Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel #Review

Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel #Gifted

The Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert is the perfect place to enjoy a business or leisure stay right in the heart of the city centre, with onsite facilities including a restaurant, bar and riverside terraces, so you are spoilt for choice.

Immediately on arrival not only do you notice the stunning Grade II property details and structure with many of the original wood beams and metal columns still in place which makes the place feel like a home away from home feel, but the staff warmly welcome you with open arms which is always welcomed.

Now, I mentioned about Indulging in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert, well excitingly the hotel now has a range of Manchester United Suites, including the marvellous Manchester United Trebble Suite.

This suite is all about the details and after a long travel it was nice to see a full complimentary tea tray with tea, coffee, bottled water and some biscuits too, so it was time to unpack, sit back and enjoy this super suite.

The football theme is standout, but not vulgar, and has been completed to create a classy theming including the cool wardrobe area, with bench, made to be a mock-up of a player’s fitting room, and with signed team shirts encased within glass style display cabinets, you know that you’re on the winning team staying in this suite.

The Bedroom is separately divided from the lovely lounge, that has a writing desk area, with a flatscreen television on both sides of the room, so ideal if you have children, as different programmes can be viewed.

Football design details are everywhere including the football pitch rug, subito picture, team cushions on the sofa and a display cabinet all of things football memorabilia related.  The ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a night or two away from home.

Slide the wood panelled door to reveal a beautiful bathroom, with complimentary toiletries and an illuminated mirror, again it has that players shower vibe and it the perfect place to refresh after a busy day exploring all that Manchester has to offer.

Now if all this was not enough, the lovely team decided to provide birthday beautifulness for my milestone 40th and gave us a winning welcome with a cute cake plate, personalised card and a bottle of fabulous fizz to ensure a celebration full of sparkles and bubbles.

The onsite Chop & Plant restaurant has something to suit every palate and I can assure you is well worth a visit.

The small plates menu, ideal to share or as starters, was exceptional with cod fish cheeks, vegetable tempura and a delicious pesto pasta with garden vegetables.  The local Manchester Craft Ale being the perfect liquid to wash all this down.

Mouth-watering mains included the steak with all the trimmings including their divine peppercorn sauce, a sensational seasonal plant-based salad and let me tell you the garden pasta was so scrummy we downsized the salad to order another.  The sweet potato wedges, we nearly didn’t order, but this would have been a massive mistake as these are next level – an absolute must order!

Recommend, sampling the cocktails as both the Watermelon Martini and the excellent Espresso Martini were shaken to perfection.

After stuffing savoury options galore, basically indulging in too much of the lush pasta, we opted to share a dessert, a classic sticky toffee pudding with a good dollop of vanilla ice cream.  This paired perfectly with the Expresso Martini.

Both the restaurant and bar are ideal to chill out in and provide a really relaxing environment which is exactly what we look for when choosing our hotels.  

After a perfect night’s sleep, breakfast can be enjoyed in the relaxed restaurant setting or why not have the team deliver you room service, if you fancy a lie in.

Both mornings, for both room service and restaurant dining, the breakfast was wonderful.

Offerings in the restaurant included a full and fabulous continental buffet and speciality cook to order options such as avocado on sour dough with lovely poached eggs.

Room service was impressive, with a variety of items such as full English, omelette, pretty porridge bowls, pastries, yoghurts, cheese, juices, tea and coffee, it makes a good start to the day for sure. 

Also, another perk to room service is that you can chill in your complimentary in room slippers and snug robes to use throughout the duration of your stay.

Indulge in your Football Fantasy at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel, and you will not be disappointed, because you will be on the winning team.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Breakout Manchester Escape Rooms Experience: Detectives vs Zombies #Review

Breakout Manchester Escape Rooms Experience: Detectives vs Zombies #Gifted

Manchester city centre, Church Street located in the busy eclectic Northern Quarter, is the destination of Breakout Manchester who offer an exciting Escape room Experience.

While we waited for our games master, our team prepared strategy and game plans to ensure a smooth and speedy breakout.

The Detective Agency

Benjy our lovely Games Master explained that Harry Dene, the world’s greatest detective, and our closest friend has got himself into a pickle to say the least. 

Spending most of his time dedicated to a specific case, but the dedication has led Harry to madness and now he has gone one step too far by taking the law into his own hands in order to solve the greatest case of his career.

