I was bought a Couples Day pass for Christmas for the Relaxation Centre and had a blissful afternoon. As my boyfriend and I drove up this residential street we were surprised that there could even be a day spa here. All that changed when we stepped inside and found a tranquil garden and clean, modern spa area.
It was quite cold so we avoided the outdoor plunge pool at all costs, instead favouring the sauna, made from a huge old keg that was once used to brew whisky. Inside I went upstairs to one of the treatment rooms for a full body massage while my boyfriend enjoyed relaxing in the jacuzzi and steam room.
The whole centre was very relaxing although when we arrived the staff didn't have enough clean robes so we had to make do with being given an extra towel each instead. They did say we could book another day to come instead, but as mixed sexes are only allowed on Sundays we decided to go plump for not having a robe.
We could spend as long as we wanted in the centre and for the price of around £30 per couple I think that is great value for money. Treatments (such as the massage) are extra on top of this price but well worth it if you're stressed out or play lots of sport.
I do love the relaxation centre!
The spa is really not expensive at £20 or so a time for 3-4 hours.
Outdoor hot tub, sauna and the same and more inside.
The only gripe i have-treatments.
Waaaay over priced.
I had a £109 package where a reflexology, full massage, spa session and cuppa tea were included. each treatment for an hour is minimun £60.
Being a therapist myself i understand they need to make money but that is a lot - for what you get i didn't find it worth it. Both treatments were low-medium on the impress scale which was disappointing.
You have to try the spa and they even have ladies only days so you feel comfortable without men gauping at your lovely lady lumps!
LOVELY STAFF AS WELL :)
As I suffer from muscular problems in my back, my wife though it would be a nice treat to book us both into an afternoon at the Clifton relaxation centre about a year ago and I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Oddly located in the middle of All Saints road and surrounded by leafy suburban Cliftonites, the centre offers all that you would expect to find in an up market health spa, including massage tables, mint scented steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, out door Jacuzzi's and sleeping chambers. On my afternoon visit I sampled everything it had to offer and found the whole experience very relaxing (which I guess is the point).
The only down side is this place is predominantly geared towards women (not so bad if you're a woman). The only time us men can go are on designated "couples days" (again that doesn't sound too bad). Only problem with this is it tends to attract those odd exhibitionist type couples who like walking around naked just a little bit too much. This wouldn't be too bad if they were aesthetically pleasing, but for some reason they always seem to be more than mildly unattractive.
I had my honeymoon here a few years ago and it was wonderful! You can pay a basic rate for access to all the steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs etc and that package is incredibly reasonable. There's also the option to add more treatments, such as massage and colour therapy, and these are great for a treat.
I went in the floatation tank when I visited and it was a great experience. I got to spend an hour lying in a dark room, floating in a shallow tank of salty water (they provide vaseline to coat your legs etc if you have recently shaved because otherwise it STINGS).
There's a cafe which sells a range of healthy snacks and drinks, and there are beds to lounge back and read on. The garden is lovely and the whole experience is very relaxing. I'd definitely recommend it and can't wait to go back.
This little place comes as a bit of a surprise, since it seems to be located in an average house on an average(ish) street. What a nice surprise it is too - you walk in and it instantly feels relaxing. They provide robes and towels, so you can wander around the different saunas, steam rooms, pools and whatever else and just relax and enjoy yourself. The garden outside is small but totally lovely, a great place to just sit and bask in the sun. There's also a lounge area upstairs where you can get something to eat, so long as you can fool yourself you don't want chocolate cake. Had a great time here on a friend's hen night, and would totally recommend it
I needed a massage (I get terrible knots between my shoulder blades) and a friend recommended this place. The atmosphere was cute and peaceful. I didn't use the gardens or other spa facilities. Unfortunately I can't remember my masseuse's name, but I would not choose her again. She was too new-agey. I wanted a nice med-pressure Swedish-like massage to relax me and work out my knots. But she spent a bunch of time asking me about my personal problems to choose the right aromatherapy oils for me. Um, I want someone to rub my back, not be a psychotherapist. Her technique was fine, but not great. At a couple of points she stopped completely for several minutes and the second time I lifted my head to see why she had stopped. She then explained that she was doing "energy work" on me. Um, no thanks, I want a massage, thank you. I don't want to waste my time while you essentially pray over me. They should offer a separate type of "New Age Nonsense" massage so I can avoid it. I'm not sure if I'll go back or not yet, but if I do I will definitely tell them up front that I just want a massage full stop.
I am adding this comment to correct the facts stated in the view of Jessica in Jan 2010 (See above) .ie " on Sundays clothing is optional". Sadly this is no longer the case. Like Jessica, my wife have been been regular visitors to the centre on Sundays. However in January 2010 the centre changed it's dress code and made clothing compulsary on Sundays, although woman still have the option to enjoy the facilities without swimwear on other (women only) days, gentlemen are no longer permitted to do so, and having used the centre only twice since the rule changes I have found the freedom and the relaxed friendly atmosphere once found there has ceased. My wife and I and many of our friends and family no longer use the centre. Indeed I discovered this web site whilst searching for alternative spa facilities.
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