Since the moment I knew that Mum would be coming to Scotland for my Graduation, I planned a bunch of activities with a day in Dundee for Spa Treatments on the very top of my list. I LOVE the act of having facials, it’s truly one of the best things you can do for yourself and the people you love – the definition of self-care! We spent so much time worrying about foolish incidences and fill our heads with useless information while scrolling mindlessly online, that makes taking time off everything and anything, the best kind of luxury… Add to this the magical hands of a skilled beauty therapist, the most nutritious Elemis facial products and a relaxing environment and you quickly get the picture of the experience at Yu Spa in Dundee!
First off, the OZONE SWIMMING POOL!
Yu Spa is part of the Apex City Quay Hotel in Dundee, located in the southern side of the city with River Tay views from the swimming pool windows. Oh, to be in water and view water rather than buildings!
Aside from the swimming pool, the Spa has also a herbal-infused steam room, a gym, a sunken Japanese-style hot tub and a sauna, all located nearby each other so you don’t have to move around much and you can hop in from one to another within seconds (it literally takes you 5′ to go from the sauna to the steam room and back to the jacuzzi!).
Inspired by the ancient Japanese belief in the healing power of hot water (Yu), this award-winning Spa provides a place for restoration and contemplation. Mum and I started our Spa pilgrimage at the sauna, followed by the jacuzzi and lastly the swimming pool, that felt SO relaxing and refreshing after all this sauna heat!
We allowed ourselves to swim and stretch in the water before going for another round of sauna-jacuzzi rotation. My muscles were very much tight while swimming so it felt so relaxing to feel the tightness going away in the warm water. Japanese definitely know a thing or two about the healing power of Yu!
At 12.30 pm we grabbed some fresh towels and headed to the Spa area where our therapists greeted us in the relaxation room with green tea and questionnaires that included questions about our sleeping routine, skin care, potential allergies and so on, that would help them understand our individual needs.
Mum didn’t bring her reading glasses with her, so I had to do the work twice before being finally able to read Harper’s Bazaar…
^ ^ Can we please take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this wallpaper is? It reminds me of William Morris prints but in a much simpler version of them. So pretty! ^ ^
The treatment room had a subtle smell of lavender and de-stressing Buddha bar music. The therapist let me lay down on the warm sheets and relax my head on the soft towel before entering the room and briefly discussing with me the Biotec Line Eraser Elemis treatment that she felt was best for me based on my skin profile and lifestyle.
This was definitely the MOST relaxing facial massage I have ever had in my entire life! Before starting, the therapist told me that we would target the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes area and I foolishly thought that there would be no immediate visible results. How wrong I was!
Even though the whole facial lasted for an hour, the actual application of the Biotec technology on my face was only for 30 magical minutes, but it was enough to plumb my skin and make it looker younger and fresher! The Biotec device can only be described as metal chopsticks with perfectly rounded ends that massage your skin with microcurrent pulses and red and blue light therapy. It literally irons out wrinkles and fills out lines giving you a younger appearance, INSTANTLY! This, and layers upon layers of aromatic gentle exfoliators, toners, serums and essential oils made me have the most juvenile skin!
Mum was very much amused to my reaction when I looked myself in the mirror and vice versa! Her skin looked softer and calmer and her face and decolletage were glowing!
By the time our treatments had finished we were famished! We had waken up early in the morning, we took the ScotRail train from Aberdeen to Dundee, we walked around the city AND spent two solids hours in the Spa, which justified our rumbling stomachs. More to the point, Mum hadn’t had breakfast so to the dinning area of the Apex City Quay Hotel we went and ordered some food immediately.
I basically had no choice NOT to post about this meal, since Mum loved her fish & chips (the first she ever had in the UK). In short, she got obsessed. The fish was melting in the mouth and the side truffle chips and zucchini chips with parmesan on top were the pinnacle! I got a cod fishcake from the light bites menu and also shared a wee green salad (not pictured because it was devoured the moment it was served on the table!).
We finished our lunch with a sticky banana tart and two (very frothy) cappuccinos before heading back to the city of Dundee for some more exploring, but I am going to talk more about it tomorrow…
P.S: I just realised that it is Beautician’s Day today, so the theme of this post could not be more apt!