Spa review: Cedarwood Spa, Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club
PUBLISHED: 00:16 16 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:18 20 February 2013
The first impression of the Cedarwood Spa, part of the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, is one of peace and tranquillity...
The first impression of the Cedarwood Spa, part of the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, is one of peace and tranquillity. On arrival my companion and I were shown to the changing rooms where we were presented with our weighty, fluffy robes and slippers - and our schedule for the day. No thinking was required on our part; we were told to just sit back and relax words which were truly welcome!
We waited in the relaxation room with its soft lighting, a refreshing glass of iced water in hand, while tranquil music relaxed us. This fragrant room had two towelling-covered loungers, several easy chairs, chill-out music playing, and a host of up-to-date magazines to browse. We were given a questionnaire to complete detailing our current beauty regime and also allergies etc and strength of pressure for our massage.
Once in the treatment room, my therapist Hannah explained about the hot stone massage and she said that Id feel the heat of the stones, but that it would cool down very quickly as she smoothed and moved them over my skin.
After explaining what would happen, Hannah left the room to let me undress, pop on to the heated (yes heated!) massage table. The treatment room was warm and dimly lit, with the mood music playing softly in the background. Hannah quickly returned and mixed up the warm stones.
Initially the stones felt extremely hot, but as she glided them over my skin it was blissfully relaxing. Hannah kept checking the heat of the stones and also the pressure she was applying was satisfactory and comfortable. This was combined with firm, but comfortable massage strokes and my knotty shoulders slowly but surely became un-knotted. I could feel the aches and pains ebb away. The treatment was incredible
For the facial, Hannah gently cleansed my face and removed eye and face make-up with warm flannels and then applied a cool, silky cleansing milk to my face, neck and dcolletage with an amazing, delicate touch.
Next, Hannah applied a toning lotion with a fragrant and clean aroma. This was followed by a grainy exfoliator washed off with warm soothing flannels. Aromessence oils were massaged into my skin which felt heavenly, followed by an essential balm. Hannah massaged a serum into my skin and gave me a calming facial massage. Fay then applied a massage cream and gave me a face and shoulder massage which made me drift away to a very serene place.
In my post-massage/treatment haze, Hannah told me to come round in my own time, and fetched me a cool glass of water.
Following the treatment Hannah explained the details of the products shed used and gave me a beauty regime schedule, tailored specifically to my skin type.
My friend and I met up in the relaxation room post-treatments, and our therapists brought us pots of freshly brewed tea and coffee on a tray. We both commented on how fantastically we felt. I was rested and happy, my skin hydrated and glowing.
The facilities at the spa also include a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing experience which Id recommend to anyone.