Tuesday, 3 February 2015
The Alexander House Hotel
As I mentioned on Sunday James and I took a brief but wonderful trip to a spa this weekend. James had never been to a spa, and I have only been to Bath Spa on my friend Kate's hen do, so it was a very new experience for both of us.
The trip was a Christmas present from my parents, so we had a set budget to play with and were looking for somewhere within easy distance from London and offering a decent package deal. In the end we plumped for the Alexander House Hotel in Sussex, which was offering an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast, along with access to the spa and a treatment each. Oh and champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries upon arrival. It wasn't a cheap trip by any means, but I felt like when you add up all the individual components you are getting your money's worth.
On top of that we were made to feel so special and welcome, it was just the perfect little trip away. Upon arrival our bags were whisked away, and we were told we had a complementary upgrade from the classic room we had booked to a junior suite! That sort of thing never happens to me, so I was feeling pretty jammy before I even got past reception! The suite was pretty huge, with the biggest double bed I have ever slept in, and the staff really did everything to make you feel comfortable and at home. There were fires burning in all the lounges and I felt so warm and cozy the whole time. Considering I have perpetual cold feet that was pretty impressive for me!
The spa itself was lovely - my favourite bit was the outdoor hot tub even in the current freezing weather! We both went for a full body massage for our treatment, which was the first time I have ever had a massage and it was lovely. I was a bit apprehensive going in, thinking 'what do I do?' 'what do I wear?' 'what if it hurts?' but it was nothing to be scared about. My Masseuse took me through what she would do, and what to wear (knickers!) and the 55 minutes passed in a flash. I also read Olly Mann's spa virgin's guide to massage which was very informative!
Initially I was a bit worried about whether I would get bored doing nothing but relaxing for 24 hours, but I could easily have stayed for a week! I am a total spa convert.