Ultimate Sanctuary Escape at Sanctuary Spa, Covent Garden

One of my Christmas presents from Paul and the children was an Ultimate Sanctuary Escape at the UK’s number one women’s only day spa, Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden.

I’ve only ever been to one spa before and that was when my sisters surprised me a couple of years ago.

I was really looking forward to my day, but also felt a bit lonely. Most people there were either with someone or in groups of several people – and there was me on my own.

The Spa opened at 9:30am but as my first treatment wasn’t until 11:30am I decided to take my time getting in.

I got the tube from Hatton Cross to Covent Garden, which took just under an hour. The Spa was a quick walk from the station and easy to locate.

Upon arrival I checked in and confirmed the treatments that I had already pre-booked when I booked my spa day. I was given a rubber wristband with a special magnet inside which activated the locker. I was shown the changing rooms and changed in to my bathing suit and the complimentary dressing gown. There was also a bag available to put things like books in to take around with you for the day. Mobile phones and camera’s were not permitted.

At 11:30am I went for my first treatment, a manicure. I’ve never had a manicure before. I am a horrid nail biter but am desperately trying to stop. I opted for a manicure in the hope that having someone attempt to make my nails look pretty will help me stop. I opted for a subtle pink colour.

My next treatment was at 12:45pm and was the Infrared experience. This is a bit like a Sauna, but instead of using steam, there are infrared panels on the backs of the seats and on a large panel in front of you. There is a maximum of 6 people in the room at a time and it lasts 25 minutes. The infrared panels heat your body from the inside out, so you have to keep hydrated. Temperatures reach around 45 degree’s and you can burn up to 1,000 calories in the 25 minute period. I really enjoyed this, even though it was hot it wasn’t stuffy like a normal sauna. It’s something I would definitely consider again!

After the infrared experience it was time to go up to the restaurant for my lunch. As my lunch was included in my package I had a few choices to opt for. I chose a cheddar cheese, plum tomato and rocket sandwich on wholemeal bread with skinny fries and for dessert I had a chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream! I was also entitled to a glass of wine and a soft drink but as I am not really a drinker I just had an Elderflower fizz – which was delicious – and water. I also took this opportunity to really get stuck in to my book – How Was It For You? by Carmen Reid.

My third treatment was at 3:30pm and was a Serenity Dream Float. I’m not sure what I was expecting with this, but I had envisioned a large tube that you lay in – I was wrong! In the middle of the serene room was a large bed with covers. Once ready the masseuse did a full body massage, as well as a neck, shoulder and head massage. The neck and shoulders really hurt to begin with, I was clearly very knotted. Once the knots were released I felt a lot better. After the massage the masseuse folded over the corners of the bed. It was a bit like the sides of a rubber dingy, and then she pressed a button and I could feel it begin to fill up with water. Slowly I was surrounded by water and left to relax for a good 30 minutes. I may have fallen asleep…..

My fourth and final treatment of the day was a 25 minute prescription facial at 5:00pm. I opted for a face mask over a face massage. It was definitely a nice way to finish the day.

Once all my treatments were over I headed back to the changing rooms to get showered and dressed. I stopped off in the restaurant on my way out to have my Tea and Scones before I headed to the gift shop to collect my complimentary gift that came with my package.

Sanctuary Spa

I really enjoyed my day – although I think 4 treatments was too much. I didn’t get a chance to use the pool or jacuzzi because after some of the treatments you have to wait a while before going in water – so that was a bit disappointing.

I also discovered that unfortunately, as of the end of May 2014, The Sanctuary Spa will cease to exist. The products will still be available, but the spa itself will be gone. Was a bit sad to find out that my first time at The Sanctuary Spa will also be my last!




  1. May 25, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Oh I read this in the hope that I could book for my Birthday in October – But it’s going 🙁 Such a shame! x

  2. May 28, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    What a lovely treat, I’ve not been for nearly 20 years but it was such a treat to go. I can’t believe it is closing. For good?