After finishing my exams a few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a spa day. I bought a voucher from the Spa Days Cardiff section of the Wahanda website for a 2 for 1 Bannatyne Pamper Spa Day. If you’ve not heard of Wahanda before, it’s a website where you can buy vouchers for spa days and treatments at a number of different spas across the UK. It makes it really easy to find a good deal as the information for the different spas is all in the same place! The voucher is emailed to you, so I was able to phone up the Bannatyne Spa booking line the same day to book my treatments.
The 2 for 1 Bannatyne Pamper Spa Day voucher cost me £65 and included a 30 minute facial or back massage for both me and a friend, a 15 minute scalp massage and use of the pool and gym for the whole day. I took my sister to the Cardiff Bannatyne Spa and we both went for the facial. Our treatments were so relaxing and our skin felt amazing afterwards. The therapists were lovely; they explained what products they used but didn’t hound us to buy them which happened last time I had a facial.
We arrived just after lunch so that we could spend a few hours relaxing by the pool before our treatments. The pool itself was nice enough, if a bit gloomy because of the dark floor. We were a bit disappointed by the rest of the spa day though. The bubbles in the Jacuzzi weren’t working properly and the steam in the stream room didn’t smell too good either. It might sound a bit silly but I always think of a spa as having relaxing music playing gently in the background and nice hand cream in the toilets, but the Bannatyne Spa didn’t have this. I’m not sure if anyone else has been to the Center Parcs spa, Aqua Sana, which is amazing? I think, after being there, I am disappointed when other spas days aren’t as nice! I think I also thought that the spa would have its own sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi but actually we had to use the health club. The health club looks like the perfect place to go if you want to keep yourself fit but it’s not really a “spa”.
I’d definitely go back to the Bannatyne Spa again for treatments and I think our Wahanda voucher was good value even if the pool area wasn’t what we thought it was going to be!
Because I hate posts without images, I thought I’d post some photos of gorgeous looking spas I found on Pinterest….
On Friday, Nick took me to the Park Plaza in Cardiff for a Champagne Afternoon Tea which was a very late birthday present (my birthday was in November in case you are wondering)! As part of the deal, we were allowed a few hours in The Laguna Health & Spa before we ate. Instead of using the gym, we opted to use the pool area with a steam room and Jacuzzi . The pool was quite different – it has a metal floor, not tiles like I’m used to – and the Jacuzzi and steam room were the perfect temperatures so we were nice and relaxed for our tea!
We had the Afternoon Tea in The Laguna Kitchen and Bar. First we were given a glass of Champagne while we chose our teas and waited for our food to arrive. The food, when it arrived, both looked and tasted delicious! There was the perfect amount of everything so that although we were full, we weren’t completely stuffed at the end.
I won’t describe every last detail but here are some photos so you can see how pretty the food looked!
We had a fantastic afternoon and would love to go back again!
Last night I saw Hairspray The Musical in the Cardiff Millennium Centre. It was a lot of fun and the cast were brilliant.
Even though we were sat in the very back row of the upper circle we could see everything and had comfy seats with enough room for our legs! Our tickets were only £15 which was really good value for such an entertaining night.
Lots of people have seen the film so know a lot of the songs but there are a few extra songs in the musical was nice because it isn’t just like watching the film all over again. The songs are so catchy and the cast look like they’re having a fantastic time dancing around. The show is very colourful and energetic so there’s no time to get bored! In the performance we saw, Michael Ball played Edna and Les Dennis played Edna’s husband Wilbur. Most people found the fact that Michael Ball played a woman hilarious but I didn’t really find it that funny. He seemed to use the same few joke a number of times and although one or two made me chuckle the first time, I did think that they got a tad annoying! Laurie Scarth who played Tracy Turnblad was excellent and Sandra Marvin who played Motormouth Maybelle was especially good when she sang the song ”I Know Where I’ve Been”.
Hairspray is a real feel good show and I would definitely love to see it again!
Yesterday Cardiff was covered in proper snow when we woke up. It was above our ankles which is higher than it’s been in years! My Nan who lives in the valleys has been snowed in for weeks but we have hardly had any snow so everyone (especially my sister who got the day off school!) was very excited! Unfortunately the car was stuck in the snow so we didn’t drive anywhere but here is photo anyway:
Kia Soul in the Snow
It was my Dad’s birthday on Friday so my sisters and I took him to see Rain Man in The New Theatre, Cardiff as a surprise. All the actors gave a great performance although Neil Morrissey (from Men Behaving Badly and Waterloo Road) gave the best performance as Raymond Babbit, an autistic savant. Other actors included Oliver Chris (from Green Wing) as Charlie Babbit and Charles Lawson (from Coronation Street). We all thought it was a really good show and it was a great evening out.