Here are some of the deals I've bagged in the last couple of years via Wowcher:
- £29.99 for day spa access and 25-minute treatment
- £69 for day access for 2 people and 3 mini treatments each
- £49 for day spa access and 3 treatments
- £95 for day access for 2 people and 4 mini treatments each
I shared my thoughts on a day spa visit that my husband and I took in January 2019 and this is now an updated review on how a half-day spa went for me in December 2020 between the two lockdowns in the UK. This was my early Christmas present from my parents and I went alone. After doing lots of spa days with friends and my husband I actually think I enjoy the days I go alone the best, as I only have myself to suit and I do love to relax and read.
The centre itself feels more like a gym/ sports centre than a traditional spa, so make sure you have the right expectations when you book for here. If you want the kind of experience you'd get at Champneys then I'd say don't bother. On the last two or three visits, the reception staff have seemed pretty new and not very clued up. I've even had a couple of rude ones and certainly, it appears, some like to chat with each other more than help you, but I take it with a pinch of salt as the actual spa and the treatments I've received on every occasion have been exceptional.
How is it different with covid-19 precautions?
- You have your temperature taken as you enter the building
- The normal spa bag with slippers, robes etc is unavailable to hire at the moment
- You have to wear a face-covering all the time you are in the centre (with the exception of in the pool area)
- You complete your spa health questionnaire online prior to your visit
- Reduced spa appointments to keep the number of people in the spa down and to allow for greater sanitisation of the rooms between customers
- You can't use the gym or take part in exercise classes currently
- The swimming pool, spa pool, sauna and steam room are available subject to capacity and on a first-come, first-use basis
- I was sent over to the hotel restaurant to have my brunch
- In the changing room some lockers and showers etc are out of use to maintain social distancing. They also have reminder signage for distancing and directional arrows in the carpets!
- Bannatyne have increased their cleaning regime and there are cleaning stations for you to use in the changing rooms and relaxation room too
- The cafe tables and chairs are spaced for social distancing and purchases all now need to be by card.
- They ask you to bring your own water currently if you do not wish to buy it. This seems a real shame.