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An illuminating spa trip at The Norfolk Mead

The Norfolk Mead is well known for providing a luxury, boutique experience only 6 miles from Norwich, but how do its spa rooms compare? I went to find out…



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The Norfolk Mead’s treatment menu will present a real conundrum for indecisive people, because one glance through it (or on their website) will leave you wanting to try everything – though that’s not to say you can’t try it all, of course! I plumped for two 30 minute treatments – a facial and a massage – and Catherine, their head spa therapist, chatted through the options for each with me. She helped me decide on the illuminating facial, to “even skin tone, lighten blemishes and reduce the appearance of age spots leaving a luminous result” and a deep tissue massage, to “work deep down to release stubborn knots and muscle tension.”

If facials or massages aren’t your bag then never fear – there are plenty of other options to choose between, from different types of facials (the Luxury 23 Carat Gold Facial sounds very intriguing!) and massages to completely different treatments such as body scrubs, manicures and pedicures, waxes, and other specialist treatments.

It’s worth mentioning that they also offer special pregnancy treatments, which have been thoroughly tested to be ‘baby safe’ between 12 to 32 weeks of pregnancy, and treatment packages which would be ideal to buy for someone as a gift – some also offer overnight stays included in the package, which would no doubt be absolutely wonderful! They also offer some great treatments designed for men, including a massage, pedicure or manicure, and a facial – so whoever you’re buying for, you can find the perfect present.




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The treatments themselves were absolutely amazing. Catherine took me into the treatment room (tastefully decorated and with calming, low lighting) and we discussed my current skincare routine and any problems I have that I’d like addressing. It was lovely to feel like nothing was being rushed and that she was really taking her time.

The deep tissue massage came first, and this was a great way to feel the aches and tension in my muscles ease as the treatment went on. It focused mainly on my back, necks and shoulders, and Catherine did a great job whilst making sure I was comfortable and the pressure was just right. I definitely could have stayed there for longer, so next time I’ll be opting for a 60 minute massage to prolong the experience!



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Using Natural Spa Factory products, the treatments at The Norfolk Mead’s spa are all of the highest quality and ensure you’ll have a truly pampered experience! They use a variety of ingredients depending on the range - including rice bran, caviar, and a fusion of natural British plants - and, impressively, they are completely free of parabens and other nasties, and do not test on animals.

The illuminating facial, which I opted for after the massage, used 5 main products from the Natural Spa Factory’s ‘Illuminate’ range – a gel cleanser, facial toner, polish exfoliator, serum and moisturiser. The serum in particular is filled with a range of gorgeous ingredients and has a very high concentration of active ingredients – and you can really feel it sinking into your skin!

Afterwards my skin felt unbelievable and it continued feeling great for many days after. It looked visibly brightened and, if I say so myself, glowing! The products also smelt amazing, which I think is a huge part of the enjoyment in any treatment! The facial was incredibly relaxing and the addition of low, gentle music and hot flannels made the whole experience utter bliss. Catherine talked me through the different steps and explained how to do it myself, and the products had impressed me so much that I couldn’t resist buying a few afterwards to take home and use on a more regular basis.

Afterwards I enjoyed a complimentary cup of ginger tea in the bar area, which nicely finished off a really lovely experience. I’d highly recommend The Norfolk Mead if you fancy experiencing a truly luxurious treatment or two (or more!) as a hotel guest or as a day guest – either way, you’ll be left feeling relaxed and pampered!

To find out more about the treatments on offer at The Norfolk Mead, visit their website.



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