SPA DOCTOR: Avoid foreign danger … in a spa suite secured against Covid for one person


SPA DOCTOR: Avoid foreign danger … in a spa suite secured against Covid for one person










THE PROBLEM

A move, increasingly uncomfortable back pain and the pandemic made me want a trip to the restorative spa.

But given the events of the past 18 months, I still don’t feel comfortable sharing a sweltering sauna with strangers.

I might be too careful, but still don’t feel like being around a masseuse in a windowless therapy room. Who knows who may have been on the bed before me, coughing and spitting?

There is something about the process that in a post-Covid world doesn’t feel hygienic.

The Lake District Gilpin Hotel – a five-star retreat in Windermere – now offers a Covid-friendly experience, with guests staying in one of three dedicated spa suites. Pictured: A therapy chair inside a spa suite

THE SOLUTION

Fortunately, the Lake District Gilpin Hotel – a five-star retreat in Windermere – now offers a Covid-friendly experience, with guests staying in one of three dedicated spa suites. The spacious lodges are set back from the hotel and offer stunning views of the mountains as well as private ponds and hot tubs.

Each suite is attached to its own spa which includes a sauna, steam room, massage beds, infrared ceiling lights (which I’m told may have anti-aging effects on the skin) and a cutting edge electric massage. of technology. chair.

Guests can venture into the hotel’s two restaurants – including the Michelin-starred Hrishi – but prompt room service dropped off by masked staff outside the door means there’s no need to do it.

The stay actually requires very little time face to face with staff members or other guests. Meal ordering and check-in (aside from quick key exchange) can all be done via a smartphone.

THE TREATMENT

A 15-minute reflexology massage offered by the in-room chair – the latest in Japanese technology, offering six complex treatments, including head massages – relieves my back pain. But then I bite the bullet and opt for a Swedish massage, designed to combat stress and tightness in the lower back.

When the therapist arrives, I am directed to the spa in my suite to lie down on my personal massage bed, while the doors are open for a very strong flow of fresh air.

At first it seems strange. Before Covid, I frequently enjoyed a massage, but being without one for two years, I have a hard time relaxing in it.

The slow movements that pull the knots out of my shoulders help distract me from the thoughts in my head. The soothing sounds of the ocean, played over the speakers in every corner of the suite, put me to sleep.

About half an hour after starting the one hour treatment, I feel both the tension in my back and the anxious feelings start to dissipate. Best of all, my therapist doesn’t attempt any conversation, as if she knows I can’t stand chatter.

Then she gets her tools and walks away, letting me wash off the massage oils in the huge walk-in tropical rain shower while gazing at the frosty hills ahead.

The next day I felt completely relaxed, my back pain subsided. Best of all, I had met a total of one other person – and this, in my opinion, is a getaway dreams are made of.

One night in a spa suite costs £ 850, based on two shares (thegilpin.co.uk).


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