Whether you’re a bride-to-be, the bachelorette-adventure planning best friend or a busy bridegroom, today’s the perfect time to put a pin in your wedding plans and hone in on the little things. The entire wedding process can be at times consuming and stressful (two of our favourite wedding bloggers, Before the Big Day and Love My Dress, have shared their insightful wedding journeys!), and it’s just as important to take a step back and ensure you’re recuperated before your big day. So, in honour of #nationalrelaxationday, here’s some ideas how!
For the soon-to-be-bride, a spa bridal package is sure to lull you into your happy place with massages, facials and blissful baths. You can make it a solo escape, with many of London’s best spas offering lavish packages.
Wedding Belles is an extensive bundle that offers tranquillity months in advance of your wedding day. Provided by one of the top London spa facilities, Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park offer an entire ‘Tranquil Escape’ day for soon-to-be-brides to escape any hectic wedding planning.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full day of indulgence, Urban Retreat is the place for you. A refuge from shoppers on the floors below, Urban Retreat lives on the 5th floor of Harrods, a surprise haven that includes a nail loft, make-up salon, hair salon and spa! Plus, there’s flexibility if you do decide to go for a full bridal package, with consultants on hand to tailor their services to your desires.
If you fancy a more companionable day of relaxation, a number of UK spas also offer sophisticated alternatives to the standard Hen affair. What could be better than trialling some wedding makeup, watching some films and getting cosy with your best friends in a beautiful environment? Moddershall Oaks in the Staffordshire countryside has a brand-new suite aptly named ‘The Snug’, which looks like it was meant for a Hen group – just look at the photos!
Spa days are the epitome of relaxation, and they don’t exclude the gentlemen! Standard treatments are usually available to all, but if you want something extra special, there’s facilities that provide. The Four Seasons spa in the distinguished Park Lane area offers exclusively-male treatments that hone in on things like muscular tension, hand grooming and back cleansing.
If you prefer a small-scale pamper, Murdock London is a male grooming specialist with a real vintage aesthetic. For a thorough facial, shave and haircut, this is the place for ‘gentleman of taste’! They have numerous stores across London including Soho and Covent Garden.
Named The Times’ ‘Recommended London barbershop’, this vintage venue also uses its own signature product range which can be enjoyed at home.
It Takes Two
If #nationalrelaxationday wouldn’t be the same without your other half, there’s just as many venues to experience shared zen.
Pop to Holborn, London for a visit to Sense Spa, which offers a ‘Couple’s Classic’ two-hour experience filled with massages and soothing facials. If you don’t fancy committing to a full few hours, Sense Spa have a lengthy ‘express treatment’ list, perfect for a quick luxuriating fix.
If one day of indulgence just isn’t enough, go in for a weekend – places like The Gainsborough Bath Spa offer unique facilities not to be missed out on. This beautiful listed building is the only spa in the country with access to natural thermal springs, and offers a bespoke couple’s spa experience including a complementary overnight stay. Where better to bathe than in a luxurious Romanesque bath?
Remember, relaxation comes in many forms – if you’re not convinced you’re a spa person, don’t fret! There’s heaps of ways to take advantage of #nationalrelaxationday without committing to something completely new. If you’re an always-active ball of energy, spend some time practicing yoga, which can even be done with your favourite partner. For bookworms, cosiness means nothing without solitude and a good read – in fact, check out our favourite trinket-and-tome blogger, Diamonds in the Library, for some great recommendations.
Are there any spa spots that you would recommend, or alternative ways to spend a day of relaxation? Feel free to share your suggestions below!