Gold, silver and bronze spa challenges in Wales
Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
This week there’s all kinds of excitement taking place in the swimming arena – including the 100m backstroke. But whilst the athletes will be ploughing up and down the pool we recommend you try backstroke of a different kind – how about a nice relaxing massage?
Wales boasts a host of enticing palaces of pampering – but don’t take our word for it. We’ve asked Welsh spa expert Jessica Baldwin to come up with her gold, silver and bronze spa challenges. We know it’s a tough job, but fancy having a go?
Over to you Jessica!
So here are my three challenges – if you’re in Wales this summer have a go and tell me how you got on!
BRONZE – Get slathered in seaweed
Perched on a cliff overlooking picture-perfect Carmarthen Bay, the marine spa at St Brides offers the ultimate coastal retreat. The hydrotherapy infinity pool melts seamlessly into the sea beyond with stunning views of Britain’s only coastal national park. You challenge is to try their Marine Radiance Facial! This organic treatment uses freshly harvested local seaweed leaves to nourish and soothe the skin and décolletage. Don’t forget to take a stroll along the dramatic coastal path which features everything from volcanic headlands to flooded glacial valleys.
SILVER - Discover Your ‘dosha’
You wouldn’t expect to find an Indian oasis set within 650 acres of beautiful Welsh countryside would you? Not only does The Vale Spa boast a Chai café and Indian inspired tented slumber lounge, it also offers a range of Ayurvedic treatments, designed to work in sync with your personality type, or your ‘dosha’. Your silver challenge is the Balanati treatment; after your dosha consultation the ancient healing technique of Shirodhara sees warm oil drizzled over your forehead and body, promoting peace and balance.
GOLD – Find a fantastic facial
With an idyllic location on the banks of a tranquil lake, Kingfisher Spa offers what I think is the most luxurious facial in Wales. You gold challenge involves submitting to this most wonderful of treatments. Using silk, diamonds, black truffle and of course gold, it promises to leave you looking younger and feeling like a champion in no time.
What do you think? Reckon you can crack them? Let me know how you get on in the comments below!
Check out the Visit Wales website for more information about holiday ideas and spa breaks in Wales.
More about Jessica
Jessica Baldwin is an award-winning travel writer and spa reviewer. Her travels have taken her from Soho to the Sahara in search of the world's best spas and seen her try everything from a 24 crt gold facial in Tuscany to having her own blood injected into her face in Spain! But, with all of her family residing in the Vale of Glamorgan she regularly escapes London to explore the beautiful valleys and spa hotels of Wales.