Tuesday, 3 February 2015

The Spa At The Kingsley Cork With Afternoon Tea

Hey guys!

It was my mum's birthday last Friday so I decided to pamper her for the day and treat her to a day at the Kingsley Hotel Spa in Victoria Cross in Cork. I booked the Infusion of Tea Time Treats package for both of us which includes your choice of two treatments and afternoon tea afterwards. To say I was excited is a bit of an understatement, I couldn't wait to get in there and just relax! 

The Kingsley Hotel, Victoria Cross, Cork
After checking in at the spa and changing into our robes and slippers, the receptionist Ann showed us through to the Thermal Suite and talked us through everything that was on offer. We started off our experience in the Chromotherapy Room which consists of heated loungers and tranquil coloured walls which change every few seconds in a relaxing rhythm. Chromotherapy is also known as 'colour therapy' and is used to balance a person's energy. Next we tried out the Aromatherapy Steam Baths (there are two) and soaked up the herbal infused steam. Then it was time to cool down in the Cool Mist Shower and Tropical Rain Shower, I would LOVE one of these in my house! :) We then entered the Finnish Sauna, this was heaven and my favourite part of the thermal suite. It reminds me of when I was in Finland with college for a month a few years ago, good memories! After chilling out in the sauna we moved onto the Haman which is a Turkish Bath, the smell in here was divine, chamomile! Lastly we spent some time in the Jacuzzi Pool listening to calming music. We didn't have time to use the Tepidarium, we totally lost track of time and before we knew it it was time to go.

The Tepidarium in the Thermal Suite
Our therapists Fiona and Amy came to collect us to start our treatments. Fiona brought me to the Cyprus room where it was all set up for my Lime and Lemongrass Salt Scrub and Raspberry Infused Back Neck and Shoulder Massage, the smell in the room was gorgeous! She started off with the salt scrub, working it into my skin and concentrating on any dry areas. Fiona then left me to shower off the scrub and instructed me not to use shower gel as the scrub leaves behind a lovely oil leaving your skin SUPER soft.  For my back massage she asked what kind of pressure I wanted and if there were any areas giving me trouble. After being a therapist myself for years it's nice to be asked what kind of pressure you like for your massage, it makes such a difference. I hadn't had any treatments in so long my shoulders were in bits but they were soon sorted out. When the treatments were over I was brought to the relaxation room and given fruit with lemon water. My mum went for the Sweet Chocolate Body Wrap and the Express Facial, she was delighted with herself!

The spa, reception and relaxation area
After spending about half an hour relaxing we decided we better get ready for afternoon tea. A day at the spa really takes it out of you and by then I was absolutely starving :) The choice of treats was great, my favourites were the goats cheese and sun blush tomato tartlet, smoked salmon with capers mille-feuille, fruit scones and raspberry tartlets. Delicious!

Tasty afternoon tea! 
We both thoroughly enjoyed our day at The Kingsley and will most definitely be back again soon. What are your favourite spots to go for afternoon tea and treatments? Let me know in the comments below!

Bye beauties!