A few weeks back Mum and I were invited to Hoar Cross Hall* for a mummy-daughter spa day to relax and catch up after our holidays! Mum had never been to a spa before and despite loving close by I’d never actually visited Hoar Cross Hall myself so we were both excited for our day. Set in the Staffordshire countryside this Grade II listed spa hotel has quite a reputation for luxurious pamper days, stays and weddings – here’s what we got up to!
We checked in around 9:30am and were given a tour of this stunning (and huge) spa retreat! With areas for day guests and stay guests, restaurants, shops, different pools, treatment rooms and more relaxation rooms than you can shake a stick at we hung onto our maps and tried to get our bearings as we slipped into our robes!
We started in the Hoar Cross Hall sleep room filled with waterbeds and mood lighting – perfect for a nap or a quiet lie down! I still find it hard to nap in a spa but if i was going to this would be the place to do it. After a quiet five we pottered to the tea room for a coffee and a chat before settling down in a pair of massage chairs dotted around the building with our books for an hour before lunch.
Lunch at Hoar Cross Hall was lovely – three courses from a set menu with enough choice and an extra salad and vegetable bar to pick from. We chose Goat’s Cheese followed by Sea Bass which were both cooked very well with fresh ingredients and washed down with an ice cold glass of Sauv Blanc. Dessert for me was Creme Brulee and mum a Lemon tart…which we devoured before I even managed to get my camera out *oops*!
After lunch we had an hour of relaxation to let our food settle down before our first treatment – a full body massage with sensuous oils, part of Hoar Cross Hall’s new Timepiece Collection of treatments. It was a lovely signature treatment with beautifully decorated treatment suites, foot baths beforehand and a dedicated relaxation room afterwards – these are definitely worth booking in for when you visit. Our therapists were lovely too and made massage newbie mum feel right at home.
During our visit to Hoar Cross Hall they opened their brand new Fire and Ice suite in the afternoon so we were some of the very first people to experience it! This brand new wing of the spa features saunas, steam rooms, hot monsoon showers and ice cold washes which you experience in order to create a liberating full body experience! I didn’t last long in that ice shower but the aromatherapy steam room with heated tile seats was heavenly! Such a lovely addition to the spa and one that I think will prove very popular.
The pool areas at Hoar Cross Hall are also beautiful with secluded whirlpools, water foot massagers, body massages, plunge pools and more. We enjoyed a little swim before heading down to the Matthew Curtis salon for our final treatments!
To round off our spa day we were treated to a hair analysis and blow dry in the new Matthew Curtis salon! Newly re-designed the salon is absolutely stunning and it was such a lovely way to end our spa day after having massage oil and chlorine in our hair! The salon offers a blow dry menu with various styles to leave you looking fabulous after your day of relaxation and a cutting edge analysis treatment to find out just how healthy your hair is!
Surprisingly my 7 year old tummy length locks were in pretty good condition! Using a 200x microscope my stylist took a look at my hair from root to tip and talked me through the best products to use for it’s condition – it was utterly fascinating! After our analysis we went though to the salon and had our hair washed in their snazzy massage chairs and proceeded to be made fabulous with our chosen blowdries!
Mine took absolutely ages – darn my super thick hair – but my stylist was very patient, as was mum as she was finished in half the time! I’d never think to have my hair done at the spa but it was a really great way to finish and left us feeling fabulous as well as completely relaxed. We had such a lovely day at Hoar Cross Hall and I think mum is definitely a spa convert – if you’re looking for a luxurious spa day with impressive treatments, good food, a variety of exercise classes in a beautifully English setting then this is your spot. Hoar Cross Hall isn’t the cheapest spa we’ve visited but being one of the largest in Europe and oozing British charm it’s certainly one to experience and would make a wonderful gift for someone in need of a bit of pampering.
Want to know more? Take a look at the Hoar Cross Hall website and book your spa day HERE!
Have you been to Hoar Cross Hall? What did you think?
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