When I think of all the opportunities I have had thanks to writing my blog, there are some that just stand out. My visit to the Monart Spa in Poundbury last week is definitely something I will remember. Poundbury, in Dorchester, is an hour’s drive from me in Bournemouth but the route is straightforward and it was a nice enough drive over there on a midweek morning.
I arrived at the spa, which is located in Queen Mother Square, which is nice and convenient to get to, where I was welcomed and shown into the dining area to meet the team from the spa and PR company and the other bloggers I would be sharing the experience with.
I had been a little nervous about not knowing anybody, but Ewelina, a fellow Bournemouth Blogger was in attendance, and I recognised a couple of the other faces. There were only a handful of us, and we had the spa all to ourselves so it felt very exclusive.
I couldn’t wait to look around. Luckily we started with a full tour of the facilities, where I kept falling behind as I was taking so many photos (seriously, this place is absolutely gorgeous and I found it hard not to include all of the images I captured in this post).
Everywhere in the spa is pure luxury, as you would expect from a 5 star venue, even right down to the changing rooms, which are fully equipped with top of the range hairdryers and decadent velvet seating. I even took a quick peek in the men’s changing room, and it was still lovely, so you don’t need to miss out if you’re coming along with a partner.
The spa has a hydrotherapy pool, which looks impressive, with hydrotherapy jets providing neck, shoulders, upper back and lower body massage. My only real regret from my visit was that I didn’t allocate myself enough time to fully enjoy the pool, only having a chance to take a quick swim around, and not using the jets. I will definitely be spending more time in there on my next visit!
Alongside the pool area is the Thermal Suite, which has 8 individual thermal experiences, including the standard sauna and steam room but also a Himalayan Salt Grotto, Sanarium and even an Infrared Pro room, which I tried out and loved!
The built in sensors in the chairs scan your body to determine the strength of infrared required to penetrate into your back muscles and spinal column for a period of 20 minutes (the screen in front of you counts down). It’s great for both muscle tension and metabolism. If you want to relax but without the fear of getting too hot or stuffy, the Caldarium is perfect place to sit back and take five in.
You are encouraged to use the showers in between rooms. There are Experience Showers, which I had a little play around with and are pretty impressive! I think my favourite was the Highland Mist – the sound and light effects, along with the water jets, make for a fully immersive experience. The other options are Bermuda Shower, Isles of Scilly and Polynesian Rain.
There is also a Polaris Ice Fountain, with the suggestion to douse yourself with some of the cooling ice flakes following the thermal rooms. This is to stimulate circulation and to close pores in the skin. I’m not sure if I am brave enough, but it looked pretty, so I obviously took a photo!
We were shown to the bright relaxation suite, where we were each given our own bed to use for the day to chill out or read. I loved the pods in this area, where you could sit with a book or magazine from their extensive selection with a hot or cold drink – a total act of self-care right there.
As well as use of the facilities, we had a treatment booked in – a Pevonia LumaFirm Lift & Glow Facial and Eye treatment. I have had facials before but this was something else entirely. The treatment was 85 minutes, and involved a face steam and extraction technique before the most incredible and relaxing facial I have ever experienced, complete with a hand and arm and neck and shoulder massage. I was so chilled out that I fell asleep! It was absolute heaven.
Floating on a cloud, I was shown to the dark relaxation room, which has low lighting and beds to recline on, whilst sipping on the infusion tea. We had been split into groups for our treatments, and the others who had gone in at the same time as me were in this area together so we chatted a little before heading back upstairs for lunch.
Lunch was a buffet and included salads and protein, alongside bread and oils. I went for the mixed bean salad and beef strips, with bread and balsamic vinegar and it was amazing. I don’t usually go for ‘healthy’ food, so I had been a bit apprehensive, but it was the nicest lunch I have had in ages and didn’t leave me feeling full and bloated as I do when I go out for lunch usually. I have already brought ingredients to try and recreate it for my work lunches.
We were served a glass of locally produced sparkling wine from the Langham Wine Estate, which I sipped on whilst talking all things blogging with the girls at my table. It was really interesting to meet somebody else running a blogging network, as I do for the Bournemouth Bloggers, and it was also reassuring to hear from others how challenging some of the aspects of blogging can be.
After our lunch, we had time to look around more and use the facilities. I had to leave a little early to make it back for a swimming lesson for my daughter, but I will definitely be looking into going back as the spa is the best I have ever been in and I would like to fully relax and enjoy the facilities now I have taken all the photos on my first visit!
If you are looking for a purely indulgent spa day, Monart Spa is the place to go. The location is brilliant for those located in Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth, but is also within travelling distance from Devon and Bath. There are some time sensitive offers available at the moment, to celebrate their recent launch, if you’d like to book a pre or post Christmas treat.
I attended an exclusive press event at the Monart Spa, which included complimentary use of the facilities, spa treatment and lunch, however all words and images are my own.