Auchran­nie Re­sort

Ev­ery­one de­serves a lit­tle TLC, so we headed to the Isle of Ar­ran for ours...

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Spa Re­view

We all do it – be­come a pris­oner of life by not tak­ing enough time for our­selves or set­ting aside that much-needed dose of re­lax­ation. It’s im­por­tant to in­dulge in a lit­tle TLC ev­ery now and then, be­cause af­ter all, you de­serve it! That’s why we de­cided to take some time out and head for the beau­ti­ful Isle of Ar­ran to Auchran­nie Re­sort.

We were shown to our lock­ers on ar­rival, which con­tained super soft dress­ing gowns, comfy slip­pers and a fluffy towel to use dur­ing our visit. Af­ter the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion to check we had no out­stand­ing med­i­cal prob­lems, I opted to go for the Be En­veloped ISHGA Al­gae Wrap. My ther­a­pist, Naomi, took me into one the treat­ment rooms and she talked me through what the treat­ment would en­tail, which al­lowed me to ask any ques­tions and find out a lit­tle more about the prod­ucts that were about to be used on my skin. First, the ISHGA He­bridean Sea Salt and Oil Scrub was ap­plied all over my body. The salt con­tained in this is all-nat­u­ral and con­tains over 60 el­e­ments such as cal­cium and mag­ne­sium, which are es­sen­tial for the body. This in­ten­sive scrub sloughs away any dull and dead skin, and also stim­u­lates the cir­cu­la­tion.

Next, the warm al­gae mud is ap­plied over the salt. The mud con­tains He­bridean Sea­weed which is said to have a whole host of health and cos­metic ben­e­fits. I was most in­ter­ested in its tight­en­ing and ton­ing abil­i­ties, Naomi as­sured me it wo would work well on any bloat­ing around my tummy and help to re­duce cel­lulite on my thighs. My body was then co­cooned in toasty tow­els. Pic­ture a hu­man bur­rito, the cosiest of all ways to re­lax – this was me. I was lovely and warm now, so while the prod­ucts worked their magic, Naomi mas­saged my head and scalp while I drifted into a quick power nap. I felt truly re­laxed.

I got up slowly from the ta­ble and put my dress­ing gown back on, then went to shower off the prod­ucts. I in­stantly no­ticed the dif­fer­ence on my skin, it was so silky soft. Once I had dried off, the last step of this re­lax­ing process was to have in­vig­o­rat­ing body oil ap­plied, which fur­ther nour­ished my skin and it be­gan to feel even softer. Some­thing I loved about this treat­ment was that none of the prod­ucts used smelled chem­i­cally at all – ev­ery­thing smelled fresh and nat­u­ral, it all felt lovely on my skin. It is rec­om­mended to drink a lot of wa­ter (prefer­ably with lemon) af­ter the treat­ment to keep the body hy­drated, so I had one of these be­fore at­tempt­ing to leave the room (some­thing I didn’t want to do as I had en­joyed it so much). I was led to ASPA’S re­lax­ation room where I chilled out in one of the curved pods with a pep­per­mint tea. In this lit­tle oa­sis of calm I let my mind go com­pletely blank and felt com­pletely re­laxed, my skin felt to­tally re­plen­ished.

Af­ter half an hour we were called to lunch. ASPA of­fers a range of lunch op­tions – from sand­wiches and light bites, to mac­a­roni cheese for the hun­grier spa goer. We opted for the bento boxes. Hav­ing taken ad­van­tage of Auchran­nie’s amaz­ing break­fast just a short while ago, I de­cided the re­fresh­ing fruit plat­ter was for me. My com­pan­ion went for the bento box that con­tained a mix of smoked fish, bread, crack­ers, cheese, chut­ney and salad. Of course I had to sam­ple this too, it was de­li­cious! Guests are wel­come to en­joy the leisure fa­cil­i­ties for the rest of the day, so went for a quick swim be­fore call­ing it a day. I left ASPA at Auchran­nie feel­ing re­laxed and re­ju­ve­nated. My skin felt soft and glow­ing. My stom­ach felt much less bloated from in­dulging in a beau­ti­ful din­ner at Auchran­nie’s restau­rant, Eigh­teen 69, the night be­fore.

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