Hello, hello, hello…what’s going on here, then? As his closest friends, my team turned up at Harry’s office to try and help. However, things had already escalated and gotten much worse, so with Harry nowhere in sight it was up to us to solve the case to help Harry. 

Word of warning Harry has certainly used his detective skills and is extremely good at hiding his secrets, so get your thinking caps on!

Analyse the evidence, uncover the truth and crack the case, good luck detectives. We nearly broke out, missing out by literally seconds – hence hiding behind our boards in shame on the photo line up lol, but the real question is can your team crack the case!?

Now, you have all those new found detective skills, you can use these to defeat the zombies and save planet earth in the Zombie Lab Escape Game.

Zombie Lab

Zombies are roaming the streets, no one is safe, and the only hope for the world is an elite group of scientists who have got together to find a cure.

Warmly welcomed by our games master Timothy he explained the games process and demonstrated the specific locks, and that we needed to look for the test tubes, making things easy and simple to ensure a smooth game flow.

There is only one problem, according to recent rumours the scientists have all allegedly been eaten the flesh-eating Zombie monsters, but thankfully the cure has been safeguarded.

My team entered the lab with some trepidation, and rightly so as we too have now been exposed to the active zombie lab pathogen and have only 1 hour to save the world.

No pressure but can you and your team of ace detectives crack the case, good luck and what are you waiting for the clock is ticking.

Breakout Manchester, an engaging, exciting experience, the perfect activity for a fun and fabulous day out with friends, family and colleagues.  

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Romance in the clouds with the London Eye Cupid’s Pod Experience #Review

Romance in the clouds with the London Eye Cupid’s Pod Experience #Gifted

London city, by the Thames River, is the location of the lovely London Eye which has become the UK’s most popular paid for visitor attraction, winning over 85 awards for national and international tourism, engineering achievement and outstanding architectural quality, impressive stuff! 

At 135m, The London Eye, launched in 2000, is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel created and designed by Marks Barfield Architects.

Now, it might have been an overcast day in London, but there was certainly nothing dull about the Romantic Cupids Pod package which included a 30-minute rotation in a Private pod for 2 guests (18 years of age or older), Bottle of Pommery Rosé Champagne, Luxury box of Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, Personal London Eye host and Priority boarding.

Just needed to head over to the VIP check in area, that is well sign posted, and you are nearly ready to go up, up and away.

Zac our super-duper host, with the most, was exactly what you would expect of this premium experience; attentive, knowledgeable, personable, professional, and just an all-round lovely chap who made our experience next level.

The Cupid Pods package provides you and your plus one an extremely elevated experience up in the London city clouds where you two lovebirds can enjoy all the spectacular views London has to offer.

You can let the Bubbles of Love flow, as you have a full bottle of Pommery champagne to enjoy along with some Luxury Hotel Chocolat Pink Champagne Truffles, so indulge and chill out together enjoying the romantic views of London’s Skyline.

Iconic sights include Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament, The Shard, Sky Garden, St Pauls Cathedral, the Thames River and so much more.

Now, the London Eye Cupids Pod experience really is something special, perfect for an anniversary celebration, valentines git of even a proposal eek, and up in the clouds with Cupids arrows of love in full flow, make sure you romance your other half in style.

The London Eye Experience is a must do while visiting London, an extremely special and unique way to soak up the London views, so make sure you get book your ticket into the clouds.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

My Top UK Escape Rooms #Review

My Top UK Escape Rooms #Gifted

Escape Rooms have been trending now for some time and the trend shows no signs of slowing down.  In fact, Escape Rooms are becoming more technical, magical and super cool meaning for us lucky game players, we get to experience immersive game play at its very best.

From Manchester, Chester, Leeds, Harrogate Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh to London, I have been up and down the country to find my best Escape Room brands.  In no order, here you have my Top UK Escape Rooms…

Chester

Breakout – Excalibur

Breakout Chester is an amazing city centre Escape games brand with rooms such as Dark Magic – I highly recommend, along with Exchalibur.

Brave warriors, prepare to fight the fight, as myself and my fellow knights had been kidnapped from Camelot.  Being held captive in a tower whilst the intruders are disguising themselves as us.

The challenge was to find our way out of the tower, back to the round  table and prove our worth by being the true king by removing the sword from the stone…

Manchester

Escape Reality – Bank Job

Escape Reality, located within the Printworks in Manchester city centre, has a whole range of games to play such as Alcatraz, Enigmista, Tortuga Pirates, The Asylum, Legend of the Mummy and Bank Job.

