From infinity pools to sleep cocoons, we reveal the city’s best pampering spots
AS a mother’s work is never done, it's only right that once a year she gets her due appreciation, usually accompanied by a generous pouring of Prosecco... never forget the Prosecco.
Spas are a great place to start the R&R process; full of softly spoken folk with nimble fingers and sharp elbows, mums can savour a needed release and some well-deserved peace 'n' quiet.
Manchester has many a spa to pamper mums into serenity (though get booking fast as you won’t be the only one with this idea). Across the city find sleep cocoons, infinity pools and zen gardens, as well some of the leading anti-ageing skin treatments (not that she needs it).
Here’s our favourite spas and beauty clinics in and around Manchester:
SPA AT THE MIDLAND
Recommended treatment: Serene Sleep - £80
Nothing says deep relaxation more than dangling aimlessly in a glowing cocoons. The Spa at the Midland’s statement centrepiece is just one of the attractions at the hotel spa, which received its £1.5 million makeover in 2015. With salt-infused steam and sauna rooms, a heated neon lit pool and a Rasul mud spa, Spa at the Midland is just as luxurious as it is a place for peace. The treatments are great too. Spanning your typical nail and waxing treatments, Spa at the Midland has a number of massages and facials to try. There are a number of packages are available too, including the Serene Sleep Treatment involving 55 minutes of aromatherapy massages and a chance to snooze uninterrupted. With afternoon tea also to be enjoyed within the spa’s confines, we’d say make a day of it.
Spa At The Midland, 6 Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
FLINT + FLINT
Recommended treatment: Collagen PIN facial - from £125
These days, a pot of Oil of Olay just won’t cut it when it comes to anti-ageing. Skincare specialists Flint + Flint have a number of scientifically lead treatments that can help reduce those pesky signs of a life lived to the max. Based in Harvey Nichols, Manchester, allow mum to indulge at the brand new clinic with the ‘Mrs Flint facial (£55) (a deep, hydrating skin cleanse) or for a more targeted treatment try the collagen pin (see here ) with automated micro-needling promoting new skin cell growth to improve scars, fine lines and wrinkles.
Flint + Flint , Harvey Nichols, 21 Cathedral Approach, Manchester M1 1AD
Recommended treatment: Lava shell massage - £55
Northern Quarter’s Spa Satori is holistic at heart and a haven for de-stressing. Understanding the need for holistic pampering, Spa Satori offer a vast number of wellbeing treatments (lava shell and bamboo massages, acupuncture, and um…colonic irrigation) as well as nails, tanning, lashes and more. With the likes of ‘champagne and chocolate ecstasy’ pamper packages available this spa is pure indulgence. Allow mum to re-emerge blissful and beautified.
Spa Satori , 112 High Street, Manchester, M4 1HQ
THE LOWRY HOTEL SPA
Recommended treatment: QMS skin cell renewal facial - £105 - £125
On the first floor of the five-star-luxury hotel is a similarly five star spa, with six expansive treatment rooms, sauna, mani-pedi area and a colonic hydrotherapy room. What’s more, the spa features scientifically led QMS skin treatments that are designed to see results. Put your mum’s skin in the capable hands of QMS specialists, whose treatments involve collagen-boosting cell renewal technology, designed to boost cell regeneration and enhance the overall metabolism of the skin. Sounds high-techy-tech but we’ll sure mum will appreciate it.
QMS Skin Spa , The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH
BALI HEALTH LOUNGE
Recommended treatment: signature deep tissue massage £42 - £90
Close your eyes and imagine you’re lounging on a beach in Bali (and not down a backstreet of Manchester city centre)…Chinatown’s Bali Health lounge does much to recreate the idyllic calming atmosphere of Bali beaches inside its treatment rooms. Sip herbal tea in the tea garden before allowing therapists work away a crick in the neck with skill and ease.
Bali Health Lounge, 1st Floor, 48 George St, Manchester M1 4HF
Recommended treatments: Luxurious Mother’s Day package £250 for two
SCI-U on Cross Street specialises in ‘the science of you’ – hence the name. The aestheticians are a marvel with both clinical and pampering treatments, offering everything from fat reduction to skin tightening and cryotherapy facials. Not ready for the heavy stuff? SCI-U also offer glamourous treatments such as LVL lashes and HD brows. This mothering Sunday splurge on Sci-U’s luxurious Mother’s Day package and choose between a pampering facial, neck and shoulder massage, teeth whitening.
