I’m guessing if you’re reading this then you’re probably a mum like me. Or at least a parent. Maybe you are also a partner, a sister, an Aunty, an employee, a general picker-upper of other people’s dirty socks and multi-tasker extraordinare…
Nodding along? Well you forgot something.
You are also YOU.
And being a person in your own right is something you likely forget on a regular basis.
I do it too. But once in a while I make time to do something for myself, go somewhere with my friends without having to pack a nappy bag or push a pushchair and just remember who I am without the labels of mother, wife etc.
Last week Ribby Hall spa hotel invited my friends and I to experience their Twilight Aqua Thermal Experience, meaning I was able to switch off for a few hours and just be me.
A spa is the perfect antidote to a busy life and motherhood in general. You can’t take your mobile phone which means no social media scrolling, no phone calls or text messages asking where the baby’s clean vests are kept and no interruptions from the outside world in general.
You have to switch off. You have to be ok in your own company (or at least those of your friends) and you have to relax. It’s mandatory.
All the yay’s for this.
Ribby Hall Spa is stunning – no detail has been forgotten. Everything is modern, welcoming, spotless (something I always look for) and state of the art. There is a real feeling of luxury right from the drive up to the impressive looking hotel through to the warm welcome of the staff, the lush robes, slippers and towels, the beautiful spa and the no expense spared changing rooms with their GHD hairdryers. The staff deserve a special mention here as they are so professional but also warm and welcoming – nothing is too much trouble, probably the reason it has won the Good Spa Guides award for customer service this year.
The thermal journey is a really lovely experience taking you through seven different spa treatments including a herbal sauna, the aroma steam room, tepidarium, sanarium and Balinese salt inhalation room. These areas gradually increase in temperature and if you are feeling brave (I wasn’t) you can finish with an ice cold treatment to cleanse and refresh.
My absolute favourite part of the experience was the outdoors zen garden with hot tubs and a sauna. The night we arrived at Ribby Hall Spa, the weather was baltic and actually snowed a bit whilst we were in the hot tub, which might sound horrible but was actually a really lovely experience. My friends and I also agreed that it would be absolutely gorgeous in the summer months too. The outside zen garden experience for me was the highlight and I think really added something extra special to our spa experience.
Starting from £34 and including a glass of fizz in the hotel bar afterwards, I thought this was a really good value package and although it was complimentary on this occasion, I know we will definitely be booking to come back again in the future.
Afterwards, the girls and I treated ourselves to a meal at the Tapas Restaurant in the Ribby Hall village, which I can also highly recommend.
We will definitely be back the next time life all gets a bit too much (probably next week…)