Friday, 25 March 2011

How to Spoil a Day at the Spa

It was meant to be a double treat – a day out for Daughter because it was her birthday, and for me because life has been difficult lately. We’d made an agreement. Mum’s illness and Daughter’s work worries were to be forbidden topics. We’d just chill. What we hadn’t bargained for was the disappearance of Mabel, one of our lovely new cats. She had gone out in the night and not returned for breakfast. We looked everywhere. We called her name, banged her food bowl, but there was no sign. We assured each other that she would soon be back and set off, just a little late, to Ragdale Hall.

With thoughts of Mabel sitting heavily at the back of our throats we launched ourselves into a ‘spa experience’. The variety of steam rooms and relaxation pools was amazing. We went from rose sauna to volcanic steam room to a storm shower cave complete with thunder and lightning.

My favourite was the candle pool. We entered down steps into a room filled only with warm water, candlelight and calming music. We lay on moulded beds with soft head rests. It was exactly the ambience I always fail to achieve when running my bath at home.

Coming a close second was the outside pool with its hot water, steaming jets, waterfalls and Jacuzzi outlets, while all the time the sun was shining down on us and we were hot and this was March and we were in the UK... if only Mabel... but that had become another forbidden topic.

After lunch came our massages, a back massage for me, followed by a full facial. I’m normally uncomfortable about massages but I was overtired, overstressed and these treatments were exactly what my body needed. I almost fell asleep – amazing! Relaxation is really not my thing.

Last of all was our manicure. As we sat overlooking the gardens, fingers out straight, resisting the temptation to see if we were ‘touch dry’, a text message arrived from home. Mabel had returned. It was 4 pm and she had strolled in as if she’d only been gone a minute.



We did have a lovely day at Ragdale but I have to say that the best bit was that text message. We’re going to return and do it all again, maybe in June... only this time we’ll keep Mabel well and truly shut in until we get home!
 
   

20 comments:

  1. That sounds fantastic! Glad you had a good day -- and that Mabel returned!

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  2. The candle pool sounds wonderful. Well, it all sounds wonderful.

    Delighted to hear Mabel returned. Yes, keep her shut in next time!

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  3. I've never done a spa day - but you make me want to run out right now and do it! Sounds wonderful - something you really needed right now. Take Care :)

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  4. Thanks Talli, it was lovely.

    Hi Shirley, yes the candle pool was the sort of thing you dream about.

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  5. Hi Jemi, Can't believe you've never done a spa day! You really must give it a go. It's sheer self-indulgence ;-)

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  6. Oh, can I come with you next time? (I wish!) I've never been either. Do they have places like this in the US -- does anyone know? Once in China I went to a hot springs place where they had lots of different pools of different temperatures. It was wonderful, but nothing like this! Was it very, very, very expensive? (Or is that rude to ask?)

    I'm glad Mabel made a safe return! :)

    Amy

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  7. Whow that sounds a fantastic place to go. I am pleased you and your daughter did enjoy the experience and you relaxed for awhile. Naturally delighted you had good news about Mable. Keep smiling and remember to chill from time to time. Hugs x

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  8. One of my daughters is always trying to persuade me to go for a massage with her but it never appealed to me - but perhaps you're right and I should give it a try......Maybe after Pesach, I'll need some relaxation then.

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  9. What a neat gift to daughter. A day at the spa with Mum. It sounds delightfully relaxing and you needed that. Mabel just met up with some friends and forgot the time:)

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  10. So glad she's home safe--there's nothing like that worry when a pet's gone for a wander. I think the spa was exactly what you needed, and certainly a break you deserved.

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  11. Didn't know Leicester had a place like that! Sounds a great way to escape that typically British March weather!

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  12. Hi Amy, surely there must be somewhere in the US where you can go for a spa day out. The cost is not a secret. It's on their website at www.ragdalehall.co.uk and their day packages start from £69 per person (although I have to admit ours was a little more expensive than that!!) Let me know if you find somewhere and you go for it. It's worth every penny.

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  13. Thanks Pauline, for the advice. I am trying to programme in a bit of chill time for myself each week now... although I may need the occasional reminder ;-)

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  14. Oh Ann, you must, must try it and what better time than after all the hustle and bustle of Pesach. I think I may well start to nag you to make sure that you go. If I can manage to make myself relax once in a while then so can you!!

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  15. Hi Manzanita, I love that idea of Mabel meeting up with some friends. What a shame she hasn't got a mobile phone to let me know though!!

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  16. Thanks Amie, cats certainly are a worry when they go wandering. She hasn't done it again since so hopefully it was just a mistake and is not going to become a habit of hers.

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  17. Hi Duncan, you wouldn't recognise Leicester these days. We've got lots of mod cons, although Ragdale Hall is about 30 minutes drive up the Six Hill Road towards Melton. Unfortunately the March weather hasn't changed any since you were here though... but it turned out to be a lovely sunny day for our spa visit so that was good.

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  19. How lovely, I think spa days are very lovely! I am so glad your cat came home too. Shame you had that worry during your day xx

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