A couple of months ago the lovely people at Buyagift approached me to see if I would like to do a review of one of their experience days. I’d been planning to go on a spa break with my oh for some time so I asked if I would be able to review the One Night Spa Break for Two with Dinner at Whittlebury Hall and they very generously agreed. They sent me a voucher which I needed to use when booking my break. Booking couldn’t have been easier; just a quick phone call and it was done. As our date approached I also phoned to book our evening meal which was included but we had to set a time and also some extra treatments.
The day of our break arrived and we had been told to arrive at 10am to book in, we went straight to the hotel reception where we were able to leave our overnight bags, the reception staff were very professional and friendly and left me feeling that our break was going to be perfect!
We quickly headed off to the spa reception where we were given robes and told the times of our treatments. No tour of the spa was given as stated in the booking details I got from the hotel but we were eager to get on and enjoy our day so we didn’t mind too much. We were then sent to the leisure club to collect our towels (very unfriendly staff) and went for a dip in the pool! We were there for a day spa yet were sent to the leisure club facilities to change and shower which meant a sopping wet walk through a cafe and spa reception after using the spa facilities! It was not set out very well at all!
We both had a treatment booked in the morning; James had an Indian head massage which for something stating it’s an Indian head massage you’d pretty much expect that’s what you were going to get but as soon as he met his therapist she told him this is not your traditional head massage, he wanted to complain because it was awful and he was just waiting for it to finish, not relaxing more annoying is the way he described it!
My pedicure was pretty awful too, sat in a row of about 15 massage chairs, it was basically a file and polish! I had a Jessica gel pedicure and was pretty disappointed with the result to be quite honest, the therapist painted over the cuticles at the bottom of my nail so now as my nails are growing out I have a ridge. Not professional or relaxing.
I then spent some time in the quiet room, this was a room with about 30 or so beds with duvets, pillows etc – I kept going back in here throughout the day and not once were the beds made or changed. A shame really as it was a lovely relaxing room.
The hydrotherapy pool was lovely, I spent quite a bit of time enjoying this – it was surrounded by the heat and ice experience rooms, these included…
• Aromatherapy Crystal Steam
• Experience Showers
• Foot Spas
• Ice Cave
• Roman Salt Steam
• Traditional Sauna
The Caldarium wasn’t working on the day and another one but I’ve forgotten which now. The highlight of the day was the hydrotherapy pool and our afternoon treatments.
James had a full body massage in the afternoon which he said was amazing! Completely and utterly wonderful! I had an Elemis modern skin facial and it was truly bliss, I didn’t want it to end. Our therapists were lovely, professional and friendly and made us feel incredibly relaxed!
For lunch we headed to the Silverstone Bar and sat out in the glorious sunshine. The food was average the staff incredibly unfriendly, this made us tense and unhappy on what should have been a wonderful relaxing day for us – thankfully we got to go back inside and relax and have wonderful treatments otherwise I think we would have left!
At about 5.30pm we were wrinkly and super chilled out so decided to head to our room to get ready for our evening meal. The room was lovely, the bed comfortable, a great sized bathroom and it was a pleasure to be in.
Our evening meal was served in Astons restaurant, we had a nice waitress and service was quick but again the food was average.
Back to Silverstone bar after our meal and more unfriendly rude staff!
We had breakfast the next morning and then left to get back to our kids, we won’t be returning to Whittlebury Hall any time soon. We did have a nice time and relaxed for the majority of the time but quite a few things spoilt it for us. Yes we didn’t pay for the break but I did spend over £200 on treatments and over £50 on food and drink.
*Thanks to Buyagift for supplying us with the Spa Break voucher – we did enjoy it, sort of 😉