A relaxing spa day after the madness of Christmas will leave you feeling refreshed and stress-free. Lounge in a fluffy robe, soak up the calming atmosphere and while you’re there, rewind the years with an innovative anti-ageing treatment to give your skin a more youthful appearance. We’ve listed some of the best facials and body treatments that will leave you looking and feeling quite fabulous.
Escape from reality and head to the spa at Matfen Hall, a tranquil haven away from the stress that’s brought by this busy time of year. On top of all the facilities you’d expect at a great spa, you’ll also have access to a monsoon shower, calming candlelit rooms to chill out in and four fabulous treatment suites where you can receive some of the best treatments from experienced therapists. Try a Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Facial (£75) to treat your wrinkles in just over an hour. It’s been clinically proven to reduce the number of lines on your face by up to 94 percent and after one treatment you can expect a firmer, uplifted and more youthful appearance. Aged skin benefits from products containing quartz, as the mineral’s chemical compound optimises cell regeneration, which as we get older is something our skin begins to struggle with.
Matfen Hall, Newcastle NE20 0RH
01661 886500 www.matfenhall.com
This contemporary spa located in the middle of the Lake District is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Combat signs of ageing with a Secrets of Sundari (£110) treatment which combines modern science with pure botanical ingredients. Botanical ingredients use their plant power to roll back the years because they contain natural anti-ageing properties, which is why they are the base of many leading beauty products. In this treatment you’ll receive a deep pressure massage to relieve stress and tension, a body exfoliation to revitalise skin and a brightening facial to make skin appear instantly younger.
Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa, Keswick CA12 4RE
01768 776551 www.armathwaite-hall.com
The award-winning Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall is a great place to unwind and enjoy some pamper time. They’ve got an ozone- cleansed pool with massage stations, a black granite steam room with amethyst crystal and outdoor hot tubs. While you’re there, treat yourself to a Time Rewind Facial (£90) to combat the most visible signs of ageing using only natural ingredients. Laminaria, a type of seaweed, is great for your skin as it revitalises stem cells. This erases wrinkles and stimulates the elastin in your skin, leaving it visibly firmer. You’ll also receive a sculpting Guasha massage with a jade stone to finish off your glowing look.
Seaham Hall, Co Durham SR7 7AG
0191 516 1400 www.seaham-hall.co.uk
The luxury spa at Headlam Hall provides a peaceful retreat as part of a 17th century country house hotel. Spend time drifting between the extensive facilities before enjoying a Silicium Super- Lift Facial (£64). Skin will be intensely exfoliated and smoothed before anti-ageing products are applied in a facial massage to maximise effectiveness. A super-lifting mask is then applied to lift the face and neck, leaving you with a glowing complexion and visibly firmer skin. Treat yourself to a spa package and enjoy a delicious lunch in the spa lounge or brasserie.
Headlam Hall, Darlington DL2 3HA
01325 730238 www.headlamhall.co.uk
Beau Monde Salon Spa
Head to the Northumberland countryside to unwind and indulge at Beau Monde Salon Spa, where you can lie back with a glass of prosecco and your favourite book in the relaxation room before receiving a deluxe beauty treatment. Try Go Figure (£60) to tighten up your hips, thighs and abs. This intense body treatment detoxifies the skin before a marine and earth mud wrap is applied. The many minerals found in the mud wrap minimises pores and wrinkles, whilst also improving elasticity. The treatment also involves a massage with anti-cellulite gel to stimulate lymphatic flow.
Beau Monde Salon Spa, Lucker NE70 7JQ
01668 212250 www.beaumondelucker.com
A trip to Wynyard Hall for a countryside retreat spa day will leave you rejuvenated and ready for the new year. There’s a herbal sauna infused with lavender oil that will sooth your aching muscles, and a few moments spent relaxing in the salt inhalation room will clear your congested sinuses, leaving you feeling revitalised on the inside. To combat the visible signs of fatigue, book a Turkish Delight (£45) body exfoliation treatment. Dull, dead skin can add years to your appearance, but this Turkish-style treatment will have you glowing again in no time. Your body will be steamed, covered with an aromatic cleansing bar and then intensely exfoliated. A hot steam towel will be used to remove excess lather before a soothing massage will finish off the experience.
Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley TS22 5NF
01740 644811 www.wynyardhall.co.uk
The Garage Spa
The Garage Spa offers a maze of different relaxation rooms and facilities, where you can take a dip in wooden barrel hot tubs and brave the elements to reach the shepherd’s hut log sauna located in the garden. Moving between hot and cold water is a great way to open and close pores, which keeps skin looking tight. Renew skin cells with a Gleaming Gold Body Wrap (£75) treatment that uses champagne extract and fruit acids. Your skin will be exfoliated before a velvet-like mousse is applied, then you’ll be wrapped in plastic, a silver blanket and a towel while the product gets to work, during which time you’ll receive a calming head massage to pass the time. After your shower, spend some time in the tranquil relaxation lounge where you can sample homemade cakes and enjoy a light snooze.
The Garage Spa, Barnard Castle DL12 9SE
01833 863100 www.thegaragespa.co.uk