When I saw that Bluestone Resort had included within the grounds a 5* Spa Retreat I was really looking forward to experiencing the relaxing and rejuvenating treatments that they had to offer.
As a beauty therapist I am usually giving the treatments so to receive a wonderful facial was just bliss and I felt so relaxed afterward. Following a meet and greet by the friendly practitioners at the Well Spa desk and some form filling, I was escorted to the plush and bijou waiting area to wait until my treatment time.
The Celtic Spa Experience £35.00
I chose the Celtic Spa Experience followed by a Hydrating Espa Facial and set aside all morning to really enjoy the entire spa experience. It’s not often I find the time to treat myself to such an indulgent morning and I have to say I was really looking forward to it as soon as I had booked it online.
One tip I have is to remember to take a pound coin for the lockers in the changing room as you will need one, and ensure you go a little earlier than you have booked for to fill out the forms and get changed.
The Celtic Spa Experience was £35 for two hours and consisted of six thermal rooms to indulge in to be used alone or before a treatment to prepare the skin. Once I had changed in the very well appointed changing rooms into my swimsuit and robe, one of the lovely therapists lead me to the thermal rooms and all that was left for me to do was to select which ‘pod’ to choose first.
The Hot Brick Sauna was first on my list and I spent some time in there to help ease muscle tension and generally relax, helped by the 60-65 degrees dry heat and every 15 minutes the ‘pod’ will automatically spray the bricks with water, so don’t be concerned when you hear a noise! The sweating produced by the hot brick sauna gives the body a chance to rid itself from toxins and help to cleanse the skin as well as ease your muscles.
Next the Herbal Steam Room (my favourite ‘pod’!) made me relax and feel amazing as the detoxifying scents of eucalyptus and citrus were heavenly, I stayed in for about 20 minutes and my skin felt so clean afterward. I alternated between these two ‘pods’ and also tried the Salt Inhalation Room which I had been reading about the therapeutic benefits of salt inhalation in relation to decongesting your body and also if you have any respiratory complaints, you don’t ‘feel’ any difference but I’m sure given a few more visits and from reading the renowned health claims, you would feel the benefits.
Having really enjoyed the Herbal Steam Room I headed for the Marine Steam Room, as heavenly as each other and the scent was intoxicating while the room itself was lit by glowing salt lamps, I have to say that these two ‘pods’ were my favourite ones as they made my skin feel so clean afterwards.
The Celtic Sauna is heated a little hotter than the Hot Brick Sauna at 80-85 degrees and is beneficial for easing the muscles and releasing toxins from the skin, it was a little too hot for me although I did manage 10 minutes twice in it.
In-between the thermal rooms you can also use the Experience Showers which were wonderfully refreshing after the steam rooms and the Ice Room which felt amazing after the heat of the thermal rooms, you just rub the crushed ice over your body to stimulate your circulation, help with cellulite (hooray!) and naturally exfoliate. If it sounds too extreme for you why not give it a try as you may surprise yourself at how much you enjoy it!
Lastly The Hydrotherapy Pool is a blissful soak that you can relax in with different strength jets in lots of locations in the pool to give your muscles a wonderful soothing feeling while relaxing in the warm 30-35 degree water. Once you have finished in the pool you can sit an relax on the recliners in the sun.
I had a blissful two hours trying out all the thermal ‘pods’ and would completely recommend if you need something to revitalise and rejuvenate you, and your skin will feel so clean and detoxified after you have indulged in the Spa experience. If you get the chance while you are holidaying at Bluestone resort I urge you to try it out for a very relaxing two hours.
Re-Hydrating ESPA Facial £70 For 50 Minutes
After the Celtic Spa Experience I returned to the reception area to wait for my therapist to take me up to the treatment room for my very relaxing facial. The ESPA products are natural and totally luxurious and indulgent and my therapist made me feel very comfortable and relaxed while she determined what main concerns I had with my skin and selected the right ESPA products to use during the facial.
Don’t worry if you are not sure of what sort of facial you require, as the therapists at Bluestone Well Spa are expertly trained to ascertain exactly what your skin is lacking in and marry that information up and use the right ESPA products to give you the best results from your facial.
Throughout the facial my friendly therapist checked to see if I was warm enough and comfortable, and also explained each step she was doing. Having a professional facial is so beneficial as the therapist can inspect your skin and see exactly what you need to improve and enhance your skin. It was so relaxing and the head and shoulder massage that I had while the mask was working it’s magic was just blissful and every step of the way my therapist checked the pressure to make sure I was comfortable and happy with the treatment.
At the end of the treatment my therapist explained in detail all the ESPA products she used and why and gave me a useful highlighted booklet with all the products for future reference. She led me to a relaxation room to warm up and enjoy some quite reflection and then I went back to the changing rooms to shower and change.
No need to worry about packing any shampoo and conditioner as there are ESPA shampoo, conditioner and shower gels in all the showers which is very handy and one last thing to pack. There are also hairdryers and seating areas to ensure you leave looking as you would like and if you have time you can regroup and refuel at Caffi Môr for a healthy tasty lunch.
I floated back to my lodge feeling revitalised and my skin felt and looked amazing, I booked my partner straight in to the Celtic Spa Experience and the Gentlemans Tonic treatment, as I knew he would benefit from the relaxing experience as he had been working so much recently. Although he is not used to the Spa experience being a bit of a man’s man! He did enjoy the indulgence of the few hours he was there, and felt very relaxed when he returned refreshed and revitalised, he slept so well that night as the massage had done the trick!