviting, yet pool appropriate seating could be a winner.
  • I was really disappointed that we weren’t offered slippers and robes.  A snug spa day is what it’s all about.

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That said, the good outweighs the bad in this spa and with a few minor changes it could be fabulous.

I think i may have turned my sister into the new spa queen and she’s taking over my reign. Every time I see her on Facebook she’s off for another spa day. Relaxing in your downtime is what it’s all about though. Thanks for an awesome day Lisa, it was such a good chance to catch up and giggle over stories about boys. I’ll never forget us laughing away over champagne after the “who calls” incident! Haha.

http://www.cwrtbleddyn.co.uk/leisure/spa/

March (Sorry it’s late) Spa Visit – Bannatyne’s

Wow, it’s been too long since I last posted one of my #12monthsofspa posts but life has totally got in the way; from freelance work, a new job and waving a wee goodbye to one of my closest friends, Steph as she flew off to sunny oz.

Back in March, Steph and I spent a girlie day together working out and beautifying ourselves at Bannatynnes in preparation for her big trip.

We bought our ‘spa day’ on Wahanda which included a 55min facial and take home product for £37.50 which felt like pretty good value although I have mixed emotions about the experience.

The staff were super helpful throughout the day and the members seemed really lovely and praised the club for their facilities. The gym equipment was brilliant and I was quite tempted to sign up after our day there. We had a good workout and were also invited to take part in any classes which looked really fun although we gave the street dancing a miss.

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What was classed as a spa was more like a beauty salon in a gym and we were disappointed to find out there was no relaxation area apart from in the gym reception. While there was comfortable seating we were on view for everyone to see as we tried to relax in our dressing gowns and one of the team hovered around us. Not very serene or tranquil as you’d expect from a spa.

The facial treatment using own range products was average, nothing wrong but nothing that stood out for me. I appreciated that the therapist had warmed the bed and wrapped me up in a blanket but it got a bit too claustrophobic and meant I was unable to enjoy the facial as much as I’d like.

Overall, I’d say it was good value for money but realistically we should have expected more of a gym experience than spa which is what we were led to believe by the offer. As a health club Bannatyne exceeds expectations and has a great team, although it they want to move more into the spa market then they may need to rethink the guest journey.

#12monthsofspa Love life & enjoy the moment

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A few people have been asking me what my #12monthsofspa is about so I decided to take to my blog and share my motivations with you.

#12monthsofspa is a result of something that happened to me in 2012 and the changes I decided to make so I wouldn’t feel that way again.

Last year was fantastic for my career but also a busy one. Working a full time job and doing various freelance projects meant my work/life balance was a little off kilter. Friends even commented and asked why I was working on a Friday or Saturday night when I should be out having fun. I was genuinely enjoying the work I was doing and the opportunities that had come my way were a stepping stone in my career giving me the confidence to do more freelance work and build up my portfolio.

However, working in the spa industry I understand that wellness is important part of life and stress can play a big part in ageing the mind and body.

During a reiki session I was warned I was doing too much and not living in the moment, it was time for me to ground myself. I knew she was right and I was letting life pass me by. That was when I decided that I would set myself a #12monthsofspa goal, taking time out to stop, stand still and enjoy the happy things in my life.

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#12monthsofspa allows me to set aside time once a month to purposely relax, plus, it’s a great way to enjoy the company of friends catching up, lounging around and putting the world to right without a glass of wine in hand for a change!

Some people think that going to a spa is expensive and yes, it can be but there are offers on all the time, especially during quieter times of the year and week days. I find wahanda, bookaspa and spabreaks all great for the most up to date spa offers. I look at it this way, I could spend money on clothes to make me look better but I’d rather feel better from the inside out. A family friend once shared “you should always spend money on your face, clothes will come and go but you’ll always have your face.” Dear Veronica is one lady who knows how to spend her money wisely and she looks great for her age.

So, what are you waiting for? Embrace life, enjoy the moment and don’t wish away your days.

January Spa Visit – St Brides Hotel & Spa

It’s February and I’m guessing a lot of ‘new year resolutions’ have gone out of the window. Unused gym memberships, failed diets and booze bans are now a thing of the past. But hey, that’s why I decided to give myself a ‘goal’ for 2013 to spaaaaah more; #12monthsofspa everyone’s a winner with a spa break!

In January I treated my mum to her Christmas gift and we made the scenic drive to St Brides Hotel & Spa in Saundersfoot, West Wales for a day of pure relaxation. The spa was out of this world, with amazing views of the beach and a heated infinity pool perfect for winter weather.

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We experienced a deeply exfoliating body scrub, full body and scalp massage and [ comfort zone ] prescriptive facial spaced throughout the day to ensure we could make the most of the spa facilities. The relaxation room was incredible with light streaming through the sliding doors which are opened in the summer for a breath of sea air. The double treatment room also had sliding doors; the spa therapist opened them a little and the sounds of the sea crept in while we enjoyed a soothing massage using fragrance essential oils.

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The heated infinity pool gives an instant wow factor and the spa ensure that there are not too many guests in the spa at the same time which allows you to enjoy the space and the picturesque view of Saundersfoot bay.

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Thank you to the team at St Brides Hotel & Spa who instantly made us feel at home and looked after our every need. We had a lovely time and will remember the blissful day we spent there for many years to come.

Next stop – Back to the Owl House Spa in Nottinghamshire for a birthday treat.