Just moments from the heart, history, and happenings in St. Albans sits one of the county’s secret little treasures: The Verulamium Spa. With views of the park and the imposing cathedral, the spa resides within, but separate from, the fairly newly-built Westminster Lodge Leisure centre. The facilities cover two floors, and include everything you’d need and expect to ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Although the spa entrance requires passing through the buzzing fitness facilities, the reception offers an immediate feeling of friendliness, quietness, and calm. I was welcomed courteously, handed a dressing gown and slippers, asked if I wanted anything to drink, and it was off to the dressing room to change.
Once in my relaxing kit, I was provided an orientation on the offered facilities: the treatment rooms to the left; the bistro to the right offering an array of healthy smoothies, salads, and herbal teas; the indoor and outdoor (Summer) relaxation areas offering a deafening silence of lounging rest; and then downstairs for the heated chambers (Tepidarium, Lanconium, Calidarium, etc) and sauna. There are also additional areas for manicures and pedicures that are slightly separate from the more relaxing side of the spa. Overall, the facilities aren’t covering a huge area, but the layout and light, bright decor create a real sense of space.
I started my experience in the downstairs heat and steam area. I was a bit chilled from outside, so I immediately headed for the heated loungers, sipping my green tea, and caught-up on my magazine addiction. I popped in and out of all the heat rooms and after about an hour and fifteen minutes of warming my bones and soaking my joints, it was time for the scheduled event, my 40-minute Back, Neck, and Shoulder massage. I’ve had some issues with my back and neck recently (due to too many children climbing into my bed at night), so I was really looking forward to this.
I made my way back upstairs surfacing from the warmth and tranquility below and headed for the indoor relaxation room to await my massage. There was only one other person (sleeping) in the room, so I was able to sit back in peace continuing with my Hello glossy.
The moment arrived, off for my massage. The treatment room was decorated, again, with calming colours of comfort and plenty of space. Aromatherapy oils were filling the room with scents of flowers and fields (non-allergic, ones, thankfully!). The fresh-faced therapist asked all the precautionary health questions and if I had anything I needed focusing. I mentioned my neck issue and, although my injury isn’t healed completely, she certainly did something to ease the pain and loosen the area. The massage was lovely and although I could hear a slight bit of noise coming from the bistro from time to time, the experience was great.
All in all, I was delightfully impressed with this local St. Albans gem. It’s certainly not your grand, country hotel spa, but it’s not trying to be. It’s an urban spa offering a lovely, relaxing place to unwind, warm-up, and beautify; and for great value, I might add. I thoroughly recommend the Verulamium Spa and am looking forward to planning my return.
If you’re interested in some December party prep (valid through 31 Dec), the spa are promoting a great-value offer called the Party Package. You can choose from three of any of the following treatments all for £50! I think this is a fab, seasonal deal:
– Jessica geleration application on the feet
– Express facial
– Lash & Brow tint
– Half leg & Bikini
– Full body application of the Clarins tan
For more information on the spa, check our listing here: http://local.mumsnet.com/hertfordshire/fitness-wellbeing-other/287863-verulamium-spa