Here at Wahanda we’re all about relaxing, indulging and generally feeling our absolute best. One thing that we’ve learned is essential in total relaxation is access to a bit of me time. While most of us are content with the odd evening alone spent eating what we want, wearing what we want and watching what we want, we realise that very few of us will do this outside the comfort of our homes.
Why is it that eating dinner or watching a movie alone is fine at home but not in public? Is it a playground fear of looking like we don’t have friends? Because Wahanderers, we’re not in the playground any more and we have things like Facebook to show the world exactly how many friends we have. So in the spirit of being grown up, independent and in desperate need of relaxation we’ve put together a list of reasons why we think a spa day for one is a great idea.
If you decide to treat yourself to a spa day as a way to escape from the stress of daily life, you have a much better chance of doing so on your own. Spending the day alone will stop you from venting about your job, family or friends and allow you to really focus on relaxing.
Taking a spa break alone will also allow you the privacy to try treatments that you don’t necessarily want to share with your friends. Whether it’s a ‘tache wax, a Brazilian or maybe even a spot of Botox, there are some things we’d rather keep to ourselves.
Ok, you might have taken a spa break to get away from friends or family (love them as you do) but that doesn’t mean you can’t use this time to meet new people and make new friends. Just keep in mind that not everyone wants to do this at a spa.
Treating yourself to a spa day is also a great thing to do when friends and family are busy and you’re looking for a way to occupy yourself. They’re a particularly good idea for pregnant women who might not be able to take part in activities that involve travel, drinking and less than 10 hours sleep.
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Apart from the odd train journey, it can be hard to fit reading into a busy schedule, but an afternoon spent lounging by a pool or taking tea in a picturesque garden will provide ample opportunity.
A spa day with a friend can often mean cutting short treatments, waiting hours for lunch and ‘relaxing’ on another person’s schedule. Me-time shouldn’t be organised by someone else. Going to a spa alone lets you be completely flexible with your time.
Another drawback of letting someone else organise your day is being coerced into having the same treatments as your friend and missing out on a treatment you fancy. Go it alone and make sure you get exactly what you want from your day.
No matter how close you are to your friends, spending the day together in a spa means no makeup, wet hair and occasional nudity. Sometimes worrying about friends seeing you up close and personal can stop you from relaxing. Going solo means not having to worry about your appearance.
When you’re in love nothing beats a relaxing, spa day for two. Unless, of course, your other half isn’t so keen on the idea and spends the day begrudgingly following you around, refusing facials and very deliberately reading the sports pages. Too much reluctance is bad for your chi. Leave grumpy partners at home and enjoy guilt-free indulgence.
Feeling inspired? Ready to take the plunge? Take a look at our top three spas to visit alone:
Grayshott Spa Our favourite place to get away from it all, Grayshott Spa’s breathtaking grounds are located next to 700 acres of National Trust land. Their à la carte spa day allows guests to design a day of treatments and activities tailored entirely to their needs.
The Spa at Four Seasons When it comes to luxury nothing beats The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel London in Park Lane. With a view that looks over Hyde Park and some of the city’s most iconic landmarks there is no better place for a spot of quiet reflection. In any case, with spa day prices starting at £295 you won’t want to fork out for two.
The Sanctuary If you’re worried about foregoing makeup and donning a dressing gown in the presence of handsome men take a trip to our favourite women only spa: The Sanctuary. Not only does this urban oasis have a no-boys-allowed policy, The Sanctuary offers everything you need for solo relaxation, including a Perfect Pamper Day. Bliss.
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