Spa days are beginning to be one of the great social trends of the 21st century, as can be seen by the many blogs, tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts of our fellow Londoners taking a break from their hectic city life to indulge in a bit of pampering. This may be a current obsession, but the root of a spa day will forever come from the bath houses of ancient Rome and Greece.
Back then, only the very wealthy would be able to own their own private bath house, so men from all social classes would meet at a public bath house to exercise in the adjacent gymnasium, enjoy a sauna session and bathe in the heated pools. Of course, personal hygiene was the main reason for the long afternoons men spent pampering themselves, but it was also largely a social activity, for men and women to separately bond with others in their community. The Romans found spas so essential that they built many in England, most famously in Bath, but also for the benefit of their soldiers at Hadrian’s Wall on the border of Scotland.
Fast forward to the present and it seems that women are beginning to enjoy the benefits of a spa day, more so than men. The theme of bonding with friends and family at the spa remains a key aspect of a Spa day and at Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa we love to see groups of ladies coming to celebrate a birthday, a pregnancy or simply for a relaxing catch up.
What makes the day so special for our spa day ladies? It could be our friendly service, beautifully heated pool and wet spa areas or luxurious amenities. But sharing the experience with a loved one is what will undoubtedly continue to increase the popularity of spa days for years to come.
Until next week…
There’s no denying it; the advancement of technology and online media is changing the way that we exercise, but going back to basics may be just what we need?
Just a decade ago, if you went for a run that is exactly what you did. Nowadays, going for a run entails strapping on your newest fitness gadget (wristbands seem to be on trend right now), putting on your carefully selected music playlist, followed by some actual running and then back home to upload your workout efforts onto a social platform – sounds great!
We believe keeping records of your workouts is an excellent way to see how you are progressing and knowing that you have friends and family tracking you online and supporting your goals are a fantastic motivator.
Although does concentrating your mind on your heart rate, running pace and favourite tune stop you from being able to truly enjoy exercising, from feeling the rush of endorphins, hearing that satisfying beat of your feet on the ground?
At Blue Harbour Health Club & Spa, we have the equipment and know-how to help you use both technology and the ‘basics’ to track your progress without being invasive.
Our scales not only measure weight but body fat percentage, the cardio machines are capable of taking your heart rate, or we have a heart rate monitor for free style training and free weight exercises. Plus we can recommend some great ‘tech-free’ fitness programmes you can try that will capture how well you perform certain exercises.
But for those of you who really have your heart set on being the fittest person on your newsfeed, there is a wealth of fitness apps we can recommend too!
To find out more or to look in to your fitness options drop by and see us at Blue Harbour Health Club and Spa.
Until next week… happy training!
Set within Chelsea Harbour’s quiet surroundings, the Wyndham Grand London is the perfect location for a romantic get-away, and management is pleased to announce that thanks to their Valentine’s Day Special, you and your loved one have the opportunity to make this day truly unforgettable by adding a touch of five-star luxury to the romance.
With special rates for either just dining at The Wyndham Grand Chelsea Harbour or staying with us in one of our luxury suites, Valentine’s Day 2014 in London will be an eventful and romantic experience.
The Wyndham Grand London Valentine’s Day Special
Enjoy spectacular views over the glittering harbour scenery from your River or Marina View suite, while sipping wine, nibbling delicious truffles and indulging in the delights of strawberries dipped into fine chocolate.
You can forget baby showers and proms as the latest cultural trend to arrive from across the Pond are ‘Sip and See’ parties and they’re taking the UK by storm. Sip and See parties are thrown so newborn babies can meet their family and friends of their family and, more importantly, mum can relax with friends and have a drink.
The popularity of Sip and See parties is associated by a combination of social media and the influence of American television. Though it has to be said the number of high profile new mums who have reportedly thrown a Sip and See party on the arrival of their baby is likely to have contributed to the rapid rise of these celebratory parties.
The latest heavily-reported Sip and See party was organised by the former US president George W Bush’s daughter Barbara Bush, who hosted a glamorous gathering for her niece Mila was born this summer.
London has been a popular venue to a swathe of Sip and See parties in recent months and none more so than at the glamorous Wyndham Grand. Being situated in the exquisite Chelsea Harbour and boasting views of London’s truly unique skyline, for many, Wyndham Grand is an obvious location to sip bubbles, eat delicious nibbles and meet the highly anticipated new arrival.
What’s more, being just a stone’s throw from the ultra-chic baby boutiques on Kings Road, after wining and dining in the luxurious surroundings of Wyndham Grand, new mums and their friends will be able to do some seriously stylish baby shopping.
They say that New York is the city that never sleeps but that phrase could certainly be applied to London as well, particularly at Christmas. The festive season is naturally an exceptionally busy time for the restaurateurs of the capital, which has an overwhelming choice of top quality festive fodder for the consumer.
If you are wanting to eat out on Christmas Day in London you’ll have plenty of choice, as many restaurants open their doors to the public on the most important holiday of the Christian calendar.
In order to really celebrate Christmas dinner in style why not head to the Wyndham Grand Hotel in the exclusive Chelsea Harbour? Whether you are seeking somewhere plush to leisurely wine and dine with colleagues or are looking for somewhere fun, lively and festive, not to mention delicious, to experience a special and memorable Christmas dinner with the family on Christmas Day in London, Wyndham Grand has several festive dining packages to cater for different occasions and circumstances.
Christmas Day Table d’Hote Menu
If you are yearning for top-notch luxury than as far as Christmas dinners go, they don’t come much grander than the Christmas Day Table d’Hote Menu. Tantalising your taste buds will be a glass of exquisite champagne.