We grabbed our elite squad of highly skilled bank robbers, as we were amongst the chosen few who had been challenged to infiltrate the security systems at the world’s most protected bank vaults. 

Escape with the diamond within 60 minutes or face life in prison! An exhilarating, exciting and entertaining experience, will your team diamond bank balance go boom or bust!

Escape Hunt – Escape the Wild West

Exciting Escape Hunt Manchester, located in Manchester city centre, is where all the action takes place, as they have a whole range of game themes including Doctor Who, Alice in Wonderland, The Last Vikings, The Last Samurai, Blackbeard’s Treasure and Escape the Wild West.

Howdy partners, the wild west tiny frontier town of East Victoria, has struck gold, so celebrations throughout town are rife.  Not everything that glistens is gold though, as with this news, the bloodthirsty Bill French Gang are riding their way into town to claim the gold and kill everyone in East Victoria.  You best get the gold, before it’s too late or you’ll be shot at dawn.

Breakout – Forsaken

Manchester City centre is the exciting location of Breakout, a fun interactive Escape room experience brand that is a must do.

Wandering further and further into the woody forest, we finally found our distant relatives’ cabin. Nestled in behind the trees, the cabin looked idyllic and tranquil, but as the night skies turned darker, the cabin felt more eerie.

Wood chopping sounds, creaks in the floor, we soon realised that things aren’t what they first seemed.  It appears we have been invited to a ceremony, that we never wanted to be a part of, but they plan to use us as their sacrificial object.

Now, its time to get out of these wooden walls of hell before it’s too late.  We just escaped, but do you dare to go down to the woods today to see if you can escape this scare spooked 5-star game?

Lucardo – The Prison

Lucardo Manchester city centre have exciting escape games such as University of Magic, Gem Runner and NEW for 2019, The Prison, an exciting, interactive and immersive escape game experience.  Including not just a full background story, but a continuing story development throughout your game play.

My gang of dodgy and underhanded criminals are down for being banged up into a Category A prison facility in Manchester after allegedly committing a series of crimes…of course we are innocent haha.  After a little convo and persuasion our connections on the inside are going to stage a riot providing the ideal opportunity for use to escape and get back to what we do best – crime!

We need to get out fast don’t get caught, as you will be banged up for life, think like Michael Scofield and Co from Prison break, this enabled us to smash it, but the question is can you?

Liverpool

Breakout – Spellbound

Liverpool city centre, the location for some excellent escape game play including themes such as Shipwrecked, The Heist, Cursed Carnival, classified, Sabotage, the Facility, The Detective Office, Warped, Outbreak and Spellbound.

Swish your wand and prepare to be spellbound, as a dangerous magical artefact has gone missing.  Summon your team of Witches and warlocks to find the artefact, before it ends up in the wrong hands.

It’s the Old Magical Academy annual school reunion, the ideal time for you to sneak into the school, enter the abandoned classroom and escape with the artefact orb in hand, as this time a detention could be deadly!

Birmingham

Escape Reality – Iron Kingdom

Escape Reality Birmingham, located in Birmingham city centre offer escape games such as Alcatraz, Enigmista, Machina, The Asylum, Legend of the Mummy, Bank Job and Iron Kingdom.

Seven Kingdoms, the largest continent in the World, is home to seven Nobel families.  However, the Iron Throne in the heart of this Kingdom, has created conflict, war and bloodshed.

Now brave warriors, you must step forward into the fold and prepare to arm yourself and fight your way to victory.  Team Falcon fought through hard times and we rightfully become the heirs to the throne, but the question is are you going to contest this and bring your best game…you decide?

Escape Hunt – Our Finest Hour

Escape Hunt Birmingham city centre has games ranging from the Fourth Samurai to Our Finest Hour.  So, step back into 1942, a time the world is at war, intel has confirmed that the Nazi has developed superweapons that could literally wipe Britain off the map.

We were recruited as MI6 top agents to find and destroy this weaponry, within 60 minutes, reporting back to clue HQ with our successes. This is not the time to be distracted, focus and move onwards into victory.

Escape Live  – Time Machine

Escape Live Birmingham, under the arches, on Henrietta Street was the place where time didn’t stand still, as we prepared to time travel and be vortexed off into different dimensional parallel worlds.  Think cool retro quirky game play with various themes such as the 90s including Sega & Spice Girls.

You and your team must take Jamie’s prototype Time Machine, follow in his tracks and get him back, within 60 minutes, to present day before it’s too late, as he will be lost floating around different time zones for eternity.

