A friend of mine was in raptures recently because her boyfriend had bought her a cuddly dinosaur – she was over the moon – gushing in a manner which would have had anyone believe he had morphed into Humphrey Bogart and whisked her off to Casa Blanca. On the one hand the mind boggles, on the other this is the sort of life affirming moment when you realise that romance is deeply personal. So what makes a spa break romantic?
Treatments for Two: One of the main things we all look forward to on a spa break is that long awaited massage/facial/treatment of choice. So it seems only right that the person who makes you supremely happy is also around – cue dual treatment rooms and couples suites. If the treatment is going well it is fair to say that you will probably be close to comatose before your time’s up, but still, if you’re booking a romantic break, check and see if the spa has a dual suite.
Spabreaks.com Recommends: Lifehouse Spa and Hotel has beautiful dual treatment rooms as well as a Hidden Sanctuary for a complete two hour experience.
Good Grub: What better aphrodisiac than a really good meal? A first-rate spa is a treat for all the senses and taste buds are high on the priority list. Whether it’s Michelin star or a cosy pub with a roaring fire and chunky chips, foodies keep an eye out for our recommended restaurants!
Spabreaks.com Recommends: It has to be Ockenden Manor , with its Michelin Star restaurant.
Bells and Whistles: You know, it’s really the little things that count when it comes to sweeping someone off their feet, and the people we know are pros at adding those heartfelt extras – chocolates, flowers, champagne in your room on arrival – when you’re talking to your Spabreaks.com Sales Consultant, make sure you mention anniversaries and special occasions and we will find that flourish for you!
Spabreaks.com Recommends: Congham Hall – it’s beautiful even without the added extras, but throw in a bottle of Champagne or chocolates and they really stand out in the world of romance!
Step-Up: Speaking of bells and whistles, the room you are in can make all the difference on a romantic break. A view of Windsor Castle from your bed, a balcony surveying a white sandy beach, or a four poster that you won’t want to leave all weekend – they’re all reasons to smile and opt for a room upgrade!
Spabreaks.com Recommends: If you upgrade at Luton Hoo you will be surrounded by the magic of the main building which offers views of the grounds and feels like stepping back in time thanks to the period features!
Quality Time: Each spa has its own piece de resistance, and the facilities are a good indicator of whether this is a romantic destination or one for the family. A bubbling hydrotherapy pool that lets you swim out into the gardens (even in the snow), a mud rasul, or a relaxation lounge to curl up in post-treatment are all gorgeous ways to spend your downtime together, and if it is a family friendly venue, make sure you know the children’s swimming times in the pool!
Spabreaks.com Recommends: Check out the rasul at Bryn Meadows Golf Hotel and Spa complete with twinkling lights, or the adults only, rooftop infinity pool at DeVere Cameron House!
Set the Scene: What could be more romantic than a fairytale castle? Or perhaps Austen-esque gardens? Or a tree house where the deer mill about in the grounds below? Location is key when setting the scene for a romantic break, country or city, a day or a week, what are you looking for? Chances are, we’ve got it!
Spabreaks.com Recommends: It has to be Cliveden ; a majestic estate surrounded by 376 acres of National Trust gardens which guests have free access to, not to mention a wealth of history!
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