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A little luxury in the petit spa
Malmaison Hotel (Newcastle)
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Malmaison Hotel (Newcastle)
Advantages: Convenient city centre locations, good value packages, excellent massages!
Disadvantages: No jacuzzis/saunas/pool etc, poor manicure, limited lunch menu, no free parking
My review for the Malmaison Hotel (Newcastle) refers specifically to their 'petit spa'. I went for a half spa day and ate lunch in their brasserie but I can not comment on their rooms / hotel service.
Now I've made that clear...
I went for a half spa day for my birthday (this was a while ago) and went with my Mam. The half spa day package (weekday) was £100 each and included lunch.
We arrived at half 9 and on arriving at the reception we were pointed in the direction of the petit spa, which is situated in the basement.
So into the fancy lift and down we went. It's pretty dimly lit in the spa, I think you'd call it 'mood lighting'. We were greeted by some flustered staff members (even though the spa was empty?!) and shown where the changing rooms and lockers were. Everything is 'petit' (small) in this spa and the changing area was no exception. A nice way to put it would be cosy. Everything was very clean though (I'm picky about that). So we got changed into our 'fluffly' robes (they weren't THAT fluffy, I thought they'd be fluffy...) and went to relax in the massage chair room while we selected our lunch for later. You have to pick from a limited menu which I found odd. A friend said I should definitely get the burger, but there was no burger so I chose a salad. I had a hard time picking lunch actually. I'm not big on weird, fancy food. There wasn't a great selection - about 3 dishes to chose from in each course. I later found out that as part of the spa package you have this limited menu and can't order from the full menu. Bit of a let down.
The massage chairs were a bit unpleasant - a bit rough. It nearly chomped my leg off! But this wasn't what we came for... the best was yet to come.
Our therapists came and took us to separate rooms for our treatments.
This was so great... the smells ... the textures. Ah, heaven.
There's a choice of essential oils and various cleansers, toners etc.
Before we got started the therapist encouraged me to smell each one. Apparently if you like the smell it means you need it. If you don't like it or can't smell it (my Mam couldn't smell one of them) your body doesn't need it.
So my nose picked my treatments and we began.
I can honestly say it was the best facial I've ever had. They use the ESPA range of products and of course they do advise you to purchase some of them to take the treatment home with you (and in the end I did). It's not the hard sell at all, you get product cards to take with you and ponder over.
I don't know whether it was the products or the skilled hands of the therapist but my complexion never looked so good. It was glowing... for days after too! Wonderful!
Indian Head Massage
Wow. Just wow. This happened seamlessly after the facial. Pink clay mud and various other wonderful things were massaged around my scalp and I found this part of the experience particularly blissful! Head massages are not something you should miss out of a pamper day in my opinion. My hair looked like I'd stepped out of the 80's afterwards but this can't be helped in these situations!
Not a full body massage unfortunately but it only really misses out your legs because your arms get a good seeing to in the process. I felt that the massage therapist I had was extremely skillful when it came to my back massage. It honestly felt so divine and I was convinced that there were two people massaging me! (or she had 4 hands?) It just felt as if I was being kneaded all the way down my arm across my back and nearly down to my bum all at the same time. It was extremely relaxing and I definitely nodded off for a while. Again the therapist used ESPA oils and I think they had been pre-warmed because I wasn't startled by anything too cold as she applied them. The treatment bed was ridiculously comfy - I think Malmaison have invested in top of the range beds - it was like lying in a big, soft, quilted, heated, towel cocoon. No wonder I fell asleep...
I think out of all the treatments I had that day, I'd recommend the Back Massage if you were only stopping by for one treatment and not staying for a half or full day package. It was my favourite bit!
It might just be me, I might just have high standards, but I've never had a decent manicure off another person, anywhere. The Malmaison was no exception and although I was kinda hoping they would do a good job - they didn't. Bless my therapist... her skillful massaging, soothing, wondrous hands were my best friends moments ago back in the massage room but now it was clear they couldn't paint nails for toffee. Or file nails. Or buff nails. It was hopeless. So don't expect too much from this part of the package. You might hit lucky and get a good manicurist. I wasn't so lucky. However I'm still awarding the spa 5 stars on account of everything else exceeding my expectations and me and my Mam both enjoyed the other treatments thoroughly.
We definitely enjoyed lunch, the food was very tasty and the surroundings very comfortable. We were given ample time to get showered, dressed and ready before lunch was served and didn't feel rushed at all. The service was prompt and friendly and afterwards, when we'd finished eating, skin glowing, bellies full, I was sad that the day was over. (Though I couldn't wait to get home to re-do my nails - tut!)
For a special occasion the half day package is a good value treat and is worth the money for a city centre spa. Though if you're looking for jacuzzis, saunas and fluffy robes you'll need to take your pennies elsewhere. (Quite possibly Seaham Hall - a 'proper' spa near the coast in County Durham, not far from Newcastle)
All in all I'd recommend the treatments at the petit spa and was glad I decided to go. It was lovely and luxurious!
Summary: I'd definitely return for another massage!
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