Today I was very lucky to be given the opportunity to go to a launch at a spa. Did I want to go? All I had to do was write a review? Did I want to go???????????????? errrrrm Let me think about that for all of a nano second – YES PLEASE!
Then I found out the spa was at Eden Hall and it was for the launch of their Aromatherapy Associates. Even bigger YES PLEASE!
I have always wanted to go to Eden Hall but, with my first experience of a spa being the wonderful Aqua Sana at Center Parcs I have been somewhat wary of paying a higher amount of money to go somewhere and feel let down so I had never risked it. Tonight, as it was an invitation only event I thought it was a perfect opportunity.
I wasn’t let down.
We (my friend Heather and I) gathered in the palm conservatory which is light, airy, clean and tidy with some lovely views across the beautifully kept gardens before we were “released” to the spa.
There were several different heat rooms but I only went into the rose steam room and the sauna because of time restraints.
The rose steam room was, on very first impact a little sickly sweet but I find that with rose scent anyway so wasn’t concerned but once the initial seconds had passed the room was lovely. I settled into the bliss of heat, aroma and immediate relaxation. I tried to think of things that had been on my mind all day but kept coming back to a blissful “meh – so what”.
The sauna was a typical Swedish style sauna but it was neat, tidy and didn’t totally smell of that hot wood smell that makes me not keen on saunas. It would have been nice to have some of those little wedge shaped pillows so we could lie down but it didn’t take anything away from the experience.
I had a lovely relax (that’s going to be a pretty recurrent word in tonight’s blog!) in the foot spa but felt the seating was a little bit uncomfortable as I am short and I had to sit on the edge of the seating to get my feet into the bubbles which meant I couldn’t sit back into the gentle waterfall that was there. My feet were nicely massaged though so being a little picky.
Water wise we went into the jacuzzi, the pool, around the little crescent of water jets and into the hot tub outside. Lovely! The temperature was just right and I could happily have stayed in the hot tub a lot longer if I hadn’t had to get out for a treatment. Even getting out of the water didn’t leave you with that shudder that you can often get when leaving warm water into colder air. Nice.
The treatment I had was a wonderfully relaxing Indian head massage and, although it was only a taster – being complimentary – I was totally relaxed and chilled throughout. Definitely recommend this treatment.
We then had a wander and found the gym and fitness room – it baffles me why you want to get all energetic when you are relaxing at a spa but that’s just me as my idea of relaxation is doing nothing much at all in a nice, warm, chilled environment.
There is also a slumber room which had some huge leather bean bag type beds in it. I had a settle down for a while but don’t think I would have stayed in there for too long although it was very nice room.
I did have one thing I wasn’t so keen on and that was the rows of loungers by the pool. I appreciate that space in there isn’t huge but it felt a little like the beach on a summer’s morning waiting for the touristy bathers to arrive.
All in all a lovely evening and I would definitely go back there again should the opportunity arise.
One thing that did catch my interest (in the way trivia does) is that there is a definite hint of Ikea in the fixtures and fittings – definitely a few Expedit units and some wibbly wobbly mirrors.
If I had to choose between Aqua Sana (Sherwood) and Eden Hall? Hmmm. Probably edging slightly is Aqua Sana as there are more heat rooms and it doesn’t feel quite so “beachy” with the loungers but Eden Hall is a very close second beating Aqua Sana (Elvedon)
There – a nice blog post for a change. Might do another tomorrow when I finish my spa day! Yes two in a row – that is a massive first!