My sister was the big 3-0 last week (sorry sis) and my mum and I thought it’d be a great idea to go pamper ourselves with a spa day. With my sister on board (of course) an evening/day break was booked, and looked forward to all week. Two days off work, good food, a spa and massage? What more could you want?! I apologise for the lower quality photos – I didn’t have my camera so they’re all from my phone!
So yep, we booked ourselves a package that included dinner, an overnight stay with breakfast, one 25 minute treatment and full use of all the spa/leisure facilities. It was around £83 per person I think, which isn’t bad at all when you think of the food and hotel stay too! Our room had a lovely view of the surrounding area!
Upon arriving, we went to our room, dumped our stuff and then pretty much headed back out. Making use of the facilities, we spent a little time in the gym (exercising on a break, I know!) and then moved right on to the thermal pool/sauna/steam room. Oh we did not want to leave. So they had a large normal swimming pool – the usual fairly cool water and lengths. They actually had swimming lessons on so we although we tried that pool we didn’t stay in long.
Last Drop Village Thermal Spa
The thermal pool was through another door and had it’s own enclosed area with lounging chairs. Oh, the pool. So the first section was like a jacuzzi. It was pretty hot, and every so often the bubbles would start up. Moving outside, the water was still lovely and warm but just a little cooler (probably because it was outside!) than the inside. A waterfall would start up now and again to move the water around and bubble it a little. As you can see from photos, the view was gorgeous. The weather was actually fairly nice – quite warm, and we saw a bit of the sun – so it was so good to be outside in a pool and relaxing.
Inside we had five different rooms to try: Sauna, Rock Sauna, Steam Room, Aroma Room and Lanconium. They also had two showers so you could cool down, and a water barrel so you could keep hydrated. That was really good thinking. Each room was great, though all three of us struggled to stay in the saunas. So hot! My favourite rooms were the Aroma and Lanconium ones. They were like steam rooms, but had the added menthol and other steams in there.
After lounging in there for a few hours, we headed back up to the room so we could get changed and ready for our dinner. We were a little early for the reservation so had a quick look around the village. There’s a little pub, a tea room, toy shop and then a few boutiques. Such a cute and quirky little village – I really love the Tudor style buildings.
Dinner at the Last Drop Village Restaurant
As part of our package deal, we had a set three course menu to choose from. I panicked a little at first because the only vegetarian meal option on there was red onion Lincolnshire sausages… As an onion hater (I seriously cannot stand them) I knew I wouldn’t like them so we asked and thankfully they said I could also choose from either a risotto or Gnocchi dish. You can see above that I chose the Gnocchi… I’d never had it before and it was delicious, though maybe a little stodgy. Understandable when you’re eating a potato/pasta dish.
For starters I had a root vegetable soup that came with two soft, warm bread rolls. Dessert was this amazing cheese platter. Given the choice of cheese or cake, I would choose cheese 9 times out of 10. This did not disappoint. Smoked cheese, cheddar, soft brie, and one with blue/green bits in that I did admittedly give away… We were stuffed after that, so went straight up to the room and changed into pyjamas – ready to watch the new episode of Long Lost Families. Oh, what party animals!
The Morning After… and a massage
Breakfast was also lovely with the option of a full english or cereals, yoghurt, fruit and croissants. I had a mixture… Our massage treatment was booked in at 1pm, so we had that morning to go back into the thermal pools and relax with our books. Just can’t tell you how amazing and relaxing it was – felt like we were on holiday!
At 1pm we went up to the treatment area where we were met with some lovely girls. There was a little room with tables, fresh juices and tea/coffee, and a relaxation room with soft lighting/music and recliner chairs. When I was called in, the girl acting as my masseuse was friendly and told me what to do before leaving the room so I could take my top off and get comfortable.
We’d booked a neck, back and shoulder massage. When she came back in she started up a small conversation and was chatty which I guess was to help me to relax – it worked! The massage itself was amazing. I was asked if the pressure was okay and it never felt painful or uncomfortable. That 25 minutes was over in a blink of an eye! It was my first massage and it certainly won’t be the last, I felt so good afterwards.
When we were all done, we had some juice and tea before going back downstairs and you guessed it, straight to the thermal pools again. When you have the use of the facilities, why not?!
At around half 3 we decided that it really was time to eat, so we headed to the little village and into the tearooms. My mum and sister had an afternoon tea selection, with plenty of sandwiches, scones and cakes to share. I had a Mediterranean vegetable panini and a slice of lemon and poppy seed cake. All were delicious! I definitely want to recreate that lemon cake – if anyone has any recipes, send them my way! And sadly, that was the end of our stay… back home to reality.