Easter Friday found me at The Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden. It was my second visit and I took my Mum to celebrate her birthday. We first visited a few weeks before for an evening of massages and Sleep Retreat action. This time we got to spend the whole day at the spa.
We arrived at around 11am and were welcomed by big fluffy robes and flip flops. we got changed into our swimsuits and robes and entered Nirvana!
First up at 12pm, Mum had a Sanctuary massage which is a massgae customised to your needs. Mum went for full body and scalp. I had a Dreamtime Dry Floatation. Firstly they massage warm shes butter into your skin, wrap you in muslin and towels, then you float in warm water but you dont get wet...hence the dry part! The bed lowers into the water which is the strangest sensation ever. You then have a face massage and are left to relax for 20 minutes. Once you have been floating, you are then moisturised again. My skin has never felt so lovely. I am seriously considering pure shea butter as an ongoing treatment.
I then met Mum for lunch which was lovely. We had 2 courses which was starters and mains. We passed on dessert as the relaxation was enough without falling into a food coma.
Next up was pedicures. We sat in a beautifully decorated room on wicker chairs with big cushions while our toes were pampered. It was nice as we go to sit next to each other and spend some time together. Mani and Pedi's are definitely a social thing! After our freshly painted tootsies, we made our way into the Koi Lounge and up to the Sleep Retreat. I spoke about this before wen it launched. It is a room with 11 beds which have sound wave therapy so you reach a medititive state. The first time I went in here, I was worried I would fall asleep and the staff would be shouting my name to wake up. Luckily the voice takes you into meditation and back out again leaving you refreshed. The second time we went in, we knew what to expect and it was a lot easier to drift off.
After we were truly relaxed, we were left to our own devices to make use of the facilities. We started off in the jacuzzi, then the pool, then relaxed in the Koi Lounge over tea and cake!
The whole spa is extremely clean, modern and peaceful. While you are there, you dont even feel like you are in the centre of London just metres away from street theatre, shops and hustle and bustle of the tube. You really feel like you get away. The staff are so helpful and are on hand to offer any advice on skin care or products. Food and drink is also always available meaning all you need to worry about is relaxing. After you have finished your day, you get to make use to the dressing area which is full of products to use along with gorgeous mirrors and stools. I didnt want to leave!
If you are thinking of going to The Sanctuary, you should. We left relaxed, happy and it felt like a mini break. We have already planned our third trip.
Thank you to all of the staff at The Sanctuary who made our day perfect. See you next time.