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Knebworth’s Hidden Spa Gem

The Spa at Odyssey in Knebworth, recently voted Best Day Spa in the Muddy Herts Awards 2016, was just crying out for a visit and seeing all those votes was all the incentive I needed.  Not that I needed much.  I booked in to try out some of their new treatments and to spend an afternoon unwinding from the stresses and strains of tottering round the county on your behalf.  (I know, I’m a saint…)

I’m not going to lie to you.  Driving into the car park and seeing the outside of the building, you might feel just the teensiest twinge of ‘really?’   It sort of looks like a big green warehouse.  But the inside is so worth the whole not-judging-a-book-by-its-cover thing.

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Check in, and you’re straight away in a completely different world.  Once you’re through those doors and into The Spa, it’s all plush furnishing, rich colours, and a definite Moroccan vibe.  Not that I’ve ever been to Morocco, mind you, but a girl can dream.  Plush pillows piled up on cushioned benches, perfect for lounging on in the relaxation suite.  A totally blissful place to get those feet up and that relaxation started.  To be honest, I could have just curled all day there with a book and a cup of tea — although I was given prosecco as well, which was all very jolly.  I mean, I liked the tea, but you know how it goes.

They’ve just launched a range of new Elemis treatments, and I thought I’d go the whole hog and try out a selection.  Just to be sure, you understand.

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I started off booking in for the Go Spa Day — which includes use of the wet facilities and the relaxation room, tea and coffee,  a glass of prosecco (don’t mind if I do) and lunch.  No sooner had I donned my delightfully fluffy dressing gown and slipped on my slippers than I could feel the stress positively sliding off me.

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The first of the treatments I tried was the gloriously named Elemis Thousand Flower Detox Wrap.  It amazing, and was about as relaxing as it gets — a full body scrub with three different delicious-smelling products, all green tea based, then a little rest, all wrapped up, with a head, neck and shoulder massage, with a quick cleanse of my face, while the nutrient-rich goodies worked their magic on the rest of. Quick shower, then more glorious goodies massaged in and I was done!

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Except I wasn’t.  Then we moved on to the Elemis Freestyle Deep Tissue Body Massage.  I’d love to tell you how it was except I think I actually dropped off for a bit.  I was just soooo relaxed by then, and I’d not had to move or think or anything for ages.

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I finished off the day, after curling up in the relaxation room for a bit and trying to remember my own name, by adding in a sneaky Elemis facial.  Again, gloriously relaxing.

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Yup, those are my actual feet…


The Spa didn’t get gazillions of votes in the Muddy awards for nothing.  It is really, really good.  I ended up chatting to some of the other guests there, and they were all regulars, all adamant that they wouldn’t go anywhere else, and all with nothing but praise for the place.  No, it’s not housed in some swanky country house — or nestled in somewhere quaint and quirky.  It is a proper hidden gem. With a definite emphasis on the gem.

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