Whether you’ve got achy muscles, a raging hangover, or just realised that you sent that text message rant to the wrong person, nothing straightens you out quite like a pampering trip to the spa.
One of the beautiful things about our fair city is the number of different options for chilling out. The luxurious places on this list are the epitome of zen, where the only thing you’ll need to worry about is whether to have your massage with a side of hot stones, hot oils, or Himalayan rock salts.
So, for those of you who haven’t got the time to spend traipsing out of Manchester to a ‘retreat’, here’s 5 of the best spas in the city centre.
If you were to conjure up an image in your head of the world’s most luxurious spa, chances are it would look something like The Spa at The Midland. Stroll through the Elemis infused reception area to collect your cloud-soft robes and fluffy slippers. Book a spa day package and take afternoon tea, with all of the jam and clotted cream trimmings, in the candlelit spa café. If you’d rather have lunch with your treatments, then head upstairs and take a seat in the awe-inspiring Mr Cooper’s restaurant.
If this week has you feeling like an overstressed insomniac, and you’re hoping to catch some z‘s without popping pills, then book in for the soothing Serene Sleep treatment. Lay your head down on the pillow-soft massage table and let the warm glow from the scented candles lull you to relax as your therapist begins your aromatherapy back and head massage, followed by a decadent Rose Quartz facial. Afterwards, settle into one of the cocoonlike relaxation pods whilst your treatments work their magic. Oh, did we mention that this also includes access to the poolside areas, relaxation suite, and full use of the private gym? Well it does. Click here to book in.
Life is stressful but the fine folk at Bali Health Lounge propose a healthier lifestyle can be achieved through regular massage treatments and the balancing of energy. And, while healing services like holistic massages, body treatments, and healing therapies have burnt-out locals flocking here in droves, it’s the pro-collagen age defy that’s proving to be even more popular. If you’re feeling a little under the weather, then book in for the Zen Relaxation treatment that promises to unblock to your Chi ‘life forces’. It also features a massage cures all the problems you’ve caused by hunching over that computer all day long. At £195 it’s one of the more expensive treatments, but can you put a price on health? Book in here.
These guys specialise in ‘the science of you’ and they offer advanced clinical procedures right through to pure pampering. Book in for the Vampire Facial a la Kim Kardashian. It’s a non-surgical cosmetic procedure where blood is taken from your body, spun in a centrifuge, and injected back into your face which acts as a filler and makes you look younger. If you don’t quite fancy looking like a character from Twilight after your treatment, then opt for the Cryo Stimulation Facial, which uses pressurised liquid nitrogen vapours on the face to stimulate the production of collagen. The spa is slick, science-focused and serves up treatments that’ll take you from drab to fab in no time. If this sounds up your street, book in here.
Go big or go home, right? Well the Spa by Saving Grace at King Street Townhouse is just that sort of place. It offers holistic treatments like Indian Head Massage or a Hot Stones Treatment as well as tailor-made spa days. Choose the ‘Body Sensation’, which includes a full body massage, a foot and scalp massage followed by an intense holistic mini facial. You know, for all those times you look in the mirror and get lost in your own pores. The spa at King Street Townhouse also boasts a pretty impressive infinity pool that looks out on the clock tower and spires of Manchester Town Hall. Click here to book in.
Spa aficionados who have “been there, done that” might want to try Spa Satori. These guys cater to both men and women with seriously necessary signature treatments like Moody Cow, Men Are From Mars, and Hangover Recovery. There’s also a selection of Ethical Body Wraps, specialist treatments like Reiki healing, reflexology, and colonic hydrotherapy. Complete the experience with a Jessica Pedicure and an Angel Eyes eyelash extensions appointment that’ll have you forget your ex in no time. Best thing about these treatments? You don’t have to take a loan out to afford them. Click here to book in.