Located in the midst of a theme park, a spa wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year — honestly it’s been around that long — I went to test it out.
The Aqua Relaxation Rooms are fantastic; they offer everything you’d expect of a spa plus a little extra. There is a crystal steam room, roman sauna, multi-sensory showers, Jacuzzi, footbaths, log sauna, a pool with a whirlpool section and a conservatory and outdoor seating area to relax in.
Having only been in a sauna once before, I thought they weren’t for me. I remember feeling more uncomfortably hot rather than relaxed and presumed that they would all the same. Nevertheless I had a go and found them to be quite enjoyable this time, plus there is a great range so you can pick and choose whatever you felt like.
My personal favourite was the Roman Sauna, they stay at an almost constant temperature meaning you can stay in there as long as you like. The heated tiled chairs were so comfortable, fitting the shape of my back perfectly, and I found myself slipping off to this room time and time again.
The Cleanse Station was a nice surprise, we all know the theory that after being exposed to heat our pores open up, and so to close them we should expose our skin to something cool. This station is designed for that but I didn’t realise it would feel so good. You are provided with a mitt to dip into the ice cold water filled with lemon and lime slices and it’s just so refreshing you’ll look forward to it after a steamy session in one of their saunas.
The jacuzzi was warm and powerful with the whirlpool being the opposite, refreshingly cool and much calmer. The footbaths are great and what better time to pick up on of the many magazines available to you, except of course in their lovely conservatory.
The meditation room is so calming, filled with heated tiled loungers and a large beanbag complete with a ceiling of twinkling colour changing lights, you could quite easily drift off in there.
After my three hours were up, it was time to enjoy a back massage! Leaving the spa in my robe, towel and slippers provided by the facility, I ventured upstairs to a relaxing waiting area where I poured myself a water before my therapist introduced herself.
The therapist asks a few simple questions and finds out if there are any specific area you’d like working on before you enjoy your treatment.
After my day in the spa my skin felt so smooth and soft and I felt both rejuvenated and relaxed. I’d definitely recommend giving their spa a go, I think I’ll be dragging a few friends along now that I know about this hidden gem.
You can even add lunch for just £10 p/p and don’t forget fresh fruit and cool water is available throughout your time in the spa.
It makes a great alternative day out to their theme park or leave a little early and enjoy a few hours relaxing after a busy day on your feet.
There is so much choice that you can easily fill the three hours and still wish there was more time when it comes to an end.