I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve been on yet another spa day. In my defence, this one had been in the diary for six months, so to say I was excited about it was an under statement…!
It’s my Mum’s birthday in December and my Dad always spoils her (how cute is that, 43 years later and still full of love for each other!), and last year he got her a Lava Spa Day – a day at Danesfield Spa for her and 3 others.
Luckily for me and my 2 sisters, she picked us three – yay! It’s rare that the four of us get to spend time together on our own. With our family totalling 9 adults, 1 dog and six children under seven, get togethers usually consist of getting half-way through a sentence before someones tugging on your jumper, announcing they need a wee or vomiting spectacularly (and that’s just the husbands after a few drinks ;)…). it’s been a hectic few weeks, and I think between us we’ve covered every stressful possibility under the spectrum – houses, jobs, families … We’ve been through it all!
So with husbands tasked with taking on Daddy Day Care, and my 2 big sisters hightailing it in a taxi to meet us at the spa, we were in for an amazing day!
We arrived pretty promptly at 09:15 am, and were greeted by the spa receptionists, who gave us health forms, lunch menus and an itinerary of our day, plus we were brought tea and coffee and biscuits. You can’t complain about that can you!? 😉
We spent our morning lazing by the pool. We brought a load of magazines but in the end we were all so excited to be together, we ended up chatting away for most of it; between time in the hot tub, steam room and a ‘relaxing swim’ in the pool (by which I mean approx 3 lengths and more gossiping in the shallows!) it was lunch time.
All that relaxing meant we’d worked up a pretty significant appetite! Having picked our lunches in the morning, we knew what was coming. The girls opted for sandwiches, and Mum and I had salads. The sandwiches were pretty small which was a bit disappointing, but the salad was delicious – a super salad combining feta, pomegranate seeds, quinoa and green beans, which I had with a supplement of Salmon (£6.50). And, in the spirit of being healthy, we all opted for the chocolate brownie for dessert.
After a round of bubbles, we decided to head back into the spa, ready for our treatments; included in the day was the hot stone Lava massage. Described on their spa menu as:
“A combined Lava Shell and Glacial Shell massage treatment to treat general aches and pains. Specific massage techniques target trigger points in muscles which can be responsible for tension and referred pain. The treatment leaves you feeling invigorated, muscles are more relaxed and aches and pains significantly reduced.”
I was pretty intrigued by this, and I’ve always opted for a fail-safe full body massage mainly because I know what I’m getting and I love a massage!
So one by one we headed to our treatment rooms, where they explained a bit about how the massage would work – a combination of super hot and icy cold stones. Eek! The massage was incredible and my therapist was lovely – I can’t remember the last time I felt so relaxed during a massage! I would definitely opt for a hot stone massage again which I’m surprised to find myself saying 🙂
Afterwards, we spent some time in their relaxation room which has big comfy loungers with fluffy blankets at the end. Perfect to sit quietly and indulge in that relaxed post-massage haze!
It was time to return for a final swim and gossip. The day always seems to go so quickly when you’re having fun. I feel so lucky that I can consider my Mum and sisters three of my best friends. We left feeling relaxed, content and with a firm resolution to do this together every year. 💕
This is so sweet. So glad your sisters, your mum and yourself got to be treated on this special occasion! I’d be over the moon going to more spas, more spa days the better! It just all sounds like an absolute dream!
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Haha yay – we need to organise a blogger spa day!
It sounds like such a lovely day, I do love a spa trip, I wish I could afford to do them more often! The chocolate brownie looks delicious!
I’ve had a hot stone massage before and really enjoyed it, such a cool experience!
Beautiful photos 💕💕💕
Yay! We need to do a spa day ASAP! 💕
I just adore days like this, sounds absolutely perfect! I am so glad you had such a wonderful time.
They make you feel soooo calm don’t they?
Ahhh wow! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never been to a spa, although I have been hinting for my fiancé to take me for Christmas 🙊. This looks so relaxing, and that dessert looks delicious!
Ohhhh Hayley you would LOVE it! I hope your fiancé takes the hint 😉
Such wonderful photos Kate! I’ve never been to a spa but would love to go! It looks like it’s super fun and relaxing! x
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Ooooh you have to go! Totally worth it!
Never be embarrassed about a spa day, Kate! You definitely deserve some pampering and relaxation! How comfy do those loungers look by the pool? I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to leave them! I have had a hot stone massage before and it was AMAZING, easily the nicest massage I’ve ever had (could do with one now hehe) so the combo of hot and cold stones is intriguing! Definitely an essential for me to try it out hehe! How cute of your Dad to purchase this as a gift for your Mum, and how lovely of her to invite you and your sisters along too! Glad you enjoyed it so much!
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Woohoo! I’m glad someone has sanctioned my luxuriating ;-)it was such an interesting massage, I’d like to learn more about the health benefits to it, I’m so surprised it was relaxing but it really didn’t make me jump as much as I thought it did!
Ooh it looks like such a gorgeous place for a spa day!
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It was so lovely, you should definitely check it out!
This place looks stunning, inside and out! The brownie looks like heaven. 😀 I’ve never been on a spa day and I’m not sure what I’d think if I went on one – I really should give it a go though!
I am still thinking about that brownie now! They are a great way to relax and tune out the world for a bit which I think everyone needs! 💆
That sounda like such a relaxing day! The food sounds yum too, especially that brownie!
Oh my god the BROWNIE! So good!
Kate this sounds incredible! So lovely that you got to have a family girls spa day as well.
Thank you so much Joelle! <3
Oh My Gosh that spa looks amazing and it’s so cute that even after all them years your parents are still so in love. 🌸💗✨
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