En­joy a pam­per at Glouces­ter Cot­tage

Christchurch Mail - - HEALTH AND WELLBEING -

It’s al­most time to swap those win­ter wool­lies for spring dresses and san­dals, and what bet­ter way to join in the fresh­ness of the sea­son than a day of pam­per­ing and re­ju­ve­na­tion at the spa?

For more than 20 years, Glouces­ter Cot­tage Day and Medi Spa has been lift­ing spir­its, soft­en­ing skin and sooth­ing ten­sions with a team of skilled beau­ti­cians and mas­sage ther­a­pists who know just what it takes to get peo­ple feel­ing their best.

Whether it’s a body pol­ish and fa­cial to farewell dry skin, a mas­sage with fra­grant oils and hot stones for deep re­lax­ation, or a wax and spray tan for fac­ing the sun with con­fi­dence, Glouces­ter Cot­tage does it all.

The breadth of ser­vices make it a salon, treat­ment cen­tre and day re­sort rolled into one.

A hy­dro spa and sauna are per­fect for groups seek­ing a re­lax­ing hide­away, while ‘‘es­cape pack­ages’’ in a va­ri­ety of forms pro­vide the ul­ti­mate treat for pairs or sin­gles.

Run by Ma­ree Dick­son since its 1996 launch, Glouces­ter Cot­tage re­turned to its old site af­ter the earth­quakes and is to­day spread across two lev­els of a mod­ern, char­ac­ter-rich home in Avon­side.

It is now specif­i­cally de­signed as a day and med­i­cal spa cov­er­ing all as­pects of beauty.

‘‘We have a range of treat­ments, in­clud­ing preg­nancy mas­sages, which has its own en suite,’’ Ma­ree says.

‘‘For some­thing with a dif­fer­ence, we have hot Ba­li­nese stones, which are syn­er­gised. Then there are the her­bal balls, if that en­tices you. We also do al­go­ther­apy body treat­ments. These treat­ments can be done in dou­ble or sin­gle rooms,’’ Ma­ree says.

‘‘For those who just want timeout by them­selves, we can of­fer bath soaks in a pri­vate room. Or if you want to be with a friend or friends, then we can of­fer a hy­dro spa with pri­vate out­door sur­rounds.’’

Many op­tions at Glouces­ter Cot­tage add to the in­dul­gence with light re­fresh­ments of choco­late and ice tea, al­though the clinic serves as more than just a place to lux­u­ri­ate: skin cleans­ing, the eas­ing of aches and pains and a fo­cus on in­ner calm­ness are pri­ori­tised in a mul­ti­tude of fa­cial, foot and mas­sage treat­ments.

Purely cos­metic ser­vices are avail­able too, in­clud­ing pedi­cures and man­i­cures, wax­ing for both men and women, spray tans, eye­brow shap­ing and eye­lash tint­ing.

One of Glouces­ter Cot­tage’s most pop­u­lar treat­ments is their famed ‘‘caviar su­per lift­ing’’ fa­cial, which Ma­ree says is ideal be­fore a spe­cial event or big evening, when one wants their skin to ‘‘glow and con­vince’’.

‘‘We have a won­der­ful range of pack­age deals for you to browse on our web page or on our Face­book page, which has some unique pack­age deals as well,’’ she says.

Gift vouch­ers are avail­able.

Glouces­ter Cot­tage Day and Medi Spa is lo­cated at 746 Glouces­ter St, Avon­side and is open Mon­day to Satur­day from 9.30am, with late nights of 7pm on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day. For de­tails, phone 03 389 9959 or visit them on­line at glouces­ter­cot­tage.co.nz.

A re­lax­ing, can­dlelit mas­sage by the fire­place at Glouces­ter Cot­tage Day and Medi Spa is a great way to re­store in­ner calm, ei­ther with a friend or alone.

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