Edinburgh

Escape Reality – Machina

Fountainbridge in Edinburgh city centre is the home to the excellent Escape Reality brand, offering games such as Jungala, Tortuga Pirates, Nosferatu, The Asylum, Alcatraz and Machina, you are spoilt for choice

Machina themed around science and the Machina experiment, ushered into a secret headquarters, we noticed something was odd, as scientists were disappearing and an increase in robots showing human traits.

On trying to leave, to report these strange happenings, the door is bolted tight, we are locked in with the rest of the team.  One question remains, will you leave victorious as a human or stay as a machine?

Escape Team Building – The Magical Emporium

Located on Morrison Street in Edinburgh city centre, Escape Team Building have The Magical Emporium escape game along with the detective style 221 Baker Street game a whole host of other exciting scape game experiences.

Marvellous, magical and mysterious, Wizards worldwide had been notified that, the dazzling and delightful renowned supplies shop, Garbo’s was suspiciously closed.  Suspecting Evil forces, it was up to us to use our magical mystical marvellous powers to investigate Ms Garbo’s disappearance and escape.  Question is can you?

Can You Escape – Operation Odyssey

Can you Escape Edinburgh city centre, has several escape games to play including an out of this world adventure with their space themed escape game mission: Operation Odyssey.

An out of this world, galactical space adventure for all you budding astronauts out there.  Lucky to become Space cadets, we embarked on our solar system star gazing mission on the International space station, but things soon took a drastic turn. “Houston, we have a problem, the escape pod needs to be fixed”.  Can you fix the pod and escape before time runs out.

York

Can You Escape – Operation Hero

An exciting, electric and engaging experience in the centre of York, escape room brand “Can You Escape?” provide you with the opportunity to play the Lone Eagle mission and also become a superhero legend in their new game Operation Hero.

Team name decided; Fire Foxes, and my personal superhero name chosen; Forkward Fire Flame, it was time to don the superhero cape and mask and prepare for a battle like no other.  Without giving too much away, this high tech filled room had gadgets and games galore to get your heart and mind pumping.

A truly unique, exhilarating and immersive “must do” experience right in the heart of York City. Are you a Superhero and Can You Escape?

Mind Lock – Valhalla

Located in the heart of York city centre, opposite Clifford’s Tower, MindLock Escape Rooms, offers a unique and immersive experience.  Games are designed for 2 – 6 players and offer a variety of fabulous fun themes such as Cluedo and Valhalla.

Feel and embrace your inner Viking as you take on the Viking Valhalla room.  Your strong army of Vikings have battled courageously to earn their right to be dining with the Gods in Valhalla, but upon awakening your hord are in limbo.  Please the gods, like we did, and crack the critical tasks to earn your place alongside them in Valhalla where Thor and Odin await your Viking army.

Harrogate

Clue HQ – The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun

An exciting, entreating and exhilarating escape game experience awaits in Harrogate centre.  Prepare to play The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun, as just over one month ago the long-lost tomb of Cluetankhamun was unearthed for the first time in over 3 millennia.

A team of explorers had the task of going into the tomb to find and recover the Cluetan Crystal which is said to have the powers of the river Nile.

However, the explorers are no where to be seen, so now it was our turn to take on the intrepid adventure, as the sands of time slipped away, we just managed to retrieve the crystal, but the question is can you?

Leeds

Tick Tock Unlock – Project Pandora

Location Leeds city centre, prepare yourself to take on the challenge of Tick Tock Unlock’s immersive and exciting Escape room experience.

We have since discovered a top-secret laboratory was running an experiment, to try and halt the ageing process making participants immortal, called Project Pandora.  For good reason the experiment failed all clinical trials. Now we found ourselves in danger, as locked in a cell within the laboratory, it was our turn to find the cure, within 60 minutes, before it was too late.

Previously, we have played Alice in Wonderland and Project Pandora which are sadly no longer available, but the good news is that they have have an amazing new games experience The Library of Broken Books which we can’t wait to try out.

London

Escape Rooms London Bridge  – Pharaoh’s Chamber A Cursed Tomb

Escape Rooms located right in the heart of London city at London Bridge has escape games ranging from Room 33 to Pharaoh’s Chamber A Cursed Tomb.

Think Egypt and do not get cursed, find the treasure and escape the game before you become mummified.

