My Top UK Spa Breaks Review

My Top UK Spa Breaks Review: January 2020

Escape the January Blues and Make the new year all about you, begin with a little you time with some rest and relaxation to refocus your mind, body and soul.

Make 2020 about you and indulge and luxuriate in a super spa stay.  In no particular order, here you have my Top UK Spa Stays…

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Bolton

The Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, located on the edge of the beautiful West Pennine moors, whose origins date back to farm buildings from the 17thcentury, is now a four-star hotel, Spa & experience.

The contemporary rooms feature a modern bathroom with heated towel rail, complimentary toiletries with bath and/or stand up power shower, so you have all you need to pamper yourself while onsite.

My Top UK Spa Breaks Review 3bFrom day to late evening, the Last Drop Village Hotel and Spa has all the facilities you need including an 18 meters long swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool pictured with the fabulous waterfall feature is the ideal way to relax, revitalise and reinvigorate the mind and body.

The range of therapeutic rooms on offer was extensive including a rock Sauna, Bio Sauna, Steam Room, Aroma Grotto and halotherapy room with dry salt aerosol believed to have a whole range of health benefits.

Treatments are fabulous and includes access to a relaxation suite with complimentary refreshments.

Hotel Indigo and The Club & Spa Birmingham 

Hotel Indigo Birmingham, located on the banks of the cities industrial and historical canal network, located within the cosmopolitan cube complex is a hip and happening hub.

Birmingham’s best kept secret is now out, a lovely luxurious spa in the city where you can indulge and be pampered, while you kick back and relax.

The range of facilities onsite is amazing including uplifting dry and wet thermal rooms, sauna, steam rooms, an incredible vitality pool complete with massage jets and a wonderful waterfall feature.

Relax your mind, body and soul further by enjoying a luxurious elemis spa treatment package, the facial, head massage and body exfoliation are amazing.

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa Chester Review

A hidden Chester gem, Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & spa is located 10/15 minutes away from Chester city centre.

Away from the hustle and bustle, Rowton Hall, provides guests with a cosy Country house spa stay, the ideal place to enjoy some rest and relaxation while in Chester.

Our beautiful bedroom split over two levels was a cosy snug hub with fluffy monogrammed robes, slippers and flipflops all provided to use for the duration of our stay.

Enjoy some you time, take a dip in the pool and indulge in some Elemis treatments in their superb spa.

BuyAGift Spa Stay at Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester  

Enjoy some 5 star luxury with BuyAGift and book a spa stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian located in the home of Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and is the original home to the Hallé Orchestra, which is steeped in history and old school decadence and charm.

Their newly refurbished spa has a Japanese zen feel with pool sauna, steam room, experience showers and jacuzzi.

Enjoy the bubbles, sit back and enjoy some lovely luxury in Manchester city centre with BuyAGift.

Losehill House Hotel & spa Derbyshire

The lovely Luxury Losehill House Hotel & spa is perched in rural idyllic bliss, right in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  A hidden gem, off the beaten track, tucked away in a cosy countryside hotspot, offering guests a secluded paradise away from all the hustle and bustle.

Talking of bubbles, pop onto the terrace and take a dip in the hot tub, sit back, relax and savour those perfect Peak District views.

The fabulous fully decked terrace area has lazy loungers or why not head to the blooming lovely patio doors which reveals the onsite pool, sauna and steam room. The ideal place to getaway from the crowds and wind down.

The range of spa treatments, at the onsite spa are fabulous. My Thalgo mini facial delivered by my lovely therapist was a perfect unwind.

Beech Hill Hotel & Spa Windermere

The Beautiful Beech Hill Hotel & Spa is boastfully situated in an enviable postcode on the shores of the lovely Lake District.

The Lake view spa and take a dip in their impressive 40ft indoor pool and then try out the Himalayan Sauna and aromatic steam room or if you just want to sit back and relax, grab a book and chill on one of their many adjustable loungers.

Fancy that fresh feeling, pop out to the outside vitality spa pool in the scented garden, but you might not be the only residents who plan to use this facility. A rather royal and regal looking Robin Red Breast decided to join in our bubbly fun which made us giggle for sure.

Jess my therapist delivered a fabulous facial and the most perfect manicure, making my spa stay even more relaxing.

