Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa – A Must For Spa Lovers Who Love Some Luxury!
March 14, 2017
As we drove up to the hotel, past the golf course and England rugby training grounds, I was optimistic that the next 24 hours were going to be just what I needed – relaxing, enjoyable and full of those extra luxurious touches. I’d promised my mum a spa night away for a while, so once booked we made sure that we arrived at the hotel early so that we had all day to experience what I had been told was a rather impressive spa – and I wasn’t disappointed.
Having only been refurbished in 2015, the spa was elegantly designed with some lovely touches – and I’m pretty hard to impress when it comes to spas – but here there wasn’t a tile or towel out of place. We were given flip flops on arrival and the robes and towels were freshly tumbled and ready for us in the changing rooms. The Thermal Heaven offers 11 heat experiences – split into mixed and single sex areas – which are designed to raise the body temperature, increase body circulation and stimulate the pores to sweat out toxins. There are also two new level floating saunas, a new ice igloo experience, plunge pool and experience showers.
But while the sun was shining, we decided to swim outside and try out the Hydrotherapy pool and various jacuzzis. There is something rather special about being able to swim outside when the weather is chilly – but heated to 37 degrees the pool was absolute bliss. We lunched in the spa restaurants where guests are encouraged to stay in their robes. The service and food were great and I would highly recommend the tiger prawns and glass noodles.
Following a short snooze by the pool, we got ready for the rasul treatment which we had booked. This is a two person private treatment in which you are given a face mask, hair mask, body scrub and mud body mask – which you apply before entering a heated moroccan chambre. Not only do the products leave your skin feeling incredibly soft, it’s also pretty good fun to do together. Now when the therapists said a shower will come on to signal the end of the treatment, she didn’t quite explain at what force – it was a bit of a shock when it happened and left us in fits of giggles. Once showered you then apply a fig body cream and face moisturiser before letting yourself out. I would highly recommend this treatment to anyone looking for something a bit different from your average massage or facial.
We spent the rest of the afternoon in and out of the various spa therapy rooms, mixing sweltering saunas with icy plunge pools and everything in between. The main Ballroom swimming pool is huge and has a lovely sofa area to relax in which allows you to look out over the terrace. While relaxing we were brought a gorgeous smoothie and some very elegant bite sized desserts.
We finally dragged ourselves away from the spa around half 5ish, at which time we checked into our room. The room was impressive, with a large living area and a shower big enough to fit most of the England rugby team in! There was even a TV to watch while soaking in the bath. Over a glass of wine we got ready for dinner before heading to the Ascot Bar for a pre dinner cocktail – which we enjoyed while being entertained my some young wedding guests and some members of the England rugby team.
We dined in The Brasserie which is the hotels more contemporary, relaxed restaurant. The service was excellent and the menu offered a large variety of deliciously sounding dishes. I opted for the beetroot cured salmon and the cod and orecchiette pasta for main. Both dishes were very well presented and were full of flavour. For dessert I enjoyed the coconut parfait and an additional glass of wine!
Following a lovely night of sleep (a rarity with my little boy), a quick swim and sauna and a four course breakfast we reluctantly checked out. It is no wonder that Pennyhill Park gets its fair share of celebrity guests – this was one of the best spa hotel experiences I have experienced in a long time.
Written by Luxuria Lifestyle UK’s Kerene Barefield