Elemis are easily my favourite skincare brand. They take up the prime space on my bathroom shelf and are my go-to products not only when I want to pamper but when I want results.
In an ideal world I’d love to get regular professional facials but if I get two or three a year that’d be the height of it. I use my Elemis products for mini facials every Sunday as my ‘spa at home’ skincare treat.
I’ve had lots of Elemis treatments before and love the whole brand ethos so when I heard that Roe Park Resort spa were doing a brand new Elemis facial that included sonic technology I was intrigued. As such a ‘hands-on’ brand the idea of using electrical tools during a treatment seemed to jar with the Elemis brand but I trusted that they must have come up with something that got serious results.
I was invited by Roe Park Resort to try out the new facial and get the full relaxation treatment by following the facial with an overnight stay in the hotel – bliss! We drove up to Limavady in the morning and went for spin to Benone Strand to check out the stunning scenery. Driving back over the cliffs we could see over to Moville in Donegal and across the Magilligan peninsula – what a stunning country we live in!
Back to the hotel to check in and as our room wasn’t ready we had a relaxing cuppa in the foyer. The freshly baked shortbread they serve with the tea is insanely good!
We got settled in the room and then headed to the spa. Hubby went to enjoy the pool, steam room and sauna while I had my facial.
As soon as you arrive at the spa at Roe Park you feel instantly relaxed, leaving all the worries and stresses of the week at the door – and that’s just sitting in the reception area! I got into my robe and slippers and took a seat in the relaxation room. There’s a huge water feature that feels like you’re on another planet – totally mesmerizing!
My therapist, Geraldine, introduced herself and brought me to the treatment room. She looked through my notes and discussed which version of the new Elemis Biotec facials would be best for me (there are seven uniquely customizable variations!) and then got me settled in on the treatment bed.
The start of the facial is like any Elemis facial that beginning with a ‘welcome touch’ mini foot treatment where the feet are cleansed with hot mitts and some thai pressure point movements to ease you into the treatment. I really enjoy the whole process of the cleansing and masks and facial massage so I just floated away for the first half of the facial. Next the technology part began. In certain areas I could barely feel a thing while in other areas particularly around my eyes and brow there was a little buzzy sensation.
The Biotec facial was created to work in perfect synergy with the skin’s natural bio-eclectic field getting results to bridge the gap between hands-on facials and cosmetic/non-invasive procedures. Five technologies are combined in 1 machine including Ultrasonic peel, Micro current lift, 02 Infusion, Galvanic rejuvenates and LED light therapy to deliver immediate, visible and longer-lasting skincare results.
Immediately after my facial I wished I’d taken a before photo to show how smoothed out and plump it looked. Fine lines around my eyes and forehead were gone and those early signs of jowls were lifted and tightened.
As there was a Jacuzzi bath in our room I had a mini spa experience all to myself with a luxurious bath before getting ready for dinner in Green’s restaurant. We enjoyed a scrumptious three-course meal of Asian fusion starter, super fresh fish for main (with really great chips!) and chocolate fondant for dessert – delish!
The Roe Park Resort pitches itself as a gateway to the North Coast and it really is a great base to explore the stunning scenery. We made a day of it by taking a drive to the National Trust property ‘Downhill Demense’ that houses the iconic Mussenden Temple. I’ve seen it in so many photos and Discover NI TV ads but had never actually visited.
It is a stunning piece of architecture set in breathtaking surroundings. As we walked up to the door of the temple there was a harpist playing John Legend’s ‘All of me’ which was such a ‘gasp’ moment and very, very romantic indeed.
The whole property is a real gem. Seeing the Earl Bishop’s mansion, now in ruins, it really hit home why it’s so important that the National Trust preserves all the historic stately homes for future generations of people to experience and enjoy.
Roe Park is a great location if you’re heading to Derry City, Portrush and Portstewart but I would highly recommend popping into Castlerock. We had a really fabulous lunch in Crusoe’s café – a little foodie gem on the first floor 29 Sea Road. crusoescoffeeshop.co.uk
We then went on somewhat of a mystery tour to find the famous ‘Dark Hedges’. Here’s my big tip for finding it! It’s at the corner of Ballinlea Road and Bregagh Road – beside Gracehill Golf Club. We foolishly followed the sat nav and ended up halfway down Bregagh Road, completely missing the trees, driving the full length of Bregagh Road in the wrong direction and then turning and going all the way back. It was worth it in the end!