Make sure your 2020 includes some much deserved super spa time!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review: January 2020

We all remember the 1605 attempt to blow up parliament and the ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Now it is your chance to relive history in the shoes of Guy Fawkes and enjoy a unique experience by staying in the alleged birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes conspiracy plotter aka Guy Fawkes.

Warmly welcomed and looked after throughout by the lovely team including Delightful Dan and super Stacey.

Our fabulous four poster room had bags of character including the most amazing four poster bed and 3 large windows with the most wonderful views of the majestic York Minster cathedral.

The Guy Fawkes medieval Inn is located within a prime spot adjacent to the York Mister Cathedral in York city centre and the views from our room – just breath-taking and the ideal photo opportunity.

Our room had all the modern conveniences including a flat screen television and tea tray with biscuits.

Also, a fully equipped en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries to use throughout our stay.

Even on the way down to dinner, going down the staircase, there is a feeling that you have stepped back in time – authentic and immersive.

The onsite restaurant, the same place where both breakfast and dinner are served, is again brimming with character.

Lit by candlelight, the places has an atmospheric charm with encapsulates the whole theme of the place.

Offering classic modern British food, their AA Rosette kitchen produces some fabulous fare.

Starters included this fresh and fabulous super salad and some mighty and meaty brilliant bon bons.

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Mouthwatering mains included the chickpea curry with rice, onion bhaji, poppadom and mango chutney.  Also, a brilliant burger with chips and all the trimmings.

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review KkEnjoy your desserts with a few fabulous drinks, as you soak up the amazing atmosphere.

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review LLFancy a few drinks alfresco style, well the Guy Fawkes Inn has an amazing beer garden with some superb wall art.

Taking inspiration from the York Minster picture outside of our room, after dinner and drinks head, we headed out into night-time York and enjoyed the Minster at dark before heading back to our snug room.

At night, our fantastic four poster room seemed to have even more character and atmosphere, a real dip into history and a cosy room to enjoy a brew and biccy before bed.

After a restful night’s sleep, it was nice to see their morning twinkly lights and begin breakfast with their continental offerings including fresh fruit, pastries and cereals.

Hot options such as the full Yorkshire breakfast and vegetarian offering both beautiful and got us ready for a day exploring York.

The Guy Fawkes is in the ideal location to explore the York Minster Cathedral, as it is literally a hop, skip and a jump away.

Make sure you take the trip to the top of the York Minster.

Being based at the Guy Fawkes Inn, you can save your energies to climb the steps to the top – well worth it for the views of York.

Guy Fawkes Inn York a friendly fab bunch, wonderful characterful rooms and delightful food what’s not to like.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


The Judge’s Lodging Inn York Review

The Judge’s Lodging Inn York Review: February 2020

Think relaxed luxury, charm and elegance, the Judge’s Lodging located in an enviable postcode in the centre of York, in north-east England, perfectly situated in the main hub for easy access to all the city’s main attractions.

A gorgeous Grade I listed building, a Georgian townhouse steeped in charm and history, whereby the building’s origins date back to 1710 when it was built as a private residence.

Eventually, after the passing of the owner, the building became the residence of judges attending the Assize court sessions and remained so until around 1976.

The Judges adorn the walls and at Christmas things are rather grand with the addition of a gorgeously decorated Christmas tree.

This stunning residence has a restaurant, two bars, along with some quirky fixtures and fittings providing some super special character rooms.

Feature rooms at the Judge’s Lodging always have that extra character and detail.

The Clifton

The Clifton was a super sensational cosy classy room rich in detail and historic charm.  Décor a mix of subtle neutral shades, quality furnishings and fine fabrics.

Immediately, walking into a lovely lounge, well appointed, with some super scrummy shortbread, water, tea, coffee and also fresh milk.

The beautiful bedroom, the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day and evening in York city.

With a writing desk, wardrobe, standalone full-length mirror and a super sung bed with a touch of chic added with the fab vintage telephone.

The bathroom a superb space including stand up shower until, whirlpool bath, light up vanity mirror and a range of plush complimentary toiletries for you to pamper and beautify.

When it comes to food & drinks at the Judge’s, you are spoilt for choice, with two onsite bars and their AA Rosette award winning food, that will satisfy any palette.

