There aren’t many spas in the UK with the La Sultane de Saba range on tap, and Greenwoods Hotel and Spa in Stock, Essex is rightly proud to be one of the chosen few! I was lucky enough to get over to the lovely spa recently and find out a bit more about it – as well as getting to sample one of their most popular treatments, the Moroccan Muscle Melt Massage.All the products in the La Sultane de Saba range, a favourite with celebs like Jennifer Love Hewitt and the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian, are part of a ‘journey’ - and the latest journey, currently being trialled exclusively by Greenwoods, is the Malaysian journey. The treatments are inspired by healing treatments and wellbeing remedies from the Malaysian Islands, infused with the heady scents of tropical flowers.
My Moroccan Muscle Melt massage came at the right time, I’d been swimming the day before, and determined to beat my record I’d overdone the lengths and twanged something in my back. Ouch. So, for 50 minutes, I was massaged into blissful relaxation with warm oil. Starting with my neck and shoulders, which were totally knotted from deadline-chasing all week, I was massaged with the perfect pressure. Arms, legs, back, shoulders, feet, hands, neck and scalp all got the La Sultane de Saba treatment, and after the delicious treatment came to an end, My knots had all but gone and the painful area in my back which had been playing me up all the way to Essex had disappeared.
I can see why Greenwoods is a favourite with the celebs .According to the taxi driver who picked me up afterwards, the A-listers love to stay there while the V Festival is taking place in Chelmsford, including Lady Gaga who he’d chauffeured back and forth in 2011.
Definitely a great place to try if you’re in the market for experimenting with treatments not available everywhere else, and if you’re looking for a spa retreat with a homely, friendly but still rather exclusive feel. And if it’s good enough for Gaga…