Believe it or not I had never experienced a proper spa day. I have been to a Champney Springs spa centre but I never actually indulged in the spa treatments; it was pretty much just a swim in the pool, and going in the sauna. So, when mum booked us a girly spa day away to Doxford Hall I was beyond excited. We booked in for the Serene day package for £79 each. this included a two course lunch in the grand George Runchiman Restaurant, complimentary refreshments throughout the day, full use of leisure facilities, towels, robes and slippers and a treatment of our choice.
The treatment options were for 55 minutes or two shorter treatments lasting 35 minutes each. We pre-booked before the day and mum went for the Garden of Deep Calm Thai and Western Massage, whereas I chose the back, neck and body massage along with a Pink Himalayan Salt Scrub.
When we arrived on the day we checked in with the reception staff at the spa area where we were taken on a mini tour and shown where all the facilities were. We started off in the relaxation room once we were changed into our swimwear and robes. This room was the perfect way to start the relaxation process. It was a dark room with twinkly fairy lights, soft tranquil music and about six lounger bed-chairs. there were magazines perfectly placed around the room if you wanted to pick one up as well as the complimentary tea, coffee and lotus biscuits.
After we had gotten into the relaxation zone and began to feel zen we decided to go into the pool area. Whilst mum swam in the pool I went in the sauna. It was so peaceful despite the heat. But I loved it, I lay back in the sauna room and began to clear my mind. I cam out and got into the pool with mum where we swam for a bit together before heading into the jacuzzi.
Our individual spa treatments were scheduled for 12pm so we headed back to the changing room to get out of our wet swimwear and into dry costumes before heading to the spa waiting area. The beauticians called my mum and myself spot on 12 o’clock where we each went into the rooms. The lady I had was really lovely she explained what she would be doing during the treatment starting off with a full body exfoliation, followed by a shower to rinse the salt off and finishing with my massage. I honestly could have stayed there all day! I was so relaxed and that is something I find really hard to do. Normally I have a million things going on in my head that I can never just switch off. It was perfect and I came out with the smoothest skin I have ever had!
After out treatments mum and I got dressed for lunch. The afternoon tea option allowed for guests and spa users to stay in the robes and slippers but for the restaurant the hotel asked guests to be suitably dressed. We sat down at our table where the waitress was super attentive and took our orders. We both went for the sweet potato, coconut and lemongrass veloute (soup to you and me) which was heavenly! I’ve not always been the biggest soup lover but over the past few years I have come to enjoy particular flavours and this one has to be up there as one of the best.
Then came out our main courses. Mum ordered the beetroot Gnocchi with wild mushrooms spinach and parmesan and I went for the seven spice pork belly with jasmine rice and Thai green broth. We both agreed that the flavours were exceptional. When the waitress originally brought our plates over we were a bit skeptical as to whether it would fill us but they really got the portion sizes right.
Since we were on a girly spa day which mum and I have never done before and we rarely get the opportunity to spend some quality time together we decided to blow the boat out and pay a little extra for a lemon posset with vanilla shortbread and raspberry compote each for dessert.
All the food was absolutely divine. The staff were extremely attentive and the spa treatments and facilities were amazing. I left the spa feeling beyond relaxed and all I wanted to do was to sleep. I can honestly say that I have never been so content before, I think I might just need a spa day every month- well that’s what I will use as the excuse anyway!