Travel Review: Wonderful Spa Break – Part 1

Travel Review: Wonderful Spa Break – Part 1

We’ve just returned from a wonderful Spa Hotel Break at The Greenway Hotel near Cheltenham, here in the UK. It was a spur of the moment trip and we only booked it the day before we travelled as hubby had a week off and we fancied some much needed relaxation time.

Well we certainly made the right choice, as the hotel we picked turned out to be absolutely perfect (no affiliation)… We hit upon the hotel on a Booking.com last minute spa break deal and it turned out to be the most relaxing few days and just what the Doctor ordered.

On arrival at the hotel, we were very pleasantly informed by the reception staff that our room wasn’t quite ready and after a very genuine apology, we were shown into the ‘lounge’ area and treated to some complimentary champagne!

What great Customer Service and a fabulous start to our trip, as we had barely touched the Champagne when the room was ready…

Obviously we had to empty the glasses before we continued to the room – it would have been rude not to!!

The reception staff were really helpful and gave us a personal tour through the hotel and up to our room which was in the old Coach House above the wonderful spa. The room was very spacious and far better than we’d expected having booked last minute and we’d only booked a ‘standard double’ room, so had thought the room may be fairly small… Have you ever heard the saying… “You know what thought did”?

We were therefore delighted at the overall size and ‘ambience’ of the room. The decor was very different to the normal ‘bland’ hotel rooms, and although the wallpaper was quite busy, it seemed very fitting with the ‘coach house stable theme of the room and as Cheltenham is also famous for it’s horse racing, it was perfectly themed for the area too…

We had lovely views from the balcony windows out over the rolling Cotswold Hills and keeping to the ‘horse’ theme, we had the ‘real things’ in the adjacent field to admire too!

The Bathroom was larger than the normal hotel bathroom with a bath and separate walk in shower. The bathroom felt luxurious and was perfectly suited to the complimentary toiletries from the Espa range and which smelled divine!

We loved the presentation of the teapot and cups within the ‘service de chambre’box… The selection of homemade shortbread and ginger biscuits was a lovely touch and there was also complimentary water and fruit for us to enjoy too. My only ‘niggle’ was that they only left 2 mini milks and as I like VERY milky tea, this wasn’t sufficient. However, it wasn’t a problem, as on request, they provided us with a jug of fresh milk, which was replenished for the following day too… Again- Excellent Service… we were made to feel that nothing was too much trouble.

Well after the 2.5 hour drive, we were feeling peckish… the ‘healthy eating’ Diabetes diet went completely out of the window as we indulged in a delightfu afternoon tea.. The homebaked cakes were absolutely divine!!! Now I did take some photographs of the afternoon tea but for some reason, I can’t seem to get them to download onto my new laptop… all the other pics have transferred but not these…. mystery to be solved and if I work it out I’ll add them in! In the meantime….. take my word for it – this afternoon tea was definitely not to be missed! (photo of lounge below taken from hotel website instead, to giveyou a feel for the ‘Afternoon Tea Ambience’)

afternoon-tea-at-the-greenway

Before I could face getting my swimming gear on for a trip into the Hotel Spa, it was necessary to have a walk around the hotel grounds to ‘burn off’ the excess sugar- Yikes – I hope my Doctor doesn’t ever read this or I’ll be ‘in trouble’!!!

Here’s a taster of our walk and now I’m going to keep you in suspense with more to follow in Part 2… which also includes dinner in the ‘fine dining’ restaurant and our trip to the Spa, so watch this space for a ‘bikini shot’….. No on second thoughts maybe not – It would be too terrifying and you’d never re-visit my blog!

However, I will be posting some half naked shots of hubby.. just don’t tell him… haha!

As you can see, I’m wearing my favourite Red Coat… Fashion: How to Get Cosy for Xmas? Buy a Cosy Coat!

As you can see, it was pretty frosty so my cosy coat was definitely a necessity, although we did ‘bare flesh’ for the outdoor hot tub later!

Part 2 coming soon…..

 

 

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    • February 2, 2017 / 7:20 pm

      Thank you so much – it really is a lovely hotel if you ever get the chance to visit.. I can highly recommend it! x

        • February 3, 2017 / 12:36 am

          It’s lovely – and a fabulous afternoon tea with chocolate cake that was to die for and I definitely couldn’t resist! x

  1. February 1, 2017 / 9:37 am

    It all looks absolutely divine Wendy. I could feel myself relaxing just by reading. Now onto part 2 …

    • February 1, 2017 / 9:42 am

      It really was a lovely break! x

      • February 1, 2017 / 10:16 am

        Good for you xo

  2. January 29, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Must have had a lovely experience. Such a lovely room and who can say no to welcome drinks.

    • January 29, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      It was Isabella – we had a fab time and we definitely couldn’t say no to the Champagne which set us off into holiday mode! xx

  3. Lidia Spoto
    January 25, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Looks lovely!

    • January 25, 2017 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks Lidia and great to meet you! It was the perfect spa break… xx

  4. January 25, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Oh Wendy, this sounds wonderful! So glad you did this. 🙂 What a good deal. Love spas. Many blessings, Debbie ps – great coat!

    • January 25, 2017 / 3:13 pm

      Aww – thanks Debbie – hey the coat was a bargain and I’ve worn it lots over winter.. there is just something about a red coat that gives me a feeling of extra confidence in myself! The spa was amazing! xx

  5. January 24, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    I’ve never been to a spa! It seems like a fab experience!

    • January 24, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      It truly was wonderful and incredibly relaxing. I hope you get the opportunity to visit one yourself one day soon… xx

  6. January 24, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Your room looks gorgeous! I love the theme. So CUTE!? Hope you can recover images of their afternoon tea. Can’t wait the Part 2!! XX

    • January 24, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s really frustrating as I can see them on the screen but can’t access them… hopefully somebody else will master it for me.. xx

    • January 24, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Aww – thanks Brigid.. I’ll take a peek and well done to you for being brave enough to do a Podcast! Impressive and I really appreciate you thinking about me! xx

  7. January 24, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Sounds like this spa weekend was sent to you both for a reason. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    • January 24, 2017 / 3:20 pm

      Part 2 out and you’re right – I think it was and definitely just what the Doctor ordered Brigid! Soooo relaxing… xx

  8. PaperPuff
    January 24, 2017 / 8:53 am

    Looks like a great place to indulge in a little r and r!

    • January 24, 2017 / 8:59 am

      Definitely a brilliant place for some perfect relaxation! x

    • January 24, 2017 / 7:42 am

      Thanks Samantha – it was really lovely – definitely the right ‘last minute’ pick! xx

  9. January 24, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Looks great there Wendy. And again, nice pictures!

    • January 24, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thanks Mr P! x

    • January 24, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Thankyou – It was a really magical trip – we loved it and would have liked to stay a few more days… can’t be greedy though! x

  10. January 24, 2017 / 3:55 am

    Looks like you had a blast. Safe travels.

    • January 24, 2017 / 7:55 am

      We did Keith – it was a really lovely hotel and the spa was absolutely fab too – very relaxing! x

  11. January 24, 2017 / 1:51 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip 🙂 look forward to reading Part 2!xx

    • January 24, 2017 / 8:01 am

      Thanks Dawn – it was really magical and the perfect ‘last minute’ break! I hope you’re well and I’m hoping to get some proper blogging catch up done later this week so I’ll be popping across soon… xx

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