Check out these five nearby spas for the ultimate relaxation
You’ve actually done it. You and your closest mum-friends have filled in the Doodle (or your meeting planner of choice) and successfully found one single date when you are all free for a spa day. It’s a small miracle. Make sure you add the date into your calendar before your partner gets a sneaky fishing trip booked in. Okay, now it’s official, let’s start planning the pampering.
Where to go
Assuming you’d rather not spend too much time travelling on your precious day off, Mums Off Duty is including five lovely spas within a 45-minute drive of Letchworth Garden City.
We’ve included the most basic spa day package on offer on a weekend day (unless otherwise noted) to compare as like-for-like as possible. Weekdays are cheaper if you can book the time off. All information here is correct at time of posting but please check each spa’s website for the most up-to-date information and offers.
Where: Fairfield Hall, Hitchin Road, Stotfold, Bedfordshire, SG5 4JJ
Housed in the Grade II listed Fairfield Hall, The Bannatyne Spa is part of the Bannatyne Fairfield Health Club in Stotfold, just outside Letchworth.
Cost: £49 for a ‘Superior Spa’ day. Includes an Energising Facial, or a Swedish Back, Neck and Shoulder massage (25 minutes). Lunch is not included however you can eat at The Orchard Restaurant. Robe and slippers will cost you £3 to hire.
Facilities: You are free to use the health club’s pool, steam room and sauna. You can also take part in the club’s fitness classes, although these cannot be pre-booked so will depend on availability on the day.
Products used during treatments: Elemis, Leighton Denny Nails, Gelish, Bare Escentuals Make-up, Lava Shells
Editor’s note: Bannatyne Fairfield Health Club is my gym and, as a treat, I booked in for an Elemis Deep Tissue Massage. The therapist was lovely and you get to relax on a heated mosaic bed afterwards. This treatment is a much deeper massage than a regular Swedish Full Body Massage and can feel quite tender if you have a lot of tension (err, what mum doesn’t?), especially around the shoulder blades. Ask the therapist to lessen the pressure if it feels too sore.
Where: Great North Road, Wyboston, Bedfordshire, MK44 3AL
Y Spa is about halfway between Cambridge and Milton Keynes at the Wyboston Lakes Hotel.
Cost: £69 for a ‘Chillax Day’. Hot and cold buffet lunch is included but treatments are extra.
Facilities: Use of Thermal Spa facilities, including a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, and experience showers.
Products used during treatments: Elemis, Katherine Daniels, OPI, HD Brows
Where: Coach Road, Henlow, Hertfordshire, SG16 6BT
Champneys Henlow is set in a Georgian Manor and has a very traditional feel.
Cost: £89 for a ‘Day at Champneys’. A hot and cold buffet lunch is included however treatments will cost you extra.
Facilities: You can use the pool and gym, and attend exercise classes.
Products used during treatments: Carita, Decléor, Elemis and Jessica.
Editor’s note: I spent a blissful solo day here eight months after my son was born. The pool area is light and relaxing, and there was plenty of choice for a healthy lunch (which I ate in my gown and slippers).
Where: Woburn Forest, Millbrook, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HZ
Aqua Sana is nestled among the trees at Center Parcs Woburn Forest.
Cost: A ‘Spa Day’ costs £99 and includes lunch in Vitale Café Bar. Treatments are extra.
Facilities: You have access to all World of Spa facilities. This includes six different spa experiences, such as Fire and Ice, Mineral & Gemstone, and Salt.
Products used during treatments: Decléor, Elemis, Bliss and CND.
Editor’s note: While on a Center Parcs break last year, I booked a Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage here. The spa is super zen, and my massage was great. You’re free to rest in one of the two relaxation rooms after your treatment which is a nice touch.
Where: The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ
Part of the five star Luton Hoo Hotel, the Spa shares facilities with the luxurious Country Club.
Cost: £130 for a ‘Signature Spa Day’. Includes an 80-minute Balinese massage treatment, a foot ritual and a two-course lunch in Adam’s Brasserie. You can only book spa days here on a weekday, and not on Bank Holidays.
Facilities: Spa facilities include indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, an infinity swimming pool, vitality pool and heat therapy suite.
Products used during treatments: ESPA, OPI, Camellia Tea
The choice is yours
So there you have it. Five scented candle-filled locations for your relaxing spa day, depending on your budget and requirements. If you have been to any of these spas and would like to share your experience, or if you have any tips for people about to book, please comment below.