I was fortunate enough to have a spa day at the Villa Rose Hotel’s V Spa this week, courtesy of my lovely mammy, who bought me a package for my birthday. I got the Pick n’ Mix package for €69, which gives the option of choosing two 30 minute treatments (Recovery Facial / Back Massage / Back Scrub / Hand Treatment / Foot Treatment) as well as the use of the Thermal Suite and unwind time in the Relaxation Room.
I thought it was a brilliant deal and I went for the back massage and the recovery facial. When I’ve been to other spas, I usually go for a massage because the products used are just oils and essential oils, whereas oftentimes the facials aren’t vegan-friendly. Thankfully, I messaged V Spa ahead of time and they happily informed me that the products they use are vegan-friendly. I was DELIGHTED as I hadn’t had a facial since before I was vegan.
We were supposed to get there fifteen minutes before our appointment, but we were a little late so we arrived at the time we were meant to be in the Thermal Suite. Thankfully, the staff were lovely and we still got the hour in there before our treatments, after we filled out a quick form about any medical conditions we have.
The Thermal Suite consists of a hot tub with underwater jets, a tropical shower, an ice fountain, a steam room and a foot spa area. I spent most of my time in the hot tub as I fell downstairs the day before and bruised my leg and foot (like an eejit). It was lovely going between the hot tub and the ice fountain and then the tropical shower and back again.
The Suite is not suitable for expectant mothers (the hot tub was just a little too hot even for me and the steam room was boiling altogether) but some of the treatments may cater to pregnant people. Send them a message on Facebook to ask!
I was dead excited about my treatments and I wanted to be as comfortable as possible, so I changed out of my wet bathing suit and dried off after the hour in the Suite was up. My therapist came to get me and brought me to the treatment room, where she asked a few brief questions about what I wanted out of the experience and what kind of pressure I was comfortable with.
I asked again about the products and she confirmed that they were vegan-friendly. They use Germaine de Capuccini products, which are not tested on animals and do not contain animal bi-products. They are also paraben and microbead free. All of their natural ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced, and they support programmes such as BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) in South Africa which offers opportunities to discriminated minorities. As if that wasn’t enough, they also help people with visual disabilities by adding braille to the packaging of their retail products. To me, they sound absolutely fantastic.
I really enjoyed my back massage and it felt like it was much longer than half an hour. I may have even dozed off a little! The facial was also lovely and my face was so smooth after. I literally looked glowing. My therapist was very helpful and gave me a skin consultation after my facial. She told me about the condition of my skin and gave me recommendations on how I could improve it at home. She didn’t even encourage me to buy the Germaine de Capuccini products used, which I thought was brilliant, as products are always pushed at other spas I’ve been to and I really don’t like that. I’m here to relax, not for a sales pitch.
After the treatments, my therapist also gave me a dry robe to replace my slightly wet one, which was a lovely touch, and I was taken to the Relaxation Room. She handed me a little cup of mango and passionfruit sorbet as I walked in and informed me that she had checked the packaging and confirmed there was no dairy listed in the ingredients. I so appreciated that she went to the trouble to check, and it was absolutely delicious. Something icy is just what you need after a massage and a stint in the hot tub.
The Relaxation Room definitely lived up to its name. There was a water feature in front of approx. six recliner chairs draped with fluffy blankets and cushy pillows. I found my mammy in there relaxing happily with a cup of ice cold water and her own sorbet. We both agreed that it was one of the best spa experiences we’d had. In fact, although we thought the Thermal Suite at the Shandon Spa (our usual favourite) was better because of the outdoor hot tub and the view, both the quality of the treatments and the Relaxation Room were superior at the V Spa. Plus the vegan-friendly products and the sorbet really gave V Spa an edge. I’d recommend it to anyone, not just vegans!
There was one aspect of the experience that I particularly appreciated; there was an option on the form at reception where you could state whether or not you wanted conversation during treatments. As someone who hates small talk at the hairdressers, I certainly didn’t want to be chatting about the weather during a massage, especially as I was almost buck naked! I thought that was a great touch.
Overall, I loved my experience and I’ll definitely be back! My only criticisms would be that I think the hot tub and certainly the steam room temperature should be dropped a little, as I found both very hot. Other than that, I’m a very happy customer!
Have you been to V Spa? What did you think? Do you recommend any other spas that use vegan-friendly products? Let me know in the comments!