As a newcomer to London and having found myself somewhat carelessly abandoned on the streets of Clerkenwell, I came to Spabreaks.com quite fortuitously.
You can only imagine the stress levels I was facing but fortunately, much like the other bears of the world, the ‘bear of very little brain’ otherwise known as Pooh, and Paddington with his zest for marmalade, I am quite the articulator and I have remarkably good taste when it comes to the finer things in life.
So as I said, it was a fortuitous moment when I came upon the steps of Spabreaks.com as I wandered around the Farringdon area, but I bonded with the members of the team and as it turned out they were in need of a spa critic. Now kitted out with the appropriate uniform (hence the dressing gown) I find myself with employment and a new home, as well as much reduced stress levels.
So here is my first review as an spa bear of excellent taste, after a day visit to Pennyhill Park in Surrey…
In a word, Pennyhill Park is faultless. It’s of the highest standards, the staff are incredibly welcoming and it’s great for groups – the size and scope of facilities means that it doesn’t feel crowded, which is impressive as I attended with my colleagues and there were eight of us and at the same time there was a 40th birthday in situ which at no point interfered with our day.
We visited for a spa day, although there is a hotel on site as well. The two are in separate buildings and once you’re in the spa you can be there all day with luxurious robes and slippers provided (they were a little big for me, but that’s what you get for being a bear) There are also all the products (very, very nice ones) you need to shower and feel presentable for dinner at the end of the day, readily available so you don’t need to take anything with you other than your swimming costume and a good book.
When we arrived we were given a tour of the facilities, of which there are many – there are eight indoor and outdoor pools in total (one of which has underwater music), making up a spectacular hydrotherapy and thermal facility in which you can relax and unwind so that by the time you head to your treatment you’re in a state of total calm. There is a women’s only area, which obviously I can’t tell you much about, but the girls said it has a laconium and a rose scented steam room, which sounds delightful!
I had a full body massage and my goodness what a treat that was. Pennyhill Park produce their own spa products, which are beautiful. The treatment could be either uplifting or relaxing and I chose the relaxing option. I had a wonderful therapist and the treatment achieved everything I wanted it to. Some of the others had a wrap and their reports were equally effervescent.
The spa has its own restaurant for lunch, coffees and afternoon teas. We had two course lunch in our package although you can go for three. In all honesty, as the starter is from an unlimited salad bar with lots of trimmings to add to it, you don’t really need three courses to feel full, just if you fancy something sweet at the end. For the main course the options were sea bass, steak or gnocchi and as was expected it was all delicious… if I hadn’t filled myself up so much on my starter I would happily have had more!
It’s faultless. The service is wonderful, the facilities are unparallelled, the products are beautiful, and it has everything you need for a beautiful spa day. All you need to do is turn up in something comfy and relax. The only thing wrong was that I didn’t stay overnight… oh well, maybe next time… I think I’m going to like this spa gig!
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