Spa Package Reviews

 

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Welcome dear Readers to alternate universe where Sisterkin jet off to exotic locations,  get properly pampered, stay in 5 star luxury and then report their opinions to you…

Thai yoga retreat here we come…

..ah unfortunately our budget won’t quite stretch to Asia, but y’know what there are some darn good spas and health clubs right here in the Westcountry. I don’t know about you but after a hard days mummying I love getting together with my girlfriends and gossiping in a jacuzzi. However, if I am spending my hard-earned cash I want more than a sauna and a scone. So here is our rundown of the spas we have tried.

Please note we were not paid or encouraged to write these reviews therefore they are 100% our honest, no-holds-barred opinions.

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, TORQUAY – Package: lunch and spa £50

Setting
The unfortunate thing about the once regal Imperial is that driving into the car park is like driving into some run-down communist block shopping mall, but don’t let this put you off. When you enter the hotel itself you get a view of the former splendour of this hotel. The spa is located at the end of a rabbit warren of lifts and corridors (take are not to get lost!)
Score 3.5/5

Facilities
The facilities at the Imperial are a little tired and dated. There is a pool and jacuzzi which are adequate. The sauna is in the changing rooms which themselves could do with a refurb. There are two treatment rooms and some treatments (pedicures and manicures) are done in a screened area just off the reception (one friend commented that she would have preferred more privacy for her bunions). There is also a gym (we didn’t use surprisingly).

One thing I particularly like about this health club is the Relaxation Room. This is situated just outside the rest of the facilities. Here you can have a hot drink and relax on one of the loungers.
Score 2/5

Treatments
I had two half hour treatments and I can say that I was very impressed with my facial and back massage. Of course any treatment does depend on the therapist (is that what you call them?)
Score 4/5

Food
We had lunch in the restaurant overlooking the bay. The menu is mainly sandwiches and pasta. Catering for the mums that munch crew. It was adequate. The second time I went we had the overnight package and had dinner we I must say was really really good.
Score 3/5

THE ILSINGTON HOTEL, ILSINGTON, DARTMOOR – Package: Devon Celebration

Setting
Located on the outskirts of Dartmoor this hotel is a hidden gem and I feel a little reluctant to share it with you. But that would be selfish of me. I love this place and on a sunny day often take the kids up there for a game of croquet on the lawn. That’s the way we roll!
Score 5/5

Facilities
The facilities are brand new and as soon as you enter you feel in the lap of luxury. All metallic tiles, bamboo and buddhas. There is everything you expect from a spa plus a hydrotherapy pool that you might never want to leave.
Score 4.5/5

Treatments
Sorry, I have never had a treatment here. Too busy perfecting my croquet stroke!

Food
We treated our mum to a Devon Celebration package (and of course had to accompany her). The high tea was very generous with two scones, sandwiches, flapjacks . I would recommend having your high tea when you have finished in the spa.
Score 4.5/5

DARTMOUTH GOLF AND COUNTY CLUB – Package: spa, rasul mud treatment and two course lunch with prosecco £69 for two (Groupon)

Setting
Not strictly speaking in Dartmouth, this is as it says primarily a golf club. The club itself is not super luxurious but you can get all your golfing goods at the shop.
Score 2.5/5

Facilities
The spa here is lovely. There is a pool, steam room and jacuzzi. It can get fairly busy and there are only a handful of loungers so bag one quick.
Score 4/5

Treatments
The treatment in this package is the Rasul Mud Treatment. Essentially this is a room where you and your friend rub mud onto yourselves (or indeed each other) and then get really hot and rub it off. I have to tell you that I think this treatment is a bit of a gimmick. If I’m having a treatment I like someone to be ‘treating’ me. Personally I find the room too hot and claustrophobic. Thumbs down.
Score 1/5

Food
We had lunch here which was pretty standard. As part of the package there are three choices (meat, fish, vegetarian). I think I had a tuna wrap. After necking the glass of prosecco the meal itself was instantly forgettable.
Score 2.5/5

MAGDALEN CHAPTER, EXETER – Package: Express Pamper – treatment, use if outdoor pool, afternoon tea £45

Setting
This beautiful old building in the Southernhay area of Exeter was previously the Eye Hospital. The hotel is upmarket and stylish. I loved walking in and seeing all the footballers wives wining and dining. Loved it.
Score 4.5/5

Facilities
Here is where the Magdalen Chapter falls down. There really are no facilities. There is a treatment centre with two treatment rooms and a gym. Then there is an outdoor pool with a dark indoor jacuzzi part. There are no real indoor facilities and if like me you like to lounge around you can choose one of the two loungers outside by the pool.
Score 1/5

Treatments
I had a REN facial which was fabulous. The therapist told me that the treatment was all about hot towels. Having a hot towel on your face can be a little suffocating, but my skin looked great afterwards.
Score 4/5

Food
We had high tea which was wonderful. Perfect tiny sandwiches and mini cakes. We were thoroughly stuffed and delighted at the end.
Score 5/5

 

A Cornish Mum

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