Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices in the world. Its popularity has quadrupled in the five years between 2012 and 2017 and in 2018 the UK launched more vegan products than any other nation. At spas, where wellbeing is the central focus, respecting and embracing veganism has become a focal point for many destinations. It has led to new packages, experiences, treatments and menus that offer vegan choices.
At Thornton Hall near Liverpool, this has come to fruition in a beautifully curated Vegan Vacation spa package.
Having worked with the chefs, product line and spa therapists at the hotel and spa, the Spa Directors created the Vegan Vacation to offer a complete vegan spa journey. The one night retreat therefore starts with a vegan breakfast, dinner and a vegan mud rasul treatment.
Key to the experience has been to not simply pay lip service to veganism, but to really embrace it and the richness that it can bring to all the elements of a spa break. For example, on the menu they have a selection of vegan salads brimming with superfoods that focus on flavour and freshness.
Meanwhile, in the spa they enjoyed the wholehearted support of their preferred product houses to design a treatment protocol that is suited to all skin types and uses only vegan friendly products. Working with British brands, Elemis and ESPA, products still offer advanced skincare and help to improve skin condition, but are also plant-based and kind to the natural world.
In creating their tailored spa offering, Thornton Hall joins the ranks of spas recognising that veganism goes well beyond diet and into supporting spa goers in their personal choices by delivering vegan spa treatments.
At Moddershall Oaks for example, they introduced an organic and vegan Cinnamon and Mandarin Mini Pedicure. It includes a lower leg and foot exfoliation with a spicy cinnamon and peach kernel oil infused scrub.
In London, at The Spa in Dolphin Square, they use vegan product line, Spa Ritual, which takes an ethical approach to the creation of its products. They hinge on both eco friendly packaging and plant-based ingredients. They even produced a bespoke nail polish to match the spa interiors.
Alternatively, the PURE Spa collection, which has destinations across urban escapes across the UK and Scotland and was founded by Becky Woodhouse, is also winning praise up and down the country for its product line. The vegan skincare brand is designed for the needs of busy professionals. It is an oil-based range that encourages skin health and natural rejuvenation using active ingredients such as Vitamin E, Retinyl, Kukui Nut Oil and Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9.
Equally, many of the most respected spa product lines, such as Temple Spa, The Natural Spa Factory and Elemis, amongst others, have introduced entirely vegan product lines to support spa and at home skin care.
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