A pamper session and much needed me time at Thai Square Spa

Life has been so busy lately, both in the day job and blog life. Several events and trips have resulted in a massive to do list which can get overwhelming when you feel like you have limited spare time to write everything up, combined with deadlines.

When the opportunity arose to review a treatment at Thai Square Spa, in Charing Cross, it could not have come at a better time.

My favourite blogger Aftab from Fresh and Fearless decided to banish any Monday blues by booking in our Spa sessions for Monday evening. It was the best decision as we had something to look forward to and thus Monday felt like a good day for once! If you know me you know Mondays are usually the least favourite day for me.

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As we stepped into the chic and classy spa, we were met with aromatic and soothing scents  from the incense burning, very relaxing lighting and calming music. It was a world away from the busy London streets with the traffic, masses of people and stress outside, as well as the annoying drizzle.

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Aftab had opted for a deep tissue massage, and as I had been suffering back pain, I went for a Traditional Thai Massage (£75), which focused on the neck, shoulder and back. We  both chose 1 hour sessions and excitedly changed into our robes and slippers, leaving our worries away.

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I was led to a spacious spa room and offered some lovely herbal tea to sip on while my feet were soaked in a bowl filled with warm floral water. I was treated to a lovely foot massage and this was such a nice way to start the treatment as I felt immediately relaxed.

I then lay down on the bed, face down, closed my eyes for the rest of the hour whilst the masseuse gave me the most amazing massage ever. It was just what I needed and I could feel all my worries and stress fading away while I lay there in a zen like state. All I could hear was relaxing music and nothing else.

I had never had a Thai massage before and whilst I was lying there I was already trying to think when I could schedule the next one in. It was that good!

The masseuse started with a very tough massage, and I could feel knots an tension disappearing and my muscles relaxing. The next stage was very relaxing with beautifully scented oils. This also moisturised my skin so nicely that for days after I felt like my skin was so hydrated.

For the last 15 minutes, I turned over and had a head and neck massage which was so dreamy. I literally did not want that hour to end!

It got me thinking that sometimes taking time out for yourself is vital in order to re-balance, re-juvenate and look at things from a different perspective. For me, it also forced me to have a social media detox for the time that I was at the spa as if you know me you know I am constantly on my phone either tackling my blog emails or working on my social media posts.

I felt so much better after my spa session and literally felt focused again and less stressed out. I think I need to schedule in more relaxing evenings just to stay balanced and there is nothing wrong with a little pamper here and there. You need to do things for you 😉

I was so impressed by the spa itself too. It is a really luxurious spa, and open till 9pm on weekdays, which makes it the perfect place to go after work to unwind. I had previously had the (stereotypical) idea that you had to take a day out for a spa day and this proved that you can have a pamper at our own convenience! I can’t think of a better way to end a Monday to be honest!

There is also a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna so you can relax some more after your treatments.

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If you are looking for a fantastic spa, Thai Square Spa ticks all the boxes. They have a fantastic range of treatments, and you can choose from half hour slots or one hour slots, as well as other types of sessions, so there will definitely be something available which is perfect for you.

For more information, go to: http://thaisquarespa.com

You can read Aftab’s experience here.

Aftab and my spa treatments were complimentary but we both had a fabulous time and all  views are my own. 

 

Hotel review: The St Regis Mauritius 

Being a massive fan of the Starwood hotels range, staying at a St Regis has been on my bucket list. When I saw there was a St Regis in Mauritius and after much research, I knew that I absolutely had to stay there and tick it off my list. There is also a Westin and a Le Meridien in Mauritius, both from the Starwood group.

Located on the south-western side of the island, the St Regis has seriously got the best address, with a backdrop of the historical world heritage site, Le Morne mountain, which is 550 metres high. The story behind this majestic mountain, is that it stands as a cathedral for freedom, as it was where many runaway slaves sought refuge and hid.


As the tale goes, the day that slavery got abolished, some slaves hadn’t heard about it yet and thought that some soldiers they sighted on the mountain, who were actually coming to give good news were actually dangerous and so they jumped to their deaths to avoid being captured.

The St Regis is a 5 star luxury hotel, with a colonial theme running throughout the resort and has a lovely home away from home feel to it. The resort used to be a former sugar baron’s plantation house, and is a fairly new resort, having been opened in 2013.

