Bliss out at this brand new spa
It's a tough job but someone's got to do it. A blissed-out Muddy reviews a brand new Mayflower Spa in Dorking.
If ever there’s a perfect time for a spa day I think we are now officially approaching it. Tans have faded, the weather has turned, it still feels like ages until the Christmas break (and is it even a break?!), and before then there’s a whole load of partying, ferrying kids, working and general life survival to deal with.
So the opening of the Mayflower Spa in Dorking historic old quarter couldn’t come at a better time. Obviously Muddy had to be among the first ones to check it out – and here’s our verdict.
This brand new spa is slap bang in the middle of Dorking’s historic old quarter, home to many antique shops and fine art galleries as well as a wonderful array of independent stores. There are also some lovely independent restaurants and cafes in this part of town, so if you’re not a local – should I say Dork? Or Dorker? – you could easily spend the day.
There’s plenty of parking nearby – I’d suggest St Martin’s Walk carpark for long and short stay – and Waitrose is a few minutes walk just up the road (hey, we’re nothing if not practical), so that’s dinner sorted too.
Mayflower Spa is in one of Dorking’s most historic buildings – locals will know it as the former Gorgeous Gertie’s Tea Room and Emporium – and the interiors have been designed to make the most of this gorgeous space. The original oak beams and period fireplaces have been enriched with walls painted in a palette of sea green, rose pink and midnight blue, and there are pretty papered feature walls that add to the character. Vases of fresh flowers and flickering candles are clustered around to create a really calming vibe.
You feel like you’re walking into a sanctuary – I’m pretty sure that’s the intention – and your shoulders will drop the minute you walk through the door. There’s a large entrance and reception area with plenty of plush velvet seating, and beyond that the spa is set out over two levels with five treatment rooms including a double, a studio space for yoga, Pilates and mindfulness, and two relaxation rooms. Lockers are provided in bathrooms, along with fluffy robes and slippers. Let the relaxation commence.
Mayflower Spa is billed as a place of luxury, peace and purity, and – yep – it certainly is. They specialise in the lovely VOYA skincare range – the king of all-natural, organic beauty brands – which use only the natural ingredients including extracts of wild seaweed (fun fact: the seaweed is harvested from waters off Ireland.) But don’t be thinking you’ll leave smelling of pongy seaweed – these products are divine.
I had the Mayflower Signature Massage Treatment, a 90 minute bliss-out that involves body brushing, a top-t0-toe massage, facial and head massage, and body moisturising. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say this was one of the most relaxing and therapeutic massage therapies I’ve ever had.
My therapist – the gorgeous Gina – got everything exactly right, from her soothing soft-spoken voice, to the firmness of touch in her massage strokes. The treatment takes you on a journey beginning at the feet and legs, moving up the body to the back, shoulders and neck. Gina then does a wonderful facial massage, followed by a head massage, then moves back down the body, via the arms and legs to the feet again.
Gina uses the VOYA exfoliating body brush; the Mindful Dreams relaxing body oil; and follows it with the Softy Does It hydrating body lotion. To help promote relaxation she also uses the VOYA Essence Oil, a heady blend of citrus, lemon, clove and basil. For the facial massage it’s the My Little Hero facial serum.
After, I was shown to the relaxation room where I lingered for a few minutes longer in my wonderfully mellow and relaxed mood.
Co-founding partner, Vicky Noden, says she was really keen to open a spa that was more than just a beauty salon. She wanted to create a tranquil space where people could come to really chill out, and not feel they had to rush back to their reality immediately after the treatment. And she’s totally nailed it. I will be back.
The Mayflower Signature Massage Treatment is £105 for 90 minutes. The 30 minute Head in The Clouds massage is £40. The Mayflower Spa also offers facials, body scrubs, body wraps, manicures and pedicures, waxing, eye treatments and make-up, as well as holistic therapies like yoga, reiki, reflexology, mindfulness and talking therapies.
Mayflower Spa, 61 West Street, Dorking, RH4 1BS. Tel: 01306 882 111