Spa by Kasia at The Grosvenor Pulford, Cheshire – Spa Review
Spa by Kasia at the Grosvenor Pulford, Cheshire
On: Yorkshire Magazine’s Beauty Editor, Julia Paddon, puts a Cheshire spa through its pampering paces…
There’s a magic formula to the best day spa experiences and the first part of the formula is always the same: how quickly do guests begin to relax and feel at home? Why should anyone – paying for the privilege – hang around with bags and coats in a foyer for half an hour while staff arrange things in the background?
Thankfully, Spa by Kasia, part of the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel in Cheshire, has this potentially awkward aspect of the spa experience down to a fine tee. Your bags and coats are immediately whisked away, you’re escorted to a relaxing side room and, within five minutes, brought an energising fruit smoothie drink all delivered with a beaming smile and a clear and friendly talk through of your experience.
Heck, we were even greeted by the manager! He just happened to be passing and thought he might say hello! We later found out this was par for the course. He had an obvious rapport with his guests and we bumped into him on numerous occasions during our stay, laughing and chatting with restaurant regulars and wedding parties alike. We felt immediately at home and ready to relax in record time.
Spa by Kasia provide natural, holistic and organic treatments combined with some luxurious techniques. Their aim is simple: to nourish, re-balance and repair. After a thorough tour of the spa we were given robes and towels and were ready to start our Day Spa Escape – although not until we’d polished off an Asian Tea Ritual – a cleansing herbal infusion.
We were a little early for our treatments, so we chose to relax in the Penchan Snooze Room in anticipation of the arrival of our therapists. It’s a haven of comfort with gentle new age music, fresh fruit and ice cold drinking water and the most ridiculously comfortable loungers imaginable. When the therapists arrived, they gently coaxed us from an impromptu cat nap.
The treatments were wonderful and improved enormously by being able to enjoy them alongside my partner. Often, you’ll be whisked away into a private treatment room for an hour with nobody but your therapist for company. Here, if you’re with a friend/partner they’ll treat you side by side – and it certainly enhances the experience. My Sabai Thai Foot Ritual (55 mins/£55) was exquisite.
Focussing on the pressure points in the feet and lower leg it combined massage, foot wrapping and foot sticks. It was a deeply relaxing treatment but the after effects were truly energising. My feet and legs were tingling and gently buzzing with energy. My skin felt soft and supple. This was exactly what I was after – I’m a fan of a high heel and my poor feet, always squished and squashed into pointy (but oh so elegant!) shoes, were overdue some special care and attention.
My partner’s Intense Energising Body Treatment (55 mins/£58) was more vigorous. He enjoyed an all-over exfoliating scrub (half-watched out of one eye from my adjacent treatment table) before showering off. He was then given an all-over deep massage which, he claimed was spectacularly energising. So much so, in fact, that after the treatment he immediately headed for the pillared pool for a few lengths, whereas I preferred to watch his exertions from the comfort of the Jacuzzi. After a sauna, we were both more than ready to sample the Spa’s culinary delights.
The food was excellent. My duck spring rolls and Thai green curry certainly kept the oriental theme going and were nice and light – always a good tip for spa goers. Unfortunately, my partner didn’t heed my advice and had a rather heavy (although still delicious!) pasta dish, necessitating another trip to the Snooze Room. Poor soul.
When he finally re-emerged we travelled down into the depths of the building to try out two divine steam treatments. The Hamman was furiously hot and, I must confess, a little too much for me. However, I loved the Rasul – a slightly less hot room which you share with your partner. An impenetrable layer of steam, three different types of mud and a cold shower! The area is private when in use and, to be true to its Turkish origins, you’re advised to get your kit off. Although it’s not compulsory!
After a whole day using the facilities, we certainly felt relaxed. The spa’s easy-going, always-at-hand policy certainly makes for a fulfilling, no-hassle day. If you fancy a trip to lovely Cheshire, you’d be wise to make a call into Spa by Kasia. You’d feel right at home.
Spa by Kasia at the Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa Wrexham Road, Pulford, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9DG