These days, finding the time to take a break from everyday life can be challenging. So when you do, its important to make the most of it. Wether thats dusting off that book you’ve had at the bottom of your bag and sinking into it for a while, or going to see that film that pretty much everybody else has seen which has resulted in you having to live under a rock for the past month to avoid spoilers. For me, I have always found that spas provide a tranquil escape to a sanctuary of much needed ‘me time’, to recharge, detox and relax. Its an environment thats good for the soul and everybody should try it at least once in their life time.
Last week I was kindly invited to the Solent Hotel in Fareham through the Bournemouth Blogger network to enjoy a couple of hours at the Spa. When I recieved the invitation in my mailbox you betcha I jumped out of my seat with excitement. I was ready to melt away during my facial which was included in the visit and dip my toes into the pool.
Upon arrival we were greeted with a grape smoothie and fruit bowl. Starting the day right, dont you think? My facial wasnt until 12pm so I had some time to explore the facilities and enjoy a little down time in the relaxation room. The swimming pool area allowes the natural light to beam through the conservatory windows and open ceiling which I thought was different compared to other spas I have been to. Of course there was also a sauna and steam room to help clear skin inpurities, a bubbling hot tub as well as an outside seating area.
During my facial, Caudalie products were used to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and moisturise my skin. The therpiast also applied a mask. I personally have never used any Caudalie products apart from when I had a facial at The Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton earlier this year. My favourite product is the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet which is a gel-to-water formula that melts into the skin upon contact, leaving it super smoothed, moisturised and strengthened. Its perfect if you have sensitive skin like me and also reduces redness. This retails at a price of £23.00 for 40 ml. During the treatment I was also spoiled with a scalp massage which almost had me nodding off. When I was younger I would badger my nan to brush through my hair, its just so relaxing and tingly I could have had her doing it for hours. To be honest I could do with this right now, any takers? (A scalp massage is the next best thing so I obbiously wasnt going to say no)
By this point my belly was rumbling, was it time for food yet? A girl has to eat. We had a table ready for us in the spa dining area which was beautifully set up. This area was a stones throw away from the spa which made a nice change to walking through to the other side of the hotel in our gowns like other spas. Each table had fresh water available (its important to stay hydrated kids) and also view of the pool. When we were given the menu at the beginning of the day, I was aprehensive when choosing what to eat being the fussiest person on the planet. I always seem to worry about this when attending events as I dont want to be the difficult one. Luckily, there were options avalable for us picky eaters. For starters, I opted for Fried Camembert which I have never tried before although I knew it was cheese and I love cheese, how could I not like it? It was super cheesy and gooey, yum. For mains I chose the Roasted Chicken Sandwich with Bacon, Tomatoe (which i removed) lettuce and mayo. Boy was this filling!
Once our bellys were full, we were taken into another room for a Caudalie workshop where we were shown how to cleanse and moisturise the face and eyes using the products and given a little information about each of them. We were also introduced to Caudalies new suncare range which smelt amazing, actually all of these products did! We even came away with a few of these products! Lucky girls.
After the workshop we were given a little free time to go about the spa however we wished to unwind as the day sadly came to an end. I went home feeling regenerated and super sleepy. The Solent Spa is definitely a haven for you to relax both the mind and the body which I would recommend to anyone.
‘This was a gifted experience, although all opinions are my own’