Health and beauty review: the spa at Selsdon Park Hotel

By - Thursday 22nd December, 2016

Pamper me, Croydon, says Marcia Henry-Morgan

Where has this year gone? No, seriously: where did 2016 evaporate to? The fact that it’s already December and the cold wintry days are well and truly here has me longing for an escape route. But this close to the Christmas season, it seems impossible: when the pounds in your back pocket have been allocated to Santa’s nice (and in some cases naughty) list, rest, relaxation and pampering seems the stuff that dreams are made on.

But a couple of weeks ago, I found that having a break doesn’t mean I have to get away from Croydon. Far from it. Let’s face it, there are only so many hours in the day and times when searching for that elusive break feels like more of a chore than pleasure. The statement that came to mind was ‘pamper me Croydon’: a slice of indulgent ‘me time’ right here at home, without having to having to put myself into administration to get it. Don’t I deserve a little something? Yes, I do.

I opted for a spa day as this seemed like the best choice: it’s easier to find a window for a few hours than for days. And the Selsdon Park Hotel provided me with the perfect answer. Because there you can bag yourself a lovely little bargain: a four hour leisure club day pass which gives you access to the gym, pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi for £20.00 per person, or for whole day for £25.00 (prices correct at time of visit: Saturday 26th November 2016). The £20.00 option was great for me as I had every intention of just sitting in the jacuzzi until I turned into a prune. Treatments cost extra, so if you want variety you can bespoke your day and spoil yourself as much as you want.

I didn’t have a treatment because they were all booked, but don’t be fooled into thinking I didn’t have an amazing time. I wanted to relax… and boy oh boy, I did just that. And doing it on a shoestring made it extra special.

Aromatic scents slipped me into chill mode in moments

Once I walked down the drive off Addington Road and happened upon the hotel, I had to stop for a moment to take in the building, which is beautiful. It’s a hidden gem off a main road, which I have passed on numerous occasions on the bus. For at first hour I sat by the pool on a lounger thumbing through a magazine, listening to the playlist on my phone, watching Wendy Williams on YouTube (my guilty pleasure) and sipping Earl Grey brought to me by Ovee, who was so friendly and helpful (you really did spoil me, thank you).

There were aromatic scents in the air that slipped me into chill mode within moments. Then I sauntered upstairs to the stairs to steam and sauna rooms. For the next three hours I alternated between steam, sauna and jacuzzi and the only word for this was ‘bliss’. This had to be the highlight of my week: that night, I slept like a baby.

For £25.00, you can put it in your Christmas stocking as a gift to someone, or just do as I did and gift it to yourself. Here’s my top tip though: tea and coffee at the leisure club (purchased by the pool) are cheaper than the bar. I have every intention of going back and spoiling myself. Next time, I think a massage is on the cards; they have quite a selection and it’s definitely worth taking a look at their brochure.

Marcia Henry-Morgan

Marcia Henry-Morgan

I am a marketeer by profession, originally from the East Midlands and moved just over a year ago to Croydon for work. I love food, whether it’s eating out or cooking at home. London has a lot to offer in the way of work and play but I am keen to discover what is available to me locally as I feel you don’t have to always head off to the city to have fun.

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  • Anne Giles

    That’s wonderful. I used to be a member, as did many of my friends. Sounds as though the place has improved!