The Doctors Office 

Make your way up the original spiral staircase, to the delightful Doctors office feature room.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9aThe Doctors Office is a stunning room with four poster bed and charming chandler feature.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9bThe room has stunning views overlooking the beating heart of York; York Minister.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9cThe room provides ample tea and coffee facilities along with a Judge themed cosy on the teapot.  The television unit, desk area with vanity mirror and standalone full length traditional mirror make your stay smooth.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9dThe Bathroom has all the modern conveniences including a Jacuzzi bath, complimentary toiletries, separate shower, light up vanity mirror and views overlooking the Minster.

The Judge's Lodging Review 9eThe onsite restaurant has decor in-keeping with the historic and characterful nature of the building.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10aThe restaurant is ideal for a cosy couple’s dinner, a night with friends, family or work colleagues.

Food offerings include starters such as salad and king prawns along with mains such as seafood and steak with all the trimmings.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10bDesserts such as yuzu ice cream, chocolate with gold leaf washed down with a fabulous virgin mojito.

The Judge's Lodging Review 10ccBreakfast is served in their rather regal and grand breakfast room, but without the pomp, providing a relaxed comfortable setting.

Breakfast includes a range of fresh continental offerings such as cereals, fresh fruit, pastries, porridge and juices.

For those requiring something more ample guests can go for the beautiful Yorkshire breakfast offerings complete with a slice of fabulous fried bread.

Judge for yourself, book a stay away and enjoy York accommodations at their very best!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx


My Best Manchester Hotels – Review: December 2019

My Best Manchester Hotels – Review: December 2019

The 2019 Christmas Festive season is now in full flow, so why not treat yourself, head to Manchester for a well deserved break and enjoy an exciting range of Christmassy activities and entertainment options.

To enjoy Manchester to the maximum and in comfort, book into one of Manchester’s marvellous hotels.

Here are my best Manchester hotels in no particular order…

DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly

The DoubleTree by Hilton® Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, is just a few minute’s walk from Manchester Piccadilly train station, so ideal to go from train to room in record time.

An exciting, electric and eclectic part of the city where you can even watch Manchester’s iconic yellow trams pass by.

Rooms provide a cosy base and hotel facilities include a gym, business facilities and the onsite Store Street Craft Bar and Store Street Exchange restaurant, whose tag line is ‘Exchange the ordinary for something Extraordinary’ and they are not wrong.

INNSiDE by Melia Manchester

Just a short walk away from Deansgate and Manchester Central, INNSIDE by Melia, is located in the vibrant and fabulous First Street development in the heart of Manchester city centre.

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Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review

Christmas Celebrations at the Village Hotel Bury Review: December 2019

The Christmas season is now in full flow, so now is the time to treat yourself to a Christmas stay away.

The Village Hotel Bury in greater Manchester is the perfect place for fabulous festive times and the welcome at reception is warm and wonderful.

They have gone all out on the festive décor including this cute Christmas scene.

Make your stay even more super by opting for one of the classy Club rooms.

Our contemporary club room bed was super snug and cosy with these funky cushions.

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Christmas Gifting; An Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two with Red Letter Days – Review

Christmas Gifting; An Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two with Red Letter Days – Review: November 2019

The Christmas season is nearing, finding unique and personal quality gifts can be a strain, so take the stress out of gifting and letter Red Letter Days do the hard work for you.

The Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two package is perfectly presented in this Robin Red envelope with gift card, making this a gorgeous gift.

Gift your family, friends and loved ones a lovely Overnight Country Escape with Dinner for two package where they can choose from a whole range of countryside hotel locations.

We decided to escape the hustle and bustle at the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa which is set inside a beautiful 700-year-old country manor house.

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Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa Chester Review

Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & Spa Chester Review: November 2019 

A hidden Chester gem, Rowton Hall Country House Hotel & spa is located 10/15 minutes away from Chester city centre.

Away from the hustle and bustle, Rowton Hall, provides guests with a cosy Country house spa stay, the ideal place to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Warmly welcomed at check in right from the word go you are treated as a valued and honoured guest.

The hallway and sophisticated staircase up to our room set the tone for our stay; elegant, indulgent and simply gorgeous.

Our beautiful bedroom split over two levels was a cosy snug hub with fluffy monogrammed robes, slippers and flipflops all provided to use for the duration of our stay.

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