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National Spa Week
It’s National Spa Week -and there’s no better time to treat yourself to a well deserved spa treatment at one of hundreds of spas across the UK!
But don’t forget that you can continue to experience that great spa and wellbeing feeling by treating yourself to professional spa products specifically made for you to use at home!
You can't be serious?
A couple of weeks ago a few of us at SpaStaySelect had a very enjoyable spa break at a stunning venue and on the drive home we were discussing how we felt about our experience there.
Pack up and go!
If you are going on your first hen party spa weekend at a spa hotel or spa resort and are uncertain about what should you pack for your trip –here we suggest some essential items you should take on your spa break!
Our lovely group of ‘hen bride to be’ and her ‘henettes’ from Bournemouth had enjoyed their fabulous hen party spa weekend in Londonso much that the ‘bride to be’ decided that there should also be a Bournemouth Tea party hen event – particularly as some family and friends had been unable to make the London trip.
Wearing fab head gear at Hoxton (London) eatery
Love Life Live Well
Very recently a colleague and myself were lucky enough to enjoy an overnight break at Lifehouse, the contemporary Spa & Hotel located in Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex. Lifehouse is easily reached from London by road or rail and is only a 10-minute drive from the sandy beaches of the quaint little English town of Frinton-on-Sea.
We were looking forward to having some time to ‘be still’ and not feel guilty about enjoying being pampered,rested and rejuvenated!
Spa Experience (Bethnal Green) is a hit with the hens!
This lovely group of 11 family and friends from Bournemouth enjoyed a fabulous hen party spa weekend in London, with not a male stripper, pole dancing or energetic outdoor activities in sight!
Instead, the girls opted for a weekend where they could indulge together in laughter, bonding and showing off their artistic/creative talents ( fantastic headresses!) as well as enjoying great food, fun cocktails and importantly relaxing spa and beauty treatments at a super spa destination in Bethnal Green.
Bye Bye Wedding Stress!
We all know that organising a wedding can be a very stressful time not only for the bride, but also for any family members and friends who are involved in planning the event!
Anxiety over the planning and staging of a wedding event can lead to muscles becoming taut and sore, blinding headaches, nausea, fatigue, skin breakouts - as well as moodiness, frayed tempers or sharp words (which are usually forgiven)!
To help make for easier planning ...
When Brides- to- be or hen party planners are organising a hen party spa event, they are often asked questions that need to be answered before the booking process can take place.
Spring Break Out..
1. Quickly contact your girlfriends and organise a date for your spa break
2. Take a look at some of the great offers we are showcasing in Seasonal Offers and submit your enquiry to your preferred venue directly!
3. Pack all your essentials and enjoy a great break –it really is #Timetounwind.
...organised by the Hens!
Well you’ve done it – you’ve organised the best ever wedding, with everything planned just the way you (and your groom) wanted it! Your beautiful Wedding invitations are on order and your Save the Date cards have been sent – and you are all set to go!.....except that the best ever Hen Party hasn’t been sorted yet!
Because every Mum is special...
Mums do so much for us, so it’s great to have the opportunity to spoil them on Mother’s Day- or any day. Giving her a gift of luxury beauty products from leading brand ELEMIS would certainly be a treat!
Receiving a gift is always pleasurable, and unwrapping ELEMIS gifts that not only look indulgent but also feel fantastic certainly ‘adds the icing on the cake’.
Where on earth do you start?
If you have the task of organising either your own hen spa party or you have been asked to organise someone else’s Hen Spa weekend –you may feel a little daunted and unsure where to begin. After all for the Bride-to –be, the hen party is the next most important event to the wedding itself, so you definitely want to make it: Fun, enjoyable and memorable for all the right reasons!
From years of experience of helping Brides-to-be and their groups, we know that there is nothing nicer for them than to be able to relax and have fun together in a luxury environment where indulging is the order of the day!
Show her some love....
Mums are always there when we need them, so we really need to treat them this coming Mother’s Day (Sunday 26th March 2017).
Mothers Day is the perfect time to treat your Mum to a luxurious spa day, maybe including an indulgent afternoon tea and a glass of Prossecco (or two!) - or perhaps push the boat out and treat her to fantastic overnight spa break for two with relaxing well being spa treatments and a delicious dinner to complete the experience?
Professional Beauty Show visit
We attended the Professional Beauty Show London at Excel over the last weekend of February 2017 to see what the industry would be offering you lovely spa goers!
Our excitement had been building over the past few weeks in anticipation of the event and on arrival; we joined the throngs of eager beauty professionals making their way to the exhibition hall. On being warmly welcomed, we entered the hall and were immediately transported to product heaven!
