Estelle’s visit to Sequoia

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Ever wondered what it is like to work at The Grove, and experience the full introduction of what we have available? Our new Marketing Executive had a hard day in the office last week, trying out one of our luxurious Spa Day’s on offer, and here is what she got up to….

After starting work at The Grove just a week ago, I was told that as part of my induction and to see things from a customer’s perspective, I had to experience “…all The Grove had to offer” which as you can imagine was music to my ears. My first week ended on a high with a visit to the renowned Sequoia Spa. I had always been curious to discover what it was like there, I expected it to be amazing, and it didn’t disappoint!

On arrival to the bright and airy reception area I instantly felt a sense of calm prevail. The staff were welcoming and informative. I was given a Spa Consultation Form to complete and I received a personalised timetable listing my treatment and lunch times. I then had to choose my four course lunch (which was a difficult decision given the mouth-watering choices on offer).

I was given a short tour of the facilities so I could get my bearings, I was then left alone to explore my new surroundings. I headed straight to the Heat Rooms to spend some time in the sauna, just the ticket on a nail bitingly cold day. It felt like a quick blast on a sun-drenched beach. I cooled down in the powerful rain effect shower, which emulated a tropical rainstorm (minus the thunder)! Time for a quick go in the Steam Room to clear my lungs and leave me feeling revitalised.

The Vitality Pool, as the name would suggest was invigorating with a plethora of jets and bubbles!

As with most other areas during my visit, being mid-week I was lucky enough to have the area to myself. After trying this out, I then made my way up to the swimming pool which had a jacuzzi at one end. The pool makes a bold statement with its’ black tiles, offering something a little different to the predictable white tiles that you see everywhere else. Whilst I took a short but leisurely swim there was also an aqua aerobics class going on which brought some energy to the setting. Other guests were relaxing on the day beds catching up on the days’ news.

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For my treatment I opted for the “Head to Toe Heaven” – 90 minutes of pure bliss and escapism. Ellie my therapist greeted me in The Relaxation Room and led me to a gently lit treatment room with soothing music playing in the background. I was left to discretely de-robe and make myself comfortable. The heated towel on the bed was a nice touch and made the experience even more relaxing. My treatment promised to “soothe fine lines and leave me looking wonderfully radiant”. This luxurious and effective treatment was also coupled with a Mediterranean style full body massage. As each minute passed I could feel myself drifting off and dreaming of far flung destinations. The intoxicating citrusy aroma of the Natura Bissé products only sought to enhance the overall experience.

And then I heard those dreaded words “That’s the end of your spa treatment”! I was enjoying it so much that it felt like it was over in the blink of an eye. Feeling all warm and fuzzy I headed to the Juice Bar in seek of refreshment. I had never tried a vegetable based juice before, but I have to say the juice I ordered which contained beetroot, celery, ginger, apple and spinach was delicious and instantly boosted my feeling of well-being.

Now I would like to say that I had worked up and appetite, but a leisurely swim doesn’t really count as a calorie burner. Lunch was described as being in a “Bento Box”, I hadn’t heard of this before and I expected it to arrive in a cardboard box which folded out. However I was served a colourful and attractive square plate of food divided into neat little sections with a course in each. My preconceptions of spa food were simply a bit of lettuce and not a lot of substance, how wrong could I be? The food was incredibly satisfying, tasty and very healthy (apart from the very moreish Bailey’s Cheesecake accompanied by a bitter chocolate sauce).

Unfortunately it was now time to leave this tranquil space and head back to the reality of my desk… My experience was truly an assault on the senses in the most positive way. For anyone looking to re-energise and feel the stress and tension drain away, a day spa package at Sequoia is a must!