I was recently lucky enough to be invited to Rockliffe Hall, the AA rated, five star hotel with an award winning spa in County Durham to review their Spa Day package. I have visited Rockliffe Hall in the past as my lovely cousin actually got married there two years ago! I had never tried their spa, so I jumped at the chance. After checking in around 10:30am, I headed to the Brasserie for some brunch. I wanted something tasty yet light before the spa, so I opted for the pancakes with maple syrup. I was not disappointed! Whilst waiting for my pancakes I was brought a fruit platter and chocolate croissants…
After I finished my pancakes I was kindly escorted down to the Spa changing rooms, shown how to use the lockers and given my complimentary robe and slippers. Something I haven’t seen before in a spa is that in the shower area I noticed there was make up remover, toner and cotton wool pads – amazing. Something I always forget to bring is make up wipes or make up remover with me. You can never get it all off with a quick shower alone, so I thought this was an incredibly thoughtful touch. The hydrotherapy suite was amazing, I didn’t manage to snap any pictures whilst in there, as I wanted to be careful not to ruin anyone else’s relaxing spa experience by having my phone out all the time, with the camera flashing away! My favourite was the igloo, a cold room, where you rub ice chips over your skin to close your pores! I lounged around the pool for an hour or so reading magazines and drinking a hot chocolate. I was taken just across the spa to the ‘spa garden’ for two hours of total bliss. The Spa Garden is an extra £30 per person but I can see why it is totally worth it. You are seriously spoilt. Absolutely worth it for the views alone, in my opinion.The Spa garden has two outdoor pools, a circle jacuzzi pool and an infinity hydro pool overlooking the gardens, it felt so tranquil. This was the view from the heated loungers chair beds inside the spa garden (which I absolutely loved, I almost fell asleep on them!) Despite it being a cold, crisp November afternoon, the outdoor infinity pool was a lovely 37 degrees (dreamy) so I had no problem dipping in and out of it!The Spa Garden felt so secluded and private. It felt like our very own little spa. There was only me and two other girls, there was complimentary fruit, bowls of nuts, water and cranberry juice, coffee and hot chocolate to help ourselves to and an endless supply of fresh towels and blankets if we wanted to sit outside. I literally couldn’t hear a thing, no road noise, no people, nothing… amazing.
The glass fronted sauna was gorgeous, we were told by the spa butler that it was different to usual sauna’s as this one was really dry. I only understood what he meant once I was in there, I didn’t feel sticky, or overly hot or clammy like I usually do in saunas! After sweating it out in the sauna I headed back to the spa reception because it was time for my 60 minute facial!
I was greeted by the lovely Laura (c) who took me upstairs to the treatment rooms, one word – wow. Look at that corridor! This was probably my favourite part of the whole visit if I had to choose one. I loved that Laura made me feel at ease instantly. A 60 minute facial filled with awkward silences would be my worst nightmare but Laura and I talked and laughed non-stop. I had a beautiful facial full of Caudalie products, I was asked about my skin issues and what I thought where my problem areas. Laura then told me my pores were small… MY pores… small? so from then on she was pretty much my BFF really!
Although I was relaxing, and technically doing ‘nothing’ my day flew by and I loved every minute of it. I went home feeling relaxed, chilled out and almost a brand new face thanks to Laura and her skin care magic. Thank you very much to Claudia for arranging my lovely visit! Have you ever been to Rockliffe Hall?