For those who would desperately like a break but can just never find the time, a Twilight retreat is just the answer you’ve been looking for – as Junior Product Executive Fiona discovered when she visited Crowne Plaza London Battersea…
On a regular weekday after work, my partner and I headed to Crowne Plaza London Battersea for two hours of total escapism between 5pm and 7pm and it was just what we needed to make the week that much more enjoyable.
When you go to a spa in London, you expect to still feel as though you’re in the heart of a city, but here the spa was located in the basement making it wonderfully quiet and surprisingly peaceful.
It turned out that a Spanish football team were staying when we visited (they wouldn’t say which one) so I thought it might feel really busy, but it was like going to a hidden world that no one else knew about with no sense of crowding whatsoever!
You’re greeted by the Spa Reception, which is also the place where you will have your consultation before a treatment, and from there they then show you what’s where and give you a pair of comfy slippers and a robe to wear.
The main spa area is beautiful with a real sense of space and a wide range of facilities that include a hydrotherapy pool with five different massage areas, a sauna, steam room, saunarium, heated loungers, experience showers and foot baths. There’s also a gym, but this was no time for a workout, I was here to relax and unwind – midweek quality time with my partner.
I particularly enjoyed the different hydro areas in the pool, and I reckon the Jacuzzi bed could fit up to four people, so there’s definitely the opportunity to visit with a small group of friends in the middle of the week and turn the traditional evening drinks into something a little healthier and more rewarding.
In addition to the time spent together, the Twilight break includes a 25-minute treatment, so there’s a chance to gather your thoughts and really unwind as well. I had a facial, which they really personalised to me, asking about my skin type and getting out a UV light to help me understand my ‘problem areas’ – it’s less daunting than it sounds. They included advice on products to use, and the facial also included a shoulder and scalp massage, all within the 25-minute time frame.
My partner had a massage and they were just as detailed with that as well – asking him about any particular issues, focusing on them, and offering advice on things he could do on a daily basis to improve them.
After the spa experience we really weren’t ready to go straight home, so we headed to the bar for a drink before ending the evening. At Crowne Plaza London Battersea, the views are spectacular, with a balcony as well, where we could watch the helicopter take off from the helipad next door.
We always think of going on a spa day or break as being something we need lots of time for, and however much we might want that, it isn’t always possible. For that reason, the Twilight experience is really useful as well as special – turning a random mid week evening into a really enjoyable experience with health benefits.
There are also more practical benefits to a mid week twilight break – the spas are generally quieter, prices are lower, and it makes the working week fly by faster as well. Of course, for a midweek break, location is everything because it has to be easy to get to.
For this reason, Crowne Plaza London Battersea is ideal for anyone living or working in London; it’s just a 15 minute walk from Clapham Junction, and it feels as though you’re a million miles away.
Crowne Plaza London Battersea is a versatile destination and in terms of service and style is accessible and flawless. It’s quite a romantic venue in the spa itself, and it’s a great spa for men because of the quality of the treatments and the style of the spa, but you could definitely hang out in the bar with your best friends as well. It’s a hotel spa rather than a dedicated health spa destination, and I would say it’s Twilight breaks are best for:
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