An afternoon at The Dorchester Spa

June 2, 2016

How much time do you genuinely get to yourself when you have small children? It’s probably not very much, is it? This week I spent an afternoon at The Dorchester Spa thanks to Asda Little Angels and it was one of the most relaxing things to have happened to me in a really long time, possibly forever (especially following my feverish state of chicken pox house arrest).

The Dorchester Hotel, London

The Dorchester Spa

The Dorchester and spas are clearly lovely places full stop but having the afternoon ‘off’ to do something so relaxing has made me realise how tired and run down and chewed up I’ve been feeling lately – anyone else with me?

Spatisserie at The Dorchester Spa

I was invited along for afternoon tea and beauty treatments with some other lovely bloggers to learn more about the Asda Little Angels range, the own-brand nappy range from the supermarket.

Oh, the spa – ahh! The Dorchester is one of *those* iconic London hotels…I’ve eaten in the restaurant but never ventured further. We met in the Spatisserie, which is the beautifully relaxed afternoon tea room in the spa.

Afternoon tea at The Spatisserie Dorchester Spa

Afternoon tea and cake at The Dorchester

Has anyone tried the Little Angels range?

Asda Little Angels range

Asda is actually the biggest nappy retailer in the UK and the Little Angels range was recently voted better than the big name brand (you know the one) and eight other big own-brand ranges, in a recent poll of nappy using parents. It’s also a Mumsnet recommended product; I think it’s one of those ranges that has really good word-of-mouth between parents as I first heard about how good it was from a mum friend who’d heard about it from someone else.

I didn’t know this but Little Angels is the only brand range that encompasses the whole spectrum of your nappy needs, from first nappies for premature babies through to swim nappies, potty training pants and waterproof bed pads (top tip from Kara Innocent Charms Chats – these pads are useful for a whole load of things).

Asda's Little Angels range

One of those weird things you forget about newborns is how tiny they are, and looking at the newborn nappies, they are *so* tiny compared to my big old toddler at the moment. I was sat with Sarah from This Mama Life and we couldn’t get over how small they were. The newborn nappies have Dreamskin technology to make them super soft, and there’s also a cutaway for the umbilical cord stump (the Little Angels range also includes three different sizes of premature baby nappy – including one that’s about the size of an iPhone and has no ink or branding on to make it as sensitive as possible).

More suitably sided for us is the Supreme Protection range which has a really clever colour coded design feature on the front waistband where you can see when you need to size up

There’s also a new range of Little Angels ‘first pants’ with pictures of Peppa. Although it’s been so long since we potty trained – seriously, potty training during pregnancy nearly finished me off –  I’m sure it’ll come around really quickly again and I might try these out with F to see what the early verdict is.

We then all had our treatments…I had a full body massage which was amazing (even more amazing – I didn’t fall asleep, I’m not quite sure how). And then a manicure.

The Dorchester Spa, London

*cue photos of me holding things.*

Rose champagne at The Dorchester Spa

I left feeling more relaxed than I have in forever. What I loved about the event is that it was so thoughtfully geared at mums and not just children (even down to the wine in the goody bag, along with our own spa robes and loads of Little Angels products to try – we’re off on holiday soon so the swim nappies will be really useful, I’ll report back).

The Dorchester Spa, London

It’s really made me think about how important it is to take care of yourself – obviously you can’t spend all your life being pampered at a lovely London spa like the Dorchester Spa – although it would be amazing – but just taking a few minutes out to do something, anything, will do.

Thanks so much to Asda Little Angels for inviting me along to The Dorchester, and helping this slightly frazzled post-pox mum.

More posts…the SnuzPod bedside crib review, things to do in London with toddlers and ways to update your spring wardrobe.

8 Comments

  • Kathryn

    June 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Ohhh full-body massages, aren’t they amazing and so, so good for you. I’m lucky if I get one a year but if money was no object I’d have one once a month. So glad you had such a well deserved treat. P.S Love that pic f the nail varnishes!

  • Adele at Beautiful Tribe

    June 3, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Oh man, this is making me so look forward to my spa treatment on Sunday. I’ve got a pregnancy massage booked in at the Lido in Bristol and it is much needed! I probably *will* fall asleep though! Sounds like a perfect way to end your pox induced house arrest!

  • Donna

    June 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This looks like such a great event – I love a spa day! x

  • Laura

    June 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Oh wow – I love would love to go to the Dorchester and the spa sounds amazing and what a wonderful event – I am all about some Mama pampering

    Laura x

  • Lori

    June 5, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    This sounds like such an amazing treat and so well deserved! I really do think it’s important to take care of yourself with a bit of pampering! x

  • Slummy single mummy

    June 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Talking of alternative uses, do you want to hear my gross nappy related story? Well, you’re getting it regardless… When Belle was a baby, my milk supply was so crazy over the top that I couldn’t go a night without totally saturating the mattress, so I used to cut a nappy in half and stick one half in each side of my bra. It worked a treat! (Sorry, I’ll go now…)

  • Polly

    June 6, 2016 at 10:41 am

    still gutted I couldn’t come to this! looks like you had a great time xx

  • Mel Wiggins

    June 9, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I’m so so glad you got out of chickenpox-ville and had a lovely relaxing day to yourself! x

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