Monday, 30 January 2017

Driving up to the grand gates leading up to the rather impressive Champneys manor house and surrounded by 170 acres of charming countryside had us instantly filled with excitement! Mum and I couldn't wait to get our clothes and boots off and robes and slippers on and enter a realm of utter relaxation that we were so in need of!
Champneys is somewhat of an icon in terms of UK spa hotels, its been around for over 91 years, opening its doors in 1925! Now there are 10 Champneys spas located around the country including 4 resort spas and 6 city spas.
Its really not your standard jacuzzi, pool sauna / steam room situation...I mean don't get me wrong the resort of course has these facilities just as all decent spas do (and so much more than this, with special reference to the Wellbeing and Detox centre which is the first of its kind in the UK) but honestly, Champneys offers so much more than a standard spa experience its better described as real rejuvenation haven allowing you to immerse yourself in utter relaxation in the most beautiful surroundings.
Once you visit Champneys its easy to see why its become so popular over the years- especially since the recent Wellbeing and Detox centre,  it just ticks every box and more combing uncompromised relaxation, health and fitness activities including high intensity classes to yoga, barre, access to the gym, guided walks around the pretty grounds and forest and a wonderful dining experience- (the buffet lunch was a personal favourite not to mention the amazing beetroot cake in the cafe- a must!)
I visited Champneys with my Mum for some lovely mother / daughter downtime to celebrate my mums birthday and it was just perfect- we shared one of the beautiful and rather spacious premier suites overlooking the manicured gardens and had such a comfortable and cosy nights stay. It was a real treat to stay in such a lovely room and we made the most of it by cracking open a bottle of bubbly after our spa treatments and lounged around in our robes with face masks on in true spa style!
A three course dinner was served in the restaurant and I must say the menu was extensive - we wanted to try everything but ended up going for the sweet potato and cumin soup, followed by the tortellini pasta dish and chessboard for dessert- delicious!
In terms of treatments Mum and I opted for a 55min full body massage and oh boy did we need it!! Both therapists said we had lots of knots in our shoulders so it wasn't the most relaxing experience of all time as they worked hard to get the knots out but it certainly needed and definitely results driven which is what Champneys spa treatments are all about. We came away feeling completely taken care of- very talented therapists who got rid of our knots and left us feeling ready for that prosecco back in our gorgeous room.
The next morning we were very good and had a 45 min gym session just to burn off the yummy pasta (and naughty vino!) from the night before before sitting down to breakfast. Breakfast was probably the only slight downside as I would've liked eggs to be part of the buffet but in order to have eggs you have to order from a separately charged menu and a wider fruit selection would've been nice on the buffet but having said that we arrived just half an hour before breakfast finished so if you stay make sure you get there early to make the most of the fruit!
After brekkie we chilled out on the sun loungers, had a dip in the jacuzzi and had a sauna and steam session all before a good swim to build up an appetite for the amazing buffet lunch we polished off!
Lunch was really amazing, they had everything from grilled salmon, chicken, chilli, healthy curries, veggie lasagne and a mammoth salad bar. It was all very lovely indeed- I love the health aspect to Champneys they make it easy to make healthy choices and use the trip as almost a detox as temptations are at a minimum.
All in all it was a truly wonderful stay and I'm desperate to go back!! I highly recommend Champneys Tring and also recommend staying in one of the premiere suites- it absolutely makes your stay!!
To book a Champneys Spa stay click here.


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