Before I delve in, what a beautiful frosty morning we’re having in the UK. Any who… Spa days and breaks are one of my favourite ways to unwind and relax.
We often forget how important it is to relax and recharge as we are on-the-go every second of every day.
Every-time me and my husband do a full-on spa day or break, we get to escape from reality for a brief period and when we depart, we both come away well rested and the feeling like we are floating on a cloud.
I have been to some gorgeous spas over the years, however, I wanted to focus on Hertfordshire Luxurious Spas in this blog post.
Cottonmill Spa, Sopwell House
I think my favourite of the bunch has to be Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House, which is located in St Albans.
I’ve only been once, however, I would love to go back and treat myself to the ‘Club’ package. Or even do an overnight stay. As well as booking in a massage of some sort.
When Joe and I did a spa day during the last bank holiday (late August), we spent ALL day at the spa from 9am-6pm. We did a mix of relaxing work-outs including an hour of yoga and an hour of pilates that day.
Also, we enjoyed the spa so much! We had a few swims, relaxed in the whirlpool and jacuzzi type baths, the sauna and steam room were divine too.
The three-course-lunch was the best I’ve ever had at a spa. There was so much choice for starters and the mains were so delicious. I had a fish pie and Joe had a truffle risotto. They had roast dinners on the menu too as it was a Bank Holiday. Sadly we were both too full for dessert.
Overall, we had a lovely time. My only regret was, I wish I had upgraded our package to ‘The Club’ as you get more spa-like rooms and more included.
I was pleasantly surprised with Pendley Manor, which is located in Tring. Joe booked this one a fair few months ago and we stayed there for one night in June. I hadn’t done any research on this spa or the hotel, I trusted Joe with this booking.
When we arrived, we spotted peacocks everywhere all over the grounds! They are beautiful creatures and I was so lucky that I got to feed them some foods.
The food was excellent, every meal we had there was delightful.
The room was quirky: patterned wallpaper, unique features and a marble-tiled bathroom alongside. The bed was SUPER comfy too.
The spa was quite small, however there wern’t that many people around. There was one other lady in the swimming pool. The sauna and steam-room were nice and we did make use of the gym too.
The star of the show for me at Pendley Manor was the full-body-treatment I had. It was AMAZING. My body is so problematic, however, the beauty therapist I had was just incredible. We chatted through-out the whole hour, mainly on my health, some advice and tips she had to help with chronic pains and illnesses I have, while she was bending and massaging my body to ease up tensions and stress.
I want to go back at some-point, or maybe I’ll just treat myself to a full-body massage again!
Of course I had to mention Champneys somewhere in this blog post. Champneys is also located in Tring.
We have done a few spa days at the Tring Spa and some of their other locations over the years.
It’s a lovely spa, however, it’s often over-packed and I can’t use all the facilities because it’s too busy for my liking. They do have some amazing spa facilities though and the beauty treatments are great.
I would choose Pendley Manor if I want some-where local or in the Tring area in the future, as it’s a lot quieter and the food is much better than Champneys.
Sequoia Spa, The Grove
Considering I’ve lived in Watford and surrounds pretty much my whole life, I’m really surprised I haven’t done a spa day or break at Sequoia Spa at The Grove. It is on my bucket-list though.
I’ve been to to the Grove for foodie-related celebrations, as well as, work meetings and work Christmas events over the years. So, I would love to do a spa day or break here some-day. I’ve heard great things from locals who have been, so, I just wanted to give them a shout-out.