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Spa… and so to bed

After a day of sightseeing in Prague SUE HEADY enjoyed a blissful night’s sleep after indulging in the Lavender Dream treatment at The Augustine Hotel Spa

A refreshing spritz of neroli water brought me gently back to the conscious world at the end of a supremely relaxing 90-minute treatment in the Augustine Hotel Spa in Prague.

Having spent three days tramping the city’s streets in order not to miss a single sight – Prague Castle, Old Town Hall, the Museum of Decorative Arts, to name but a few – I was in need of a little relaxation on the Sunday evening and decided to sample Kerstin Florian’s “Lavender Dream” . As lavender is renowned for its calming effects, I couldn’t imagine a better way to end a long weekend break.

The Augustine Hotel (www.theaugustine.com) has been created from several ancient buildings, including a 13th century monastery, and the whole hotel has a quiet, calming air to it, nowhere more so than in the bijou basement spa, with its sauna, steam room and experience showers. I tested them all prior to my treatment, leaving just enough time to chill out in the relaxation room with a magazine before my therapist Radka arrived.

My lavender dream began with Radka asking me to breathe deeply while she held her well-oiled hands above my face – a potent combination of lavender, peppermint and tea tree certainly helped to ease away any stress, as did her gentle massaging of my temples.

Loofahs and lavender salt scrub were then used to exfoliate my body, preparing the skin for the second – moisturising – part of the dream. Thankfully, the scrub was removed with hot towels negating the need to take a shower mid-way through the treatment – why doesn’t this happen more often, I would have wondered out loud if I hadn’t already been in a semi-conscious stupor.

The final element of the treatment involved an all-over body massage from my fingers to the tips of my toes, incorporating a little reflexology and using – you’ve probably guessed by now – lavender oil, along with hot stones. It was deeply relaxing, hence the need for a little spritz of neroli to wake me up.

While the treatment itself was soothing, it was Radka’s attentive nature that really made it stand apart from other experiences. Once safely ensconced on the treatment bed, she checked whether I wanted it heated (no), whether I would like the music changed (yes – and with six different channels to choose from it wasn’t hard to find something I liked) and whether I would like a lavender eye mask (yes – if you’re having a lavender dream, you may as well go the whole hog).

With spa appointments taken up to 9pm every day of the week, it is entirely possible to go straight from a treatment in the Augustine Hotel Spa to your bed, which is what I did. And what a blissful night’s sleep I had as a result, to bring to a close a perfect weekend away. I shall return and next time I’ll be trying the hammam ritual – my travel buddy had one and she swears she’ll never go back to a body massage again.

The Lavender Dream by Kerstin Florian lasts for 90 minutes and costs CZK2900 (approx £95).

Visit www.theaugustine.com for more information.

www.theaugustine.com

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