Beauty treatments & dining at Edgbaston Village
How to spend a day in Edgbaston village
Is it just me or is January exhausting? I’m still playing catch up for the three weeks I gave myself off work for Christmas and New Year – which is the only time of year I allow myself a break. Not only that it’s proving difficult to get my sleep, routine and motivation back on track. I’m sure the freezing temperatures haven’t helped either. As we are now into February a relaxing wellness day was just what I needed to refresh my mind, tired skin and to give myself a feel-good boost to kick start February.
As some of you may know I’m a regular visitor of Edgbaston Village , which is located less than a mile from the chaotic streets of Birmingham City Centre. The Calthorpe Estates is an upmarket lifestyle & leisure destination with plenty of luxury places to eat & drink, stay, shop and pamper in Birmingham. I find that life there is a lot more calming and stress-free.
As much as I love city centre life it can get too much sometimes, so on an occasion, I do take a walk down Broad Street and past Five Ways to get to Edgbaston Village to unwind with beauty treatments, dinner and cocktails and not feel like I must rush so other people can get served. It’s nice to just sit back and enjoy my time in the moment where everything’s a lot more chilled and slower paced. Calthorpe Estates is a bit like going on a countryside escape but in the city with a Michelin starred restaurant, boutique hotels, premium home retailers, indulgent beauty treatments and decadent cocktail lounges.
Last summer Calthorpe Estates kindly treated my sister and me to a back massage at Edgbaston Holistic, a three-course meal at The High Field and award-winning cocktails at The Edgbaston (see blog post). We had a lovely time and have been back to Edgbaston Village many times since. To beat the January blues and take some time out to relax, Calthorpe Estates had another day planned for us, but this time it involved a highly effective electronic facial, a wash & blow dry and a romantic meal for two.
Edgbaston Holistic - Wellness & Beauty Salon
After last year’s amazing Hot Stone Back Massage at Edgbaston Holistic I was excited to be visiting again but this time for an Environ Advance Vitamin A Facial for a whopping 1 hr 45minites (£85) of lying on a heated table doing absolutely nothing while my skin soaked up beautifying vitamins! After far too many late nights and cold days it’s just what my mind and dry skin needed!
Edgbaston Holistic Wellness & Beauty are in the heart of the urban village and a short walk from the church. They specialise in holistic treatments, environ facials, waxing & threading, massage, IPL hair removal, microdermabrasion, Thalgo treatments, oxygen facials, Crystal COMCIT Facial and IPL facial treatment.
If you’ve read my beauty posts over the past two years, you’ll know I absolutely love Environ skincare products and treatments. I can honestly say that Environ is the only brand that has made the biggest life-changing difference to my skin, as I used to have very sore hormonal acne and now it’s gone. My skin is finally clear and I’m gradually gaining my confidence back so if you have troublesome skin that’s getting you down, I highly recommend Environ, you won’t regret it! (read my Environ skincare journey).
Firstly, the lovely Beth from Edgbaston Holistic cleansed my face so that it was squeaky clean ready for the unique Environ treatment that uses a combination of electrical pulses and sound waves to penetrate skin-loving antioxidants and vitamins A & C into the lower layers of the skin. The active anti-ageing ingredients can penetrate the skin 4,000 times more compared to a standard facial done by hand. Making an electronic facial far more effective at delivering noticeable results within a much shorter time. To do this a thick mask is applied to the face covering everything but the nostrils, while the Environ Ionzome machine uses sound waves and electrical pulses to stimulate the skin by improving its thickness, elastin and collagen levels so that facial lines are softer, scars, blemishes and uneven skin tone are reduced, and hydration is increased making the skin look and feel a lot healthier.
For those who get claustrophobic easy don’t worry, the treatment doesn’t hurt and it's not uncomfortable. The mask can be peeled off in seconds all in one go. After almost 2 hours of relaxing on a super cosy warm table with ambient music playing and dim lighting my treatment at Edgbaston Holistic was sadly over. With it being freezing outside I was reluctant to leave, I could have stayed there all day. My skin looked instantly fresher and dewy.
If you feel that this treatment is just what you need for a skin pick me up, then you can quote ‘SIAN’ when booking any facial throughout February for a 15% discount.
JYG Hair & Beauty Salon
After a deep facial cleanse, it was time to take a short stroll down Calthorpe Estate to freshen up my flat hair with a wash & blow dry at JYG Hair & Beauty . The stylish hair salon in Edgbaston specialise in all hair types and provide hair cutting, colouring and styling services. As well as Kerastraight, INNOluxe, Moroccanoil and Redken treatments to give hair volume and moisture.
Upon arriving I was quickly taken care of and was given a bottle of water and a sweet treat which was a nice touch. Sometimes when I have my hair washed at a salon the water is either too hot or they are too rough and completely wash my forehead and ears. But at JYG they were gentle to my fine hair and sensitive scalp while washing, brushing and styling.
A ladies wash & blow dry is priced at £20-£24 and depending on the length of your hair it can take up to 30-60 minutes. So, I walked in with dry flat hair and walked out with bouncy curls and roots full of volume in no time ready for my romantic meal for two down the road.
When you quote ‘SIAN’ JYG hair is offering a 10% discount on all cut and blow dries for the whole of February.
When we arrived at the award-winning family-run Laghi’s Deli we couldn’t wait to get feasting on a three-course meal after an afternoon spent pampering. The authentic Italian restaurant, bar & delicatessen has a lovely cosy feel to it with superb friendly service to match. We began the evening with refreshing blood orange Sanpellegrino while we picked from the variety of vegetarian options on the menu.
For starters, we shared the ‘Pane E Olive’ (£4.50) – a selection of freshly baked Italian bread served with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and olives plus a garlic pizza bread (£4.99) -because carbs are life! The friendly chef Luca makes a variety of sourdough bread from scratch in the kitchen and uses only the best Italian ingredients so that he can create true Italian food for the people of Birmingham. Luca leaves the dough to rise for over 24 hours for it to gain maximum flavour and lightness. This meant we were able to indulge in the delectable handmade bread without getting too full and spoiling our mains.
We loved the sourdough bread so much, that for our mains we also shared the vegetable pizza (£9.50) with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, mushrooms, courgettes, red onion, peppers, artichokes & aubergine toppings. As well as the ‘Pasta Alla Norma’ (£12.50) made with tomato sauce, ricotta cheese & friend aubergine. Both dishes were well presented and tasted delicious, I especially enjoyed the pasta cooked al dente which certainly beats my overcooked homemade pasta that I usually need to scrape off the pan.
The passionate Italian chef Luca kindly cooked us up an extra pasta dish called ‘Fagotto’ (£11.95) so that we could also experience his handmade ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach, butter and sage sprinkled with sliced almonds. The gorgeous flavoursome dish summed up perfectly why Laghi’s Deli is an award-winning restaurant.
After a heavenly ‘Cuore Caldo’ (£6.50) warm chocolate dessert we ended the evening in true Italian style with a shot of ‘Willy Chilly’ a spicy pear flavoured spirit and ‘Nussy’ a sweet Hazelnut Liqueur.
No country does a romantic evening better than Italy, so if you are seeking a romantic getaway right on your doorstep this Valentine’s Day, the authentic Laghi’s Deli is the place to go. They are also giving away one free glass of prosecco when you quote ‘SIAN’ until the 13th February.
Disclaimer: Paid partnership with Calthorpe Estates. All food and treatments were complimentary. Photos and words are my own.