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Hours of idleness
Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa (Seaham)
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Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa (Seaham)
Advantages: Award winning spa, excellent girly treat
Disadvantages: You can't spend every day there!
**Full day access to the spa facilities, thermal baths, showers and free refreshments
**Fluffy bathrobes and complementary flip flops for the day
**Lunch in the Ozone restaurant
**Hot Stone Therapy (full body massage)
**Serenity Idleness Facial
And I have to say right now that a day spent at Seaham Hall is truly a full 5 dooyoo star experience!
Now £170 might seem a little steep, but there's various other packages you can go for, some a little cheaper, some more expensive. I think that ours was really worth it and as I treat I'd definitely pay that price again. One thing I would note is that when you book you have to pay the full amount upfront and a certain percentage of this will be kept if you make a cancellation. So be sure of your booking before you do so.
For more details on the other packages and special offers visit their website:
Arriving at the spa
Seaham Hall is simple to find (especially if you're equipped with a tom tom) and parking is free and we found a space no problem. It's situated close to the coast is a quiet and secluded area which sets the tone perfectly before you enter the spa which is in a completely round part of the building. The spa reception is straight infront of you as you go through the doors and the staff were very welcoming and friendly and offered us complimentary orange juices as we filled in various forms (skincare questionnaire etc). We were then given our treatment schedule, robes, flip flops and locker keys and went on the short tour of the Spa to get our bearings. The spa is set round a circular walkway and although you think this sounds quite cool and simple - we often got a bit confused in which direction we were going. But it was just slightly humorous and didn't spoil the day in the slightest.
The changing rooms / showers / toilets etc were immaculately clean and well set out. The lockers were especially neat with electronic keys - very fancy! And there were also hairdryers in the changing room which were free to use. Bodywash, shampoo and conditioner were to be found in the showers but I had brought my own.
*Tip* it's useful to bring some detangler and a wide tooth comb (if you have long hair) if you plan on going swimming or having any of the massages (they often mess up your hair if they include a head massage).
Towels were fresh, heated and abundantly available throughout the day - free of charge.
The Thermal Baths
This is where the relaxation happens! I had such fun the in thermal baths area - trying out all the different steam rooms, chilling in the outdoor heated hot tubs, swimming in the Ozone cleansed pool (no harsh chemicals = no chlorine smell) and as the website states - it really was like swimming in Evian water! There's loungers set all around the pool side where you can sit and enjoy drinks - a lot of people had brought books and magazines to read - regulars perhaps?
The website gives full documentation of what each steam room / bath entails but here's a quick rundown of what they have...
Hammam - I couldn't stay in this one for long as it made my eyes water.
Plunge Pools and Ice Fountain - I loved plunging into the icy water. It was shockingly refreshing!
Lunch was fantastic! Far, far, FAR superior to the lunch at the Malmaison petit spa (see my Malmaison review). Again in a round room with huge windows to enjoy the view of the surrounding gardens and country side while having your meal. The menu was varied, but select and everything looked prepared to perfection (I had a spy at other guests' tables to see what they were tucking into). I had a Parma Ham Salad plate to start - yum, a Chicken Caesar wrap and French Fries for the main course - yum yum, and a Chocolate Brownie (but not just an ordinary brownie) for pudding - yum yum yum! It was superb. I highly recommend staying for lunch or dinner if you plan on visiting the spa! The only thing not included in the cost of your spa day ritual package is drinks - these need to be paid for when you leave the restaurant after lunch. You have the choice of having lunch in your fluffly robes and flip flops or dressing for lunch - the only thing asked of you is that you don't turn up for lunch soaking off the pool. A lot of people were lunching in their robes but I chose to get dressed.
Hot Stone Therapy
Up until my visit to the Serenity Spa, I hadn't had the pleasure of a hot stones massage, so wasn't quite sure what it would be liked. I hoped that it would be good and I'm pleased to report that it was indeed very good. Extremely soothing. From what I could tell (obviously I couldn't exactly see what the therapist was doing as I was facing the floor through the massage bed... and also I think I dosed off at one point...) the stones were heated and in turn the stones heated the massage oil. One by one a series of stones were doused in oil and massaged over the back muscles, leg muscles, shoulders and arms and also wrapped into towels around your hands. It was all very cosy and serene and I'd suggest trying this particular therapy out if you suffer with tired or painful muscles or if you work hard at the gym - this would be an excellent treat for your body.
We both got a short head massage included in the time of the massage which I think lasted about an hour. The head massage isn't mentioned on the website so this was an unexpected bonus!
The Serenity Spa uses Elemis products in it's treatments and all the lotions and potions they use can be bought in the spa's beauty shop but Elemis is available easily enough online or in department stores such as John Lewis if you'd rather not impulse buy and shop around for a good deal. Elemis products run on the expensive side (but well worth it) as they are a professional spa brand.
We both had our treatment in the same room (I requested a double treatment room when I booked the spa day and this was no problem to arrange) it really made the day feel extra special having our treatments done together. I'd recommend enquiring about a double treatment room if you plan on going with your mam or a close friend.
Serenity Idleness Facial
Again, surprisingly, this treatment also included a head massage at the end - our heads were truly relaxed by the end of the day!!
The facial was what you'd expect from a top notch Spa. Before the therapist got started there was a brief consultation about your specific skin requirements and any particular problems that needed treating. Again, Elemis products were used in the facial and I found myself muttering 'ooh that smells nice' and 'mmm' for most of the facial. I think part of the experience was the aromas, but my skin was definitely looking peachy and pleased with itself afterwards. My only complaint about the facial was for a lot of the time I had various eyemasks on with a lavender eye pillow on top. This got took away and replaced several times (between cleansing, toning and masks etc) and I wish that it had been on for a shorter length of time - it got quite heavy on the eyes and I found it a little uncomfortable.
I can't be sure how long the facial lasted - by this time minutes and hours were merging into one and there's only actually one clock (in the pool area) in the whole spa! This definitely encourages a thoroughly relaxed mood and at one point... I think after a good swimming session, sauna and then a facial me and my mam retired to one of the relaxation lounges, enjoyed some free smoothies and fell asleep! They had reclining loungers and it was warm and cosy and there was ambient chill music playing and basically no one could resist a nap under those conditions! We weren't the only ones snoozing either - it seemed to be quite normal to completely zone out. After all - a spa day is such hard work! Hehe.
But then the end of the day came and we were sad to leave. We got dressed and admired the building and ambiance for a while and as we left we were sure that we would definitely return!
Summary: Head to the Serenity Spa for a day of pure relaxation
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