This Christmas my sister and I opted to gift each other a shared experience which could double up as well needed girls’ day out. After much deliberation, which saw concerts, boozy afternoon tea and cooking classes thrown in to the mix, we finally decided to try Bannatyne Spa, Holywood, for some relaxation after the hectic festive season. Our package included two treatments and use of the facilities so we arrived early so we could fit in some lengths of the gorgeous pool before relaxing amidst a sea of bubbles in the jacuzzi. To finish off we tried the sauna and steam room to really get the circulation pumping.
As our treatment time arrived, it was time to make use of our spa bags which contained robes, towels and flip flops. These require a £16 deposit at reception on arrival but you get £10 back and you get to keep the Bannatyne emblazoned bag and flip flops. Wrapped up in our fluffy robes, we made our way to the spa where we were shown to the relaxation area. As well as loungers, guests can relax on heated water beds listening to soothing music whilst waiting for their therapist to arrive.
After a brief wait I was welcomed by Rachel, who showed me to an opulent treatment room. After explaining the treatments – I was booked in for a facial and a back, neck and shoulder massage – she left me to get changed. Once I was comfortable on the heated treatment bed, Rachel returned and explained she would be starting with the massage before carrying out the facial. The massage was heavenly; I have a lot of tension in my back and the pressure throughout was perfect – I could feel the knots loosen and fade away.
After I felt thoroughly relaxed, it was time for some TLC for my face which has definitely been feeling the effects of winter. From being dry to suffering a breakout, Rachel promised a treatment which would hydrate and sooth – and she certainly delivered. My face felt soft and looked brighter.
After my treatment, I was presented with a gorgeous Bannatyne Spa toner and hydrating mask to keep. The packaging is classic and stylish and I’ve already had the chance to sample both in my daily routine and would certainly recommend them.
As our spa day came to an end I was thoroughly impressed by Bannatyne Spa. The only fault I could find was that we hoped to toast the day off with bubbles or a coffee but the cafe – which is owned by a different company – had already closed when we had finished our treatments. However, that was soon rectified back at Gail’s house where a bottle of Prosecco was chilling in the fridge. As we sipped on cool bubbles, we swapped notes about why a return trip to Bannatyne Spa was definitely on the cards; the professional and friendly staff, spacious and clean changing facilities, fabulous pool and treatments that bring pampering to a new level, ensured that from start to finish it ticked a lot of boxes.