Spa Sirène

Spa Type: Hotel Spa

The Royal Yacht, centrally placed in St Helier, is one of the island's oldest hotels, dating from the 1820s. Spa Sirène is a serene bonus in a stylish place to stay. This luxury hotel spa is in a basement, but the pool, heat experiences and dramatic decor make up for the lack of sea views. Spa Sirène offers a range of Phytomer treatments; this marine-based product range is made in the nearby French town of St Malo.

Winner of the 2012 Good Spa Award for Best Spa, Channel Islands

Key Brands: Aromatherapy Associates, Phytomer
Treatment Menu: View this spa's treatment menu
Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 6.30am – 9pm; Friday: 6.30am – 7.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays: 8am – 7.30pm

Facilities:
  • Swimming pool
  • Heated vitality pool
  • Swedish sauna
  • Aromatherapy steam room
  • Salt steam therapy
  • Experience shower
  • Jacuzzi
  • Rest room
  • Gym
Accommodation:

Five room styles available at The Royal Yacht from Silver double Room to Penthouse Suite. Room rates start at £140 per room per night and based on a bed & breakfast basis.

Dining:

A light lunch menu is available at the spa. The Royal Yacht is also home to three Restaurants serving alfresco dining, gourmet cuisine and fine dining.

What's on offer? -

The huge Royal Yacht hotel has been designed to socialise. As well as three restaurants, there are numerous bars, a pub, a nightclub with live music and DJs, and a champagne bar. On check-in, the hotel receptionist gave us a map (thank you).

The basement spa is creatively and colourfully lit. There is a bright area by the reception desk with chairs and some tea-making facilities. Sign in and get your locker key here.

The changing rooms are excellently equipped and expansive with 36 lockers and wooden benches, plus padded stools in front of a huge floor-to-ceiling mirror and weighing scales for those who dare. There are four stools in front of mirrors, cotton pads, tissues and Phytomer products and hairdryers. A glass door leads through to five showers, all equipped with Aromatherapy Associates shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The décor is cream tiles and wood and all was spotlessly clean.

My fluffy, white waffle robe, white fluffy towel and spa slippers were in my tall locker, although a plentiful supply of towels was on offer, too.

The impressive pool area is the centre-piece of the spa. A few benches and a couple of wicker loungers are positioned around the pool, as well as some wicker chairs which are so large you could hide away in them.

The deliciously hot Swedish sauna in pale wood felt brand new. The aromatherapy steam room was delicately infused with eucalyptus. We particularly enjoyed the strong bubbling vitality pool and the swan pipes. Mosaic-tiled footbaths provide further sensual delights. There’s a cold bucket shower for the brave and a salt steam therapy room, as well.

The relaxation room with three heated ceramic loungers is a great chill-out space, if a little dark. I’d have liked a reading light by each bed (and some reading material).

The bright gym runs the length of the pool and is popular with hotel guests.

No children under 16 are allowed in Spa Sirène, so your swim should be fairly undisturbed.

We stayed in a smart Gold Deluxe double with a terrace and views out to sea. This contemporary space had a very comfortable bed with soft sheets, LCD TV, DVD player, and free internet access. In the pristine bathroom were bathrobes, slippers, a bath and a shower, and a lifetime's supply of white towels.

What were the treatments like? +

We had the Lavender Lullaby (90 minutes, £97) with Phytomer products and Jersey lavender-filled boluses.

My therapist, Nagila, collected me from poolside and led me to my treatment room. From outside I could smell delicious warm lavender. The room felt very girlie with its pink iridescent, shimmery curtain.

I lay on my front under a dark brown towel on the comfy heated bed. Nagila told me to take three deep breaths while she’d sprayed some room mist above me. Nagila performed some Thai-style leg and arm stretches then positioned a cushion under my knees. She swept my hair back with a headband and delicately applied a creamy cleanser, and a rose toner.

Nagila applied an exfoliation mask and left it on for 20 minutes, as announced, and performed a full body scrub. The scrub was really coarse and she applied it with perfect vigour. It felt like it was actually exfoliating, unlike some scrubs I’ve had. I crooked my leg so that Nagila could exfoliate my whole leg. She then used hot towels to remove every last grain before going on to my other leg, followed by my tummy, arms and décolleté. I sat up so she could scrub my back and she placed a fresh towel behind me to lie back on.

Nagila removed the mask with hot towels and carried out further massage on my face. She then applied another mask (left on for another 20 minutes) and a weighty wheat eye mask. Whilst this was on, Nagila applied the Jersey lavender hot boluses to my body, leaving two resting against the soles of my feet and nestled against my shoulders. She pressed the boluses against pressure points along my body, which felt very calming. Next, Nagila coated me with a yummy warm oil and massaged the front of my body, using perfectly deep pressure. Having removed the face mask with hot towels, she applied a moisturiser, an eye cream and a lip balm.

I then turned over on to my front and Nagila pressed the hot boluses up the back of my body followed by a hot oil massage. This treatment was truly divine.

We also had the Shellac Manicure (60 minutes, £34).

I showed Elizma the state of my flaky nails, worried that she wouldn’t be able to perform the treatment. We quickly established a good rapport and Elizma made the treatment great fun.

I chose my favourite colours, out of a neatly lined up assembly of CND polishes. Elizma then painted each nail with a different colour to assist in the colour-choosing decision process. We whittled it down to a classic ruby red.

Elizma cleansed and filed my nails, and a quick buff followed before she added a little gel to each nail and neatened my cuticles.

First she painted on the base layer, then a stronger glue over the flaky parts of my nails. Elizma painted two coats of colour, ensuring one hand was under a UV dryer whilst the other was being painted. The top-coat sealed in the colour and the paint dried immediately. Elizma finished off my treatment with a hand and arm massage using Phytomer lotion. My nails looked glisteningly good.

Spa Sirène offers a range of Phytomer treatments; this marine-based product range is made in the nearby French town of St Malo. There are massages, facials and wraps, all with poetic names. There are also imaginative treatments for men and for mums-to-be.

You can also have manis and pedis using the Essie range, Ionithermie slimming treatments, and some complementary therapies. Finishing touches include waxing, eyelash tints, and tans. There is also a rasul room which is beautifully done with slate showers.

Food facts +

Menus on the poolside tables feature salads, sandwiches and smoothies.

Within the hotel, you can choose from three restaurants. In the evening, we enjoyed fine-dining Restaurant Sirocco. I feasted upon tasty poached pear, Jersey Blue cheese arancini with port wine dressing followed by roast fillet of cod, saffron mash, and curried lentils. The cooked breakfast the next morning and buffet options were all fresh and very tasty.

Café Zephyr is brasserie style, and a great spot to meet for a coffee or lunchtime bite. The Grill is a smart choice for well-cooked steaks and a glass of wine.

We loved / We didn't love +

From start to end, the Lavender Lullaby treatment was stunning and carried out by a truly professional therapist. I would go back just for that treatment again in a shot.

The hotel felt quite dated in places, having last been refurbished in 2007.

Who do you think would like it? +

Spa Sirène would suit anyone looking for a fun spa day with friends or family, and a good quality treatment. Use of the spa is only available to hotel residents, members, and people booking spa treatments over £75.

What bubble rating did you give this spa? +

We gave Spa Sirène at the Royal Yacht a fresh Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. The spa was spotless, all the facilities were in good working order, the staff amiable and helpful, and my treatments were top-notch. There was little to fault and the spa is a peaceful space.

Spa Sirène in April 2013

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