The spa at The Lowry Hotel is very functional and works perfectly as a city hotel day spa. It doesn’t go overboard on luxury or opulence, but I really liked the space and it was welcoming and friendly. There’s lots of natural daylight throughout the reception, seating and relaxation areas and even on a grey cloudy day – it was light and bright.
What struck me were the unusually large corridors – it gives the spa a clean, bright, airy, spacious feel, which you could say was a little sparse. However, this was broken up with bright and colourful artworks which added a touch of warmth to the space. Any other hotel might have used the space to squeeze in another treatment room or two.
The gym room as part of the complex – it has one of everything you need with enough CV and resistance weights to give a decent workout. I’m told it doesn’t get too busy. The gym is situated next to the relaxation room and there is a sauna but that is the extent of the traditional spa facilities.
I picked the Destress package that combines facial (Elemis Skin IQ), massage and lunch.
Using lots of elbows and forearms – the smooth flowing massage was firm and focussed, targeting back neck and legs. My body and muscles were to manipulated to release tension and stress, inducing an almost comatose state. I did snort as I drifted off to sleep – good sign really, although probably not for the therapist.
The massage uses Elemis Muscle ease Active Body Oil – maritime pine, sea buckthorn, sea fennel and rosemary essential oils helps to ease muscle pain and aches.
Following the skin consultation, my therapist felt that my skin was a little red around the nose and cheeks so it was comforted with a range of sensitive products from Elemis to help calm and sooth – and that they did.
My face was cleansed with the deep cleanse facial wash and the gentle rose exfoliator (I asked for a very gentle scrub). Then came the Soothing Apricot Toner – designed to soothe and harmonise sensitive and delicate skin. It was really refreshing too.
The mask used in the treatment was the Post Shave Recovery Mask, which works its magic with lavender, rosemary and macadamia oils (to hydrate and purify the skin). It finished with hydrating moisturiser.
During the facial mask stage I was left in the treatment room for it to work its magic. I did find this odd and it’s the first time in a spa treatment that I have been left alone. But otherwise, the treatment was thorough, efficient and my therapist was spot on in her delivery and expert touch.
Great for distressing without feeling too zoned out.
Executive stress package for men
An aromatherapy massage using essential oils to warm muscles, followed by a two course selected lunch from The River Restaurant. The afternoon allows you to relax with our Skin IQ+ facial for men, designed to combat the ageing effects of frequent shaving.
Duration: 3 hours
The Lowry Hotel
50 Dearmans Place
Manchester M3 5LH
Tel: +44 161 827 4000