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Pre-flight pampering: APH compares beauty treatments and wellness offerings at UK airports

According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Foundation*, over one-third of business travellers (37%) have combined their work travel with an extended leisure break, resulting in what is now known as a ‘bleisure’ trip. For travellers looking for a spot of pampering prior to a bleisure trip or for those simply pushed for time amidst a jam-packed schedule, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a guide comparing the wellness and beauty treatments available at 22 airports around the UK.

The research highlights the spa facilities and beauty treatments available at 22 airports in the UK, including East-Midlands Airport, London Heathrow and Manchester Airport.

Nine of the 22 airports offer stress-busting massages prior to departure, including at Cloud Spa branches at Birmingham and Manchester Airports, and at Be-Relax Spa at London Heathrow, which is located after security in Terminal 5B. The lowest priced massage available at each airport ranges from £1 per minute at Cloud Spa branches to £25 for a 15-minute massage at Plaza Premium lounges at Heathrow.

Travellers looking for a last-minute manicure will be pleased to learn that nine airports researched offer manicure and pedicure treatments, including AeroSpa branches at Liverpool John Lennon and Newcastle International, as well as Bliss Spa at Aspire at London Luton. Starting prices for manicures vary from £17 at AeroSpa branches to £40 for a file and polish at The Travel Spa at No1 Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 and to avoid additional waiting time at the airport, appointments at AeroSpa and Cloud Spa branches can be booked ahead online, prior to arriving at the airport.

For a few hours of calm prior to a busy day of meetings, three of the airports researched provide spa facilities within an airport lounge, including the wellness spas at London Heathrow Terminal 2’s Plaza Premium lounges and The Travel Spa, located within the No1 Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3. Travellers should note that an additional lounge-access fee must be paid to access the spa facilities and this can vary from £24.99 for access to Bliss Spa at London Heathrow Terminal 3’s Club Aspire to £68 for 10 hours in the Plaza Premium lounges at Terminal 2. Travellers departing from London Heathrow should also keep in mind that the lounges are only available to passengers using the stated terminal.Long-haul business travellers keen to freshen-up ahead of a connecting flight can use the shower facilities provided within 10 lounges, including the Plaza Premium lounges at London

Heathrow’s Terminals 2, 3 and 4 and Bliss Spa at Aspire at Terminal 5. The charge for taking a shower ranges from £15 at Plaza Premium lounges to £20 at Bliss Spa at Aspire lounges, but is provided free of charge for guests who purchase a treatment worth £25 or more at London Heathrow Terminal 3’s The Travel Spa at No1 Lounge.

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