It’s been a month of extremes for both The Spa Spies and the weather. Scarlet Spy had pretty much no sleep at WOMAD festival but found a miraculous cream that made her look as though she had slept like a baby. Savant Spy balanced her fervent Summer social with a detox break or two. And while decadent Stylish Spy sipped a G&T while watching tennis on the South Downs, sporty Supreme Spy worked up a sweat on her first 10K run. Here’s the skinny on what’s hot this August (other than the weather, of course).
This month I’ve been on a mission: I’ve got the rest of my skincare routine nailed but tend to be fickle with moisturisers. During the day, I need something that hydrates and keeps the shine away, so I was overjoyed to find Temple Spa Moisture to Go (50ml, £38). Come rain or shine my skin is hydrated and calm, and it’s a great base for make up. Mission accomplished. I’ve also become obsessed with the brand new Thalgo Source Marine Sleeping Cream (50ml, £43) which is said to make you look like you’ve had a good night's sleep. It does this and more, and was invaluable at WOMAD Festival where I had very little sleep.
I was lucky enough to go to not one but two Champneys spas at the end of August. Champneys Tring is quite stunning, a favourite haunt of the rich and famous and perfect for detoxing after too much Summer socialising – the gardens and Thalassotherapy pool are my personal highlights. But there is something special about Champneys Henlow. I don’t know whether it’s the customer service or the ducks, or the stunning hand-painted wallpaper in the entrance hall, but I love being there. They are planning a huge refurb at Henlow this year, which is exciting as some of the facilities are a little weary – it was the first Champneys to open in 1981 and a ‘health farm’ in the 1960s (as pictured above). This is exciting news; I just hope it retains its charm.
I recently reviewed Park House and loved my stay. Not only is this sprawling white hotel set in the beautiful South Downs, but it also has a heated outdoor pool with a bar - after a few lengths, I lived the dream and enjoyed a glass of Prosecco on a lounger. Later that evening, I ate dinner on a sunny terrace, helping myself to a G’n’T from the honesty bar before tucking into delicious food while watching guests play tennis. After dinner, I walked through the golf course to a large lake and sat in the evening sunshine, with just the birds for company. Spa Spy heaven.
I took on a physical challenge this month in running my first 10k. Using Comfort Zone's Body Active range during training, and before the event, was a great pick-me-up. The Shower Scrub made my skin soft to the touch while the roll-on Booster was really warming to areas of concern. The Cream is white, thick and an indulgent treat. The products absorb well so I didn’t feel I was sweating them out during the run. Wellness is all about balance, and if you are training hard, you should balance your body, too.
The Spa Spy
29th August 2018
Intuitive masseurs, inspired or outlandish treatments and design, posh products and celeb spotting.
Anyone po-faced (guests and therapists) or stupid, boring design and treatments.
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