Pamper yourself at a North East spa
PUBLISHED: 08:31 19 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:22 20 February 2013
As thoughts turn to sunnier times, whether home or abroad, looking good and feeling great is fundamental to summer beauty confidence. North East Life looks at how some of the region's spas can help you prepare
After months of hiding away in clunky boots and big overcoats, preparing to bare our sun-starved arms, legs and feet is a beauty mission that will require some carefull forward-planning.
Whether you want a sun-kissed glow to pale skin, some much-need pampering for your toes and fingernails, or simply require some respite in a spa environment while a therapist takes care of your beauty woes, help is at hand to take the headache out of looking good this summer.
Headlam Hall Spa near Darlington, is a delightful rural retreat, recommended by the Good Spa Guide, where luxury pampering awaits at purse-friendly prices. As the list of beauty treatments you would like piles up, so too does the financial outlay.
This has all been taken care of at Headlam Spa in the shape of the Ready for Summer package (50/90 mins) which includes a St Tropez Spray Tan plus nail grooming for the hands and feet with a range of products from the Jessica range.
Alternatively, if it is your overworked stressed feet which are in dire need of spa TLC, the Zen Spa Treatment Pedicure (25/60 mins) is just the ticket. Choose from calming green tea or revitalising citrus, then put your feet up and relax as exfoliation, nail shaping, cuticle work and massage combines to ensure total foot rejuvenation.
Skin Philosophy now based in Darlington and Durham has put together several special offers for North East Life readers available throughout June on a range of treatments. Readers can select a St Tropez Spray Tan (20 offer), though Salon Director Jan James recommends clients have a full body exfoliation at home prior to the treatment for best results, or opt for the Elemis Exotic Lime & Ginger Salt Glow (35) performed in the salon one day prior to tanning.
For those wanting to treat the hands and feet, quote North East Life to take advantage of the Essie Spa Manicure and Pedicure (45 special offer, normal price 55) or choose the Bio-Sculpture Gel Overlay Nails Set, which protects your natural nail ensuring no damage, plus the Essie Spa Pedicure (50 special offer, normal price 62).
The sprawling countryside setting of Wynyard Hall home to the Essential Time Treatment Suite feels like a mini-break in itself as you journey along the long winding lane sweeping you away from the outside world to an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Though Essential Time is one of the newest spas on the block, only opening in October, it has quickly attracted an excellent reputation and is steadily gaining in popularity.
Special offers for June include a Wellbeing Massage to relax and calm the senses plus a complimentary Taster Facial based on your skins requirements (55/90mins). Or opt for a OPI Pedicure (37/60 mins) and receive a complimentary file and polish for fingernails, or if it is your hands which require hydrating and a more youthful glow opt for the OPI Manicure (35/60 mins) and treat your feet to the complimentary file and polish instead.
Essential Time uses OPI professional products to ensure ordinary pedicures and manicures are transformed into extraordinary luxury spa treatments. Additionally, an OPI Gel Nails offer is available plus mini manicure (35), for hassle-free perfect holiday nails, these nails last for up to two weeks, are chip-resistant, coloured and cured under a UV lamp for immediate locked in colour and rapid dryness.
Surrounded by stunning sprawling green scenery, Matfen Hall Spa near Hexham, which is the second spa in our round-up to come recommended by the Good Spa Guide, is a true get-away from it all. Even if you can only slip away for an hour or two, respite and replenishment is a certainty.
Ensure you set aside plenty of time to truly soak up the experience and use up every last second. Its a heavenly pampering for feet and hands for a summer-ready and extremely cost-effective beauty makeover.
The Jessica Luxury Manicure (35/70 mins) is a prescription manicure using heated mittens to enable deeper penetration of oils, and which will also sooth stiff joints. The ZenSpa Deluxe Pedicure (40/80 mins) uses thermal heated booties to enable oils and creams to restore and invigorate parched feet, while softening cuticles, soothing away any stiffness, aches and pains while improving circulation.
Our final mention goes to the little-known Village Farm Health Club & Spa in Shilbottle near Alnwick, which has recently undergone a glamorous makeover transforming the country farm building into a mood-enhancing spa therapy centre. This ensures every beauty treatment is in tune with the chakras of each individual and the treatment is attuned to their energy points.
The ultimate care and consideration is applied to ensure the right mood, colour and music is at the core of your treatments, while remaining budget-friendly. Whether you opt for a Decleor Self-Tanning Treatment (25), a French Manicure (18) or a Pedicure (20), the Mood Therapy-centred experience combined with the beauty treatments will swiftly put a lively spring back in your step.
Lie back, relax and trust the experts
to transform you into body beautiful this summer.
Headlam Spa, Headlam Hall, Near Darlington, DL2 3HA. Tel: (01325) 730691/www.headlamspa.co.uk / Skin Philosophy, 23 Elvet Bridge, Durham, DH1 3AA. Tel: (0191) 3757755/23 Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NA. Tel: (01325) 469305, www.skinphilosophy.co.uk /
Essential Time at Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley, TS22 5NF. Tel: (01740) 644811, www.wynyardhall.co.uk /
Matfen Hall Spa, Matfen Hall, Matfen, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE20 0RH.
Tel: (01661) 855725, www.matfenhall.com
Village Farm Health Club & Spa, Middle Road, Shilbottle, Near Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 2HG.
Tel: (01665) 575187, www.villagefarmhealthclub.co.uk