As a Spa Spy I get to experience some pretty amazing things – in the past few months I've been covered in gold at The Spa at Dolphin Square, had the most delicious spa food at The Spa at Pennyhill Park and sat in an outdoor hot tub and watched the clouds roll in over the Lake District at Armathwaite Hall. But last week was a new one. Last week I was here:
Good Spa Guide HQ is a pretty wonderful place to work, but returning from The Oberoi in Mauritius was hard. Daily yoga, meditation or tai chi classes, the most romantic couples' treatment room and truly fabulous treatments made a spa trip that really was blissful.
If you can tear yourself away from the beach and the two very beautiful pools, the spa is in a separate building towards the back of the complex. It's perfectly still and quiet with just the sounds of tropical birds tuning you into the environment.
The changing rooms are wood lined with towels, robes and products a-plenty. Instead of towel robes you're give short, linen versions – in 30 degree heat it was the perfect substitution. The showers are ceiling-less so you can spot the odd cloud passing by the tropical blue sky while you wash off the salt and sand.
Visit the steam room, lounge in the outdoor relaxation area (another set of sun loungers – life is so hard!) or hop into your own private Jacuzzi. Mauritius is a honeymoon destination, so the Spa at the Oberoi is beautifully equipped for couples' therapies.
I had a Balinese massage with my spa partner. We started out in the steam room to really relax our muscles before being shown into the very romantic couples' suite. A partially covered pavilion, we enter our own private spa area which had two treatment beds, a shower, a Jacuzzi and beautiful, shallow waterways.
After showering off, my therapist Wadi washed and exfoliated my feet and asked me to smell three different oils for my massage. I chose euphoric which was ylang ylang oil. My partner chose invigorating peppermint oil.
After getting comfortable on the wide and comfortable treatment bed, Wadi started the massage by gently stretching my body focusing on my legs, arms and back. I had requested that she focused on my tight back, so she spent a lot of time applying just the right amount of pressure to the knots in my back, never quite veering into painful! The treatment included deep tissue massage, skin rolling, gentle stretching and reflexology techniques leaving me looser, calmer and certainly deeply relaxed.
Post treatment we were left to slither our way into the Jacuzzi and take some time in the beautiful Mauritian sunshine.
You can go local with your spa treatments by trying an invigorating coconut husk body brush or pick up the Indian influence with an Ayurvedic hot herbal poultice or marma point therapy.
Yes it's a 12 hour flight, and it will put a big dent in your holiday budget, but a trip to the Spa at the Oberoi Mauritius is undoubtedly an unforgettable spa experience.