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On Friday night, Seaham Hall was kind enough to invite my mum and me along to a night of Ishga enlightenment. Our experience was fully cruelty-free and vegan, including the food. We were also lucky enough to dine with one of the founders of Ishga, learning so much more about this fantastic brand. One thing I have to add as always, this was a gifted experience!
Where is Seaham Hall?
If you have never been to Seaham Hall before, it’s located a short walk up from Glass Beach in Durham. Although you are not far out of civilisation, surrounded by woodland you’d believe you had stepped through the wardrobe into Narnia. Along with it’s picturesque views of the surrounding grounds, it’s easy to locate. If you aren’t from the local area, and require further help locating the hotel; locate the North Road along Seaham Beach, heading north remain on here till you reach another road named Lord Byrons Walk. From here you will not be able to miss the turn off.
From the second you step foot into the Serenity spa, you have nothing you need to worry about. You are greeted at the main desk, taken to a comfy couch accompanied with a lit candle, whilst you fill out what you would like to gain from your experience. Whether it’s anti fatigue, aches or pains, and cellulite to name but a few. Once you have taken the time to fill out this sheet, you are given a tote bag containing your slippers and a robe. Even the lockers come stress-free, no keys required you just need to put in a memorable pin.
Once we were all ready to relax, we headed to the Serenity spa. Spending a couple hours walking around the facilities. I could sit here and talk all day about the various sauna and steam room options, but by far, my favourite has to be the new outdoor terrace. Along with a super warm pool and relaxing Jacuzzi seat, you can just sit overlooking the infinity pool watching the world go by. If you are interested to hear more about the various facilities I have left the links to the spa’s website at the bottom of this post.
After a few hours, we were able to go have our treatments. So, although I have been for spa days in the past, I have never actually had any treatments before other than my nails painted. For me, this was a new experience, which was rather daunting! But the staff, Chloe & Chloe (yes, both named Chloe) completely eased us through the process. Our treatments including the use of a whole range of Ishga products including Invigorating Organic Body Oil, Hebridean Marine Face Toner and their Regenerating Organic Face Serum. One thing I was intrigued to learn later on in the evening that one of the struggles the company faced when they first founded was getting the sea smell out of the seaweed. Now, you would have never even thought that was an issue, this stuff smells like a spa in a bottle. Don’t pretend you know exactly what I mean by that statement. Out of the two treatments, getting the back massage had to be my favourite. Using the Ishga Body Oil, I asked if she could specifically focus this onto my shoulders as since starting working at a desk my back tends to go a tad stiff. Since then, I have had little to non stiffness. It’s been a dream to even sit up straight at my desk!
Who are Ishga?
During dinner, we got the opportunity to sit down with Leon, a co-founder of the Ishga brand. He walked us through the history of how Ishga came to be, and also how these products were designed and created. I and my mum were so fascinated that we spent the majority of our drive home speaking about this. She will hate the fact that I am discussing this online, but my mum tends to get rosacea on her cheeks – I think this gives her a nice glow. On the other hand, my mum’s not a fan. We realised when we were sat at dinner her cheeks were almost completely toned down, due to the skin-calming and soothing qualities on the face products. They design a limited range of products, choosing quality over quantity. All manufactured, designed and ‘grown’ at the top of Scotland where the seaweed is super fresh due to the lack of pollution in the surrounding areas. If that doesn’t make the brand sound utterly amazing, they also have reduced their plastic usage to the bare minimum, but still working on ways to make themselves more eco-friendly. Oh, everything is also cruelty-free and vegan. Erm HI! If you wish to check them out for yourself, I have left a few of my favourite products from the collection down below.
Quickly to note about our meal in the evening. Personally, even after five years I still struggle to find options at a certain restaurant, but our full meal was beautifully prepared and tasted great but was still vegan. We even got to thank the chef for his fantastic preparations. If you are more interested in this menu, I have left an image of it below. I would highly recommend, beetroot bhaji and the spicy bruschetta.
What do you think, Will you all be heading down to Seaham Hall and the Serenity Spa to experience an Ishga treatment? We have already been talking about potentially taking a family trip shortly to spend the night in this amazing location. I will be leaving all the links which you may need below this post, including the spa and the hotel’s website if you are looking to book.
Fancy a free facial?
Enjoy a free rejuvenating Ishga facial when you book a 60-minute Ishga massage, by stating ‘ElleKate’. This 90-minute, powerful detoxing Ishga seaweed spa ritual includes an invigorating but equally relaxing, massage, using seaweed body oil that regenerates, firms and tones the skin while helping to eliminate toxins. The mini facial treatment is designed to revitalise and repair the skin through the use of products rich in seaweed, which is high in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and natural antioxidants. Call Seaham Hall’s Serenity Spa to book now: 0191 640 8705
Love, Elle x