Michelle Miley takes some time out to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation and pampering at Donnington Valley near Newbury in Berkshire
We have all been told about the importance of finding the right ‘work-life balance’ but as a working mum it can often seem impossible to devote any real time to yourself. So, a Sunday afternoon spent unwinding at the spa was a rare and welcome retreat from the mayhem of a lively toddler and the ever-expanding washing pile.
Donnington Valley is a four-star spa set in a stunning parkland in Berkshire. It is light and airy with incredible views of the immaculate landscape outside giving it a very calming atmosphere. My husband and I instantly felt at ease as we lounged poolside wrapped in soft, fluffy robes basking in the peace and serenity around us.
Wellbeing is at the heart of what the spa offers with an extensive list of Decléor signature face and body treatments. Professional therapists combine the most luxurious products and the latest techniques to leave you feeling revitalised and renewed. Beauty treatments range from Decléor‘s holistic facial to an Aroma Massage, or a stress-relieving body wrap. Pre and post-natal treatments or essential nail treatments are also available.
As my feet have been rather neglected lately, I opted for the 25-minute Soft Feet treatment. My feet and legs were exfoliated with 1,000 grains exfoliator to remove dead skin then massaged with zesty butter mask to hydrate and relieve tension and stress. Next warm mitts were used to remove the mask and finally hydrating body milk was applied to moisturise the skin. The Soft Feet massage left me feeling thoroughly relaxed and my feet were very soft and smooth.
Bento style lunch was served poolside where we supped a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and tucked into delicious salmon, potato salad and pickled vegetables, and chicken caesar salad, spicy cous cous and coleslaw. Afternoon tea is also an option.
Donnington Valley Spa is a fantastic place to take some time out and catch up with the girls or, as we did, spend a few hours with your partner away from the house and kids. My husband and I both left feeling fully rested and recharged – ready to take on the bedtime routine!