Exciting, excellent and immersive Escape Game brand, all worth a whirl for sure!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

A Lovely Liverpool City Break with Novotel Liverpool Centre #Review

A Lovely Liverpool City Break with Novotel Liverpool Centre #Gifted

Liverpool, the home of the Beatles and the ideal city for a fun, interactive and entertaining city break.  The fabulous 4-star Novotel Liverpool Centre, located right in the centre of all the action, is the ideal hotel for both business and leisure stays.

The reception team provided a lovely Liverpool welcome and even went all out to check us in early which was much appreciated.  Highly recommend booking a two night stay to give you time to explore Liverpool’s exciting offerings.

Our Executive room with King Bed is the perfect accommodations for combining relaxation and focus providing complimentary Wi-Fi, robes and slippers for use during your stay, a Nespresso coffee machine, and for our anniversary the team also provided us with 2 bottles of water and a fabulous fizzy Prosecco welcome which we loved!  

Our shower room had a rainfall shower, with handheld mini spray, sunken sink and some excellent extra bathroom amenities.

Now after good night’s sleep why not enjoy the onsite buffet breakfast, as they have a full range of hotel options including eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, hash browns, veggie sausages all washed down with tea and barista style coffee.

Fancy continental well no problem, as this is also included, you can choose from an extensive range of fresh fruit, cheese, pastries, breads, muffins, yogurt, orange and apple juice, so you are spoilt for choice.

Impressively, the hotel has a fully equipped gym and pool onsite, so make sure to book in, so you can dip your toe in the water and enjoy some wonderful water time.

The basement level pool, provided guests a relaxing and tranquil atmosphere to chill out, relax and unwind.  Sit back on the lounger and enjoy some much needed me time after a busy day exploring.

After all that playtime, why not head down to the onsite Ropewalks Bar and Kitchen, a comfortable place to enjoy some scran and a few drinks to wash it all down with.

Spicy starters included the hot Chicken thighs and handmade onion Bhajis with a beautiful yoghurt dip, both brilliant choices.

Our marvellous mains had to be the classic Fish & Chips, Vegan Burger with fries and the fabulously fresh super salad all absolutely yummy and scoffed in record time.

Delicious desserts included the beautiful brownie which tasted super chocolatey and then the perfect peach crumble with custard.  Teamed up with a pretty passion fruit martini cocktail and a lovely glass of bubbles.

Fancy a visit to Liverpool, well why not get your city break off to the right start by booking into the Novotel Liverpool Centre hotel where the team will make sure you have a Lorra Lorra Laughs and fun.  

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

An Amazing Anniversary Hotel Stay at Novotel Manchester Centre #Review

An Amazing Anniversary Hotel Stay at Novotel Manchester Centre #Gifted

The 4-star Novotel Manchester Centre is located, within the heart of Manchester city centre, near to all the main transport hubs such as Manchester Piccadilly & Oxford Road train stations is perfect for business or leisure.

Make your way through the revolving doors, into the bright airy reception area, and prepare to check in for a sensational stay.

Warmly welcomed by the reception team, who checked us straight in and provided lots of useful information about the hotel, including the use of their complimentary Wi-Fi while onsite, and instantly made us feel at home.

The Executive Rooms provide guests with a huge Queen bed, 55-inch LCD TV, sofa area, work/vanity desk, providing a modern and contemporary space to relax and unwind. 

Shower room was wonderful, with complimentary upgraded toiletries, and a refreshing rain shower with a unit that has a silent privacy screen, if you want to see into the bedroom while showering. There is also a separate toilet area, a spacious sink area with fully illuminated mirror and plenty of mirrors to beautify yourself.

For our Anniversary, the team’s attention to detail went above and beyond, creating a fabulous floral rose petal display for us as well as including some lovely extras such as complimentary peanuts, crisps, bottled water and two bottles of wine – all of which were really appreciated.

As standard, within the Executive rooms there are fluffy robes and slippers for use during your stay, a complimentary tea tray, Nespresso coffee machine, hair dryer, iron and a safe.

Now as if that is not enough to make sure that you have a memorable stay, why not head down to the onsite Exchange Bar & Restaurant for a few glasses of wine, some yummy food and the perfect place to sit, chat and enjoy the good vibes.

Dan, Gaskey and all the food & beverage are a dream team, real diamonds that make sure they always go the extra mile, so guests leave happy.

The Exchange Bar & Restaurant has an extensive drinks offering including plenty of gins, spirits, beers, lagers, Ipas, wines and of course cocktails.

