Honeymoon Day 12 – The Day After The Night Before!

I was slightly fragile when waking up from the night before and decided not to get out of bed until midday!

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Why would you ever want to leave this room?

We decided to go to Jardin for brunch which is inside the Encore Hotel next to the pool area. Feeling hungover and hungry, I decided to order a pizza all to myself and it was delicious. I think Matt had a Caesar Salad. We also ordered some sweet potato waffle fries to share, yum! And I got a healthy juice as felt like my body needed a bit of a boost!

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Just a tad hungover!!

We ended up spending the whole afternoon around the pool area which was lovely, as I could just read my book, soak up the sun and then casually cool off in the pool when I needed to. Best cure after a crazy night out! We only decided to head back up to our room when the last of the sunshine was slipping behind the buildings. It was nice to have a super lazy day though.

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I never got tired of seeing this beautiful blue, cloudless sky

I decided to have a bubble bath when we got back to our room, as I felt I needed to warm up after staying at the pool until close. There was even a TV in the bathroom, which was great, as meant I could catch up with all my trashy TV as I soaked, whilst Matt watched sport in the main room ha.

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As we didn’t have anywhere booked for dinner and we didn’t really fancy doing much or getting dressed up, we decided to go for a walk along the strip and see where we ended up.

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Firstly we ventured into Treasure Island Hotel, which is opposite The Wynn, as we wanted to see what it was like, as neither of us had been inside before. Personally it feels quite old fashioned and very old school Vegas compared to the hotel we were staying in, so it wasn’t really our cup of tea. Although they do have a Senor Frogs which I love! 😉

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We then walked further along the strip and popped inside Caesars Palace’s The Forum Shops. A mixture of high street and designer it was nice to have a nose and a little window shop. And then we spotted The Cheesecake Factory (yet another thing the UK doesn’t have, sob!) so thought we would pop in for some dinner.

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Incredibly we only had to wait 5 minutes to be seated. Now to work out what we fancied from the 50 page menu! I exaggerate, but seriously have you seen their menu’s!?

We decided to share dishes knowing how big their portions are. So we went for the crispy Cuban rolls, dynamite shrimp and the Santa Fe salad.

The food was good but we felt the service was a bit rubbish, it was like we were being forgotten about as we were sat right in the corner, but to be honest we didn’t dwell on it as we only wanted a quick meal.

We decided to look around a few more shops after dinner, before walking back to the hotel, to get in bed and eat our Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory (my favourite) Bliss!

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Inside the Nike store

Love, Chloe xx

Honeymoon Day 9 – Preparing for a Hurricane!

It was nice waking up leisurely, knowing that we had no plans and could just take the day as we pleased. So we had a lazy morning watching TV (mostly sport or keeping track of the hurricane or presidential debates!) whilst enjoying breakfast in our room.

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We couldn’t spend the whole day lazing around inside though and as it was lovely and sunny, we decided to head to the hotel pool area. We found a couple of sunbeds, ordered a few drinks and enjoyed soaking up the sun.

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We spent the afternoon chilling on the comfy sunbeds, relaxing in the Jacuzzi and floating around the huge pool. It was very calm as it was mostly couples with only a handful of children.

As usual though with the Floridian weather grey clouds started making an appearance by late afternoon and as the staff were already trying to pack up as many sunbeds as possible in preparation for the hurricane, we decided to head back to our room and look into options for the evening. With just a quick pit stop along the way for a game of Shuffleboard…

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Walking back to our room, we received a call from Virgin Holidays. They explained that they had tried to book us onto trips to Mexico and LA but neither had worked out with our dates and so the only other option they could offer us, apart from staying in Orlando, was to fly to Las Vegas.

Matt and I love Las Vegas and have been a few times before and even though it wasn’t the relaxing second week we thought we would be having, we just wanted to get away from the bad weather and relax for a few days, without the stress of a looming hurricane! So we told them to go ahead with the new plan and they said they would email us with all the details but that the flight was 6am the next morning!

We got changed and decided to head back to Disney Springs for our last night in Orlando.

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We drove there in a huge storm. It was so bad that we could barely see the road or cars in front of us, which was quite scary, but we made it and decided to go to the House of Blues for an early dinner.

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Trying to escape the rain ha!

We’ve been to a few States which have a House of Blues but we had never visited one, so I was excited to check out it’s offerings. I loved the decor and music and we were told that Sum 41 had a concert there that evening if we wanted to get tickets. I was tempted as growing up I loved Sum 41! But looking at the horrific weather and knowing we had to be up at 3am we decided against it!

To start Matt and I shared the Voodoo Shrimp, which was recommended and it was delicious. The shrimp were huge and the flavour was incredible, we both thoroughly enjoyed that dish, although I wasn’t too keen on the cornbread. I’m not a big bread fan anyway but that was just an odd one for me, Matt loved it though. For mains Matt had the tacos and I had the pulled pork sandwich which was yummy but huge and as ever I couldn’t finish it all. I don’t think I finished one meal the whole honeymoon!

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We declined dessert as we were just so stuffed and as the weather had cleared, we walked off dinner by looking in a few shops and visiting the World of Disney one last time!

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Sad to say goodbye to Florida but excited for the next adventure on our honeymoon!

