The first thing that struck me was how beautiful the building was and lovely the grounds were. They really stood out and are probably the most beautiful outside spaces I have seen at a spa.
We had a suite in the new build area, although you can stay in the original building. It had beautiful views from the balcony and the room also had a Jacuzzi bath and its own sauna to relax in. Then there was a lounge area complete with flat screen TV, which was great as we stayed on a Sunday so I watched Match of the Day 2!
I have been vegan now for three months which isn’t always easy when you eat out, but the restaurant was really accommodating. They don’t have a vegan menu, but they have a vegetarian menu and were very helpful advising on the things that I could eat. The service was at a really high level and the food was wonderful. Breakfast was a buffet and there’s a cooked option as well. I had the vegetarian sausages, and coffee and lattes are of course available.
My highlight, which I wasn’t expecting, after the spa’s elaborate refurb were the huge hanging baskets to sleep in, in the relaxation area. I took a nap and was in there for two hours! It was wonderful!… They also have a new hydrotherapy area, a salt pool, a new thermal suite which has saunas, steam rooms and experience showers that are all really comprehensive. The pool has four Jacuzzis around it and overall it’s a really complete experience where you can definitely spend a full day. There were even groups there, but because it’s so spacious you didn’t notice them.
I had a Relaxing Muscle Massage. That was a particularly good massage for men who play sport. It’s not for the faint hearted as it goes into every muscle and eases out the tension, so it can be a bit painful. It was wonderful though because I had been using their gym and it really got rid of the lactic acid.
The spa is 10 minutes from Burton-on-Trent train station, which costs around £10 in a taxi. If you’re going direct from London it’s about two hours on the train with one change, so it’s pretty easy to get to, and once you arrive you have a sense of total escapism.
The whole thing has a romantic vibe to it, so it’s great for couples. It was raining when we were there so I didn’t really explore the grounds although I wanted to (something for next time!). That said, it also caters for groups because it’s so big, so it would be great for a baby shower and relaxed hen parties.
– Make sure you go into the hanging basket pods in the relaxation room – that’s a must!
– If you can go at the right time of year then head up to the roof terraces or balconies and order a glass of champagne or even dinner.
– If it’s a special occasion then upgrade to a suite, it’s definitely worth it.