Beyond Escapes: A Touch of Luxury
I was invited by Beyond Escapes to sample their Indulgent Spa Package at their brand new BE You Spa in Totnes, South Devon. The onsite spa is located in their new, luxury holiday resort. There was no hesitation in accepting the kind request and once I was booked in, I looked forward to visiting the spa and indulging in the package for weeks!
Beyond Escapes (BE) Devon recently opened in February 2018 and is situated in the beautiful Devon countryside just outside of popular Totnes. Beyond Escapes is a holiday resort and offers accommodation that includes Chic Studios, Deluxe Lodges and smart apartments. Some of the accommodation even offers your own private hot tub – I for one would love that! I can imagine nothing better than staying in a luxurious lodge and having a glass of bubbly whilst chilling in my private hot tub admist the Devon countryside – what’s not to like about that idea!?
There’s stunning views from the spa including some that stretch down to the Torbay coastline. I can imagine this would be the perfect place for a summers holiday with friends or family – I’ll have to keep it in mind next time I have friends visiting.
BE You Spa
Whilst I have been to a few spas before and had various massage treatments, this was certainly one of the best!
The BE You Spa offers a range of treatments – all the way from a relaxing lava shell full body massage to lip and chin waxing! There is also a list of facials for men on offer which I’m sure the men in our lives would enjoy! The spa offers three different types of spa packages ranging from £75 to £95, all of which sound relaxing and such a treat. There is a bridal choice too for brides looking for some indulgence before the big wedding day. I had the ‘BE Indulged’ Spa package and cannot recommend it enough! The package included the choice of an Elemis Swedish full body massage or Elemis superfood Pro-Radiance facial. I opted for the Swedish massage as have had massages before and found them really relaxing; I’m also not sure about facials – maybe it’s the thought of having to take my make up off in public! The package also included full use of the spa facilities (which were ace), a welcome drink on arrival and a £10 voucher towards spa products. As if that wasn’t enough, the package also included an afternoon tea in the BE Tempted Restaurant which is situated in the same building as the spa. What a treat this was going to be!
A Full Body Massage
After enjoying my welcome drink of a posh cloudy lemonade I was taken to one of the clean, calm treatment rooms for my massage. My beauty therapist was called Samantha and she was lovely and welcoming. She had noticed on my registration and health check form that I had noted I can suffer with claustrophobia. Samantha took care to ensure I felt comfortable in the treatment room and offered to adjust the temperature of the room. Samantha made me feel really at ease and it wasn’t long before I was enjoying my full body Swedish massage with the Elemis frangipani monoi oil. I chose this oil as I liked the subtle fragrance of it which I enjoyed throughout the massage. The massage lasted 55 minutes which passed so quickly! I really enjoyed the massage and zoning out to the relaxing spa music. This I could really get used to! At the end of the massage Samantha gave me a booklet with all the beauty products and massage oils and recommended some she felt might be good for my muscles and to relax in the bath. Samantha also presented me with my £10 voucher towards products.
Afternoon Tea Delights
After enjoying my massage it was time for my afternoon tea. This was given to me in the BE Tempted Restaurant which again has lovely views out over the countryside.
The afternoon tea was presented on a three tiered stand and looked simply delicious. There was a selection of finger sandwiches, a scone with cream and jam and various tasty little cakes.
I have indulged in quite a few afternoon teas in my time, but have never eaten one alone! This made it quite a different experience, but I was so chilled from my massage that I continued to enjoy the peace and quiet and chatted to the friendly waiting staff.
Time to Chill
After devouring the delicious afternoon delights and drinking lots of water as advised by Samantha it was time to head downstairs to the spa. I was shown around the facilities and told I could use a key card to use the lockers in the changing room.
The spa facilities were lovely. There was a sauna and steam room (neither of which I could stay in for too long – I get a bit hot and worry about feeling funny! I did watch a man sit in the sauna for a couple of minutes and then go to the cold shower, he repeated this a few times – I decided this looked far too hard core (if a little bit mad) for my liking!
I really enjoyed using the foot spas. I’ll let you into a secret – I love having my feet tickled or massaged and so this was a treat for me! I must have sat in one for a good 15 minutes – lucky the spa wasn’t too busy and no one was waiting for them!
I spent some time in the relaxation room – this consisted of four beautiful mosaic loungers and views outside to the vitality pool. I enjoyed laying back in my robe and reading a magazine. It’s not often you get to take the time to stop and relax and just chill. Whilst at times I felt like it would have been nice to have experienced the spa with someone else, it was nice to immerse myself in pure solo relaxation and take some me time without having to worry about talking to anyone!
After chilling in the relaxation room, I moved outside where there were some lounger chairs and a bubbling vitality pool tempting me in. It was so nice to go from the fresh outside air to stepping into the warm pool’s water. There were lots of jets in the pool which created a lovely bubbling massage effect all over the body. Lounging in here and admiring the countryside views was perfect! It wasn’t too busy either so at times I had the pool all to myself! Beyond Escapes is set in such a peaceful, green and tranquil location – I really appreciated how quiet it was when I was relaxing in in the pool!
After spending a really relaxing few hours at the spa and enjoying my massage and afternoon tea it was time for me to get dressed and depart. I left the spa feeling so chilled and relaxed and sure I would return another time soon! Thank you to all the awesome staff at the spa for making me feel so welcome and for such a lovely, relaxing afternoon!
**Whilst the BE Indulged Spa Package and visit was given to me on a complementary basis, all the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own**
Have you ever been to a spa? What’s you favourite treatment or spa facility? Let me know in the comments below!