Like many busy mums, looking after number one is usually last on my very long to-do list.

So it was a real treat to be invited to try Oceana Day Spa's Hot Stone Massage, and enjoy some quality me-time.

The spa, which serves both locals as well as guests at the Oceana group of hotels – which include the Cumberland, Sun Cliff and Ocean Beach – is situated downstairs in the latter venue. A welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day hotel life.

There is something about the Asian-inspired decor and the friendly welcome by the team of staff that makes me feel instantly relaxed.

After filling in a brief consultation form, I'm invited through to the treatment room, which is pleasantly warm and calming, with dim lighting.

I'm left to undress and make myself comfortable on the bed, enjoying the gentle sounds of the soft background music until my therapist returned.

The spa offers either a 25-minute back, neck and shoulder massage (£38), or the 55-minute full body option (£68). I enjoyed the latter, which involved hot stones placed on key energy points of the body, evoking an aura of warmth, while the deep heat penetrating from the stones is used to massage the body using traditional techniques to ease the pain and tension of aching muscles.

The treatment is billed as a way to "deeply relax and rebalance the mind and body" and, indeed, I did feel very sleepy — but at the same time, refreshed – by the time the experience came to an end.

I'd even go as far as to say it was quite possibly the best massage I've had – the perfect amount of pressure was applied, and the warmth from the hot stones added to the feeling of comfort and relaxation.

For those who prefer a different type of treatment, Oceana also offers Luxury Cleanse and Moisturise or Anti-Ageing Facials; Revitalising Body Scrubbing and nail treatments as well as a range of spa massages and treatments for men, specially formulated for the needs of male skin. It also features an upright tanning booth.

Oceana Day Spa, Ocean Beach Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth 01202 208666