Of all the ways to relax and recharge, I find heading to a spa one of my favourites. There is usually a “no phone” policy or very little signal, which prevents me from getting distracted by work and encourages me to really try to switch off for a day. After what has been a busy few weeks, I headed to Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel Golf and Spa for a much-needed day of peace and quiet. I was booked in for their Autumn Spa Day, which is great value at £49.50 per person for a 55-minute Elemis treatment, access to the spa, use of robes, slippers and fluffy towels as well as a spa lunch.
On arrival, the beautiful smell of Elemis products welcomed me into the spa reception area. I had my treatment time confirmed and placed my lunch order. Then was taken for a tour of the facilities and directed to the changing area.
I had some time before lunch so decided to enjoy the loungers on the poolside, the experience shower, and the pool. I struggle with swimming but since hurting my back earlier this year, I have found being in a pool is a great way to exercise my arm gently. So I persevered with it for a few seconds at a time until I was tired out! Then I recovered for a bit alternating between the experience shower, steam room and sauna.
I find the peace and quiet a good change from the usual chaos of my day to life in Birmingham city centre and look forward to having some time out every now and again. Given that it was a weekday, I wasn’t sure how busy the Macdonald Hill Valley was going to be and was pleasantly surprised to find that although there were plenty of people enjoying the facilities, it didn’t feel crowded or too noisy anywhere.
I headed for my spa lunch after a quick shower. Lunch began with a smoothie and some water. Then I was served my main course of hake, which was delicious and lactose-free. Finally for dessert, a scoop of blackcurrant sorbet with a generous heap of fresh strawberries. The lunch was light but tasty, which is ideal for a spa day; especially as I was heading for my treatment straight after.
The relaxation room by the treatment rooms was a lovely space to wait before going in for my Couture Touch treatment. The whole space had the distinctive Elemis scent, which I love and combined with the low lighting and the comfy loungers, I could feel my body physically relaxing and my whirring mind slowing the longer I spent in there.
I was booked in for The Elemis Couture Touch treatment, which includes a back massage, back of legs massage, a scalp massage and a facial. I’ve never had this treatment before so was intrigued. Once safely nestled under the towels on a warm bed, I love how the treatment begins with a warm towel to cleanse the feet. It’s a relaxing start and great for the circulation. This really is a top to toe experience!
I enjoyed the Couture Touch treatment and think it offers great value as part of the Autumn Spa Day as this would normally be £69. So if you fancy getting a beauty bargain that doesn’t compromise on the Elemis experience then I think this is perfect. It would be worth grabbing a friend or partner and booking in before the offer ends.
The Autumn Spa Day experience at Macdonald Hill Valley was relaxing and I found having some time away from my work really beneficial for my stress levels. It is refreshing to take some time off during the week instead of waiting for the weekend to unwind. I thoroughly recommend it.
Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel, Golf and Spa, Tarporley Rd, Shropshire SY13 4HA. Tel: 0344 879 9049
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