My husband and his friends decided to go away on a boys weekend to Brighton this weekend – for no reason other than they wanted to get away from all of us nagging wives! So us girls decided they couldn’t have all the fun, so we booked ourselves in for a spa day at the Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham.
Solent Hotel & Spa, Fareham
I’ve never been to the Solent Hotel & Spa before, so didn’t know what to expect from the spa. I’ve been to spas that have been attached to hotels before, and have been disappointed. Ideally you don’t want to know you’re in a hotel – it’s nice to feel like you’re in a dedicated spa, away from the hustle and bustle of hotel guests and staff.
We weren’t disappointed with the Solent Spa! Although it is connected the hotel, you really wouldn’t know it.
The staff couldn’t have done more to make us feel more welcome. As soon as we arrived they took us into the relaxation room and talked us through our day. We had opted for the ‘Holistic Heaven’ day spa option:
Experience a taste of our holistic treatment offering, starting your day with full use of our Spa facilities, followed by a choice of either an ESPA Holistic Back, Face & Scalp Massage, combining deep cleansing back exfoliation and powerful back massage with essential oils, or the YTSARA Samunprai, Thai Herbal Heat Energiser, an unforgettable hot Thai massage with balancing poultice improving mental clarity leaving a sense of wholesome and well-being. After a light lunch, your day will finish with a Jessica Hands or Feet Nail Tidy & Varnish, helping to ensure you are ready to face the world again.
I opted for the back, face and scalp massage and a pedicure. We chose our lunch options and then got changed into our complimentary bath robe and slippers. The robes were sooooo soft. None of the crusty, overwashed robes you sometimes get. These were all fleecy and snuggly!
My Massage Treatment
My massage was booked in for 11am, so we had time to chill out for a bit in the relaxation room before being called in for the first treatment. The beautician asked me about my skin and skincare regime, then helped me to select some products that were good for my skin type as well as having a scent that I liked. Then I got onto the bed/table thing – it was a hydro-massage table. Basically like a warmed up water bed – it was lovely!
I’ve had quite a lot of massages in my time, but oh.my.god… this was the best one I have ever had. Ever. It was amazing! It just seemed to go on and on and on, and was just perfect in every way. I could ramble on about just how fantastic it was, but you’d get bored. But needless to day, I will most definitely be booking myself back in for a repeat treat asap!
After my massage I met the other girls in the hot tub, for some bubble pampering – of both the water and alcoholic variety. We stayed in the hot tub until 1pm, only getting out because our lunch was ready.
A Yummy Lunch
Lunch was delicious. None of this ‘healthy’ rubbish that you’re so often forced to eat on a spa day. No no no. This was proper tasty food. I had a peri peri chicken dish, with salsa and chips (yum!). The other options were seabass or a goats cheese tart – both also got very favourable reviews from the girls. Desert was also super yummy – chocolate brownie, with chocolate sauce and raspberry ripple ice cream. Wonderful! We ate in a little room next to the pool in our bathrobes.
Some of the other girls had a treatment booked in at 2:30, so after lunch those who didn’t have a treatment went back into the relaxation room to read our magazines and books….ten minutes later we were all fast asleep! We didn’t wake up until 5pm, when the girls came back from their treatments. It was just so relaxing, you didn’t feel awkward sleeping out in public. It was all so quiet (just the typical spa music being piped very quietly into the room).
Pretty, Pretty Toes
Next up was my mini-pedicure. The beautician doing this was lovely. We had a good old natter. I opted for a sparkly pink number. She gently filed my toenails, then whipped off the cuticles like a pro (which she obviously was!). A couple of coats later and my toes looked beautifully pretty.
I then headed back to the relaxation room and proceeded to chill out there with the girls until about 7pm, when we decided it was probably time to leave.
The only negative thing I would say, is that the swimming pool was chocka full of families and kids all day long. It wasn’t really relaxing to swim in – and almost impossible if you wanted to do laps. Although they did cordon off an area for lane swimmers in the afternoon (but it was full of old wrinklies, and there wasn’t really enough room for them and anyone who wanted to maybe swim a bit faster).
Overall though, it was a brilliant day. It cost us £125, which isn’t cheap, but considering we had two treatments, a two course (proper) lunch, hot tub, bubbles and were there for the best part of 9 hours, I would say it was pretty good value really. Had we wanted, we could have also used the gym and taken part in some gym classes (but who wants to do that on a relaxing girly spa day?!).
Where’s your favourite spa in the UK? Any recommendations?