Every bump and mum-to-be is different, and that is exactly what the 75-minute prenatal massage at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at the Metropolitan Hotel in London caters to. The genius of the spa, where there are no wet facilities as everything is about the treatments, is that therapists are trained by the COMO Shambhala brand’s core therapists from Bali, providing specialised knowledge for expectant mums. The pice de resistance however, is the support cushion which comes from America and has different attachments and supports that can be adjusted depending on the size of your bump!
When you visit The Spa at Pennyhill Park, you could happily spend all day in the changing rooms they are so vast and beautiful. However, in addition to an abundance of facilities, the treatments are the proverbial icing on the cake, no more so than when it comes to their Pea in a Pod treatment. While it is 90 minutes long and includes a full body gentle massage (including feet to help with any swelling), therapists are particularly sensitive to the needs of their clients, so getting up during the treatment for a drink or anything is all part and parcel if you wish – always comforting to know. The spa also produces its own product lines to make sure that they are safe and gentle, which is a nice ensures the uniqueness of the experience! Just make sure you follow it up with a doze in the relaxation areas and a cup of fruit tea in the café afterwards.
Before you do anything else at Cliveden, I really would recommend a walk around the grounds (weather permitting). Set amongst 376 acres of National Trust gardens, it is something straight out of a fairytale and has a shed load of history to add that extra sense of gravitas. Again, if you are visiting in the summer, there is an outdoor pool which is worth spending some time sitting by (or in), and topped off with their Anne Semonin Pregnancy Glow Facial Boost, you would be hard pressed to find a better way to spend the day.
If you go to Chewton Glen, you really have to go for at least one night. It’s just too lovely to only visit for a day, and if you are really pushing the boat out then opt for accommodation in one of the tree houses and watch the deer mill around the grounds below early in the morning. Naturally with all of that going on as well as an award-winning restaurant, the hotel spa lends itself to a romantic break, which makes its Babymoon Spa Break, including a Pregnancy Glow Facial a really special bonding experience for parents-to-be and the bump before it arrives.
A personal favourite amongst many members of the Spabreaks.com team, Raithwaite Hall, is a pleasure to visit whether you’re pregnant or not thanks to the surrounding National Park, manicured gardens, and seamlessly fused sense of architectural old and new. At meal times make sure you order proper, chunky chips, and for mums-to-be it’s all about the Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Rose Pregnancy Massage followed by afternoon tea.
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