My Top 4 Most Amazing Spas In The World

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In aid of National Spa Week, I just wanted to share my top 4 of the most amazing spas in the world (according to my experience). I have been to a few spas around the UK and some abroad and have found these to be my all-time favourites.

The Scarlet Spa, Cornwall

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I simply adore this spa. It’s not only the first Eco-friendly spa but it’s also an excellent option if you’re looking for a total detox and full mind/body rejuvenation. The spa lunch menu is superbly healthy and cleansing on the body. The indoor pool looks stunning but not as amazing as the chemical-free pool outside which is cleaned by reeds. Also the clifftop hot tubs offer the most breath-taking views.

Recap: It’s amazing because… it’s the first eco UK spa and bathing in the clifftop hot tub is an experience not to be missed.

La Maison D’Arabe, Marrkesh

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This Moroccan hotel spa had everything I wanted in a spa; it was small, intimate and calming. I opted for the ‘Marhaba session’ which consists of a traditional hammam (steam room) session followed with a black soap cleanse, face and body exfoliation, clay (ghassoul) body mask, followed by a body massage. It was heavenly and the taste of a traditional Moroccan experience gave it that WOW factor. Be aware that due to the Islamic laws, there are only single-sex sessions so couples won’t be able to spa together or even be in the spa area together at the same time.

Recap: It’s amazing because… you get an authentic taste of a traditional hammam experience.

The Zuiver Spa, Amsterdam

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The Zuiver Spa was discovered by chance when I decided to go Amsterdam with Daddy P one day. I wanted to go to a spa that had a lot to offer in terms of variety and Zuiver Spa certainly has many facilities to impress you with. Starting with the beautiful lengthy indoor pool that extends to outside, to the numerous types of steam rooms and saunas available. If you’re not a big fan of heat, this spa is perfect for you as there are more tepid rooms such as the colour therapy room and the infrared sauna which is very mild. Due to Dutch culture, most of the days the spa operates on a no-swimwear policy. If you’re not brave enough to bare the flesh then check for the day that swimwear is permitted.

Recap: It’s amazing because… it’s got more facilities than you can count with both hands and the option to bathe like the Dutch locals (nude, if you dare to!)

Thermae Bath Spa, Bath

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Have you ever wanted to bath in natural mineral waters but never knew where you could go? The Thermae Bath Spa should be your first-stop destination. The spa uses the mineral waters that comes out directly from the springs underneath so the waters are amazingly warm all year round. The water is treated with around 1% chlorine which is more than sufficient to maintain pool hygiene and cleanliness. The indoor pool which is located at basement level or get a good look of the old spa town whilst bathing in the rooftop pool. The middle floor is dedicated to four massive steam pods; each pod has a different aroma from mint and eucalyptus to lavender and myrrh.

Recap: It’s amazing because… it’s one of the only UK spas that uses mineral spring waters and the steam pods are seriously impressive.


I hope you enjoyed my little list of spas with the WOW factor – if you’ve gone to one of these places, let me know what you thought about them

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Throwback Thursday: The Scarlet Spain Newquay Cornwall

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This week’s Throwback Thursday goes to the wonderful girly spa trip to The Scarlet Hotel & Eco Spa in Newquay, Cornwall. Blissful and beautiful! It was an amazing two nights we stayed in Newquay and visited this stunning eco-friendly spa. With an naturally-filtered outdoor pool, an outdoor hot tub, beautiful relaxation lounge looking outside, and sleeping pods that hang from the ceiling, cocooning you in warmth and comfort.

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The view from the spa reception
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The naturally filtered outdoor pool

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We only booked in for spa access so I can’t comment on the treatments or the treatment room but can say that the standard of this hotel spa is one of the best I’ve been to. The decor is beautiful and serene and the relaxation lounge is large enough to accommodate both spa only guests and those booked in for treatments or day packages. There was also a soothing relaxation room with bean bags and low lights which I fell asleep in. I remember being so tired I started snoring in there but there was hardly any other guests apart from us that day so it was like having the spa all to ourselves!

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Relaxation lounge
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Relax on the loungers or beanbags and look out at the pool and beyond
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The beautiful indoor pool

The Scartlet Spa facilities:

  • Indoor swimming pool 13m x 4m cleansed by low dosage bromine
  • Outdoor barrel cedar sauna
  • Steam room
  • Cliff top outdoor swimming pool (filtered by reeds)
  • Cliff top hot tubs – looking out across the ocean
  • Uplifting relaxation area – overlooking the natural pool and out to the ocean beyond Meditation room
  • Deep relaxation space, a quiet space with hanging canvas pods to curl up in

 

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Cocooning myself in the sleep pod
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Me enjoying the heated spa pool 🙂
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Panoramic view overlooking The Scarlet Spa in Cornwall

Self Care: My Well-needed getaway to Newquay beach and The Scarlet Hotel Spa

Things were getting on top of me and I could feel all of the tension, stress and anxiety building up on my shoulders. I was constantly snapping at LO’s dad, and the little things LO would do that I would usually find cute i.e. messing up the house or trying to help out with the tidying was really grating on me resulting in me shouting my head off and upsetting him. Even work was becoming exhausting for me – I knew it was time for a break away from it all.

