Harington’s Hotel Spa Day, Bath

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It is pretty much impossible to have a bad time in Bath. The architecture is stunning and the range of eateries are out of this world. We consider ourselves to be ever so lucky that it is just a mere 12 minutes from Bristol on the train!

As you can imagine, we were extremely excited last month when an invite popped into our inbox from Harington’s Hotel asking if we’d like to go along to a relaxing spa day in the fair city. A spa day you say? Who could refuse? We spent the next week or so looking forward to bubbling jacuzzi’s, sweltering steam rooms and lounging for hours in the sauna. The reality was a little different, as despite their outdoor hot tub being particularly lovely, it was an exceptionally chilly day! Bravo to the girls who jumped straight in though!

Whilst they bubbled away we did what we do best and sampled as much food and drink as humanly possible. Winner! And we were very well catered for indeed with trays of delicious canapes, an incredible hot chocolate bar and boxes a plenty of the very-posh-indeed Charlotte Brunswick handmade chocolates! Crikey!

After a tour of some of the unique rooms in the hotel, we sat down for a cheeky espresso martini before heading off to view a couple of the hotel’s separate apartments, located just a couple of minutes walk from the main hotel. Their location is absolutely perfect, right in the very centre of the city and their interiors are just smashing. Almost as smashing as the delicious afternoon tea which rounded off a lovely day with some of our favourite local bloggers. Cakes, scones and sandwiches…oh my!

It’s fair to say we were quite full by the time we left but as we sat on the train home we discovered some fudge courtesy of Sarah’s Heavenly Fudge – along with a small porcelain bath tub of course – in our goody bag. You’ll be relieved to hear that we found some extra room.

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Thank you to all at Harington’s Hotel for the tour and the delicious afternoon tea. Thank you also to the lovely team at Lush for our wonderful hand massages, we can’t wait to head to Lush Bath Spa for some more pampering!

V&J

Mercure Holland House Spa, Bristol

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A couple of weeks ago we took a short walk through the centre of Bristol to visit the Mercure Holland House Spa to try out their facilities, and catch up on all things Christmas! After initially navigating ourselves to the wrong Mercure Hotel, we put our heads together and managed to arrive just in time to cut loose, don our swimming caps and goggles and head for our treatments.

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We both had a tranquility scalp massage followed by a cleansing and purifying back treatment and were so impressed with our wonderful masseuses. As we were both a little apprehensive about what the treatments would involve (prudes or what?), it was lovely to just be able to take ten and relax, rather than try to make half naked small talk.

One of our favourite things about the spa was how you are given free reign of the facilities, with the staff just letting you get on with your reclining, paddling and, errr, even more reclining. After our treatments, we felt free to spend an hour or so just lazing around in the relaxation room, sipping on endless tea and coffee. We only left because it was getting a little latte… ahem! We also *may* have snuck in a couple of our favourite Pear Cafe brownies to indulge on as we relaxed. What do you mean that isn’t what you are supposed to pack for a spa day?! You’re all doing it wrong.

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To finish our day we popped to the hotel restaurant for a late (post brownie) lunch of smoked salmon sandwishes and a yummy shot of soup before taking another well deserved rest which was followed by a dip in the pool. You could say the day went swimmingly!

Do you know of any great spas in the South West? If so, pop them into the comments box below as we’d love to pay them a visit! Make sure you give the Mercure Holland House Spa a whirl(pool) first.

V&Jx