I do believe a break with the girls is one of the best thing life has to offer. Romantic breaks are amazing and I adore family holidays, but there’s nothing quite like getting away with your besties. Suffering from the cull in holiday which occurs when you move from education to full time work, we decided to make the most of the recent bank holiday and head to a spa.
Me and my girlfriends have always envisioned a future of us – glamorous 40-year-olds leaving our kids, husbands, and of course, all encompassing important careers behind, once a year every year to visit the spa. We decided to get a taste of our future early this year, all feeling we needed a break and the spa was the perfect place to head.
Starting with some research on spabreaks.com, we came across the Luton Hoo Hotel. Luton probably isn’t the most sophisticated location in the world but the hotel looked bloody gorgeous so we got booked in. Our package included a 3 course dinner, one night’s stay, a buffet breakfast, a 25 minute and a 55 minute treatment. For everything you got included, we felt it was really reasonable. After navigating the country roads, ending up accidentally on a private estate at one point and having to drive through a flooded road convinced we were going to breakdown, we eventually made it. We had got lost a few too many times so ended up having to rush through check in and quickly get to our room in time for our first treatments. Because of this, we weren’t feeling particularly relaxed but the lovely spa lady immediately calmed us down. She gave us robes and slippers, showed us around and told us not to rush.
My first treatment was a facial – I’ve never had one before and after this I would definitely have one again. My skin was analysed by the specialist and after deciding it was dry combination, she put together a special formula for me. It was double cleansed, toned, massaged, serumed (is this a word?!), everything you can imagine. A lovely little added extra was a hair mask and head massage, it was just what I needed. In the end, my facialist recommended me some products and reminded me that we also got £25 voucher to spend on ESPA goodies. I ended up choosing the Balancing Herbal Spafresh Toner which she used on me and smells delicious. Now everytime I use it, it takes me back to the spa.
After our treatment, we were taken to the ‘chill room’ to sit in massage chairs, watch the tropical fish in the tank, drink specially brewed herbal tea and eat dried fruit and nuts. We’d only been at the spa an hour and we all said we felt so relaxed.
We spent the rest of the day chilling by the pool, dipping in and out of the amazing jacuzzi and popping into the sauna and steam room whenever we felt like it. We caught up at a million miles per hour, filling each other in on all the little life details you don’t usually have time to chat about. Before we realised, it was 7pm but we didn’t feel in a rush at all. We wandered back to the room, got dressed and went for our 3 course meal. After a couple of glasses of prosecco and far too much more chattering, we snuggled up in bed in our PJs and put on a DVD.
I woke up the next morning feeling more chilled and at peace with the world than I have in ages. It is so important to just take some time out and so hard to find the time to do it. When you’re at a spa, you can’t help but fit in with the ethos of the whole place and relax, it’s infectious. On the Monday (it felt even better that it should be a working day), we had our amazing buffet breakfast and went back to the spa to chill. None of us even bothered to put make up on. We also had our 55 minute treatments, mine was a full body massage. The perfect way to end my time there, releasing any tension that could possibly remain.
Spending two days with my girls at the spa was one of my favourite things I’ve done this year. I came back with glowing skin and a peaceful mind. If there is one holiday you invest in this year, I would recommend a break with the girls – you just can’t beat it!