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Exotic Lime & Ginger Scrub, plus full-body massage: we review

by Adrienne Wyper
PR Exotic Lime and Ginger Scrub - Beauty tips - allaboutyou.com

Photo: Steve Dunlop Photographer

One of the usual downsides of having a lovely relaxing massage is having to get home afterwards. But when your massage takes place on a cruise ship, there are no such concerns. You can waft back to your cabin in your newly acquired state of bliss within minutes. 

Once inside the Lotus Spa, I changed into one of the spa's purple robes and plastic slippers.

So how does it work?

This two-stage treatment begins with the therapist dripping warm oil over your body, then applying handfuls of sea salt crystals and scrubbing vigorously to remove dead skin cells, boost circulation and moisturise and smooth the skin. After rinsing the scrub off, the deep tissue massage begins. The massage relaxes the mind and body by releasing tension in the muscles, and soothing aches and pains.

What does it feel like?

One of the ways to judge a good massage therapist is by how comfortable you feel lying on the table, with your body exposed. And in this case I was completely exposed. My therapist Vilasinee and I had agreed that the tiny paper pants wouldn't fit. I offered to roll my swimsuit down and said I didn't mind getting oil on it. However, she was so professional in her approach that I felt completely comfortable lying stark naked while she scrubbed me with the oil and salt mix. It was invigorating and tingly, and felt especially good on my upper arms and feet. Turning over halfway through was an unusual sensation, as I slipped around on the oily plastic sheet beneath me.

After the body scrub had been thoroughly applied, I went to the shower cubicle in the corner to rinse off the residue. Vilasinee tested the water temperature first and made me check it too - great attention to detail.

Then began the deep tissue massage. Vilasinee is from Thailand and we chatted about my experience of massages there before I had to succumb to the rhythmic strokes and began to drift away from reality. She is a very skilled massage therapist, correctly gauging the optimum degree of pressure to use that enables muscles to yield and release tension without being painful. She had the balance perfectly judged. She also spent extra time on the areas that needed more attention: my neck and shoulders, as always. Her stroke combination was very fluid.

What results can I expect?

This 100-minute treatment gives you the time and space to relax fully. It also leaves you with soft, smooth, deeply moisturised skin all over, from neck to toe. I was so deeply relaxed it was all I could do to make my way to a lounger in The Sanctuary, and conversation was nigh-on impossible for about half an hour!

The Sanctuary is a luxuriously appointed child-free zone on the ship. On hand are a team of 'serenity stewards' to cater to your every comfort, from chilled face towels and Evian water atomisers, to healthy food and drinks, and evenl MP3 players with noise-cancelling headphones. To rent a lounge like the one on the right costs $20 for a half-day, $40 for a whole day and $30 a day for a whole-cruise rental.

How much does it cost?

The Exotic Lime & Ginger Scrub in the Lotus Spa on board the Regal Princess costs $199. For more information on Princess cruises or to book visit www.princess.com/discover or call 0843 374 2403. As an example, an 11-night Scandinavian cruise departing Sunday August 9, 2015, costs from £1,559pp (based on two adults sharing an inside stateroom, including return flights from London, accommodation, all main meals and on board entertainment.

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