The Retreat was founded back in 2012 having been dreamt up by Bec whilst driving through the outback in Australia. The first 5 years were spent within a hair salon, in Old Hunstanton. Then in 2017 The Retreat found a new home in Docking, enabling the business to expand.
In Spring 2019 the newly renovated Old Stables, at Brancaster Hall, opened its doors. The Retreat upstairs, complete with lift allowing access to all, and The Old Stables Pilates Studio downstairs. Together our aim is to create a real sanctuary and space for personal wellbeing.
The move has meant Bec has been able to achieve even more of her dream. In addition to our existing treatment list, there are now showers in two of the treatment rooms, meaning we can offer body treatments, body scrubs and wraps. We have also introduced Environ skincare and facials to the salon, a scientifically proven, vitamin-based skincare system where the facials use a Ionzyme machine that combines iontophoresis (galvanic current) and low frequency sonophoresis (sound waves) helping to promote optimum product absorption as well as healthy, radiant, good looking skin.
Our philosophy is to use only the best possible products and provide the best possible treatments, all within a luxurious “spa-like” surrounding. Attention to detail is highly important to us and we are always on a journey of training and discovery of the next new treatment.
Meet our Therapists
Bec qualified as a beauty therapist in 2004 and the following year completed a Diploma in Holistic Therapy. Over the years she has worked in both salons and spas in Norfolk and South Wales, 4 years of which were spent working at the Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs, Elveden Forest. It was here she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as returning to college to complete a NVQ Level 3 in Beauty and Spa Therapy.
In 2010 she took a break from the industry and spent 3 months travelling through Asia, a year living, working and travelling round Australia and a month in New Zealand, before returning home to Norfolk with the dream and ambition to start her own beauty therapy business. That is when The Retreat was born.
Jess started working at The Retreat in September 2017. She to came us after working at a busy spa in Norwich. She qualified from City College Norwich in 2015 after studying beauty therapy for 3 years. Her favourite treatments are manicures, pedicures and facials. She's looking forward to offering more body treatments in the new salon.
Lauren joined The Retreat team in September 2019. Lauren achieved her Beauty Level 2 qualification and Level 3 Spa Diploma in 2012 and has been working in the industry for the past 7 years at various spas and salons. These include Ragdale Hall Health and Hydro and Aqua Sana Centre Parcs. During these roles she gained experience in carrying out different treatments, and a wealth of knowledge about brands such as: Elemis, Declèor, Clarins and CND. She is part time at The Retreat and is looking forward to meeting all our lovey clients!
Courtney is currently studying Level 2 Beauty Therapy at the College Of West Anglia. She has completed a CND course in shellac nails, meaning she can offer shellac treatments to clients. A particular interest of Courtney's is skincare and facials - she is excited to complete environ training following her college course next year.
To make an appointment with Bec or Jess