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Would you believe me if I told you this was my first spa day experience?
I was lucky enough to get bought a spa day for two at Champneys Forest Mere for a Christmas gift so I invited one of my best gals Abbey and we literally had such a good day. The sun was shining, we got to eat absolutely loads of good food and we got to pamper ourselves all day! (Well duh)
We arrived bang on 9am so we could get ourselves checked in and grab some breakfast before you had to pay at 10am. We wasn’t really sure what to expect but there was a lovely selection of breakfast bites which you could eat either in the conservatory area or outside. It was a bit breezy so we decided to stay indoors but we still got to enjoy the views of the lake and the early morning sun.
For my first round on the buffet I chose a salmon bagel, a fig bagel and a selection of fruit washed down with an orange juice. For the second round I had another bagel (they were mini bagels so 2 is like having 1 normal sized bagel, right!?) and a pot of bircher muesli. It had little bits of apricot in and was delicious.
You could also have coffee or choose from a selection of green, black and herbal teas and Abbey and I both thought it was the perfect way to start the day.
We changed into our dressing gowns and decided to sit and read in the sun for a bit before our Thalasso spa treatment at 11am. This was the moment I went full yeti and realised that I hadn’t shaved my legs for about a week. Luckily Abbey didn’t judge me too harshly (at least not out loud). We went outside and spotted some loungers right next to the lake. We started making our way over but then this couple actually dared to sit there before we did and we had to give them dirty looks from 200 metres away on some other loungers. (Obviously as soon as they moved we jumped in their graves and grabbed the good loungers for ourselves).
We went for the thalasso spa treatment at about 11am. I honestly had no idea what it was because it was included with the gift card so we just kinda went along and hoped for the best. It basically involved sitting in moving salt water for 25 minutes, you do 5 minutes in each section so there was one that was like lots of bubbles, a whirlpool area, and jets. I don’t know if I felt particularly affected by it after but apparently if you do it everyday for a week you will notice a difference in your skin.
We rinsed off (Abbey did NOT want her skin to get dried out by the salt) and headed to the lunch area. It felt very deluxe but still retained that amazingly relaxed vibe. You get a big bottle of water each and you can choose where you sit (we sat in these massive armchairs and it was amazing!) kinda wanna say it’s funny to see everyone in their dressing gowns at lunch but that is genuinely how I live my life at the weekend so nothin’ new there for me.
It’s a three course meal included in the spa day. I ordered the halloumi as I was doing my veggie month at the time and Abbey went rogue and picked the swordfish. While we waited for our mains to arrive, we piled our plates high with goodies from the salad buffet. There was a lot of choice and all nutritional information is displayed next to the platters so all dietary requirements are catered for.
For some reason we didn’t get any wine with our lunch (still regretting this now tbh) but there is the option to have 1 glass with your meal for a small extra fee.
My halloumi was perfect, a great big slab of squeaky yellow deliciousness with a stir-fried salad on the side.
I think we both felt stuffed by the time we had to choose our desserts but I couldn’t decide whether to have the fruit salad or raspberry yogurt thing. Our waitress was so sweet; she brought us both one of each! My inner pig squealed with delight and I wolfed it all down.
Now, finally time for the spa! This was pamper heaven. There was a sauna, ice room, steam room, hot room, program showers, Jacuzzi, heated water beds, a giant pool and a chill room with a faux fire.
Obviously we tried EVERYTHING! It’s recommended to do a cycle of temperature changes so we mixed and matched but started with heat, then cool, then relaxation and finally rejuvenation in the Jacuzzi.
My absolute favourite has to be those heated water beds though. OMG if I could have one of these for a hangover I would honestly be cured in 20 minutes! I wished we could have discovered them earlier (so I could have napped all day)
In between spa-ing we did attend one session (we both decided to forgo bringing gym wear so we didn’t go to any classes) called Emotional Freedom Technique which is a psychological therapy based on tapping meridian lines to help people deal with stress and anxiety and other emotional triggers and responses. I have to say we decided to go and we didn’t know what it was (we didn’t even google it) but hey-ho it was a new experience and I’m an open minded gal.
Also, weirdest thing ever, if you watched Ladette to Lady when you were younger well only Rosemary (the chef) was in the session with us! That was my first ever celebrity experience. It was great.
That was the only class we attended but there was a lot on offer on the schedule and if we had maybe planned better (or at all) then we probably would have signed up for a few.
We finished the day with a coffee on the balcony area in the evening sun.
Overall, I had an incredibly relaxing day and would definitely recommend Champneys Forest Mere. It was just what I needed to take my mind off things too. The facilities were clean and spacious and I almost felt spoilt for choice in the spa area. All the staff were so welcoming and smiley which made me feel comfortable at all times. Thank you Abbey for coming with me!
Have you been to Champneys? I’m looking for some more spas to visit so send your recommendations my way 🙂
Til next time,