The on-going, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement that the Leap Year signifies a day when women are permitted to propose to the man of their dreams (or at the very least their man of the moment) is of course supremely outdated, although the apparent 1288 decree that any woman finding herself subject to a negative response may claim a silk dress as compensation is satirically inspired. Regardless, the notion remains a mold breaking one taking someone who knows what she wants, and what a fantastic cacophony of shining examples the past has to offer us! So, whether you are planning to pop the question or simply a woman on a mission check out our spa suggestions to match you and your pioneering historical doppelgängers …
Who she was … Something of a formidable beauty, Cleopatra outlived multiple strategically chosen husbands to become the ruler of Egypt (and was immortalised by Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 film of the same name).
You’re like her if … Under no circumstances will you sacrifice beauty for the boardroom – you are a woman who proves you can have it all!
Your perfect spa is … The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London, because the atmosphere is one of ancient romantic legends, but it’s within easy access of international travel, and potentially mere moments from world domination.
Your ideal treatment is … Are you kidding? One treatment is not going to be enough – Cleopatra ruled Egypt whilst earning a reputation for being one of the most beautiful women through history – best opt for a whole Journey to Africa.
Joan of Arc
Who she was … The fifteenth century nineteen year old battled for the things she believed in to become a national heroine of France … plus she totally rocked that suit of armour.
You’re like her if … You’re always thinking about the bigger picture, you simply cannot rest until everything possible is being done for the greater good.
Your perfect spa is … Coworth Park in Berkshire – the eco-luxury venue provides all the high-end pampering you deserve whilst working in harmony with the surrounding environment.
Your ideal treatment is … The Traveller’s Tonic massage – it is a rare thing to see you sit down and relax, so before setting off on your next conquest give your poor, hard-working limbs a break with this full body treatment.
Who she was … Britain’s longest reigning monarch to date (with only three years on dear Lizzie), not only did she propose to her beloved Albert, and rule the country, she had nine children as well!
You’re like her if … You bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘super mum’.
Your perfect spa is … Spa6 in Gloucestershire – in rather spectacular rural surroundings it has a whole host of facilities to promote relaxation and fitness, which will appeal to you as a hard working mum looking to find everything you need under one roof – you are nothing if not seriously efficient.
Your perfect treatment is … A little bit of sleep inducing peace and quiet, a dry floatation tank allows some well-deserved and uninterrupted time out.
Who she was … Meryl Streep explains this one better than we can.
You’re like her if … You are prim, proper, but with a core of steel … well, probably iron actually … you might look traditional but you are a lady looking to the future!
Your perfect spa is … Rowhill Grange – it may appear to be an unimposing country house but it adopts all aspects of forward thinking spa science using organic Temple Spa products at one end of the spectrum, and non-surgical CACI face lifts at the other.
Your ideal treatment is … You simply don’t have the time to skirt around the issues at hand – liking things to be straight to the point, the micro-current electrical impulses in the CACI facial will appeal to your sense of definitive action.
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