Written & Reviewed by Lucy Studley
You can’t blame anyone for feeling jagged as we head into winter this year. On top of the usual energy-sapping shorter days, we’re having to contend with new pandemic-related phenomena, of which ‘coronasomnia’ is by all accounts the most common. The events of this year have taken their toll on us all, making it seriously important that we invest in our own wellbeing this winter.
The answer of course is to get out and do something which reinvigorates you, awakens the senses, and feels like a treat for the body and soul. With all dreams of luxe ski lodges, Instagram-inspired Icelandic trips, and Scandi adventures put on hold, we’re fixating on a winter wellbeing experience closer to home in the form of Feel Good Fridays at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance. A trip to the new geothermal pool – the first of its kind in the UK – followed by a therapeutic treatment using natural body oils and luxurious facial treatments, is the ultimate winter pick-me-up right now.
The geothermal section of the pool opened earlier this year and, unsurprisingly, tickets for sessions in the saltwater pool (heated to 35˚) have been hot property. On Fridays, visitors can combine a relaxing dip with a bespoke treatment with experienced therapist Rachel Lorente, who offers a carefully curated selection of rituals, massages, facials and reflexology appointments.
Rachel designs the treatments herself using her favoured products. Siskyn Skincare Oils are used for aromatherapy massage; these 100% natural botanical oils are expertly blended in Cornwall and remain completely pure, making them “powerhouses of potency perfect for healing and maintaining healthy skin,” according to Co-Founding sisters Sarah and Emma Rippon. Meanwhile Rachel turns to Inlight Beauty – another Cornwall-based brand with a growing reputation – to offer a range of signature facials, putting these transformative products to work with great results.
The Feel Good Friday treatments at Jubilee Pool last a maximum of 45 minutes; for a prolonged retreat from the everyday we recommend a trip to the stunning Chapel House Penzance, a boutique overnight bolthole close by. Here Rachel offers several holistic treatments designed exclusively for this chic hotel, which boasts a light-filled Georgian interior and oozes understated luxury. Our treatment of choice, ‘The Ultimate Cornish Experience’, starts with a soothing foot soak followed by a flowing aromatherapy massage using Siskyn oils and finally a deeply replenishing Inlight facial to restore brilliance and luminosity.
Rachel’s skill is not only in designing spa rituals and holistic experiences, but in listening to the needs of her clients and tailoring her treatments to nurture physical and emotional wellbeing. And we could all do with a little of that right now.
After a blissful hour or two, and perhaps a bite to eat in one of the nearby restaurants (we recommend The Tolcarne Inn, or The Shore – both of which showcase local seafood) sink into crisp sheets in one of the two new private suites; think of it as a blissful investment in your own wellbeing to set you up for the long winter ahead…