Everyone loves spa treatments, but do you ever find yourself a little bit overwhelmed with the choice of spa’s, beauty salons and health clubs to chose from? You know you need a well deserved facial, massage, pedicure…. but where do you start when searching for the ideal one?
Nothing beats a good recommendation, therefore I wanted to share my experience at Manchester’s Bali Health Lounge, which is tucked away in the bustle of China Town. I walk through China Town on my way home from work, and for some reason never even noticed this place. This Health Lounge is honestly is like a tropical relaxation paradise hidden away at 48 George Street, and I’m over joyed to now know about it…
I was booked into Bali Health Lounge the other week for a 60 minute full body massage. Boy did I need one – as some of you will know I’ve had a hectic week following up from my Manchester Evening News feature; preparing for an ASOS marketplace launch (I’ll post about this very soon!) renovating my new house, a stressful month at the media agency I work at, and obviously a hectic blog schedule and various events which has left me achy, tired, sleep deprived and with sore shoulders from constantly hunching over my laptop as my new office isn’t yet set up.
First of all – the interior. I didn’t expect to be blown away by such a beautiful scene. The spa is decorated like a tranquil Thai spa… leafy plants and indoor trees are situated around a relaxing seating area with large comfy cushions, lots of wicker additions and a calming vibe. Everything is so calming, I felt like I was inside an indoor forest but one with lots of space and comfy seating! I was greeted by lovely polite and attentive staff, who took me to a seating area and offered me a bottle of water and some magazines to read, before my therapist came along and introduced herself. We discussed my health, skin, and overall well being before being taken to a relaxing dark room with little twinkling lights on the ceiling which made me feel like I was gazing up at the stars.
I jotted down my therapists name so I could personally thank her in this post, however due to a busy blog schedule and a week or two passing, the name has completely disappeared, however I am certain that all therapists here adhere to the same standard – professional and polite. That is really all you want your therapist to be, isn’t it? She explained the procedure of the massage and time schedules, before carrying out what can only be described as 60 minutes of heaven. I am actually a really ticklish person, and often flinch a little during a back massage, but this therapist in particular applied just the right amount of pressure to avoid me wriggling around holding in a laugh!
After the massage, I was taken into the lounge and asked to chose a thai inspired tea from the extensive menu. I was absolutely spoilt for choice – every type of floral tea was included! I ended up opting for the Chrysanthemum infused tea, which came in a little teapot for one. It was delicously warming yet refreshing at the same time, and was the ultimate ending to my lovely massage session.
I would describe my experience at Bali Health Lounge as a luxury one – if you are looking to be really looked after and pampered by the best, in the most uplifting of environments, then there is no need to look any further (if you live in Manchester that is). I took away a little treatment and price list with me so I can share with you some of the other amazing treatments they provide:
Facial Treatments: Essential facials/ Prescriptive facials/ Advanced facials – £47 – £75
Body Treatments: Exfoliation/ Leg treatments/ Back treatments/ Deep tissue massage/ Swedish massage/ Reflexology / Indian head massage/ Pregnancy massage/ Hot stone massage/ Herbal massage
Manicure & Pedicure: Bali/ Shellac
Wax: various options for both men and women
Tinting: Lash and Brow
Plus lots of other packages and promotions. One of the main brands this spa uses is PAYOT – which has a really good reputation within the beauty industry so I was happy to see this upon my arrival. The place reminded me of a lovely day out for Mother and Daughter, or for a small hen party group who want to indulge in sheer bliss.
Take a look at the website here for a full round-up of offerings, and I really would recommend paying a visit if you need some health lounge inspiration!