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Closed:Giveaway: Sanctuary Spa

When I went to the Sanctuary Spa recently, as part of my gift voucher, I was given a little toiletry case of a few products that I had used during my time there. I thought that instead of keeping this myself, I would have a little giveaway! I haven’t done one since last year, so this appeared at just the right time :)

The set contains 50ml bottles of Body Scrub, Body Lotion, Body Wash and Foaming Bath Soak, and comes in a pretty little orange case. I’ll probably find a few other bits and bobs to send along to the winner too :)

To enter, just leave a comment telling me some of your favourite blogs – and why they’re so awesome! For an extra entry, like my Facebook page too! Entries close 27th Nov 2011.

Fine print: This giveaway is being held by me, I have provided the prize and the Sanctuary Spa doesn’t even know I’m alive. The giveaway is intended for genuine readers – if an entry is deemed to be from a competition forum and the like, it will be disqualified. This competition is open to people with a UK address and bribery is acceptable – I like tea, dresses and gin. Comments are screened as I know of others who have held giveaways and the entrants to those have been spammed.

Review: Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

After the craziness of the Aussie party last Saturday, a nice relaxing Sunday was much needed. Sarah and I headed into St Albans for some breakfast before my train back into London. Last year at the Take the Heat Aussie party, I won a champagne spa day for the Sancutary Spa in Covent Garden. It was almost due to run out, so I decided to use it to try and get back to normal after the party.

The spa is nice and easy to find – come out of Covent Garden tube station, and its a short walk around the corner. (Of course, there’s a battle to get through the tourists, but still) The entrance to the spa is actually at the back of the tiny shop front, then you head up some stairs and suddenly arrive in a huge reception leading through to the restaurant. Just from looking at the outside of the building, its difficult to realise just how huge the spa is, but there seems to be more and more rooms to discover.

After a little problem checking in (I didn’t have a debit card in my name with me, and no cash, so couldn’t set up an account if I wanted to buy more items – it would have been helpful if this had been mentioned when I called up to book!), I headed to the changing room to put my swim suit on, and the dressing gown that was waiting in my locker. I went into the lounge, a room full of plush purple velvet chairs and sofas everywhere, and had my glass of champagne and another plate full of eggs benedict – I had already had one with Sarah, not realising that was the only choice for brunch! There were a few groups in there already, lounging around in their dressing gowns and under blankets. I wasn’t the only person alone, but still felt a bit out of place sitting there reading an old Elle Decoration and trying to eat the runniest poached eggs from a low table.

After that, I sat by the atrium pool and read a copy of Red magazine – which was a little strange, because one of my tweets had been published in that issue! (I didn’t actually know, so I’m reading it and…oh, thats my name!) My first treatment was in the Infrared Sauna which was odd really. It has a row of seats, with back rests that have heaters in, and in front of the seats are more heaters. The session lasted for 25 minutes, and was oddly comfortable. Not many people who went in at the same time as me stayed for the full time, but I had read that it could help with back pain and can help burn calories – I think you would need more than one treatment to get any real benefit though!

After that, I lounged a bit more around the koi carp pool, before heading for my prescription facial. The facial was actually quite nice, I’m always a bit worried that I’m going to have a bad reaction to the products used, but my skin didn’t look too bad afterward.

While it was not what I would usually do the day after a crazy party, it was quite a nice and unusual experience. However, it would have been nice to have been told to bring a paper book (since I couldn’t take my iPad, apparently) and to have been told about the tab thing. Considering how long it took to book the treatments over the phone (not in a bad way, I was having a nice chat with the lady!), it wouldn’t have been difficult to add this info in to when you’re being told about bringing your own swim suit, etc. I think that I would have enjoyed the whole thing a lot more if I had been with a friend – the majority of people there were in large groups, and I felt a little awkward wandering around on my own!

I’d like to go to a spa again, but next time I would want to go with a group of friends! Anyone fancy it? (What spas are in Bristol? Would it be weird to go with the boyfriend?)

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