The Treatment: Thalgo Polynesia Signature Ritual

The Cary Arms Spa has been open just two years and is in pristine condition. There is an external decking area with fabulous views over the bay, and a luxurious hydrotherapy pool with pearlescent tiles that change colour with the different angles of the light. A steam room, sauna and experience showers were also part of the thermal experience, along with comfy relaxation beds.

I had booked the Thalgo Polynesia Signature Ritual treatment (50mins, 105GBP). I met with my therapist, Nina, where she did a consultation which included a questionnaire where some of my answers identified a need for slight adjustments to suit my health needs.

In the treatment room, low lighting and soft music set the scene for some serious me-time. The  Polynesia Signature Ritual uses products from marine based beauty brand Thalgo, and as the treatment name suggests, all the products used were from their Polynesian collection; which was quite apt as the Carey Arms spa is located next to the sea.


Nina applied the Thalgo Exotic Island Body Scrub to my feet and body; an exfoliating blend formulated from white sand sourced the exotic French Polynesian Island of Bora Bora,  natural sea salt and coconut shell, Needless to say, it smelt divine. I then showered off the scrub at the in-room shower, and my skin was left silky-soft. Nina then went on to give me a full body massage with the Thalgo Polynesia Mahana Massage Oil, using a rhythmic massage technique called  ‘Lomi Lomi’ massage, where instead of just the hands, sand pouches are used to massage the body and help loosen muscles and nourish the skin.

With Nina focused on my problem areas, it was a lovely calming experience and the treatment ended with an application of Thalgo’s Polynesia Sacred Oil, where it was explained it was a final touch to nourish and moisturise my skin leaving a subtle golden glow.

The Carey Arms Hotel & Spa

Babbacombe Beach | Torquay | TQ1 3LX