Wednesday, 7 May 2014


As a Bank Holiday treat my sister booked a spa day for our Mum and ourselves. We went to the MacDonald Hill Valley Hotel, Spa and Golf Club. The spa is located in Shropshire which is about an hour away from my home. Even from the outside the spa was gorgeous, surrounded by lush opulent greenery. I felt like I was in the country club from Big Rich Texas. Very posh. 

We received our robes and slippers, the standard white and fluffy kind that feel akin to being cuddled by a gigantic teddy bear. I wear glasses so I just tucked those and my locker keys into the robe pockets. The lockers themselves had more than enough room and the changing rooms had hair dryers and hand cream available, just as the showers had shower wash available. 

The morning was spent alternating between the steam room, the sauna and the swimming pool. The difference between steam rooms and saunas are that steam rooms use moist heat whereas saunas use dry heat. Therefore, saunas are much hotter. Both the steam room and sauna help to stimulate blood flow and increase metabolism. However, steam rooms are more suited to those with joint or body pains as well as those who wish to detox and asthmatics. Saunas are beneficial for reducing stress and blood pressure, improving muscle stimulation and cardiovascular health.

The heat can be a lot to handle, especially if you’re not use to it, so don’t spend too much time in there. Most have timers so you aren’t sitting in the heat too long. Also take note of what you're wearing, my kara (steel bangle) was burning hot on my wrist. I didn't even think about it, prior to entering, the instant you leave it cools down to its original state immediately, just remember to take anything metallic off your person when going into the sauna. The steam room does not have this effect. 

The Mud Rhassoul ritual was scheduled for 1:30 pm. We went to the relaxation room, five minutes before our treatment, which was heaven encapsulated in a room with soft sleepy music playing, magazines, dim lighting, cold mineral water. It was lovely, there were beds straight out of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The treatment in the brochure is described as:

"The ancient Egyptian bathing ritual begins as you gently exfoliate with Dead Sea salt crystals and then apply a specially formulated mineral mud to your body before entering the decorated Rhassoul chamber. the infusion of steam will fill the room to soften the mineral mud before the gentle rain-like washes all the mud away leaving your skin unbelievably smooth. To finish this treatment you will moisturise with a luxurious citrus body moisturiser."

This is all correct, except that the steam chamber was not decorated unless you call plain blue tiles a decoration and the Dead Sea salt crystals that we used to exfoliate did a fine job but for some reason stung when applying it to my legs. I don't know why, but it really hurt especially when washing them off. The mineral mud was fantastic, it felt great and you apply it all over yourself including your face and neck. “the gentle rain-like shower” was an ordinary shower and it was hard to get all the mud off because the shower was aimed at the seats but you can get most of it off. The moisturiser did smell fantastic and I applied it liberally.

My skin was shit and had been shit for a while due to an accumulation of things (stress, exams, sleep deprivation, crappy food). I had dull irritated skin that felt tight and uncomfortable plus a few spots and definite darkness surrounding my eyes. I have always been the kind of person who doesn't sleep much but it's never effected my skin or made dark circles appear. After this Mineral Mud treatment however I saw a palpable difference and for the first time in days my skin looked like it was back to normal and I felt perfectly fine without makeup. Yay. It had a good soothing effect and detoxed as well as hydrated my skin, giving  the illusion of well rested skin. 

Following the ritual we returned to the relaxation room, we were all absolutely knackered and I felt really dizzy after the ritual probably because I stayed in the steam the longest. After lying down with my eyes shut for a few minutes I felt a lot better, we all got into the cute beds and my Mom read a magazine while my sister and I napped and discussed what treatment she should get. She booked her massage for 5 pm.

After our afternoon siesta we went exploring and discovered the tea room. They had a myriad of tea flavours available but not English Breakfast tea which is all I wanted. The menu and food were vastly overpriced and not worth it so we skipped. The rest of the day was spent alternating between the steam room, sauna and swimming pool. When we could drag ourselves away we left apprximately 7 pm. 

Our Bank Holiday shenanigans ended with a carvery at Toby Carvery, where else, the prices were a little higher but the food was epic. Spas are so relaxing but exhausting as well, it makes no sense but I was shattered and ready to collapse into a carb coma. I definitely made the most of the unlimited roast potatoes and mustard gravy. Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading. Take care

What is your favourite spa treatment?




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  2. This all sound so relaxing and pampering however for the skin rejuvenating effect I think skin peels serve the best purpose performed by a trained and qualified practitioner who has training from some reputable institute like


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