January 18, 2018
To start the year, I decided to head out of London and try and find a great place to feel calm enough to reflect on the year that was, and the year ahead. I chose to go to Bath since it’s not too far on the train from London (just under an hour and a half), it’s a place I’ve heard a lot about but have never properly explored, and lastly because I wanted to visit No.15 Great Pulteney.
A city built on top of natural hot springs and which focuses on all things spa, skincare and relaxation (and is literally called bath) sounds like it was made just for me! No.15 is situated just the other side of river to the main part of town, and Great Pulteney street is perhaps one of Bath’s most photogenic roads, complete with the Georgian architecture the city is known for. The interior of the hotel is just as decadent – with a side of quirk.
Our trip was all about relaxation and rejuvenation so we made sure to book into the new spa at No.15. To start our mini spa day, we headed down to the sauna and jacuzzi, located in the beautiful brick basement of the hotel. Tess and I had the space to ourselves before our treatments and it felt like the perfect way to start to unwind. After an hour of hopping between the two, we headed up for our treatments. I have always had trouble with my back so the Balancing Back Treatment stood out to me.
So much more than a massage, the treatment also includes sound healing after a tension releasing massage, and then (my favourite bit) the chakra balancing! This is done by placing warm herbal poultices with 46 minerals inside on the chakra points on the back (make sure you check the photo below). Not only does this take away tension, release negativity and balance the body, but my therapist also let me know which one of the poultices was wobbling the most – a sign of imbalance. For me it was the root chakra, perhaps because I travel a lot she suggested I might find it hard to call anywhere home. Since hearing this I’ve been reading up on it and find it really interesting to find out more about my body in this way.
The 2 night, 3 day trip was the perfect start to 2018 and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re thinking of a weekend getaway.