I always seem to be having conversations with friends about booking a spa weekend or going for a spa day, but it just never seems to come to fruition. This all changed recently when the Spa Manager from The Bannatyne Spa in Orpington invited me to the opening day of the spa.
I attended the event with Abi and upon arrival we were given a glass of Prosecco, it’s like they could already see into my soul, I felt at home. We were taken into a dark room with mood lighting and two rows of heated loungers, although the classy lady that I am was straddling it at one point chatting to Abi before realising how I must have looked. She got a laugh out of it at least!
We were given a tour of the spa by the manager Amy, now I’ve always known was great at her job and loves the field she works in, but getting to see her in her natural environment explaining everything to us was amazing. They had a spacious nail bar and large comfy pedicure chairs next to the reception desk, just before you make your way to the dark room.
We were then taken to the Elemis Facial room where we got to have a skin scan by a dedicated Elemis representative who had come especially for the opening. I literally bow down to Sam Parry from Elemis, she was losing her voice but still took the time to thoroughly go through the results with us, especially after hearing we’d both had skin scans before but had never had them explained to us (not by Elemis I must point out) so had never really acknowledged them there on out. I came away from the scan feeling confident in having gained information on my skin and getting advice on how I could work on any problem areas.
Next was the most exciting part of the evening, I have only two words for you and that’s all that’s needed; Chocolate Massage.
Now I’ve only had one massage before that was quite painful and I’m very offended by the waste of chocolate. But both these thoughts went out right out the window the second the hot melted chocolate fell upon my back and the talented Masseuses begun their job. It was heaven, you can waste chocolate like that on me any day! We had a shoulder, neck and back massage and it was so soothing I could have easily fallen asleep… that is if I wasn’t just getting over a virus and so instead Abi got to have her chocolate massage alongside the soothing music and the sound of me struggling to breathe. I’m sure the poor girl who got me was wishing she could swap whilst hoping I didn’t pass out on the table.
Everyone at the spa was so friendly and were all very talented at their jobs, I felt completely relaxed during the entire evening. It was a much needed evening for myself and Abi and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I can’t wait to go back and it shouldn’t be too long of a wait as I should be taking my Mum there for Mothers Day as long as they aren’t completely booked up as I can imagine they will be in high demand. Thank you to Bannatyne and Elemis for a great evening!