Santai Spa, Resorts World Birmingham – review

When an invite landed in my inbox to review Santai Spa at The Genting Hotel in Birmingham’s Resorts World I jumped at the chance. Reading on I saw it included a luxury bee-sting facial favoured by Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow and more famously, Kate Middleton. It’s not every day you get offered a facial fit for royalty!

I’ve heard a lot about bee venom products so couldn’t wait to indulge. The spa’s signature Heaven Abee Toxin facial is said to be anti ageing, lifting and firming. Dubbed as the organic version of a chemical peel.

Upon arrival the Malaysian themed spa felt instantly luxurious, a stylish hideaway oozing tranquility and calmness. It was easy to forget about the bustling entertainment centre with bars, shops and restaurants on the other side of the spa’s walls. It felt cosy and inviting, the perfect place to escape from reality.

We slipped on our white, fluffy robes and headed down to the softly lit pool.

After a quick swim we sat back in the hydrotherapy pool letting the massage jets do their work, de-stessing our shoulders and backs. The salt cave was unfortunately out of service, which was a shame, I’ve heard they’re brilliant for cleansing and healing. Instead, we headed to the sauna for ten minutes of heat therapy and a chance to have a girlie gossip too.

We ordered two health juices from the spa bar and lay back on loungers dotted around the pool, indulging in some much needed R&R.

We then headed outside to check out Santai Spa’s piece de resistance – the heavenly outdoor hot tub with it’s impressive views directly over the Pendigo Lake.

Breathing in the crisp, refreshing autumn air while floating in soothing, hot bubbles created a real wow moment during our visit.

We finished by relaxing on a mosaic hot stone therapy bed – their warmth feels so healing against your body. I could feel tension melting away, minute by minute. It would’ve been easy to drift off to sleep on the hot stones but no way was I missing my facial.

The Abee Toxin facial started with my beauty therapist explaining all about the Heaven products. Bee venom is said to be a natural alternative to botox, due to its collagen-boosting properties. She told me the bee venom face mask controls facial muscles, immediately lifting, tightening and firming while targeting frown lines and wrinkles. Sounds too good to be true, hey?

The treatment began with a full cleanse using a bee-sting venom and ylang yang cleanser especially created by Heaven founder Deborah Mitchell for Victoria Beckham. That’s one way to make a facial feel and sound instantly luxurious!

I was told the abeetoxin would make my face tingle/ sting (a reaction between the venom and raw sugar cane). It was a mild sensation and to be honest made me feel excited to think the products were making a difference.

The mask comes in three different strengths (and colours), with three extremely varying price tags. The Gold Bee Venom Mask used by celebs and royalty including Kate Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman is £352 and includes the world’s rarest bee venom from Queen Bees only.

The treatment was 60 minutes of pure bliss and included an Indian head, neck and shoulder massage, which was incredible. My therapist went the extra mile to make my experience really enjoyable.

Afterwards I was brought back to the juice bar for a refreshing sorbet and ginger ice tea. My skin was glowing and felt instantly rehydrated and soft.

Santai Spa has an impressive treatment list, I’m itching to go back and try their Bee Slim Ritual treatment – a detoxing and slimming massage that firms your face and body with lymph drainage. Their Vitamin Infusions sound intriguing too. I know from my years as a showbiz editor Cheryl Cole is a big fan of these shots where vitamins/ minerals are injected to give you an instant refreshing boost.

I had a quick look in the spa’s medical centre too which specialising in medi-treatments including wrinkle smoothing injections, fillers, laser treatments and new technology including, acoustic wave and light therapy.

As the spa lies at the top of Resorts World the fun doesn’t have to stop once you remove your robe and slippers. We headed to Robota for lunch, choosing a table with a picturesque lakeside view. Then hotfooted it across to Valerie Patisserie for a takeout cappuccino before hitting the shops for an hour of retail therapy.

As a little thank you for reading, if you quote BLOGJES when you book you can receive 10% off full price treatments at Santai Spa.

Have you had a Bee Venom facial before or enjoyed a day at Resort World? Let me know in the comments below 🙂


*This post was sponsored by Santai Spa, all opinions and photos are my own and 100% honest. The Heaven Abee Toxin Facial would have cost £65 *


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