Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Buff Day Spa, Dublin



Last weekend my boyfriend and I met in Dublin. We stayed in the luxurious Clyde Court hotel in Ballsbridge, which is my favourite area in Dublin. I just love the rustic charm of the architecture of the town houses and the old Irish atmosphere that the air seems to have preserved from the centuries before us.
My boyfriend always spoils me wherever we go, so I thought that this time I’d surprise him with a ‘Swedish Full Body’ massage on the Saturday morning at the Buff Day Spa. I chose the Buff Day Spa due to the reviews and personal recommendations.
So on the Saturday morning we arrived, quite late may I add due to the fact that we were full up from the beautiful breakfast we had at our hotel. It’s no secret that we love our food!!



So once we arrived we were greeted by the most pleasant staff. I was summoned to the ladies’ changing room where I was given my own locker which contained a beautiful fluffy bathroom, chic little sandals and the loveliest little gesture in the form of a little square chocolate, which I ate of course despite barely being able to stand since my breakfast. This girl forgets everything else when chocolate is within reach, and don’t tell me I’m the only one.

 

 



After I filled out my ‘Client Consultation Form’, in which I was asked about my preferred ‘Massage Pressure’ and my hopes for my treatment, I was then ushered into the ‘Emerald Room’ which, to me, was a relaxing and soothing sanctuary.  My masseuse was the lovely Claire, and she asked me a few questions regarding how I was feeling in terms of how tensed and stressed I had been feeling over the last week. I had told her I was feeling more stressed than usual due to a recent bereavement. From that Claire went and created a mixture of essential oils that was suited to my needs which we had discussed.  






When I was ready for my massage Claire asked me to take three deep breaths of the essential oil mixture. I felt instantly relaxed. Claire began with my legs and feet, worked up onto my back and shoulders (where I had the most tension) and down my arms and hands. For that hour I was in heaven as Claire worked out the knots and uptight muscles in my shoulders, back and legs. I then turned around and had a warm eye mask laid on me whilst Claire worked on the front side of my legs, arms and shoulders.

After the most blissful experience I was then offered to relax more in the ‘Tranquillity Room’, this was a low lit room with soothing music, and a water feature that had the most relaxing sound of trickling water. The room also hosted a few relaxation beds, bean bags and corner seating.
After I enjoyed taking full advantage of the Tranquillity room I then went back into the Ladies’ changing room where I had full access to the amenities, and I even got the chance to do my hair and have a little look around whilst my boyfriend was still getting his massage.




 

What Stephen has to say about his experience…

“Calming from the moment I stepped in, whether it was the receptionist, masseuse or other employees. Although I didn't know what to expect, I was talked through the process and made to feel comfortable. The actual massage was perfect, knowing the areas that needed attention with the soothing sounds of music in my ear. I was in a delirious state of relaxation after, as my body felt reset."

 The Buff Day Spa also provides excellent 'Christmas Warm Up' packages for which include:

-30mins Back Massage

-Buff Express Facial

-Mineral Salt Scrub

-25 Euro Gift Voucher

-Glass of Champagne

 

Other than massages the Buff Day Spa also offer Dermalogica Facials, Image Peels, Body Treatments, Maternity Treatments, Manicures & Pedicures and Beauty Services.

 


 

 

 

 

 

To take advantage of these offers call The Buff Day Spa on:

Telephone: 353 1 677 4624

Facebook- The Buff Day Spa

Website- www.thebuffdayspa.com/ 

OR

Call in- 

52 South King St (Beside the Gaiety Theatre)
Dublin 2, Ireland

 

Thank you so much to Eileen, Claire and Aoife for their hospitality and utmost care and service during our visit to The Buff Day Spa. We can’t wait to get back there again for some more pampering, and you know you should too. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

London

I recently met up with my boyfriend in London. Having been to London before meant I didn’t really feel like touring the proverbial sites. My boyfriend and I just wanted to enjoy wander- lusting…and a little shopping of course.
I had the Friday morning to myself since my boyfriend had some work commitments. I immediately went into Whole Foods since having walked past it the night before. I've only ever heard about Whole Foods supermarket from American bloggers, so I was excited to see and explore one. Of course, in true American style, it had everything on the shelves. From the freshly laid out Technicolor fruit and vegetable stalls to the most delectable cakes, I was in supermarket heaven.





I then went for some breakfast in the oh so chic French ‘Aubaine’ where I had Eggs Benedict, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bite whilst also enjoying little intervals of sipping delicately fragranced ‘French Breakfast Tea’.  




I later met up with my boyfriend and we went exploring. I saw a double decker bus that served Afternoon tea. We also saw the Dutchess of Cambridge and Prince William leave the Royal Garden Hotel, but was unable to take photos due to the security surrounding the area.



We stayed in the gorgeous Drayton Court Hotel, and it was beautiful. It had a great rustic ‘Old English’ ambience with little subtle hints of 1920s Art Deco and a touch of modernism.  The breakfast in the mornings was a favourite as we were seated beside an open fire and treated like a King and Queen. They even had my favourite breakfast on menu, the delicious Spanish Omelette/Tortilla. 

Comfortable, Stephen?



Amazing breakfast
On the Saturday we walked outside our hotel and walked right into an Antique’s fair. As a vintage soul I had to indulge in a little dressing up and regression into the old centuries.
We stopped by the new department store, Liberty and browsed the luxurious items, especially the sunglasses. 








 
Liberty



How very chic

A personal favourite, and the sunglasses were nice too ;)

Stella McCartney sunglasses

Luxurious perfumes






We made our way to go see ‘Once’ in the West End, but not before making a little detour to Covent Garden to the renowned French Café, Ladurée, for some afternoon tea. As a lover of all things ‘Parisian’ and ‘Café Culture’ you can imagine that I was where I belonged, sipping tea and eating the most ornately created cakes and signature macaroons opposite of the most perfect gentleman, fitting for the occasion.                                









 After a beautiful time at Ladurée we made our way to the theatre.
 ‘Once’ is about modern bohemians busking on the streets of Dublin and the paths their lives take. It’s definitely worth going to see as well as watching the movie. The music in both the musical and movie is raw and real, and it reignites the audience’ appreciation for Irish talent and culture.  




My final, but important, stop was Victoria’s Secret. It recently came to London, and I couldn’t wait to find the store. After quite a chaotic walk amongst the Saturday evening crowds, I was so excited to see the precious three storey palace of the most coveted underwear in the world. 








Thank you to the Drayton Court hotel for being so accomodating, we can't wait to get back for a visit.

If you're planning to go to London be sure to stay at the Drayton, find more details on their website- The Drayton Court hotel

Thank you!

 
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