…and why I’m booking another as soon as possible.
Last weekend, I found myself at a loose end for the simple reason that S was going to be away doing some fun solo travelling (he still is away, in fact) and I didn’t want to miss out on the fun. So to compensate I found a nice looking hotel and clicked the book button.When the spa weekend arrived, I couldn’t have been happier. An entire weekend alone* fills some people with dread, but not me. Here’s why I absolutely loved my spa weekend away.
I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park, located in Oxfordshire, for about £100 not including breakfast or spa treatments. They’ve got some good midweek offers so if that’s something you can do, I’d really recommend it. It’s a very quiet hotel with great facilities and lovely walks. My hotel review in brief reads as follows:
> Spa treatments – my manicure was one of the best I’ve had in an extremely long time, and reasonably priced
> Leisure facilities – just what you need, clean, nice. Job done.
> Rooms and decor – ditto. A change on the usual hotel decor, I think.
> Walks – the hotel is surrounded by beautiful parkland which you can walk, run or cycle around. They even have bikes for hire at reception.
> Service – the front desk were extremely helpful and friendly at all times. The restaurant staff were not so good.
> Food – the restaurant was not great for dinner. Lunch was passable, and breakfast was a bit on the sad side. Unfortunately you don’t really have any other options as you’re in the middle of nowhere.
> Hanging space – see above!
> Leisure facility location – you do have to go for a 5 minute walk from the hotel outside (gasp) to get to the leisure facilities. This didn’t bother me overmuch because the scenery on the way was quite pretty. However if you’ve just sweated it out in the gym then have to plunge back into freezing temperatures to shiver your way back to your room it’s not the most pleasant, I’ll admit.
*As it turns out, my mum and sister ended up joining me for most of the Saturday day, which I couldn’t have been happier about. They joined me for my planned 4 mile walk (turned out to barely scrape 4k, thanks shoddy hotel map), lunch and a refreshing beverage. Plus plenty of chat. As much as I love solitude, there’s nothing like family time 🙂
Have you ever been on a solo spa weekend? Would you love or loathe a weekend alone?