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The surprising spa






If you told me 10 years ago that public leisure centre would have a spa in it, I would have laughed in your face. I spent my childhood at our local leisure centre - bowling, swimming and going to summer camp for the entire months of July & August. 

The newly rebranded Belfast City Council gyms are now owned by the GLL Group under the brand 'Better'. When the newly refurbished Olympia Better Leisure Centre on the Boucher Road invited me to try their 'Spa Experience', I jumped at the chance. I was totally intrigued. 

The bright lights and turnstiles of the leisure centre are foreign once you step through the doors of the spa. The tranquil, dimly lit environment is welcoming and calming.

I visited one evening post work (the spa is opened until 8pm during the week!) to try one of their many treatments. They offer standard beauty treatments such as manicures, pedicures and waxing along with massages & facials from top brands such as Elemis and Murad. On checking into the spa you are handed a tote bag with your dressing gown, slippers and towel. 

I opted for the Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Peel. Elemis is a brand I love and the treatment sounded right up my street as my skin loves acids & peels! The treatment was really interesting - different layers of masks and deep cleansing that left my skin super smooth and bright looking. It took almost an hour - I'm pretty sure I almost fell asleep at one point!

Following my facial I headed to the thermal experience and I had the place to myself. From the jacuzzi to the steam room, I totally forgot I was in a leisure centre in the middle of the Boucher Road!

Overall I had a lovely time at Spa Experience Olympia. It provided a the perfect spa fix without having to drive to a resort further away from the centre. It's a great option for busy mums or young professional girls like me - it means post gym or whilst the kids are at a sports lesson, you can pop in for a treatment!

Spa Experience are offering a great opening offer for a bargain £30 - make sure to check it out here.