If you’re looking for the ultimate girly mini break then Whittlebury Hall Hotel & Spa is where you need to book. Me and my friend Louise stayed this past Saturday night and it was AMAZING.
You drop off your bags at the hotel reception and then head straight to check in at the spa, where you will spend the next 9 hours in a fluffy white towelling robe over your swimsuit/bikini.
We booked in for an hour long wellbeing massage, a luxury pedicure and the rasul mud treatment.
The massage was amazing, we were so relaxed that after we headed to the spas relaxation room for a nap.
The pedicure was great too, you get a full leg scrub and massage, cuticle care, nail shaping and great choice of polish colours that are guaranteed to last at least 2 weeks.
The rasul mud treatment is great as you get exclusive use of the whole room for the 45 minute treatment. You apply the diferent muds to your body and face and then relax in blue tiled seats for 20 minutes until it begins to ‘rain’ from the ceiling. You use the provided salt scrub to remove all the mud and then use the lotion provided to moisturise before lying down on warm benches between towels to let all the goodness absorb into your skin. Not only did we feel incredibly clean and soft afterwards but it was also lots of fun! There was only 2 of us but you can book for up to 4 people and it is such a giggle, perfect for small hen do’s or a girlfriends birthday weekend.
You get a buffet lunch on the day of arrival that was delicious. You all go into the dining rooms in your robes so there is a really relaxed vibe and you don’t at any point lose the chilled out effect of the spa. We both had the soup and moussaka and then Louise had salmon and vegetables and I had salad and new potatoes. We didn’t take pictures because honestly we were so relaxed and having such a good time we didn’t think about it!
After our pedicures we headed up to our room where our luggage was waiting for us and got ready for dinner.
It’s nice to be able to get dressed up for dinner and cocktails – we took a few obligatory selfies before heading down to Astons restaurant.
We started with a glass of white wine for Lou and the Coney Island cooler cocktail for me. Later on we ordered non alcoholic pina coladas which were made with real coconut cream and so delicious! For dinner Louise ordered the scallops and lamb shank whilst I had gruyere brulee with asparagus and beetroot risotto with goats cheese. We both had sticky toffee pudding for dessert. They had good vegetarian options for me and the portion sizes were perfect. We both went back to our room feeling super full and after a hard days relaxation we were both fast asleep by 11pm!
We had ordered breakfast to our room the next morning, it is a £5pp surcharge to have it brought up and in my opinion 100% worth it! Such a delicious spread that you get to eat from the comfort of your bed – the perfect way to start a Sunday!
After breakfast and check out from the hotel we headed back to the spa. Fresh robes and towels on, we spent a couple of hours lazing by the pool reading magazines, popping in and out of the sauna and pool, which is complete with jacuzzi jets at one end.
We then decided to do a few final circuits of the heat and ice experience. Steam rooms and saunas of different heats and humidities, followed by cold compresses, handfuls of ice rubbed into the skin or (for the very brave) ice cold plunge showers! Combined with the hydrotherapy pools and plenty of fruit infused drinking water this experience is equal parts relaxing and invigorating.
We were going to order an afternoon tea before leaving but with our holiday only 8 weeks away and the copious amounts of food we had already consumed we opted for smoothies instead. These were both delicious and surprisingly filling.