4 of the Best: Midweek Wellness Experiences to Relax, Re-balance and RejuvenateBy Angelica Malin
As the summer holidays draw to a close and the routine of packed lunches, school pickups and forgotten sports kits rear their head, relaxation and wellness can seem like a distant, but a hugely desirable dream for working parents.
Helping everyone utilise the power of spa to support overall well-being, while also juggling those busy work, commute and family schedules, Spabreaks.com has expanded its offering of half-day and twilight spa packages that are designed to fit perfectly around an array of commitments.
Whether it is those few hours after dropping the kids off, an afternoon off work or an evening to catch up with friends, there are plenty of spa packages that cater to busy schedules and well-being needs.
From tranquil retreats on the Scottish coast to secret spots in the city, Spabreaks.com rounds up some of its top half day packages.
The Lowdown: The Twilight Spa and Dine experience at this hidden Central London gem is one of the best-kept wellness secrets in the capital. Offering unapologetic opulence with views of Kensington Gardens and Palace, the spa here offers treatments using prestige products from Nature Bisse. This evening package is built to facilitate work during the day and relaxation in the evening.
A choice of one 50-minute treatment from a Swedish massage, skin comfort facial or combined treatment (split between a 25-minute facial, and 25-minute upper-body massage) is on offer along with access to the relaxation lounge. A three-course dinner with a glass of prosecco in the Brunello restaurant rounds off the evening, making this the perfect retreat for some personal time or for catching up with friends in the city whilst providing a luxurious well-being boost.
Price: From £140pp, arrival 5pm and departure 8pm
The Lowdown: Part of SpaBreaks.com’s Elysium Collection, a hand-picked group of luxury spas across the country, Nadarra Spa in Yorkshire offers an ideal half day spa experience that’s perfect for unwinding on a day off or while the kids are at school.
Welcome refreshments are followed by a 60-minute bespoke treatment and two hours use of the spa’s award winning facilities, which include two outdoor infinity pools, an indoor bubble pool and a thermal suite with Himalayan salt sauna, aromatherapy steam room, Finnish and infrared saunas and an ice fountain.
Providing further well-being boosts are the fully equipped fitness suites with dedicated studios and the private spa garden with baths and multiple relaxation areas that make this hugely popular spa package perfect for a re-balancing morning or afternoon. A tapas style lunch completes the package and creates a relaxing, rural retreat from everyday life.
Price: From £139 per person
The Lowdown: Kohler Waters Spa takes the therapeutic and wellness benefits of water seriously and utilises it to create the ultimate experiences in relaxation. Its indoor lap and hydrotherapy pool, ice fountain, cold plunge pool and rooftop hot pool provide a 360° opportunity to indulge in the benefits of hydrotherapy.
The award-winning spa’s Indulgent Spa Retreat Package offers an afternoon filled with health and well-being boosts, just a hop, skip and jump away from the scenic town of St Andrews – perfectly suited to those looking for a half-day retreat. Both a 50-minute back massage and 50-minute Classic Prescription Facial are included, along with two hours use of a selection of the spa’s facilities and a two course lunch with a glass of prosecco in the dedicated and hugely popular Spa cafe before the presentation of a spa gift to take home.
Price: From £224 per person
The Lowdown: The perfect rural retreat for relaxation and holistic rejuvenation, that fits around a working week. Ragdale Hall’s Twilight Taster offers a 40-minute treatment from a choice of a Moisturising Lavender Body treatment or a Ragdale Prescription Facial, and use of the spa’s extensive and state-of-the-art facilities, which focus on a 360° approach to body, soul and mental wellbeing, from 4:30pm – 9:30pm.
The one-of-a-kind thermal spa consists of a candle pool, indoor and outdoor waterfall pool, graphics enhanced thought zone, aromatherapy scented Colourflow Cave, Volcanic Salt Bath, Scented Room, Rose Room and a Cave Shower complete with its own thunderstorm and experience showers. The rooftop pool offers an open air heated experience with reclining underwater massage jet seating complete with an infinity edge to take in the splendour of the surrounding countryside. A two-course dinner in the Verandah bar is included in the package, making it ideal for a solo spa experience or evening catching up with friends.
Price: £97 per person