The girls at work and I have been talking about going away for a spa break for a while so we finally decided it was time for our spa break to The Scarlet in Cornwall. We all paid for a flight there as it worked out quicker and cheaper to fly than travel by train.

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It was early afternoon when we got into Newquay and decided to stop off at Watergate Bay as we couldn’t check into our apartment until after 4pm (it was 1pm when we arrived). We had a lovely beach stroll, a great catch-up chat about work and other gossip, and then decided to have a quick lunch at the stunning Living Space restaurant right on the beachfront at Watergate Bay.

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The restaurant was aesthetically beautiful. The decor completely complimented the sea view and location. The food… the food was deliciously fresh, tasty and quite healthy.I shared with a friend the hot salmon bagel and chips whilst the other friend opted for a salmon salad. I shared as I wasn’t too hungry and just wanted something small to fill the void. The hot chocolate I ordered was frothy, milky and chocolatey… super yum! 🙂

On our way to the apartment we stopped at the shops to make our own dinner as we thought we’d be too lazy to go out to eat (and were on a budget). That night we two of us had breaded chicken and wedges, our vegetarian friend had spaghetti bolognese made with Quorn mince and we all settled down with a nice movie before going to bed.

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Day Two

Today was the day we went to visit The Scarlet Spa. Hidden away in Mawgan Porth, this eco-friendly spa is simply stunning and despite its modern look, in no way it sticks out like a sore thumb in its surroundings. The building itself is nestled away in a small road up one of the many cliff roads in Cornwall. Upon entering the spa, we were gobsmacked at how beautiful the place was. As we arrived slightly “late” as an itinerary was planned for us which we were unaware of however as it was a weekday visit, the spa were able to re-jiggle our spa day to make sure we could still experience everything our spa day package offered. The Scarlet spa is a part of the hotel so as we arrived early, we headed to the main restaurant for a drink whilst we waited for our spa host to collect us.

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From left to right; manuka honey tea, mocha, ginger biscuits, and cappuccino

When our spa host collected us and escorted us down to the spa restaurant as we arrived at the time we were supposed to have our spa lunch. We had to pre-order the food before coming; two of us ordered the salmon dish and the other friend ordered the chicken. It was a light lunch (and very healthy) but we loved it as we really wasn’t looking for a heavy meal whilst trying to “detox” at the spa.

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The hummous was so delicious! It tasted like it had paprika and harissa spice added to it which was divine with the homemade bread. The apple juice was freshly squeezed and tasted so fresh like it had just been juiced that very second. We were very satisfied with our meals. After we had finished, we all made our way down to the spa area were we enjoyed 2 blissful hours using the spa facilities and experiencing the rhassoul.

Time flew by so quickly at the spa and before I knew it, it was time to leave. I was fully relaxed and even fell asleep in the spa’s meditation room… once again, snoring away! 🙂 When we left the spa, we went back to the apartment for a little rest. We decided we were going to go out for a meal so headed back out to Watergate Bay and had something to eat at Zacry’s which was lovely. Two of us opted for lamb which was really tasty and our vegetarian friend opted for the cod. The total bill wasn’t too much at around £30 each including drink and dessert which is reasonable.

Day Three

This was the day I set off as I decided I was only going away for 2 nights. I thought I would miss LO too much so I cut my trip short. The flight wasn’t until the evening so the first part of the day we decided to go for a lovely beach walk which was calming and just what I needed to chill out before heading back to my busy lifestyle. It was so foggy that morning I got a great image of it on our walk.

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The fog was so thick, it felt like it engulfed the horizon. Looking out towards the sea, it was just all grey… you couldn’t see anything else. When you are walking up a hill/cliff, the last thing you want is limited visibility but luckily the road was still clear so it wasn’t too bad. When I arrived at the airport ready to fly home the flight was slightly delayed because of the fog but luckily we were still able to fly and despite the late departure we arrived back in London on time.

The short break was a well-needed getaway for me. After feeling so stress-out and exhausted it was the first time I was able to fully relax and unwind without having to worry about anything. Unfortunately the relaxed feeling didn’t last long – just two days to be exact. Then all the exhaustive demands came back. Now when I start to feel stressed, I think back to this wonderful trip.

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Check out my #ThrowbackThursday post with more stunning photos of The Scarlet Spa

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Enveloped

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In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Enveloped”

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This post is a week overdue so please accept my apologies however I did not have any images for last week’s theme until yesterday when I visited The Scarlet Hotel & Spa in Cornwall, UK and was able to capture this photo of a friend for the challenge.

To be enveloped (for me) means to be encased in something, to feel protected… almost like “to be cocooned” in whatever it is you desire – in this case it’s to be enveloped in comfort and relaxation!

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