Escape the city to Moddershall Oaks

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As much as I love living in Birmingham’s city centre, there are times when it is nice to get away from the noise and crowds of the city. I grew up in Devon and enjoy a little peace and quiet on occasion. Nowadays, I like to escape the city with a little spa time and a recent visit to Moddershall Oaks was just what I needed. I went with a friend who was in need of some pamper time, with a plan for some lunch, a treatment each and some quiet time to relax.

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Our spa day began with welcome drinks whilst filling in the medical questionnaire ahead of treatments and pre-selecting our lunch choices. We were given our itineraries for the day, with our treatment and lunch times so we could plan for the day ahead. Getting this out of the way means that we can get on with enjoying the rest of the day knowing that everything has been taken care of. For any drinks or snacks, we could charge them to an account to be settled at the end of the day, so there is no need to carry cash or a card around all day.

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We had time to use the facilities before lunch so we went to the steam room, tried out the foot spa, relaxed in the indoor hot tub and had a bit of a swim. I am not a strong swimmer, I can barely manage a few metres and stay afloat, but a very kind woman in the spa gave me some pointers on how to improve my technique and I spent a little time in the pool trying them out. And I have to admit that I managed to do a few lengths thanks to the help I received! We then rinsed off and used the experiential showers before wrapping up warmly in our robes and heading to the restaurant for our lunch.

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Lunch was originally going to be two courses but we opted for dessert, which was optional for our spa package. I was impressed at how well I was accommodated for with my lactose intolerance and my raw fruit allergy. I was able to enjoy three courses without feeling deprived or that I was getting less value than my friend. And everything was delicious yet light so I didn’t feel too sluggish for the afternoon’s activities.

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We spent a little time on the sun loungers outside then enjoyed the outdoor hot tub, which was nice, even with the British weather. I didn’t find time to try out the Kelo sauna as before long, we had chatted the time away and it was time to head for my treatment.

Moddershall Oaks is an Elemis spa and use their products throughout the spa. The treatment area is scented with Elemis products and it is instantly relaxing walking up the stairs to the waiting area by the treatment rooms. It was peaceful in the waiting area with the comfy sofas, beautiful scents and the dim lighting. I’m sure that my shoulders instantly relaxed when I took my seat to await my appointment.

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When it came to choosing a treatment from the menu, I wasn’t sure what to go for. I favour massages, deep tissue is my favourite, but with my recent back issues, I’ve been careful not to do anything that might trigger another episode. So this time, I tried out the Elemis Poultice massage which uses a combination of heat from wheat wraps and medium pressure to relax and soothe muscles all over the body.

After the treatment, I felt really relaxed and pampered. I floated back down to the spa facilities to relax in my fluffy spa robe in the relaxation room. This was the perfect way to spend a while after my pampering. And the gorgeous scents of the spa are also to be found in the relaxation room where the roaring fire, comfy beds and curtains provide a cosy area to read or have a light snooze.

By the end of the day, I headed for a shower to get myself ready for the journey home. Back on the train, I felt that the spa day at Moddershall Oaks had been the perfect antidote to the busy city and I was ready to head back. I’m looking forward to another escape to a spa retreat soon. Have you visited Moddershall Oaks yet?

Moddershall Oaks, Moddershall Dr, Moddershall, Stone ST15 8WF. Tel: 01782399000

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