Review: Westminster Lodge Verulamium Spa: St Albans hidden retreat
Kim Sweet 2012
The summer months bring sunshine, suntans- and an abundance of holiday snaps clogging up your Facebook feed.
But those who were stuck in a stuffy office and not on a beach sunning it in Barbados should fear not; a mid week haven awaits you, nestled in its own picturesque part of the city.
Verulamium Spa, in Westminster Lodge, offers a corner of calm for those longing for a break away- without air miles, price tag, or time out from work.
Three of us at the Herts Ad were lucky enough to sample the Twilight package, which included a body and head massage, full use of the spa and a dinner on the terrace.
The crisp sunny evening proved the perfect setting for our evening retreat, and dinner was enjoyed outside on the terrace with perfect views of the Cathedral.
Our Thursday evening treat began with the massage, which transported us to our own cocoon of calm.
The 45 minutes of bliss was just long enough to come away feeling tranquil and contented, ready for the next part of our evening.
The massage concentrated on the head, back and neck, which was perfect for relieving the built up tension from weekdays spent at a desk.
We then enjoyed the delights of the spa, which boasts five variations of a sauna and steam room.
Those who find them too intense can unwind in the Tepidarium, the Lanconium, or the Calidarium, which offer a cooler experience.
We sampled each one, easing ourselves up to the sauna, which left us feeling detoxed and relaxed.
We basked in the ‘Hydrospapool’ and got out only to sink into our fluffy white robes on the heated loungers, which gave us the chance to fully unwind before making our way to dinner.
The bistro menu comprises a combination of culinary delights to suit both the health conscious and those looking to indulge.
I enjoyed a veggie burger with a G&T, while my colleagues enjoyed the salmon and chicken with some white wine.
The sunset was the perfect end to the evening and the three of us walked into the office the next day feeling fresh and replenished after a deep night’s sleep.