While Valentine’s Day is now an institution enshrined by Hallmark, Galentine’s Day is the newer tradition that’s fast gaining popularity. So, what’s your plan?
For centuries we may all have followed the fairy stories of meeting a partner. However, modern wisdom is swiftly telling women that while a partner is a wonderful thing to have, few people make soulmate status quite as perfectly as a best friend.
It is no accident that journalist Dolly Alderton’s book, Everything I Know About Love, was one of the best sellers of the last year. Considering friendships to be amongst the most important romances of our lives, her writing resonated with a whole generation of women. Meanwhile, strong and empowered messages of female solidarity have dominated the public sphere all the way to Hollywood. Sisterhood lives on, and more than ever it seems something we are celebrating, not least on Galentine’s Day.
Far from being the singleton’s answer to a day of cuddly bears, chocolate and roses, the idea of dedicating a day to quality time with the people who are probably top of your call list, is empowered and joyful. In fact it is not limited to people who are single at all. It is an occasion that all women can take great pleasure in.
So, for the people who remember your birthday. For the ones who celebrate with you simply because it’s Tuesday. For the people who have been there for all the significant life events to date. For those people you have known forever, and the ones you have only just met but know are going to be lifelong friends. This year, on 16th February, how will you celebrate Galentine’s Day?
Here are a few spa suggestions…
Includes a 25 minute treatment from the following choices: Elemis Back Massage, Elemis Taster Facial, or a Cleopatra Milk Bath. Finish with a spa mocktail and chocolates in the relaxation area. Includes full access to the thermal suite, east wing relaxation area, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hot-tub. Enjoy complimentary beverages in the spa area and use of spa robes, towels and slippers for the day.
From £50 per person
Includes a choice of one 30-minute treatment from a choice of: Pro-Radiance Hand and Nail treatment, Sole Delight Grooming for Feet, Skin Booster Facial or Deep Tissue Back Massage. You also enjoy half an hour’s private use of the outdoor hot tub, Champagne and strawberries. You will be provided with a robe, towel and slippers and use of the spa facilities between 4pm – 8pm.
From £60 per person
Includes three hours VIP access to the Champagne and Beauty Bar, a choice of one 50-minute treatment from a: manicure, pedicure or Brows By Mii – Design Mii, OR a choice of two 25-minute treatments from: Party Lashes By Naturalash, On the Go Manicure, On the Go Pedicure or Eye and Brow Tint. You will enjoy two glasses of Champagne per guest and an array of sweet and savory canapes.
From £69 per person (for a minimum of four people)
One night’s bed and breakfast, a three course dinner and a choice of two 25-minute treatments from a choice of: Champneys Massage, Champneys Relaxing Facial, Aromatherapy Wrap or Head in the Clouds Scalp Massage. You can also enjoy a three-course buffet lunch on the day of departure and use of a DVD player in room for a good old fashioned sleepover. You will be given a robe and flip flops to use and have full use of the resort facilities. You will also enjoy a free make-up workshop for your group and receive a free Champneys gift to take home. Minimum four people – Please note unfortunately decorations and fancy dress are not permitted.
From £250 per person
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