Monday, June 25

HarSPA Product Launch & Spa Day | Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Dorset

Last week I very kindly had the opportunity to join some of my fellow Bournemouth Bloggers at Christchurch Harbour Hotel, for the launch of their new range of products in the HarSPA. I had a full spa day including a treatment, tried their beautiful range of skincare, and enjoyed a healthy lunch filled with smoothies, canap├ęs and fruit. Here's what I thought.


I actually grew up in Mudeford. It's one of my favourite places on earth and I cannot describe the feeling of tranquility here. My parents got married in the Church opposite the Harbour Hotel, and had their Wedding Reception here when it was known as the Avonmouth Hotel. I have many memories of visiting the Hotel to use the pool, and eat meals with a the view across the Harbour. It's special. I've eaten at The Jetty Restaurant, but I'd never visited the spa. When I heard HarSPA was founded on the clarity and wellbeing of coastal life, it sounded exactly like me all over. They use products with naturally sourced marine elements and botanicals, and the treatments immerse mind, body and skin in purity and calm. If you know me even a little bit, you'll know I love a good spa. I've tried lots in the area, but this ticked all the boxes for me.

On arrival, there was a large sofa area to complete your consultation form, and I was given a canvas bag with a locker key, robes and slippers. You could also enjoy a glass of water of cup of Dorset tea, which was lovely as I felt right at home. We went down to the changing rooms and my only critique here was that they are really small, making it difficult to organise your belongings and change with more than about four people inside. The showers however were lovely, and there are cubicles to change privately too. They have hairdryers and plenty of space in the lockers, I just wish they were a bit bigger.


We were taken to The Hideaway, the most perfect little spot for part of our Spa Day. It had a full table set up, with a view across Mudeford and Hengistbury Head. There were sun loungers and a swing at the bottom of the garden. It would make the most ideal Hen Weekend or party. I'd love to have a group of girlfriends here. The sun came out and I honestly felt like I was abroad.

We had the opportunity to demo almost all their new products called the HarSPA range, created in collaboration with Natural Spa Factory.  The range includes the following:

Purity Eye Patches: £6.00
Marine Eye Contour Serum: £30.00
Purity Cleansing Milk: £17.00
Radiant Cleaning Gel: £28.00
Radiant Exfoliator: £20.00
Radiant Moisturiser: £26.00
Purity Facial Toner: £16.00
Marine Salt & Oil Body Scrub: £20.00
Lime & Lemongrass Body Scrub: £20.00
Rasul Mud Mask: £6.00
Tea Tree Face Mask: £6.00
Collagen Face Mask: £10.00
Charcoal Face Mask: £6.00
Sweet Fig Bay Hand Wash: £12.00
Sweet Fig Bay Hand Cream: £12.00


Treatment
It was now time to pick a complimentary treatment. I was so torn, I liked the sound of them all, but then I smelt the Lime & Lemongrass scrub and knew I had to try it. I was allowed to tailor my Sea Salt Body Exfoliation (40 minutes: £57.50) to the Lime & Lemongrass scrub and I'm so glad I did, because it was beautiful. The exfoliators remove dead skin cells and the invigorating movements performed by the therapist improve blood flow and bring essential nutrients to help encourage cell renewal. My therapist Chloe was amazing; her manor, presentation, pressure and technique were all so professional, and I felt like I had a really luxury experience. My skin felt so much softer and looked much brighter. She also gave me an Indian head massage to conclude, it was perfect. I was worried 40 minutes would be a bit quick, as I'm used to much longer treatments, but it wasn't. It felt like a good length and I was really content.

The room was also very well put together. The music was the right volume, the temperature wasn't too hot or cold, and the aircon sounded like I was in a tropical rainforest. I felt so zen the minute I went in. Once I was comfortable, Chloe also dimmed the lights, which makes such a difference when you're having a treatment. It even had a shower in, perfect for treatment which require more of a rinse however, Chloe use warm miyts to remove my scrub, it wasn't too harsh and I felt really relaxed, despite having a scrub.


The Spa
I was so impressed with the facilities at Christchurch Harbour Hotel. With a swimming pool, Hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, fitness suite, relaxation lounge, treatment rooms, the outdoor sun terrace and the Harbour hideaway, it really has everything you could want and need.

Whether you’re looking to stay by the seaside or in the heart of the city, the range of Harbour Hotels destinations guarantee a relaxing retreat. Their scenic, characterful venues – combining serene local views and exquisite on-site restaurants, bars, lounges and terraces – both encourage and enable rest and recuperation.

They are a perfect complement to a host of spa days and spa breaks. The HarSPA regularly offers specialised treatments – like hot stone, lava shell, aromatherapy and ESPA massages for instance – as well as alternative therapies (such as reflexology), cosmetic services (like lash/brow bar), a striking range of fitness classes, and more!


We rounded our day off with a gorgeous buffet of fresh food, I was so content I felt like I'd truly been pampered. I can't wait to bring my Mum here one day, she'd absolutely love it. If you're interesting in checking out Harbour Hotel Spas, click here.

Big thank you to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Bournemouth Bloggers, it was so wonderful.
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