SPA DESTINATION OF THE MONTH: BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE

HOTEL SERVICE/ROOM:

Leanne says: When we arrived we were early so went to the spa first. Our concierge who was showing us to our room couldn’t open the door so to our delight we got a free room upgrade and oh my the room – and bathroom – were huge. The bathroom was filled with marble décor and had underfloor heating, a large bathtub and shower and an amazing waterfall style water system in the sink basin. Our kingsize bed was more than enough room for watching the free just-released on DVD movies that are provided for guests. Rating: 5/5

Joanne says: I can’t find any fault at all with the room we were given. The room was very spacious and the bathroom massive. I loved the decor in both. The room was styled very modern but also had a homely touch with lots of pretty scattered cushions on the bed and chair. The kingsize bed was massive and the most comfortable I have ever came across in a hotel. To top things off, there was a large flat screen TV which offered a range of newly released films to watch for free! The bathroom was decorated in dark marble and had an amazing rain fall shower. Something which I have always wanted to try and I was not disappointed. Rating: 5/5

RESTAURANT/FOOD:

Leanne says: The restaurant’s décor provides a very relaxed yet classy atmosphere. For starters I had a soup which consisted of vegetables, leaves and cheese blended together – was so lovely but filling. Round two saw my main meal of vegetarian pasta which baffled me and Joanna with its shape – the shape and size of lentils, accompanied by a type of stock, some mushrooms, lentils and other veggie delights. I actually really liked it even though I hate mushrooms. Our dessert was a rhurbab Panna Cotta which was summery, yummy and I could eat one right now just thinking about it. Rating: 4/5

Joanne says: The restaurant was stylish, bright and modern. The staff were great, very friendly and helpful. We had to choose from the market menu which did not have loads to choose from, but enough to satisify most tastes. To start I had a chorizo and smoked haddock mousse dish. This was very nice and just enough for a starter. For main, I had the pasta. The pasta was completely different from anything I had seen before but very tasty. The desert I chose was the rhubard panna cotta. This was a lovely desert and actually very refreshing. Rating: 4/5

 SPA FACILITIES:

Leanne says: Before we had our treatments we tried out both the hydro and vitality pools which were a highlight of our spa experience. The hydro pool is in a dark chamber which you enter and sit down in the circular poll. Upon pressing some buttons the pool begins to bubble and massages you. I loved it. Next we checked out the vitality pool which upon pressing a button turns half the pool into bubbles with massage fountains and swimming jets – truly relaxing. Post-treatments we headed into the Thermal Experience which sees you alternating between hot and cold temperatures which help detoxify your body. You are put on a journey beginning at the lower end of the sauna scales and work your way up. I have to say when Joanne opened the door to one of the more hot ones and a cloud of steam came flooding out I did have my reserves but we did manage to stay in for a while and had amazingly glowing skin. The ice fountain also helped us to cool down in between saunas with flakes of ice you can put on your body. Rating: 5/5

Joanne says: The spa was located on the ground floor of the hotel and was absolutely gorgeous. The staff where very friendly and helpful. After the spa treatment, we took advantage of the spa facilities and went through the Thermal Experience. This was fantastic and featured a number of sauna/steam rooms and also an ice fountain. The use of both left my skin even softer than before. My favourite parts of the spa however were the gorgeous jacuzzi room and pool. I could have sat in them for hours. Rating: 5/5

SPA TREATMENT:

Leanne says: I opted for the ila Vital Energy Full Body Massage which just completely rejuventated my aching body. The massage therapist was lovely and began by massaging my feet and asking where I had tension in my body. Then she massaged me in sections by hand and also by using the application of Himalayan herb poultices which were warm and left on for a while as she moved around to other parts. Reflexology, marma massage and lymphatic drainage are also techniques used. I would definitely recommend this treatment for anyone with tension in their body and just anyone who wants to harness and restore the energy in their body – the treatment promises this and it delivers. Rating: 5/5

Joanne says: I got a ila Bio Energy Body Wrap treatment. The treatment was brilliant, the best I’ve had. An exfoliating scrub was massaged into my legs, arms, back and stomach followed by a cream. I was then cocooned within a number of towels and was given a head massage during this time. I was then asked to wash all of the scrub off in the shower and once clean a body balm was massaged onto my arms, legs back and stomach. The treatment left me very relaxed and my skin smooth for days. I would definitely recommend the treatment. Rating: 5/5

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