The brand-new food menu with an ‘Around the World’ theme which works extremely well.  The salad starter along with an epic cheeseboard is an ideal way to get interactive and share with your plus one.

Mouth-watering mains included King Prawn Pad Thai, Cobb Salad, an Asian inspired super spicy Chicken Curry with rice, Poutine, Vegan burger with fries and many more.

Delicious Desserts included Pancake perfection with vanilla ice cream with lashings of chocolate sauce and the beautiful Berry Meringue was a showstopper packed with plenty of fresh berries and cream.  All washed down with a lovely vodka-based berry Martini, a Salted Caramel Expresso Martini, and a gorgeous Cappuccino coffee.

After a night of eating, drinking, plenty of laughter and a good nights sleep have some you time in the onsite leisure are which includes sauna, steam room and a fully equipped gym.

Built up an appetite, well the buffet breakfast is a must, as all guests can choose from a range of fresh continental offerings such as fresh fruit, pastries, cheese, muffins, yogurt, orange juice etc.  There is also an upgraded coffee machine so you can sip quality coffee and tea as you tuck into the hot breakfast goodies.

Visiting Manchester, well make sure you book yourself into the Novotel Manchester Centre, because you will not be disappointed.

The hotel has gorgeous Executive rooms, divine drinks, creative Cocktails, fabulous food and more importantly all the team are superstars and make you feel like the place is a home away from home

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Double Up the Pampering at the Rena Spa at the Midland Hotel Manchester #Review

Double Up the Pampering at the Rena Spa at the Midland Hotel Manchester #Gifted

After experiencing all what Manchester city centre has to offer, I guarantee you will deserve some much needed you time, so head down to the Rena Spa at the Midland, so you can sit back relax and watch the world go by and let the super spa team spoil you from head to toe.

The warm welcome by Cassey instantly makes you feel at home explaining that every Rena Spa Day package comes with towels, robes and slippers for use while in the spa.  Full use of the thermal suite, poolside area, relaxation room and the onsite gym if you are feeling all active.

Fancy doubling up your rest and relaxation time, well why not opt for one of the Rena Spa exclusive experiences, their divine ‘Double Up’ package, that includes a 30-minute Rasul treatment for two, 50-minute spa treatment, a glass of bubbly, a light lunch or an Afternoon Tea and a £10 voucher to spend on spa products, is pure bliss.

My lovely beauty therapist Hannah, who provided me with a marvellous manicure with polish of my choosing and if that wasn’t enough a beautiful balancing and detoxifying treatment wrap.

Beginning, with gentle exfoliation with their crushed cabernet scrub, followed by an application of their contouring concentrate, designed to help boost the metabolism and ease away tension and speed up the elimination of toxins.

Followed by an application of their vine body butter massaged onto the skin and then wrapped to cocoon the skin with hydrating. The experience also included a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.

Now after all that pampering, things get next level as included within our package was a Royale Champagne Afternoon Tea to be served in the iconic Midland Hotel tearooms.

No sooner than taking our seats our lovely lady server, who was professional, personable and super sweet all round, made her introductions and provided us with some fabulous fizz.

The Afternoon Tea really is an exquisite experience and the perfect treat, as offerings include finger sandwiches, brioche rolls, freshly baked scones, with sultanas and plain, along with lashings of clotted cream and a whole selection of jams including our favourites raspberry and strawberry.

The sweet treat plate is so scrummy, as you can see the range of lovely offerings is impressive and the attention to detail makes this special including the lovely logo chocolate piece with the motif of the Midland Tearoom.

The Rena really do have their spa packages spot on, as I could not think of a better way to spend the day; Spa pampering, Champagne and Afternoon Tea a winning combination for sure.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

A Fabulous Festive Christmas Stay at the Hotel Indigo York #Review

A Fabulous Festive Christmas Stay at the Hotel Indigo York #Gifted

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and no sooner than you know the Christmas season will be back in no time at all with all that festive tinsel, glitz, and sparkle.

York, is a pretty perfect destination to enjoy some seasonal cheer with plenty to do, the city has an amazing atmosphere and the Christmas markets are awesome!

The hotel Indigo York, located in the historical medieval neighbourhood of Walmgate Bar is an ideal location to soak up all that York has to offer.

Warmly welcomed by the team, this beautiful boutique hotel provides a snug and cosy home away from home whereby the end of your stay you do not want to check out!

The Christmas tree by reception cleverly had all the hotel staff photos attached, made you fee right at home, part of the family. The hotel felt festive, as they had hung out all the decks to make it feel super special for all their guests to enjoy.

