Spas are a relatively new thing for me, not having visited many in my 20’s I am definitely making up for it in my 30’s!
It’s a breathtaking place only a couple of miles outside of the Cotswold town of Cheltenham and it really needs several blog posts so OF COURSE I will need to pop back to achieve that. I could have stayed all weekend and I really hope that one day I will, especially given that it appears to be extremely child friendly ….(er so…hello darling husband…please pretty please if you’re reading this..I think your ‘son to be’ and his Mother would really love this… hint hint!!!!)
Before I begin NB – I’m already quite spoilt these days when it comes to visiting Spas and this is because I am already a member of another brilliant one in the Cotswolds. This has the downside therefore that I now have VERY high standards when it comes to Spas!
C – Side needn’t worry though as their award-winning spa more than lives up to its reputation and on the whole is an impressive Spa experience. To start with it has two pools! A 17m green slate lined indoor pool and a 15m outdoor pool, both are heated all year round.
On arrival I was offered tea and given a lovely canvas bag containing my very own copy of VOGUE, a little hairbrush, a stick of seaside rock, a mini Dove deodorant, Green & Spring soaps, gown and flip flops..this was a really nice touch and its the details which matter after all! Talking of details, I could have done with a costume drying machine in the ladies and some plug sockets for doing my hair afterwards but again, as I mentioned I am very picky!
There are four treatment rooms at C – Side hidden within the industrial style architecture and also a separate manicure and pedicure area too.
I had booked a 60 minute Pregnancy massage…..The Relaxing Pregnancy Massage – 60 mins £75 billed as;
‘a completely relaxing full body massage using safe but effective pre-natal techniques and Omega-rich oils with specific focus on the lower back muscles that are effected by pregnancy. Includes a neck and head massage and the unique Yummy Tummy elasticising mask.’
It was …well it was great, my first massage since I became pregnant and at 22 weeks a very welcome one. I was even given a menu to choose my own music from! The products used for ‘Mummys to be’ are all from the Mama Mio range as opposed to the Green & Spring products which are to be found throughout the hotel. (more on these later). I’ll be back soon for another massage….perhaps this time I will opt for the ‘Coming Soon Pregnancy Massage‘ ..I can hardly wait, for the baby of course and the massage !
After a little lie down I swam in the indoor pool. There was not another soul in it and with my goggles on it was heavenly to glide through it, even if gliding these days is more Whale than Gazelle like.
Probably the widest Spa pool I’ve swum in, not the longest or shortest but really quite unique and the green slate made it. It is without doubt the BEST pool I have ever swum in. My only bug bear on poolside was the rather noisy pool filter making relaxing on poolside pretty tough but I think was just a technical issue and perhaps the maintenance team will have fixed it by now. It wouldn’t stop me returning!
For more details of the Treatment Menu please click here …
As mentioned above Green & Spring products are on hand in the showers, the changing rooms and the loos, they are lovely and with such beautiful packaging..what’s not to love?
All the treatments at C-Side use Green & Spring products. ( bar pregnancy ones)
The tradition of using herbs for health and beauty has a long history in the British Isles. Green & Spring have tapped into this rich legacy using the abundance of natural resources to be found locally at Cowley Manor and the surrounding British countryside, including the natural spring waters and herbs found in the grounds.
If had been even vaguely interested in exercise on this particular day I would have popped into the gym too, still there’s always next time!
SPA PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE DAY AND EVENING ….
Available from Monday to Friday, Day Spa package includes treatments of your choice, a 2 course lunch and use of all the facilities at C-Side.
60 minutes of treatments £125
90 minutes of treatments £155
120 minutes of treatments £190
150 minutes of treatments £235
Day Spa use Monday to Friday is £50 which includes full access to the facilities at C-Side
Available Monday to Thursday from 5pm, our Evening Spa package includes treatments of your choice, a 2 course dinner in the Bar or C-Side and use of all the facilities at the spa.
30 minutes of treatments £60
60 minutes of treatments £90
I definitely DO like to be beside the C – side. Please let me know if you get to C – side, I don’ think you can avoid it now….and watch out for my next post…MALT – the new restaurant at Cowley Manor.
Ciao for now