Situated on the edge of its watery namesake, The Mere’s reputation precedes it – known as the place to go for a good day of golf, it has been the pampering bolthole of many a satisfied guest, so it’s no surprise that at Spabreaks.com we have been awaiting the opening of its hotel accommodation with eager anticipation – Product Manager Sarah Hill went along to see the finished results!
As you drive into the grounds of The Mere resort you go through the arch that is pleasingly recognisable from the venue’s logo, and it’s a bit like passing through a sound vacuum: On one side you are on the main road, and on the other you are faced with a massive expanse of golf course … to me it was the visual enunciation of class and tranquillity.
The venue is divided into blocks which are almost like little forts – the entrance and reception is very light and open – enhanced by skylights, and it’s all extremely modern in neutral colours accented by wooden beams. The rooms being the newest part of the hotel were exactly what I was hoping for, and everything is big: big bathroom, big bed, big television, and a generally big room – no expense is spared, right down to the big bottles of Aromatherapy Associates products in the bathroom.
The spa is in a separate building to the hotel, but it’s very much a space to go and spend the whole day in whether you are staying at the hotel or just there for a few hours. There is a spa lounge for food and drink, and the ambience is dictated by the almost entirely glass structure that looks out onto the grounds – it’s light and uplifting. In terms of leisure facilities they have everything – there is a gym, pool, Jacuzzi, heated loungers, sauna, steam room, experience showers, a hydrotherapy suite and thermal zone, a relaxation suite and a mud rasul. There are six treatment rooms, where my Aromatherapy Associates Massage went all-out, making the experience feel individual to me rather than just being on a conveyor belt of clients – that is the art of this spa – it really makes you feel as though specific attention is being paid to your needs.
There are two restaurants – Browns, which has a casual atmosphere and an open plan environment leading off from the reception area and serving a fusion menu, and there is also the Club Lounge and Bar where they serve lighter meals in a really buzzy environment – there were lots of groups having a lovely time as I tucked into my chicken pitta and chips and reveled in the views looking out onto the tennis courts and grounds … importantly the food was wonderful and really hit the spot after a day by the pool!
To get to the hotel you come straight off the M6 so it’s very easy to access, and you are no distance at all from Manchester, but once there the venue is calm and serene, thanks in no small part to the golf course which swathes the venue in neatly kept verdant surroundings.
The spa and golf course at The Mere has had a wonderful reputation for service and style in terms of its spa and golf course for a long time, and I was really keen to see how they have extended this to the new hotel. Clearly they know what they are doing when it comes to hospitality of all kinds though because they have managed to extend their high class service into the accommodation whilst retaining an unassuming and relaxed character which not that many places can lay claim to.
– The spa facilities are open until 10pm, so take advantage of that and go for an evening swim!
– To extend your spa treatment definitely make use of the Aromatherapy Associates products in your room – it’s not often you get spa quality toiletries and they really leave your skin feeling wonderful.
– If the weather is nice spend some time outside – the alfresco classes such as zumba are a great option if you are not of the golfing persuasion.
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