Before checking in we explored the city including the Christmas markets, The cobbled shambles and had a few glasses of mulled wine along the way.

Then our afternoon got more fun, fabulous, and festive with an amazing Afternoon Tea with the hotel No 88 Walmgate restaurant.

A perfect way to escape the Christmas Craziness outside, sit back relax and sip a few glasses of prosecco while enjoying fantastic finger sandwiches, scrummy scones with jam and clotted cream along with some super sweet treats including this cute little gingerbread person.

Our stay started next level, as we had been allocated a luxurious Superior Premium room, that is fully air conditioned, a big cosy bed with fine 100% Egyptian cotton bed linen and a lovely personalised welcome message scribed onto the vanity area mirror – just such a lovely touch!

It’s all in the details and I love how Hotel Indigo York have incorporated York’s historical past by including an eclectic display of historic pictures showing how life used to be.

Our Superior Premium room came with a fully stocked tea tray with biscuits and coffee pods with a quirky themed Yorkshire message that made us giggle.  The lovely team has also put a few extra Yorkshire treats for our celebrations which we really appreciated.

Once you are all settled in, you can freshen up in the wonderful walk-in open plan spa inspired, bathroom with a deep sunken bath, a walk in double rainfall shower area along with complimentary toiletries – just divine.

Beautiful breakfast vibes are in plentiful supply year-round, as the Hotel Indigo’s impressive breakfast buffet offering has something for everyone.  Cold continental pastries, muffins, yoghurt, granola, cereals, fresh fruit, meats, cheese, and a range of juices.  Hot options included full English, vegetarian, pancakes, porridge and so much more.  

Looking for a much needed break to enjoy some rest, relaxation, fabulous food, drinks, well The Hotel Indigo York provides just that and being located in the heart of York city centre you are spoilt for choice , as there is so much to see and do.

Visit York and enjoy all that the York Indigo hotel has to offer starting with that wonderful warm Yorkshire welcome.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

My Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide 2021 #Review

My Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide 2021 #Gifted

Exciting times ahead, as the cold nights set in get cosy and snug in front of the roaring log fire, and as you hear those jingle bells getting that little bit closer, it’s now time for you to help the big man out himself, aka Santa Claus, by planning your 2021 Christmas gifting.

Put the kettle on or grab a glass of wine sit back relax and enjoy my Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide offerings. Whether your lovely gift recipient is a foodie, tea lover, chocoholic or into fitness and beauty, there is something for everyone. In no particular order here are my marvellous Christmassy recommendations.

Prestige Hampers

Fabulous foodies can have a very Merry Christmas with Prestige Hampers fabulous Family Christmas Hamper. Prettily presented in a lovely lidded handcrafted seagrass basket, there is a whole range of scrummy treats for you and your family to enjoy and the hamper makes a perfect gift to family and friends.

Included within are some super refreshments including New English Teas in a cute Big Ben Tower Clock box along with 3 mini Waters Edge wines: Pinot Grigio 187ml, Rose 187ml and a Merlot 187ml.

Savoury and sweet offerings included the Yorkshire Sea Salted Crisps 100g, Farmhouse Biscuits Black Olives Biscuits 100g, Mathew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding 100g, Ooh Chocolate Honeycomb Milk Chocolate 50g, Belgian Fancy Salted Caramel Truffes 80g, Belgian Chocolate Thins 125g, Mrs Darlington Raspberry Jam 113g and Orange Marmalade 113g.

Hoogly Tea

Calling all tea lovers, because Tina Gloggengieser, from Aarhus in Denmark, has created the very special and bespoke Hoogly Tea range using a whole range of healthy and natural ingredients.

All Hoogly teas are ethically sourced, fair trade, and both made and packed in the UK.  The mixed selection 4 tea pods in a gift box is the perfect way to mix and match flavours such as the classic Earl Grey, English Breakfast, herbals Chill out mint, Classic Green, Cosy Chamomile and then seasonal offerings such as Christmas Cake.

The Winter Warmer gift set includes a handcrafted mini hot water bottle, one ceramic mug with a bamboo lid/coaster and a golden spoon with your choice of Tea in a box of 5 tea pyramid bags and 15 pyramid bags.

SOINVOUGE

Gorgeous gifting begins right now, as the team at SOINVOUGE have some brilliant beauty gifts that will definitely provide that extra sparkle for the festive party season.  Making for lovely gifts or simple for to to buy to make yourself feel pampered and ready to party.

