Last month, I was invited to visit Spa Experience By Better in Taunton for a treatment and spa day package. After having a hectic month, I jumped at the chance of a relaxing pamper day, especially as I was able to bring a plus one along with me.
I hadn’t actually been to a spa before, so I was incredibly excited to be invited along to test out the facilities and have a treatment. I must say, Spa Experience didn’t disappoint – we had an amazing time.
Located in Taunton, the Somerset branch of Spa Experience By Better is part of the Blackbrook Pavillion Leisure Centre. However, it has its own separate building on the side and is run and managed by Spa Experience. There are Spa Experience locations situated across the UK, so wherever you are located you should be able to find one fairly close by.
Offering a selection of over 50 health, beauty, and relaxation treatments as well as various Spa Day experiences, there’s plenty of options to choose from.
We headed to the spa for 11 am with our treatments booked for 12.30. When we arrived, we found that parking was free, which was great as it meant we didn’t have to worry about how long we were there for – we could simply relax and enjoy the day.
On arrival at reception, we were welcomed to the Spa, given robes, towels, and flip-flops, and directed to the changing room, where we changed into our swimwear ahead of our treatments.
Relaxation room and Thermal Spa
Once we were changed, we were directed to the Relaxation Room where there were five relaxation loungers, calming music playing, and the most delicious cucumber and mint-infused water. We were also treated to a complimentary glass of champagne, which we sipped while we laid in the Relaxation Room letting the stresses and strains of daily life drift away.
After some relaxation time, we headed to the Thermal Spa where there is a hydrotherapy pool, a steam room, a sauna, a monsoon shower, and an ice fountain.
The concept behind the Thermal Spa is to cleanse impurities and improve health and wellbeing by heating and cooling the body, and then repeating the process. Using a combination of heat and cold on the body has a range of health benefits, including reducing pain and fatigue, helping to relax muscles, detox and clean skin of impurities, and improve blood flow and cardiovascular health.
Our first stop was a stint in the sauna – a wood-lined, dry heat room set to 90 degrees. Using a high-heat sauna induces perspiration which helps to cleanse the body of impurities.
After a sweat-inducing sauna session, we headed to the monsoon shower in a bid to cool off. We were shocked to find that the monsoon shower was scented and offered a range of different showering experiences. You could choose between a warm tropical downpour or a cool tropical mist, with each experience coming with its own scents, sounds, and water temperature. To cool down we began with a cold tropical downpour, followed by a combination of the other settings – we wanted to test them all out.
Our next stop was the hydrotherapy pool, where we relaxed for the next 20-minutes or so, enjoying the pressure of the multiple jet settings, designed to pummel any muscle stresses and strains away.
For our treatment we were booked in for a Thermal Spa Experience, which a La Sultane De Saba Ayurvedic Shirodhara describes as:
“This is the ultimate full-body holistic treatment, which will take you on a journey of the spices. It contains a highly specialist blend of cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger, anise, rose, and geranium, to brighten the skin and uplift the soul.
“Shea butter is used to encase the key energy points (chakras) and the Shirodhara then drizzles rose water and an oil blend onto the chakras. A bowl dances over the body, immersing all the senses in a feeling of absolute relaxation and wellbeing. Then, warm spice-infused poultices are used to massage using our amber, vanilla, and patchouli oil. All this is followed by a hands-on massage.”
The treatment was incredible. It lasted for 90 minutes and consisted of multiple mini treatments, including a full body massage, warm oil treatment, and a deep body scrub. We left feeling wonderfully contented and relaxed.
Overall, I loved the entire experience. The day was utterly relaxing from start to finish. I will definitely be heading back there soon for another day of relaxation, rejuvenation, and tranquility.
*This post features a gifted experience / PR samples.*