There's nothing better than sitting in a beauty salon being pampered. Even if you're just popping in for a quick wax, you've got feel like you're being looked after. In The Treatment Rooms, the most popular 'day spa' in Brighton, you can expect no less. Even just sitting on a sofa in the foyer, drinking herbal tea is immensely relaxing.
You pay a little extra for the treatments here compared to some other places in the City Centre, but it's easy to see why so many people choose to spend more and come here. The staff are friendly, always smiling and during every treatment they pay so much attention to detail to make sure everything is done properly.
I had a pedicure today, which was absolutely delightful. They don't mention on their price list or website what a pedicure involves so I had no idea what to expect. First, they bathe and exfoliate your feet, then dry them off and massage cuticle cream into your toes. After pushing back and trimming the cuticles, they give you a foot and ankle massage which is so relaxing I think I tripped into a meditative state... then they pop your feet into plastic bags and into heated booties (like slippers crossed with an electric blanket) before finally moisturising and painting your nails. Absolutely lush, and most definitely recommended.
Their waxes are brilliant too they have the option of using hot wax (as opposed to the cloth strips) which solidifies on your skin. Although not pain free, it is significantly more bearable than a traditional wax and doesn't leave any sticky residue on your skin. You have to book a bit further in advance though as only a limited number of therapists are trained to use the hot wax. You'll also have to pay a few pounds more for the privilege, but it's definitely worth it.
I was lucky enough to be treated to a facial here as a birthday gift (thanks, Mum!), and boy, was it lovely! It's right in the heart of Brighton city centre, and oozes posh-ness from the moment you walk in the door.
I was taken to a private room upstairs - obviously they don't do the treatments in the foyer! - where I was given a robe and some soothing music to listen to.
I had a really indulgent, relaxing facial - I fell asleep! I think this is quite common though, as the therapist didn't seem the slightest phased!
Having received the treatment as a gift I had no idea of the price, so was flabbergasted to be given a list of the products used that came to around a coll 2 hundred quid - I left with a few measly samples, you'll not be surprised to learn!
All in all, fab for a big treat - bit weird walking out into the bustle of New Road though. Beats that new hairdo feeling, let me tell you!
The Treatment Rooms is one of those beauty salons that prides itself on being a little bit upmarket, a little but luxurious. The reception area is clean, minimalist and reminiscent of a health spa, which is the idea, obviously. When I first moved to Brighton, I was recommended the place so I thought I'd give it a go...
Yes, the place smells good and yes, they sell lots of posh lotions and potions, but I have not experienced anything resembling luxury during my visits here. Ok, so admittedly hair removal isn't posh, but their hair removal prices are, so I expected a little more than waiting 20 minutes before being gruffly shuffled into a tiny room. People get tired and stressed, I know that, but I like a healthy dollop of friendliness to ease me through the grim experience of being waxed! I found my beauty therapist to be quite aggressive- she didn't test the temperature of the wax and didn't really ask what I wanted.
The Treatment Rooms offer many treatments, which sound lovely, and despite my waxing experience, I would go back to try them, as I imagine this is where they excel. I'm also fairly certain their staff can't all be quite so brusk- the receptionists have always been pleasant.
I've been a couple of times. Once for a back massage and once for a facial.
The back massage was generic/swishy/vaguely swedish style. I'm no expert on massage, but have a friend who is - from my description she didn't rate the massage at all. Very little skill or thinking required by the person doing the massage. It was very, very expensive, and just not worth the money. I felt no different leaving compared to when I walked in.
The second time was a facial. I seemed to have been given the most junior, timid and inexperienced person in the town. I had one to compare to - in a Las Vegas hotel. It was like night and day, with the treatment in Vegas far better than the treatment rooms, and much cheaper too!
In my view this is one of those places for people with money to burn.
The first time I went to Treatment rooms was for a massage, as a birthday treat and I felt so relaxed afterwards that I actually fell a sleep. But that was fine because at this place they wouldn't dream of stressing you out in any way so I was left under a pleasantly heated blanket to get up in my own time and then make my way to the relaxation room, which does exactly what it says. Everything from the furniture to the music to the incense to the wonderful herbal tea, work in harmony to make you forget all you cares and feel serene. Trust me this is a lot coming from me cause I usually hate all that hippy, new age stuff. The staff are fantastic and the whole experience is worth every penny. I have been twice since and will be asking Santa for another gift card.
This is one of the most highly regarded beauty salons in Brighton and certainly when you go there you can see why. The actual salon is over three floors and beautifully decorated, there is so much attention to detail that you can see alot of thought has gone into it. From the moment you step inside you feel relaxed and so muchcare goes into making sure that whatever you're going for you have a special experience. If you're lucky enough to go for a massage you can relax with a herbal tea in their chill out room for as long as you like. The staff are very proffessional and always look smart and well presented in their uniforms. They offer all of your standard beauty treatment plus many specialised treatments and packages. It's definately not cheap but if you fancy a treat or want to give someone a lovely present this is the place. They also sell a wide range of products including my favourate Eve Lom.
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