The So Eco Ultimate Brush & Sponge Set is the full package providing 9 expertly selected tools to give you the best flawless make-up application every time.

The Brushworks professional detangling hairbrushes are ideal to make sure that you have silky and tangle free hair this party season.  The brushes are easy to use with an ergonomically designed & contoured brush handle and the flexi-soft tapered bristles, that are gentle on the scalp and help to reduce damage caused by brushing which results in fewer split ends.

Make sure to get in a few winks, so to help for a stress-free nights sleep why not opt for a silk eye mask or even go all out and upgrade to the sleep kit (not pictured), but I have it and it is brilliant, that in addition to the eye mask includes a silk pillow case a scrunchie.

Sous Chef

Calling all you Chefs and Fabulous Foodies, as the lovely Sous Chef stock a range of ingredients, equipment, tableware and gifts which is the perfect way to spoil your family and friends this Christmas.

This marvellous Medium Fruit Extra Virgin Olive oil presented in this stunning polka dot terracotta bottle make for a gorgeous gift. This high end olive oil is made from peranzana olives only grown in the Apulian region of Italy. Made even extra special and unique as every Frantoio Murglia terracotta bottle is handmade and hand-painted, so a piece of Apulian artwork in itself. Also, the bottle helps keep the oil in top notch condition, by protecting oil form exposure to light.

The cute characterful Aviator Robin Felt Tree Decoration, hand crafted in Nepal by Adele Zara Collinson who founded Felt So Good, is made using natural dyes and is biodegradable too. Now, who wouldn’t want this little handsome chap on their Christmas tree!

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Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Review

Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Gifted

INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester located in the vibrant First Street Development is the perfect place to explore all that Manchester has to offer. A standout architectural hotel, that provides an even bigger and warmer welcome.

On arrival you will notice the effort and energy the hotel goes to, as the attention to detail is second to none, the blooming marvellous floral displays, that are due to the hotels collaboration with CitiBlooms, are breath-taking giving out amazing autumn vibes.

All the way up to the tenth floor, you know that you have hit the big time when you step into the Townhouse Suite, a huge 51 m2 open plan studio suite with a jaw dropping city skyline view.

The lovely spacious open plan layout gives guests a massive area to work, play and stay. Ideal for couples, family or that important worktrip.

The Welcome to Manchester display, that the hotel had personalised onto our bathroom vanity mirror area, was wonderfully thoughtful.

The bathroom space perfect for a pamper has a walk-through layout with bathtub, rain shower, two wash basins and complimentary INNSIDE Lande Eco-friendly toiletries to use throughout your stay.

The room benefits from Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, working desk space, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini fridge which had a lovely extra touch of a mini prosecco and a pale ale – yippee!

There has been an exciting development and now the hotel is proud to present the First Street Bar & Kitchen with Gino D’Acampo.

A beautifully presented space, that feels chilled out and even better news is that the drinks are divine and the fabulous food is spot on.

Staying at the hotel has its perks, from no time at all you can whisk yourselves from your suite to the restaurant, and be sipping a glass on fizz in no time at all.

Super starters included the Caprese Classic tomato, garlic & fresh basil salad with buffalo mozzarella and the amazing Arancini crispy rice croquettes stuffed with creamy taleggio cheese & peas served with a tangy sauce all washed down with Champagne and Italian Prosecco Rose.

Mouth-watering mains included the lush Lobster tagliatelle and the deliciously cheesy ravioli pasta with truffle, a real winner.

Plenty of options for desserts, but the moment we saw the chocolate fondant, we knew it was one each, no sharing this time and it was a good job, as we cleared these off the plate in no time.

The range of drinks on offer is impressive, the cocktails are crafted to perfection, and we even finished with a traditional Italian Limoncello – Saluti!

Morning marvelousness is pretty chilled in the Townhouse Suite, as there is a yoga mat for some suite stretching to refocus mind, body and soul.  There is even an onsite wellness suite with Finnish Sauna, aromatic steam room, gym and relaxation area, if you need a bit of zen.

Also, there are the super snug gowns and funky feet slippers to get snug, enjoy the view, as you browse the Manchester book of where to play out while in the big city.  

Room service breakfast is brilliant easy and plenty of hot and continental offerings. The full English breakfast, pastries, fruit and beautiful muffins all went down a treat.

The INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel has all you need to make your  Manchester stay memorable.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx