Around 18 months ago I received a present of a voucher to spend at Champneys Spa, but with my nearest one in Leicestershire being almost three hours away it took me a while to sort out the logistics of how i’d get there and when. In the end we decided to drive our motorhome down and make a weekend of it, stopping at a nearby campsite with my husband kindly entertaining our 5 year old for the day while I indulged in some overdue R&R. Having never had a Spa Day before I was very excited, but also a little apprehensive being on my own.
I booked in at Champneys Springs for a Spa Day (priced from £69) plus a treatment package. I chose the One Hour of Champneys Time (£75) which included a Wrap and Head In The Clouds scalp massage, and also added on the 25 minute Thalassotherapy experience (£10). The Spa Day includes a light breakfast, hot & cold buffet lunch plus access to the gym, pool, sauna and steam rooms, and all the exercise classes.
Arriving at Springs at 9am I was given a plush dressing gown and flip flops and shown around the resort. I then went and helped myself to the delicious light breakfast, including soaked musli, salmon on rye bread and yogurt with fruit compote. My Thalassotherapy was booked at 11am and other treatments at 3pm so I had plenty of time in between to take part in the classes or relax. I decided to do the really enjoyable Aqua Circuit class then relax in the sauna before the Thalassotherapy session.
The Thalassotherapy basically involves moving around a warm pool while strong jets of water massage various areas of your body and encourage the circulation. The water is very high in salts and minerals which help detoxify, heal and nourish the skin, and the powerful jets really help to ease any muscle aches – as someone who is prone to lower back pain I really appreciated it. After the session it is recommended you relax for half an hour, so that took me up to lunch which was served at 12pm.
The buffet style lunch was served in the restaurant and there was plenty of choice including soup of the day, breads, hot dishes, salads, a cold meat platter and a ‘live kitchen’ where a chef cooked your choice of vegetables and protein with either noodles or a wrap. It was delicious and you could help yourself to everything.
After lunch I took advantage of the two hours before my next treatments to relax reading one of the complimentary magazines and also to participate in a guided walk around the grounds. It was a lovely mild and sunny February day which really showed off the resort to its best.
At 3pm I went upstairs to the treatment area to wait for my Body Wrap and Scalp Massage. The wrap involved body brushing then the application of a nourishing body oil, and foot massage before being tucked under a warming cover to relax. The therapist then began a superbly relaxing scalp and neck massage which truly left me feeling like I was floating on air and I was so relaxed I was reluctant to get up. I can understand why they call it Head In The Clouds! Afterwards I chilled out in the comfy lounge area until it was time to leave.
I can honestly say I was sad to leave Champneys Springs as I had really enjoyed my day and felt like I’d only just started to unwind. I’d love to come back in the summer with my husband and stay for the full weekend so we could both take advantage of all the resort has to offer. I think it would also be slightly more fun to return as a couple and with our Wedding Anniversary in July hopefully I can persuade my Husband to book us a weekend away!
Have you been to a Champneys Spa before?