St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE2 3NF
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
5 treatment rooms
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.
1 person says this spa is a social spa. 2 people say this spa is health focused. 2 people say this spa is solo friendly. 3 people say this spa is romantic.
The Royal Yacht is a tall modern building with glass panels, decking and curved balconies overlooking the harbour at St Helier. At the base is an invitingly buzzy terrace bar and restaurant tipping out onto the pavement where Jersey's well-heeled come to chill out and people-watch. The four-star hotel has a three Rosette restaurant and, in its basement, the welcoming Spa Sirène.
The spa reception area is bright and white with natural stone colours, flowers and products on display; Aromatherapy Associates and Phytomer are the main brands. The receptionists and therapist were smiling and helpful when we arrived.
The changing rooms are impressive for a relatively small hotel spa: spacious, light and clean with huge lockers, two private changing cubicles, wooden benches, and four large showers with Aromatherapy Associates shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. The vanity area has four pale blue square stools neatly tucked into a wooden dressing table with hairdryers and plenty of Phytomer products, including make-up remover and moisturiser. There is a swimsuit drier – although no bags – and plenty of clean fresh towels on shelves.
The pool area is atmospherically lit, more like a night club than a spa, with the sound of echoing running water. White sails float just below the ceiling and frosted glass seals off the large gym that runs down one side. The 12-metre swimming pool has blue tiles and underwater lighting, and is pleasantly cool. At one end of the pool are three powerful swan jets to ease your shoulder muscles. A rectangular hydro-pool has water beds and back massaging jets, and is big enough to seat a sociable group of six people.
At the opposite end of the room are chairs, recliners and tables with spa menus for ordering lunch or pool-side smoothies. Around the edges are tall wicker seats curved like ice-cream cones, great for privacy although too dark for reading.
Doors lead off the pool to a small aromatherapy steam room, a warm salt therapy steam room, and a glass-fronted Swedish sauna, all of which would seat four. You can dip your toes in one of the two mosaic foot Jacuzzis, brace yourself beneath the bucket shower or rinse off in the experience shower.
A small relaxation room has three green stone tepidarium beds -- one hot, one warm, one cooler -- separated by screens and lit with colour-changing lights. This is a pleasant space to escape the buzz of the main thermal area or for a post-treatment snooze.
There is also a small rasul and mani/pedi room in the main treatment area.
We had the Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength massage (90 minutes, £99).
Caroline, my therapist, met me by the pool and led me to a large, white treatment room with beautifully scented candles. We went through my consultation form and she explained the steps of the treatment; it would include a relaxing massage using paraffin wax and a gentle facial.
Caroline left the room while I took off my robe and lay face down on the treatment bed. She cleansed my feet with warm mitts, massaged my feet and hands, then applied paraffin wax to both with a brush: hot at first but it slowly cooled and dried. Caroline started a long, intense back massage, really working the knots in my back, finishing by pouring more warm wax onto my shoulder blades. Heavenly! Caroline massaged the backs of my legs and applied the paraffin. She removed the dried wax with massage strokes and, at the end, stretched my torso all the way from my neck to my lower back.
Caroline asked me to turn over. She placed a warm stone on my solar-plexus chakra and moved onto the facial. She cleansed my skin with a gentle balm, applied a serum, then massaged my face using short pressure-point and longer flowing movements. Caroline dotted warm wax onto my forehead, hairline and temples; it felt positively blissful. Caroline massaged my scalp, neck and shoulders, then removed the dried wax and applied a finishing moisturiser.
Caroline fetched me some water while I slowly emerged from my stupor, then led me to the relaxation room. I let the incredibly calming and nurturing effects of the massage continue. My face was glowing with no red marks and very few lines.
Spa Sirène offers a range of treatments using marine brand Phytomer, made in nearly St Malo in Brittany, and Aromatherapy Associates. Some have marine-themed titles: the Smooth Sailing facial and Sea Sculpting body wrap for women, or The Captain's Choice body treatments for men. The spa also offers manicures and pedicures, and alternative treatments such as reflexology and Indian head massage.
You can order lunch from a spa menu and eat it by the pool. Try salads, sushi, sashimi and sandwiches, as well as a range of inventive smoothies and juices. I chose the beetroot and halloumi superfood salad which was beautifully colourful and tasted divine.
Perhaps it's not surprising the spa food is so good given the quality of the food in the rest of the hotel. The Sirocco restaurant has three AA rosettes and we loved the fresh seafood. I had melt-in-the-mouth scallops and a delicious sea bass with saffron mash. Sirocco is smart informal but, if you fancy something even more relaxed, try Zephyr on the ground floor, or The Grill for excellent steaks.
The Spa Sirène staff: They were so cheerful and attentive that my mood lifted as soon as I arrived. They were also very present in the spa, collecting towels and making sure all the guests were okay.
Our treatment: The massage felt very nurturing and the products were wonderfully fragrant and soothing. Perfect if you're in need of some TLC.
The food was outstanding. It was fresh, healthy and really tasty.
We didn't love
Better lighting and cushions on loungers around the pool would make it a more pleasant space to sit, sip smoothies, and read.
We saw a family with older children (you need to be over 16) enjoying a spa day.
Solo spa goers can escape lively St Helier by cocooning here for half a day.
The dim lighting and cosy little thermal suites would suit couples.
We once again awarded Spa Sirène a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 bubbles. Although small, the spa maintains a feeling of friendly intimacy -- we felt really well looked after -- and numbers are carefully managed so that it never feels crowded. The staff, treatments, food and pool area make it an indulgent hotel spa experience.
Savant Spy visited in September 2016 and awarded it 4 Bubbles
The Weighbridge, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, JE2 3NF
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.
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.
Monday to Thursday: 6.30am – 9pm; Friday: 6.30am – 7.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank holidays: 8am – 7.30pm
There are no offers for this spa.