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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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.
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!!
Until next time Pennyhill 🙂 x