MJ Greenhalgh takes a visit to the depths of the stunning underground spa, Maya Blue Wellness
Tranquil yet atmospheric the Maya Blue Wellness Spa can be found in the Titanic Hotel which is situated in what was the industrial Stanley Dock just a five-minute drive from Albert Dock and the city centre of Liverpool.
Located down in the depths of the Titanic Hotel basement any tension ebbs away as soon as you walk into the calm serenity of the reception area, and by the time you’re kitted out in the spa’s sumptuous gowns and slippers any thoughts of the real world float away.
The Spa is instantly calming. They have kept the original features which include stone flags, exposed brickwork and arch support along with the original vaulted arches. The dimly atmospheric lighting allows you to feel incognito and removes any sense of self-consciousness.
The staff gave us a lovely welcome which was very friendly, yet professional and informative. From that moment on you are expertly looked after, with top therapists on-hand offering a wide range of treatments, luxurious facilities and the sense of being utterly pampered.
The centre point of the room is the very modern, very warm hydro pool. There are water jets and bubbles aplenty, and we were lucky enough to visit on a day where we could almost have had the whole pool to ourselves.
For those who do like to add a bit of exercise into their routine, there’s also a well-equipped gym, which despite our best intentions we didn’t get around to sampling!! If I’m being honest the most energetic we got was lifting our feet in and out of the gorgeous foot spa;
I fully recommend arriving for a dip in the pool against one of the plunge jets which are highly massaging; indulge in the steam rooms and sauna and have a foot spa before your treatments. Once I had got used to the cold jets they are strangely relaxing and have amazing health benefits apparently to stimulate your circulation and my feet were still tingling from the experience that evening.
Everything is designed so you can enjoy the experience with a friend or partner or perfect on your own. The reclining ergo rattan beds are also a heavenly way to take some time-out.
The changing rooms were lovely and bright and non-institutional and the clever locker locking system easy and straightforward even for the most forgetful of guests!
We both chose the ESPA Express Facial and the ESPA Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage and were enjoying lounging by the pool when our therapists came to find us
You are given the choice between different essential oils and each treatment is tailored and bespoke - without realizing we both happened to choose oils that were designed to rejuvenate and refresh.
The facial started with a lovely gentle cleansing process followed by an ultraviolet light machine being used which showed your levels of hydration within your skin. If desired, the use of a mirror can allow for some self-analysis. It was interesting to note areas that are dry, such as the bridge of the nose and the central point of the forehead and under the eyes - must apply more care when putting on moisturizer!
The back and shoulder massage was the perfect length of time - relaxing but pummelling and mildly intrusive but in a good way that worked out those knots of stress.
The treatments rooms were spacious and well thought out and the sound of running water and music was soporific, soothing and easy on the ear.
When I had “resurfaced” I was bought a delicious herbal tea to finish off and left for a good ten minutes to fully awaken.
So to sum up, even if you have just 1 hour to escape during your lunch for treatment or want to unwind after work – Maya Blue Wellness at the Titanic Hotel is definitely worth a visit.
Titanic Hotel Liverpool (Maya Blue Wellness) - Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 0AN
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