Sci-U , The Fold Cross Street, Manchester M2 1HB/ 3 Alma Lane, off Altrincham Road, Wilmslow, SK9 5ND
Recommended treatment: Party girl packages
What happens when you marry a nail salon with a cocktail bar? A really good time, that’s what. New hair and beauty salon launched by celebrity hairdresser Andrew Trott-Barn, Barn//It offers an extensive number of hair and beauty treatments alongside their nail-cum-cocktail bar – a Manchester first. Ahead of mothering Sunday, treat mum to a new ‘do or try one of the many beauty treatments in store and of course a cocktail and a new nail colour.
Barn//It, 34 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6LE
Recommended treatment: 'full top-to-toe experience' - £250
‘When the big city gets too big and the bright lights too blinding, we have the perfect solution,’ say Malmaison. The Malmaison spa is a boutique-sized city centre retreat, shielded from the outside elements. Why not go for the full top-to-toe experience? An exfoliating body scrub, full body massage, regenerating facial and eye treatment, manicure, pedicure and, naturally, some fizz.
Malmaison Spa, 1-3 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 3AQ
KING STREET TOWNHOUSE
Recommended treatment: Mum’s on a mission package £115 per person (available Monday-Friday)
As a hotel with its own infinity pool, a visit to King Street Townhouse could earn you extra brownie points with mum. The in-house boutique spa and salon ohas a number of packages ready to suit a mothering Sunday pampering session. The 'Mums On A Mission' package is specially designed for the 4-hour window from school drop-off to school pick-up. From 10:15 am, enjoy a massage, facial or reflexology before being allowed to relax with the rest of the Townhouse spa facilities. Plus, did we mention there’s an infinity pool?
King Street Townhouse, 10 Booth Street, Manchester, M2 4AW
Recommended treatment: ‘The Together Package’ - £235
Another hotel spa with luxury appeal, Radisson Blu Edwardian’s Sienna Spa is located in the hotel’s listed vaults. Infinitely calming, Sienna Spa is an ideal mother’s day spot for a mum needing some much-needed me-time. With a swimming pool, a wealth of holistic and pampering treatments plus a health club, you can spend hours preening here. Try the ‘Together Package’, where you can ‘indulge your body with mineralising muds and salts in the unique Moroccan Steam Cleansing Ritual designed for two, followed by a luxurious massage in our exclusive couple’s treatment room’. To top off the gift, enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea or lunch in the hotel restaurant.
Sienna Spa, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP
Recommended treatment: Body Sculpting Cellulite Treatment £70 - £75
Four-star Macdonald hotel is currently sprucing its four-star spa offering. Inside the ‘indulgent urban spa’ find a signature thermal suite featuring a hot rock sauna, infra-red sauna, eucalyptus-scented steam room, sensation shower, ice igloo and heated loungers – sounds tropical. You’re spoilt for choice with treatments here. Elemis is the spa cosmetic brand of choice, who have tailored a number of facial and massage treatments for the hotel. And they’ve made it an aim to combat cellulite at Macdonald Spa. The Body Sculpting Cellulite and colonic therapy treatment comes highly recommended to those in need of a body overhaul. Then there’s the cellutox aroma spa ocean wrap which, for an hour and fifteen minutes, your body is decongested whilst you’re cocooned in foil….
Macdonald Hotel , London Road, Manchester, M1 2PG
Recommended treatment: Rasul mud chamber £30 for two people
110 acres of Lancashire countryside surround this gorgeous hotel and spa retreat. Ribby Hall Village’s spa hotel, a short trip away in Preston (close enough), is the picturesque getaway for a mum who needs to escape from it all (and the adults-only rule helps in that respect, read the review here). Fancy lounging in the zen garden, experiencing the aqua thermal journey, float in the hydrotherapy pool and doing nothing while a masseuse massages you into pure unadulterated blissfulness? Course you do. Ribby Hall Village is as much as health and wellness centre as a spa retreat, with opportunities to go running down the nature trail or enjoying a spot of pilates in the zen garden. There’s a mix of spa-days and breaks to try, though we’d recommended staying over and having dinner in The Orangery.
Ribby Hall , The Spa Hotel, Ribby Hall Village, RIbby Road, Wrea Green, near Blackpool PR4 2PR