It is just over an hour’s drive from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The drive from the airport was beautiful, with dramatic scenery of  mountains, forests and sugar cane fields. What struck me was the natural beauty of the island everywhere and how unspoilt the majority of it was. We took a taxi from the airport and it cost us 2000 MUR.

When we arrived at the hotel, it was so relaxed. We were given a lovely welcome drink and the check in was so quick and easy. It was amazing to find we had been given an upgrade (Thank you Starwood) to an ocean front suite with a butler service. We were on a bed and breakfast rate and stayed for 7 nights.

The rooms at the St Regis range from garden facing rooms, ocean facing rooms and suites and an absolutely amazing villa which opens out right on to the beach and has its own pool.

We took a buggy ride to our room and OMG it was such an amazing room. The buggy service is available throughout the hotel.

It was dark when we arrived but I immediately snapped a photo of the bathroom because LOOK AT THAT BATHTUB! I was so pleased I had packed a Lush bath bomb with me and I did enjoy a nice soak in the tub during the week.

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We had a fabulous sink each, with plenty of room around it and below it for all our toiletries and my make up and there was really good lighting which was a major plus point.

There is a spacious shower with a rain shower fitting too and it was amazing! The toilet has its own private door.

Inside the bathroom area there is a desk with drawers, a tall chest of drawers and a dressing room area with more drawers and hanging space so I unpacked all our stuff neatly and stored our luggage away. The butler did offer to unpack but I thought it would be easier to put stuff away in my own way. Great option though!

We were provided with an ironing board, iron, hair dryer and safe, as well as a handy stool to prop our luggage on if we needed to. There is lots of storage in the room!

The bedroom itself is large with a massive bed, a comfortable sofa on the side and the TV, nestled inside a cabinet on the opposite side. There is a blind that separates the view into the bathroom so you can have it open during the day time for more natural light.

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A fully stocked mini bar and a drawer full of snacks is provided in the room, which are chargeable. Water bottles are complimentary and are replaced daily.


The butler provided a free turndown service every day and if you wished, he/she could make your tea or coffee in the morning for you. If you wanted to make it yourself, there was a coffee machine, as well as tea bags, and cups and saucers available in the room.

A complimentary St Regis bag was gifted in the room which was really handy as a beach bag. An umbrella was provided in case of any rain.

There is a patio outside which has a sofa on one side and a table with chairs on the other. There are steps which lead down to the resort’s second pool, and there is an amazing view of the beach from here, which is just a short walk away.

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We were so incredibly lucky with the location of the room and the view. The pool area has sun beds around it with towels available nearby. In the afternoon, there is even a pop up bar next to the pool so you can enjoy some cocktails in the sunshine.

Every evening we would find a different treat left for us to indulge on, and on two of the days our butler left us champagne as a surprise treat. One evening, they even scattered rose petals all over the bed and had the bath tub filled ready to soak in and decorated with rose petals which was absolutely adorable. They really made the trip feel so special and we felt so pampered. Thank you goes to Rishi and Kannan.

The resort is absolutely stunning and there is an amazing view from everywhere. There is also free wifi available throughout the resort which is really fast and convenient.

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The main pool, is HUGE. It has cabanas and sun beds located all around it and has the Boathouse bar & grill on one side of it and Le Manoir and the 1904 bar on the other side of it.

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Our breakfast view was of the beautiful pool and was the best way to start the day everyday. The breakfast spread was amazing! There was a whole room with a long table with a selection of tropical fruits available for a healthy choice.

If you wanted bread and pastries, there was a massive variety, including gluten free choices.

In the cooked food section, you could have waffles, crepes, pancakes, hash browns, eggs, beans, bacon, sausages and so much more.

There was also a selection of cheeses, cold meats, salads and fresh juices available.

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The lady who made us our omelettes every day was the happiest and most uplifting person ever! Such a lovely soul.

In terms of food and drink, there are 5 main restaurants and the 1904 bar. There is a Japanese restaurant called Atsuko, an Indian restaurant called Simply India, a pan-asian restaurant called Floating Market, a beachside restaurant called Boathouse Bar & Grill and Le Manoir, which is Mauritian inspired food. You can also order bar food at the 1904 bar, and room service options are also available.

