In the past two years I have somehow found myself enjoying a few trips to fancy hotels with great spas. I’m totally ok with that and quite willing to have these become a more regular occurrence in my life. Can they be considered a hobby? 🙂
My latest relaxation day out was with my cousin Sharon. Sharon, ever with her eye on the ball, won a competition run by Powerscourt on Twitter. The pamper prize was for facials and afternoon tea for two. Jackpot. Finding a day that both of us were free was another story, but our PAs sorted it out and we had a Saturday to ourselves.
Handily enough Powerscourt is only a 20min drive from our house and Sharon very kindly acted as chauffeur for the day, all adding to the relaxation. We arrived with expressions that probably read something like “Take me and relax me”. First up were our facials and as always the internal debate when the they hand you the robes, “Am…. I’m getting a facial, exactly how much do I strip!?!?!” Top Tip – it’s down to your underwear and take off your jewellery. 🙂
Each of us were called to the treatment room. Sharon’s face showed a little concern when a male ushered her along the corridor. I’m sure she was fine…..
Lying in a treatment room was in itself a treat, a heated bed angled to your comfort, low lighting and relaxing music. They could have just left me there for an hour and I would have been happy out.
Then…then the magic happened. After selecting my preferred aromas of the oils to be used, these soft hands with just a hint of pressure started to massage my shoulders and neck. I should have made a disclaimer for the masseuse that I couldn’t be held responsible for the sounds that would ensue. I’m hoping if I did make a noise it sounded more like a purring cat than anything else!!!!!! But take my word, for the following hour I was completely relaxed and removed from all sense of reality.
As I was growing a human at the time I couldn’t avail of the thermal suite. Such a pity, I’ll just have to return after Junior arrives. But we were able to avail of the relaxation room which is stocked with healthy snacks, water, magazines and lounger chairs to sit back and admire the views of the surrounding grounds.
After bringing ourselves back to the real world with refreshing showers and reapplying the war paint (makeup), we headed up to the Sugar Loaf Lounge for afternoon tea. All that relaxing had built up a fine appetite on us both.
The toughest decision we had to make was what kind of tea we would like. For me that wasn’t very hard, just bring on the full caffeine breakfast tea every time. I fell in love with the delph, like totally in love. I couldn’t stop taking photos of it all.
When the food arrived, at first glance I was like no problem, I can easily find space for every last crumb. Another case of my eyes being bigger than my stomach. But with persistence and some breaks, I enjoyed every bit of every type of sandwich.
A note for any coeliacs, our gluten free scone was served on the same plate as the non-GF one. A no-no really, but with us was fine. Another notable glitch was for a five star hotel the sugar and milk jug could have done with a wipe down, they had tea stains from the previous guests. The girls servicing us were lovely but a little bit off five star service with some spills from the tea pots.
But those small things aside we were enjoying every minute and mouthful. Finally managing to finish up on the sandwiches and then it was time for the dessert trolley 🙂 This brought back memories of family get-togethers when we were younger in the Woodlands, when the whole way through the main course my sister and I would be just hanging on for the dessert trolley. Best idea ever.
Limited choice for the GF, but for myself after some oohing and aahing, I chose chocolate mousse and lemon meringue pie. Delish. I really don’t know where I put all the food, but I did it.
As a relaxing girls day out, facials and afternoon tea at Powerscourt is the perfect combination. It can only be topped when we return and can avail of the thermal suite.