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Love, Chloe xx

Pennyhill Park Hotel – Spa Day

Pennyhill Park is my favourite spa hotel. OK so I haven’t been to every spa hotel in the World, but I have been to quite a few and this one, in my opinion, is the best.

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Matt and I have been lucky enough to visit Pennyhill a few times now. It’s usually as a Birthday or Valentine’s treat though, as the prices are pretty high. But this time we decided to have a bit of a spur of the moment trip as we had a random Monday off work and decided to book in a spa day.

This was the first time we had visited for an actual ‘spa day’. Our previous visits had been for over night stays, where you get use of the spa/pool area and then we would go back to our room to get ready for dinner and stay the night. So this time would be a bit different when staying just for the day.

We had booked the Couple’s Spa Day and so arrived at 11am to be greeted with welcome smoothies, which are delicious. Fresh fruits and natural yoghurt blended together, in your choice of flavour, we went for the berry boost. We sat in the lounge area and enjoyed these while filling out the obligatory paperwork.

From there we were escorted to the changing rooms. We hadn’t actually used these before as we would usually get changed in our hotel room and head to the spa in our robes. But the changing rooms are very luxurious, filled with lovely products, the fluffiest towels and the biggest rain showers.

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The ladies changing room

Matt and I had our massages scheduled for 11.30am, so dressed in our white fluffy robes and flip flops, we headed straight to the treatment rooms area.

The one hour Swedish massage was pure bliss, the masseuse worked away all my shoulder and neck tension and the oils she used smelt amazing. You can actually buy these afterwards should you wish. The time went far too quickly for my liking, I could have stayed for at least another 3 hours but unfortunately massage time was over and it was time to meet up with Matt and explore some of the other facilities the spa had to offer.

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One of the treatment rooms

We headed straight to the Hydrotherapy pool which is my favourite place to be, you access the pool from the inside but you can swim through to the outside. Its like a large warm bubble bath with experiences, which can be activated by placing your hand over the circular sensors around the edges of the pool. These include jacuzzi jets and showers. It’s so relaxing and after the dreamlike massage I had just received, I felt like I was floating on cloud nine.

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The Hydrotherapy pool

There are waiters and waitresses outside which will happily take your drinks orders and you can sip your drinks while staying in the pool.

If you fancy staying outside there are other areas you can explore including the Open Air Pool (Please note this is only open during the summer months, I don’t think it’s heated but I could be wrong!)

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The Open Air Pool

You can also chill on the sun loungers and sofa’s which are dotted around the outside pool areas. It’s like being on holiday, you feel a million miles away from the real World.

If you want something a little warmer they have recently added three outdoor Canadian Hot Tubs, but unfortunately these are new so we are yet to try them out.

After using the hydrotherapy pool we headed back inside to try out some of the other facilities on offer.

First up the Ice Cave, you’re meant to use this after being in the sauna or steam room to cool your body down (they do have information boards at each facility so you know how or when’s best to use them) The Ice Cave has 2 walls of ice and the ceiling has twinkly lights, like the nights sky. If you are feeling really brave, they have crushed ice to rub over your body. I wasn’t that brave! Being so cold we then hopped into the Sauna. Afterwards Matt dipped his foot into the plunge pool but decided it was far too cold, so we had some water (they have fountains all around the spa areas) before making our way back upstairs for lunch.

Included in our spa day package was a 2 course lunch and glass of bubbles each, at The Themis Restaurant, which is located in the reception/lounge area of the spa.

We stayed in our fluffy robes and flip flops and perused the menu. There are lots of choices and you can be as healthy or as indulgent as you wish. Matt went for the Sirloin steak and I chose the Sea Bass. The food is delicious and really filling, but we did manage to fit in passion fruit cheesecake for dessert! 😉

We felt pretty stuffed and sleepy from lunch and our super relaxed morning, so we decided to chill for a bit in the Tepidarium. After all you should wait at least 30 minutes after food before going swimming. ha. The Tepidarium is a warm room designed for you to relax in, you lay on gently heated ceramic beds, which are shaped to the contours of the body. They have magazines to read or you could take your own book along. It might not look like it but it’s comfortable and very cosy!

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Matt started to get a little bored just lazing around so we decided to take a dip in the inside pool,  known as the Ballroom Pool. It’s heated and even has underwater music, which is pretty cool. Again, they have loungers around the edge for those not wanting to get in.

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They have a hot tub next to the pool, so we used that occasionally too, alternating between the super hot bubbles and relaxing swim in the warm pool.

As ever time flies when you’re having fun so we decided to spend the last part of our day back outside in the Hydrotherapy pool, like I said it’s my favourite spot 🙂

The spa has so many other facilities which we didn’t even use, including, The Experience Showers, Laconiums (a heated room a bit like a sauna I think), steam rooms, massage chairs and Thermal Heaven – eleven rooms of differing temperatures, humidity and aromas.

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I used the huge rain showers in the changing rooms and they are like mini spa’s themselves! The towels are just as fluffy as the robes and they have lots of lovely moisturisers and products you are welcome to use. They even have hair straighteners as well as dryers if you really want to get glammed up before leaving. Not like myself who just left with wet hair!

We left just before 4pm so we could miss the traffic, but I did stop and buy a couple of products from Elemental Herbology in the reception area before leaving. Their Detox Bath Oil is my favourite bath product!!

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Until next time Pennyhill 🙂 x