The first thing you need to know about The Belfry is that it’s really good for group spa breaks. There were five of us including me on our bonding escapade, and there were several other groups there as well, but it never felt too busy or as though there was a lack of space for which I was most grateful – it’s so hard to find your way around at my height with all those tall people around.
The hotel had a huge amount of refurbishment done to it last year, so all the rooms are new and are done to a very high standard. Anyone who’s already been to The Belfry will be aware that it’s a large resort with separate buildings so there’s lots of walking around to get to the rooms, but they’re spectacularly comfortable when you get there. Ours was decorated in a luxurious tartan, and the bathrooms have big showers (no baths) with ESPA products to use to get into the spa spirit (not that I need any encouragement, I’m getting rather used to this spa malarkey).
In the spa you get use of the leisure facilities as standard on any spa package, which includes a pool, hot tub, steam room and sauna. However there is also a fire and ice thermal suite which you can upgrade to for a luxurious journey to open all those pores (paws?). Just keep in mind that this is a family friendly destination and the pool is open to children (you have no idea how many cuddles I got – it’s such hard work being a bear sometimes!
The spa itself is courtesy of one of my favourite product lines, ESPA, so it’s really luxurious, the relaxation room is very decadent, and it has a feel a bit like like a starlet’s dressing room. There are lots of little corners divided by bead curtains and it’s filled with the smell of aromatherapy oils and a sense of peace. It’s the ideal space to relax before your treatment. On that note, I had a 25-minute foot ritual – it turns out I love a foot massage. My colleague Vicky is training to walk Machu Picchu this year for charity, so she had it as well as it was perfect for her training. We mused afterwards over how soft our feet felt thanks to the scrub, moisturiser and pressure massage.
Groups tend to be booked in for dinner a little earlier than other guests which gives you time to get to the on-site nightclub and bars afterwards. We ate in the Ryder Grill where you can either have a three course menu or the buffet which has an incredible array of options. I was particularly partial to the dauphinois potatoes which were brilliant – I’m a sucker for anything with cream in it. Before you eat however, I highly recommend heading to the bar for their cocktail of the week before dining.
Golf course everywhere! There are multiple golf courses at The Belfry which dominate the view, which is perfect because as far as the eye can see it’s all green and peaceful! There are other activities however such as miniature golf, which is great for families. In terms of getting there, it’s easiest to drive, but two of the girls got there by train and it was £8 in a taxi from the station to get to the hotel.
Everything at The Belfry is well done and it’s perfect for groups and families thanks to the creche and variety of activities. I would definitely go back again, in fact I am! It’s a real gem in the West Midlands.
– Make sure you leave plenty of room for breakfast – there’s a lot of variety and it’s nothing short of amazing.
– Have an ESPA treatment – my colleague Mel had the Hero treatment and she wouldn’t stop talking about it so it must have been wonderful.
– Make sure you have enough time to take advantage of the relaxation area because it’s beautiful!
– Play mini golf for something a little different.
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