Sooooooo, this post has been a looooong time coming - a month and a half long if we're going to be precise - but better late than never ‘ey? Read on. 11th May, for years, has been the one day, annually, that the best friend and I get together without fail. We tend to rendez-vous around December 25th too (*ehem* please note, all gifts welcome*ehem*) but as I’m a Christmas baby and Christmas tends to be a busy family time, it’s rarely the same day we meet up. 11th may, however, is her birthday you see - the one day guaranteed to be filled with giggles, gossip and gallivanting. This time around - with S working full-time for the first time and myself mid-way through a mid-exam crisis (I’m convinced this “day to myself” really helped me nail them.... I promise mum) - we decided on a day of indulgence and decadence (oi. Even if you're thinking it, don’t you dare say it. We're still young).
So off we toddled to Sopwell House Country Hotel & Spa, St. Albans, for a whole day of relaxation and remedies, pampering and preening, caring and cleaning, swimming and swigging. And what a luxurious experience it was. In the website’s own words,
“The Spa at Sopwell House has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment in a luxurious Japanese style and now offers a spectacular 14.5 metre indoor swimming pool and children's pool, Jacuzzi, starlit steam room, glass fronted Sauna, curved mosaic-lined experience showers, and a luxurious heated mosaic seat on which you can dry off and relax. The contemporary feel is combined with refined Japanese elements and warm natural materials while LED feature lighting creates a relaxing ambience, and the luxurious furnishings create a really distinctive and relaxing environment.
To compliment these luxury facilities we have created a new range of treatments, spa days and spa breaks, all thoughtfully selected to offer a fantastic experience at competitive prices.”
To top it off, a buffet lunch with plenty of choice for vegetarians, the freedom to latch onto as many fitness sessions as you please, unlimited access to the gym facilities and an hours treatment of your choice - we went for the all over body massage. Ahhhhhhh.
It’s a must do.
Sopwell House Country Club Hotel & Spa, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1