Another blog post coming your way, on a Saturday night. I’m staying in tonight because I’m up at 5am for a car boot sale (what can I say, I live a Hollywood life).
Tonight I’m reviewing the Bannatyne Spa in Manchester (Quay Street), specifically their package Wish Upon A Spa. I was bought this by my boyfriend for my birthday and it was £99 for two people, with 3 treatments and full access to the facilities. The treatments included a facial, a neck/back/shoulder massage and a scalp massage!
There were several treatments to choose from in these options, for example deep tissue massage, swedish massage, etc. There was a big variety of options, which is great!
We were advised to be at the Gym/Spa 15 minutes early, but we were a bit late because of parking. Unfortunately, the only parking nearby was NCP parking, which as you’ll probably know is quite expensive.
At the front desk, we had to fill in quite a lot of paperwork (although it wasn’t made clear why…), which took up about 10 minutes. We could also rent a dressing gown (which was lovely and soft), towel and slippers for £4 and a padlock for £1. Then we were taken downstairs to the waiting area for the spa, which was quiet, low lit and lovely.
Our masseuse then came over to introduce herself and took us into our dual room (we had to request this during the booking). She asked us if there were any areas we’d like to focus on during our massage and was generally a lovely lady and soft spoken (you know like that episode of Friends when Phoebe works in the spa? “Through the glass doors”, kind of voice!). She then asked us to undress (we could leave our bras on if we wanted) and to lie down and cover ourselves up with the towel.
The neck, back and shoulder message was lovely and lasted around 30 minutes. It was really relaxing, there was peaceful music playing and felt like the perfect amount of time. We then turned over and were wrapped up in a blanket (like a snug bug in a rug!), in order for them to start our facial.
I’ll be honest that I didn’t enjoy the facial – but it was my first one and I didn’t like someone being so close to my face! They also seemed to use a lot of products which I felt was just too much. My skin didn’t react badly or break out, and I felt refreshed, but probably wouldn’t have another facial (anywhere!).
When we had our masks on, our shoulders were massaged and then we had the option to have a scalp massage with or without oil. I opted for with oil as I was going to wash my hair anyway and it felt lovely.
The spa part of the package was really great. We had access to the facilities, which included two saunas, two steam rooms, two jacuzzis and a pool. I didn’t like the facilities too much – it didn’t feel very much like a gym, it was very dark and felt a bit depressing. We spent a little time in there but not much. The changing rooms had no windows, had marks on the wall and felt a bit like a prison cell!
I had a voucher for the Hilton in Chester last year, but only for the facilities. I much preferred their facilities – it was modern, stylish, clean and bright.
Would I go back? Absolutely, but only for the spa treatments. The girls were lovely, the massage was great and it was clean. But I wouldn’t use the gym or other facilities.