When it comes to professional skincare & beauty products for use at home as well as at the spa or salon, we take a look at Elemis recently launched BIOTEC Skin Energising collection
Firstly, let’s start with the BIOTEC Skin Energising range for use at home
This is just between us and your closest friends !.......
You’ve done it! Your wedding day planning is more or less complete and you have managed all the arrangements brilliantly (don’t worry about those few ‘..zilla’ moments that you had, those who love you will forgive you- they know how important your wedding day is to you!)
Now all your girls (your family and friends) are posing questions about the hen party-“When will it be – I need to plan child care?” “Where will you have it?” “Have you got a theme?” “How many are coming?”
SpaStaySelect are pleased to be able support the Look Good Feel Fab national campaign- encouraging spas and therapists to offer free beauty treatments to those in need during January 2017!
‘Look Good Feel Fab’ is a National Campaign created by Jemma Cooper whose salon HI Therapies was the recent winner of Professional Beauty Salon of the Year South West. She has teamed up with Beauty Industry Professionals and Campaign Specialists Empact Ventures Limited to create “Look Good Feel Fab” which offers free beauty treatments to those in need and their families to help them look good on the outside and feel fabulous on the inside.
‘Look Good Feel Fab’ is teaming up hundreds of salons and therapists to offer support to care services, end of life care and their families. Throughout the month of January, salons and therapists will offer a little of their time for free, giving people in need a little pamper, whether that’s a hand massage, a mini makeover, a pedicure or any treatment that helps that person to feel fab. Get involved in three different ways, our voucher scheme, treatments in house, or a salon event.
This March it's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and The Eve Appeal is asking you to start dusting off your cake mixers and get baking in support of their annual Make Time for Tea campaign!
Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Statford-upon-Avon
Another day, another fabulous addition to the ever-growing range of spa break and spa day destinations available through SpaStaySelect!
Situated in 157 acres of stunning grounds, the Hallmark Hotel Welcombeis a Jacobean mansion style luxury hotel located near to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. With 78 stylishly decorated bedrooms and a fabulous spa (with facilities including both an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, thermal suite facilities, treatment rooms and a gym), it’s easy to see why this Hallmark Hotel is such a popular destination for spa days and stays.
Using Elemis Radiant Daily Cleansing Essentials
The start of a New Year is when most of us make all sorts of New Year resolutions to improve our lifestyle, change habits and start afresh.
We consider altering our eating habits, learning a new skill, de-cluttering our homes, looking for a new job, becoming more active - the list goes on and on!
Read all about our sensational spa day in Surrey!
Standing in the car park and gazing up at the large exterior of the Brooklands Hotelwe couldn’t wait to start our spa day and show round at this famous four star venue. The impressive foyer, complete with historic racing line, modern art, cosy seating and two gorgeous Christmas trees, meant that we started our day ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ before even reaching the spa!
and packed full of tempting spa-inspired goodies
Welcome back spa fans! If you are looking for more Christmas gift ideas sure to thrill the lucky recipient, we have some tempting treat ideas we think will be right up your street!
With Christmas nearing we’re looking to some of our favourite high street and luxury brands for some scent-sational gift inspiration!
This selection of Beauty Products and Aromatic Candles make the most desirable of Christmas Gifts for all! Perfect for friends, family and colleaguesthe following fragranced items are sure to be a winter hit- great for nourishing the skin and brightening up the home with uplifting, warming scents.
Plus we actually think they make a pretty lovely pressie for yourself- after all you deserve to be spoilt too!
Perfect for hen party spa days and midweek getaways- feel relaxed and refreshed after a spa day at Roko.
With an easy to reach location and spa day packages starting from just £49 per person it's easy to see why The Spa at Roko Chiswick Bridgein leafy Chiswick, West London is so popular for spa days. Just a 10 minute walk from Chiswick mainline station (great for those coming from both in and outside of London) or a 5 minute walk from a bus stop, the spa also has a large car park meaning getting there won't be a problem by rail or road. And being lucky SpaStayers meant that we were fortunate enough to try out the facilities and a pampering treatment for ourselves!
After a show round of the facilities, which include a large and fully equipped gym as well as the health club and spa, we made our way to the changing room. Complete with a spacious changing area with wooden benches, private changing rooms, toilets, shower cubicles for after your spa and leisure use and a bar area with a large mirror and four hairdryers, this changing room is perfect for getting ready if you’re going out after your spa day! The changing rooms (both male and female) lead straight out to the pool and leisure area. With six large, cosy loungers along one side and bathed in soft blue lighting the pool area is a relaxing place to catch up with friends before a spa treatment. Separated from the pool and loungers by a glass partition is the spa area, which includes a steam room, good size sauna, hydrotherapy pool and two showers. The big hydrotherapy pool was incredibly soothingwith the warm, bubbling water making us thoroughly relaxed, even before we had enjoyed our treatments!