It’s 5pm on a Friday, I’ve just left my office after another tough week and I have a spa evening booked. Who on Earth do I think I am?!
(Happy #NationalSpaWeek by the way – that worked out quite well for me didn’t it?!)
If you have never heard of Spa Experience, read this blog post first and then go and Google them, because I’m 99% sure that you will want to reward yourself with a relaxing evening with them after this (plus they seem to have locations all over the UK, so what’s your excuse?)
I was unbelievably excited to be invited to review* the Spa Experience based in Old Street. It’s not far from where I work and I bloody love a spa (who doesn’t?!) so this was just so up my street! My review was based on a treatment and use of the spa facilities.
The Spa Experience consists of two steam rooms (one is Eucalyptus & Mint and the other was Lemon & Orange), two saunas (one is Herbal, the other is Vitality), a Monsoon Shower, a relaxation lounge, a Plunge Pool, an Ice Fountain and a Bucket Shower, as well as separate treatment rooms and showers to use before use of the facilities.
I arrived at the spa just before 6, there was a bit of confusion with my booking (the receptionist was new so I felt a bit bad for her as it was quite busy), so my hour to use the facilities was cut slightly short. I was given a fluffy robe, a towel and a pair of flip-flops all presented in a tote bag. I personally would have preferred a bit more information about how everything works; I was handed an electronic key for the lockers and was sent on my merry way.
As I was waiting for my booking to be sorted out, a few customers came back to the reception as they hadn’t been informed on how anything worked, and it seemed that the staff were just doing the bare minimum in terms of customer service. A lady who was at the reception desk at the same time as me turned to me and remarked “Bit chaotic around here isn’t it?”, at which point, I couldn’t help but agree!
I enjoyed all aspects of the facilities that were available, I tried out both steam rooms (Eucalyptus & Mint was my favourite), both saunas were fantastic as well as the Monsoon Shower which was completely freezing cold but very enjoyable after a stint in the sauna. I also tested out the Plunge Pool after a second visit to the sauna (the Bucket Shower was too adventurous for me) and that was good as well, albeit slightly on the small side.
The relaxation lounge was lovely, I wish I spent more time there because the beds were super comfy and there was teas and fruit-infused water, as well as fruit on offer which was a lovely bonus. It seems a shame that most customers choose to ignore the ‘no talking’ signs on the wall, of course this isn’t the fault of the spa, but it definitely dampened my experience slightly.
On to my treatment: I chose the La Sultane De Saba Aloe Vera Skin Soothing Ritual which is a 50 minute treatment consisting of a Bamboo & Aloe Vera soothing massage and facial. My spa therapist was Lucy, who explained what the treatment was going to be like and seemed to know exactly what she was doing. The massage wasn’t really a massage in my opinion, it was more of a moisturising, but the facial was really great. All of the products that were used were of good quality and I smelled fantastic.
Overall, I think the Spa Experience is a great place to visit for a few hours of chill time. It’s not perfect, there are definitely some things they could improve, however I do feel that you get good value for your money.
*My Spa Experience was a gifted experience, however as always my views are my own. Read my disclaimer for more info