Back in November 2017, I went on my first ever Spa Day. In the run-up to the day, I felt unprepared. I had no idea what I needed to take with me on my trip and what to expect from the day.
The Spa I visited was Hoar Cross Hall in Burton-Upon-Trent, and we got a great Winter package deal which was £89 including full access to the Spa, Gym, 40 minute back massage, facial or manicure/pedicure, as well as a 3-course lunch. A great bargain for some pre-Christmas relaxing.
What to take with you for the day
If you have never been to a spa and are always nervous about new experiences like me, you will know the effort to stop yourself from packing everything in sight is tough. I did many Google and YouTube searches on what I needed to take with me, including scrolling through the Spa’s website.
From what I could find, these are the essential things you need to pack for your Spa Day:
- Swimsuit/Bikini – I packed 2 as I knew I was going to the pool and then having a massage, and having a massage in a wet bikini isn’t fun. Especially when I then had lunch booked in straight after the massage.
- Flip Flops – Some Spa’s provide slippers or flip flops, but some don’t. I took flip flops with me as I was advised that they are better for walking around the Spa.
- Toiletries – I took with me some shower gel, my shampoo and some deodorant. Some Spa’s do provide these, but sometimes you can’t beat your own, right? Also, if it is Summer and some elements to the Spa are outdoors, you may want to pack some suncream.
- Hair Brush – A true essential.
- Hairband – If you have medium-long hair, you may want to tie it out of your face.
- Magazines, Books etc. – It is usually etiquette to leave your phone in the locker, so make sure you take something to do while lounging around.
- Money – Most Spa’s have shops with all kinds beauty items in!
- Gym Kit – If you’re the opposite to me, you may want to visit the gym or do an exercise class, so remember to take the right clothing and shoes. Some Spa’s even have beautiful grounds which you may want to explore.
- Comfy Clothes – After your day of relaxing, you may want to take some comfy clothes for the journey home.
Facilities and items which are usually provided, but check:
- Changing Rooms
What to Expect on the Day at Hoar Cross Hall
As I said before, I had no idea what to expect from a Spa Day. So here are a few things which happened during my visit.
When we arrived (around 9:30am) we headed to the reception desk to check-in, collect our towels; robes and locker key. We then got changed into our swimwear, grabbed some juice in the foyer and waited for someone to come to speak to us about the day. She ran through our itinerary (massage and lunch timings), gave us a few forms to complete and handed us a barcoded paper which we could use as payment (and then pay at the end of the day).
We then had some breakfast in the Cafe and visited the many facilities in the Spa. They included saltwater vitality pool and a hydrotherapy pool, an aqua massage area, saunas, waterbeds, jacuzzies, heated loungers, and a Nordic Heat and Ice area including ice cold showers, a hot salt sauna and ice which you can rub onto yourself.
We then had our treatments before lunch, and I had my first back professional massage. It was so relaxing!
The 3-course lunch was fantastic and also offered some great gluten free options for my Boyfriends Sister who is Coeliac. This included a massive Chocolate and Orange cake!
The day was extremely relaxing and I have to say the detox from Social Media was also well needed!
Have you been to a Spa Day?
I would love to know what you take to a Spa Day and what you essentials are…