If I’m honest, I’d prefer to get experiences as presents rather than gifts. I know it’s nice to have a little something nice to open under the tree but, we’re not flush by any means, if there is something I want I tend to just go out and buy it myself even if I can’t afford it.
Plus, not being ungrateful, my hubby has a dreadful problem listening or taking subtle hints. Last year, we went to the shops, I said I’d like a new pair of PJs, and then pointed at a stack of them saying ‘any of these would be fabulous, except those ones’. Guess which ones he bought? This is my point exactly.
So, I’m all up for buying experience days as the recipient can choose something of their liking. Can someone give my hubby a nudge?? Last weekend we had the opportunity to try out a Spa Day for two that included 3 treatments. No, I didn’t take my husband, but a friend that I’ve been meaning to catch up for ages.
We had an entire day child free, with no interruptions, gassing, being spoiled and laughing a lot. I saw a few things in the women’s change room that no person should ever have to witness.
We were then led down to the Spa in our fluffy robes and complimentary slippers for our Facials, Massages and Manicures. The facility was gorgeous; low lightening, relaxing music and the therapists were lovely.
They walked us down a long candlelit corridor to a treatment room at the end. You should have seen the look of surprise on our faces when we were led into the same room with not one but two treatment beds side by side. We were going to have our massages half naked right next to each other! OMG!
You have no idea how relieved I was that I took a friend that I’ve known for years and not one of the new mums from school that I’ve recently met, my boss or worse my mother in-law (if she was still with us)! That would have been incredibly awkward.
Once we got over the initial giggles while side stepping around each half naked and crawling onto the treatment beds, very ungracefully I may add, it was all good. We quickly forgot that the other person was in the room. The massage was amazing and my mate said it was the best facial she ever had. Note: That is not us in the photo.
The rest of the day was spent sitting by the pool, nattering with the odd venture into the Jacuzzi, Pool, Steam room and Sauna. I took a book but we were so busy catching up I never opened it.
This is an experience the two of us will never forget and I’m sure we will look back on it and giggle for many years to come.
Disclosure: The Spa Day was courtesy of the Activitysuperstore.com