On Tuesday 12th September, I was very kindly invited to the Galgorm Resort and Spa by Juliet from Scarlett PR. I have never been to the Galgorm before but I have heard so many amazing reviews about it, I was sceptical and thought “Is it really that good? Is it really worth all the raving reviews I’ve heard about it?” Well, my little scepticism was proven very wrong!
(We were invited to the Press Night to celebrate Spa September, a month of events exploring mindfulness, wellness and giving you some of your “me time” back.)
(Thank you to Victoria for getting the photograph for me!)
I arrived earlier than I expected so I changed into my complimentary robe and slippers and took a quick wander around the Thermal Village so I had a little dip in the pool and a quick sauna session before heading to the Orangery to listen to a talk by the team from Bio Effect to hear more about their skincare treatments.
(An introduction to the Bio Effect skin treatment brand.)
I’d never heard of the brand before so it was really interesting to find out more about them including their history and where they’re from. Being from Iceland, they talked us through the process of how their ingredients are sourced including Icelandic micro-crystalline lava so you know you have a special product when you can have lava in your exfoliator! Laura was the lucky girl who got the full skin facial experience while the team answered a few questions about the brand, and the spa have exclusive rights to three of the brands new products is quite something!
Next, we were onto the spa cafe, and this wasn’t just any cafe, it was such an aesthetically pleasing dome. We were shown a demonstration on making a perfect gin cocktail, but not being a drinker, it didn’t appeal to me but according to the girls I was sitting with, it was quite a perfect cocktail. Food was announced when we were told what everything was by the chef Duncan; when I go to blog events, I don’t expect to get food even if I’m told there is food there. This is due to having the intolerances and being plant based, I don’t expect places to cater to this but surprisingly they had a quinoa salad that sounded like it was gluten free, soya free, potato and carrot free and vegan so we were onto a winner! Their desserts looked incredible, I couldn’t have any, but they looked like little mini masterpieces!
(A salad was just what I needed when I was sitting in a bikini!)
We got handed the warmest towels and we were free to roam the village for an hour and a half! I was heading for the heated hot tub and I’m not a bath girl, but I could honestly spend all day in there. It was so cosy but it had started to rain and I never realised how tropical it felt being in a toasty hot tub in the rain.
(This pool was heavenly. The perfect height for a little 5’2 person like me!)
I wandered around to a number of the steam rooms because one of the best experiences after swimming is the sauna but I just find going for a swimming and a sauna in a normal leisure centre is too expensive on a regular basis, so I took full advantage. My favourite steam room was the Celtic Sauna because you got to look outside at the lights and trees, and because it was so dark outside, you got to look at the bright green lights with the trees looking like they were inside the room; it was quite a nice effect! (And of course I didn’t get a damn good photograph of the hot tub or steam rooms, doh!)
(Dipping my toes into the water at the start of the evening!)
(Who forgot to bring their make-up remover and went into the saunas anyway? This girl!)
I ended my stay in the Thermal Village with a little swim in the indoor pool and a steam in the sauna before heading back to the changing rooms to get changed for the evening. The evening ended with a very lovely goodie bag containing a special Galgorm wine and two little chocolate oat clusters (which I’ll be happily passing along to someone else), a spa candle, a box of sample sizes of the Bio Effect products and a special offer for our readers and followers to use at the Spa.
(I already want to come back to laze about the village all day!)
Before I sign off, the Galgorm were very lovely to give us an offer for readers of the blog: if you book any 90 minute signature treatment, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a spa gift to take home for yourself! All you need to do is email Louise on firstname.lastname@example.org and quote “Spa September”. This offer is valid Monday to Thursday throughout October and November 2017.
I just want to say another big thank you to Juliet from Scarlett PR as well as Tina and all the Galgorm team for making us all feel so welcome. I felt quite intimidated going to the Spa because I know it’s very fancy but they made you feel more than welcome, and it was such a lovely night. Thank you all so much!