The Viva Urban Spa was set within the Village Hotel in Aberdeen where we were staying. That, along with their 3 for 2 offer on treatments, meant it was not a difficult decision to make to spend an evening pampering here.
The actual hotel served as an urban complex with the spa, a fitness center, bar, restaurant, and even it's own Starbucks. It was a pleasant stay, certainly not a bad place to take shelter from the Scottish snow storms outside. I would say, as a word of warning though, that their service was lackluster to say the least.
The service at the spa, as it's own entity, could not have been more different. All of the staff were so friendly and made us feel well looked after and wanting for nothing. As you can see, I included a picture of the changing rooms, because for me it says a lot about how a spa presents itself and its service, and the changing rooms at Viva were gorgeous. There was ample space, huge showers, TVs, hair dryers, straighteners, an abundance of plugs, and the lockers worked with electronic bracelets, no keys or codes to lose or forget! I knew I was going to enjoy myself.
The treatments I opted for were an ESPA personalized facial, back, neck and shoulder massage and a pedicure. Using the ESPA Skincare products, the beautician tailors each treatment to suit the needs of your body. Testing ESPA body oils, to see which one appeals more can indicate what your body is lacking, and therefore the whole treatment can be adapted to suit your needs. It was no surprise to me that I was most attracted to the 'restorative' blend, which the brand nickname 'a hug in a bottle'. Without further ado, the lights were dimmed, the treatment bench was heated (!!), there was an aromatic oils to fragrance the air, and candles lit everywhere while I dipped into hours of pure indulgence.
In actual fact, the beautician and I mostly chatted through all of my treatments. Being of similar ages, it was actually really enjoyable to have a fun friendly chat and finding out we had so much in common, despite living on different ends of the country. It was the ideal way to recover from a horrid day and I couldn't recommend the spa or treatments highly enough, I left feeling rejuvenated, fully restored, ready to explore.