Coming up with gift ideas for my friends and family has always been one of the most hardest decisions I have to make. I’m not the type of girl who likes to grab the nearest bottle of wine on the shelf and hopes for the best, I like to put in a lot of time and effort with my presents. Birthdays are really special to me as I believe everyone deserves one day to be treated and made feel god damn special. This year I believe I did an absolutely amazing job with my gifts and I thought I’d share one which I was very happy and impressed with.
Not too long ago was my dear mothers birthday and as she had been working crazy hard at work recently I decided to treat her to a beautiful spa day. I purchased a package directly off wowcher which included afternoon tea & two treatments, as well as all day access to the spa and gym facilities. As we got a choice, the two treatments we decided to choose were a 40 minute full neck, shoulder and back massage and a 20 minute facial scrub which was absolutely amazing. Although they weren’t for too long they were just long enough for me and the masseuses were very well trained so I felt great afterwards. Many of the packages on wowcher offer similar but different services depending on what type of relaxation you are after, it’s always worth having a little scroll through before purchasing the first one you see. We decided to go with the £99 package for two people at the Bannatyne Health Club And Spa in Ashford, Kent.
We arrived there for 10 o’clock in the morning and spent the first few hours relaxing and making the most of the spa facilities. I decided to start the day with swimming a few lengths in the pool as I thought if I worked out first I would really benefit from the massage afterwards. I don’t swim often but when I do I really enjoy it and always feel really great afterwards. After swimming my mother and I decided to use the steam room and sauna. I personally don’t really enjoy the saunas just because I get very claustrophobic although I think the steam rooms are great. I loved this because I have very oily skin and I am prone to getting achne however the sauna helped lots and made my skin feel cleansed.
After a few hours relaxing by the pool we headed to our afternoon tea session. Neither of us had ever had afternoon tea before so we wasn’t too sure what to expect but nevertheless we were thrilled with the outcome. The afternoon tea was simple and basic but It was everything we needed to fill up the hole in our stomachs comfortably. For anyone who knows me well you’ll know how much I love my tea so this was my idea of perfect.
After lunch we headed to the relaxation room to allow our body some time to digest the amount of cakes we had just stuffed down out throat. The great thing about this place is they don’t rush you around which I thought they would. There was no plan to your day and you were free to spend it however you wanted. 2pm soon came round and we headed off to start our pamper session. The ladies were very welcoming and explained the process as they took us through to the room. Once we arrived they gave us five minutes alone to get our clothing off and get comfy on the massage table for when they came back in. They started with the neck, shoulder and back massage followed by the facial scrub at the end and I can safely say that was the best hour of my life.
It was a fantastic day that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a gift idea for their loved ones. If you love to be pampered and smothered with lots of yummy treats this would definitely be the day for you. I was very happy with the service I received at the Bannatyne Health Club in Ashord and will definitely be returning in the future for a simple yet satisfying day time treat.