An insider's guide to the county's best kept secrets
Summer is over, daily sunshine is diminishing and the prospect
of another gloomy winter is rolling in. No need to get disheartened
though because autumn is a perfect time for new beginnings;
why wait until January to commence your new regime? The ‘me
time’ you always promise yourself starts right here with our
pick-me-up pamper guide guaranteed to put a smile back on
Indulge the senses
There’s a huge selection of quality spas across Norfolk to suit all budgets but if high end pampering and to hell with the bank balance is on your agenda, check out the Secret Garden Spa at the award winning Congham Hall hotel. Situated in the heart of the hotel’s renowned herb garden, they incorporate seasonal herbs and fresh blossoming flowers into their signature treatments. For £500 experience an unforgettable three night ultimate escape break with massages, facials and fine dining included as well as use of their thermal suite, stunning pool and outside hot tubs.
Heacham Manor’s new Mulberry Retreat also offer some luxurious packages and with 100 minutes of
of treatment time, use of full facilities and a light lunch, at around £60 per person their prices are reasonable too. If you’re looking for a good deal on an overnight treat, Barnham Broom near Norwich usually has a selection of offers on to tempt the weak willed. Perhaps pampering in your own home appeals more to you? Perfect Pamper can assist in home visits for yourself or a group of friends. They offer a chill out package with 30 minute treatment time each for just £26 per person on groups of four or more. For £47 each you can have a 20 minute tarot card reading too which could be a giggle amongst friends.
Repair and revitalise
If you’re the wrong side of forty and long to feel youthful again, some cosmetic pampering could perk you. Try Cream Spa Excellence in Sheringham for a non surgical face lift using the award winning CACI machine. This treatment, at just £45 a session, uses micro-current to gently
lift, tighten, tone and re-educate the facial muscles whilst soothing
the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Their Crystal Clear
Microdermabrasion, from £37 a session, can also be used to treat
a wide range of skin concerns on both the face and body.
Mind, body and soul
Perhaps you’re looking for something altogether more cleansing
that reaches your inner self as well as the surface; something that will leave you refreshed from within with equilibrium restored and a greater sense of well-being than ever before? For this I recommend the Cloud cabin at Head in the Clouds, Heacham. The hugely experienced and caring Kyra is a member of the Guild of Holistic Therapy and believes in delivering fully rounded therapy, not just beauty treatments. Working in a deeply relaxed environment, Kyra puts emphasis on quality and outcome rather than running a conveyer belt of appointments. She genuinely cares about her client’s well-being and goes out of her way to ensure she gives the best treatment she can with in-depth consultations, lifestyle profiles and individually tailored essential oils mixed uniquely for the client. With a wide range of facials, massage (including pregnancy and baby massage), holistic aromatherapy and reflexology, you’re bound to find the exact pamper package for you. Enter the Cloud cabin and watch your troubles melt away. With renewed energy, a healthy glow and calmer soul, you can go forth into autumn with a bounce in your step as if it were the first day of spring.
starting at just £10. Or perhaps you’re getting married and want to look good
and feel good for the big day? Trumans of Norwich offer great value groom
and best man packages starting from £69. Along with a back massage,
Truman’s signature Cut Throat shave, cut and finish, and hand grooming,
you’ll also enjoy a complimentary beverage, newspapers and magazines as
well as the use of their facilities such as the retro games table (remember
Pacman?). They’ll even throw you a digital camera for capturing those last
hours as a bachelor for the full pre wedding experience. So there’s no need
to miss out guys; pampering in Norfolk really does cater for all.
This article was written for Norfolk on my Mind magazine's Autumn 2014 issue: www.norfolkonmymind.co.uk
It isn’t just all about the ladies...
Poppa John’s of Wymondham offer high quality male grooming and traditional barber services for discerning gentlemen who like to look their best. John Rix (aka Poppa John) was schooled in shaving at Geo F Trumpers, widely regarded as the finest barbers in London, and Poppa John’s is very much a small scale version of this iconic shop. With wooden fittings and stainless steel grooming tools designed for ultimate precision and perfection, enjoy the relaxing experience of a traditional wet shave and hot towels and feel pampered the masculine way.
If intimate waxing is desired but you’re apprehensive of embarrassment, arousal and pain issues, Waxed works have the necessary experience, skills and personality to put you at ease with their various waxing options