My favourites were The Boathouse Bar & Grill and Simply India. However, they all had superb and flavoursome food.

At the St Regis, you can also try the legendary Bloody Mary cocktails, with each resort having its own take on the classic. You can also try all the other variants on the menu from the different St Regis resorts around the world and I tried the Mauritian version, as well as the Bora Mary.

There is a private cinema, library room, games room, fitness centre, tennis court, kids room and a Spa within the resort. So many rooms to escape in and for a book worm like me it was perfect. I also felt like I could totally relax which is just what I absolutely needed.

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Iridium Spa

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Iridium Spa

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Library room

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Games room

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Tennis court
Amit used the fitness centre every day and he said that they had state of the art gym equipment as well as a personal trainer on site.

As the resort faces west, there were the most incredible sunsets that you could see from the beach and we managed to capture a few on camera.


The beach itself was stunning and would make the perfect location for a destination wedding.


Watersports are available from the resort with lots of fantastic free options. You can even take a free glass boat ride to go see fishes. We booked a day trip on a Catamaran from here which I highly recommend. You get taken to see dolphins swimming, snorkelling, have a bbq lunch on board and then go to another island.

The interiors throughout the hotel are stunning and tasteful. Pictured below is the classy bar area at the 1904 bar, and the outside seating area where we spent lots of time enjoying a cocktail. A special thanks to Selvin and Savina for being amazing.

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The rest of the hotel was just as beautiful with lovely spots all around where you could unwind and read a book or just people watch.

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I loved my stay at the St Regis and it was an amazing week and we felt very spoilt. The staff on site made you feel at home and were all so lovely and always had a smile on their faces.

The location was just superb! It really did have the best address.

We found it easy to go around the island and the concierge desk was super helpful with organising excursions or dinner reservations. We decided to do all our sightseeing within the first couple of days and relax for the rest.

The food was delicious, the cocktails were lush and the resort itself is beautiful and spacious. You can always find a spare sun bed and it never felt crowded as everything is spaced out.

I wish I had had longer than 8 days at the resort as it went by so fast and I really did not want to leave. If you are planning a trip to Mauritius I really recommend this hotel as it is pure luxury, has lots of facilities, restaurants and an amazing beach. The rooms are spacious, plush and the beds are dreamy.

For more information about the resort, go to: http://www.stregismauritius.com

Disclaimer: I received an upgrade and a complimentary meal. However, all opinions and photos are my own.

 

 

Iridium Spa – St Regis Mauritius

The St Regis Mauritius has a beautiful and contemporary spa, named the Iridium Spa after the Greek goddess Iris, which offers a whole variety of blissful, pampering and relaxing treatments.

It has 12 spacious treatment rooms, which are named suites, a breezy relaxation area, a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna as well as a hair and beauty salon.

It is located in the heart of the resort and is built in the same colonial theme as the rest of the resort.

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The spa menu has so many tempting choices ranging from facials, scrubs, wraps to massages and much more. I decided to go for an Indian head massage, which gives you a healthy scalp and hair and totally relaxes you, ensuring you have a peaceful sleep.

Indian head massages are a tradition in every single Indian family and I am sure everyone’s mum or grandmother has at one point applied oil to their hair and given them a head massage.

For my treatment I was taken to a a Spa treatment room, which came with an en-suite bathroom, including a shower, luxurious toiletries and a hair dryer for convenience.

I changed and then settled down onto the spa bed for my treatment. Some relaxing music filled the room while I spent the next 45 minutes in a complete state of relaxation without my phone in my hand. It was such a blissful 45 minutes and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the head massage and after it finished, the therapist applied a hair mask, which she asked me to keep in my hair for around 30 minutes.

She led me to the relaxation room, which had large comfortable sofas and chairs, and served me some ginger tea with a side of honey to enjoy.

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After about 30 minutes, I decided to head back and shower in my room, which was not very far, but you can choose to shower and change in the bathroom which is attached to the treatment room.

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The treatment cost MUR 3,600 and it was worth it! If you are planning on staying at the St Regis Mauritius, I highly recommend saving some pamper time for the Iridium Spa. After a hectic few months it was just the pampering time I needed.

For more details go to: http://www.iridiumspamauritius.com/about