Our reviewer found her spa visit relaxing and good value for money
Product: Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa Price: £109.00 Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
What we tested:
The mum-to-be day package at Whittlebury Spa costing from £109 per person. It included:
- Two-course buffet lunch
- Full use of The Leisure Club facilities
- ESPA Total Indulgence Pre & Post Natal massage experience (Treatment time: 1hr 25 minutes)
- Choice of a Jessica Prescriptive Manicure (45 minutes) or Jessica ZenSpa Pedicure (55 minutes)
What our reviewer said:
"Spa's aren't always the best places to visit when pregnant as there are many facilties and treatments that are not safe to use. However, this specific 'mum-to-be' day experience at Whittlebury Hall would make a wonderful gift for any pregnant daughter or granddaughter.
Whittlebury Hall is located near Towcester in a very pretty quaint village. The only downside to its location is that it's very near Silverstone race course and when having my massage I could unfortunately hear the noise of race cars tearing round a track! However, this was only time during my treatment that I heard this noise and I found the rest of the spa to be very peaceful and relaxing.
On arrival I was handed a robe and towels (take your own flip flops otherwise you'll have to buy some when there) and shown to the changing rooms. I was given a tour of the spa and shown what facilities I could't use, these included the steam room, jacuzzi, and heat and ice rooms. There was still plenty of things I could use including the pool, sleep rooms, relaxation water beds and foot spa. There is also a cafe and lounging area, that offered free fruit, herbal teas and flavoured water.
I visited on a Saturday and the relaxation water beds were so busy I didn't have the chance to experience them despite going back several times to see if one was free. I did however spend a lot of time in the relaxation room, lying on a bed in a dimly lit room. I could have easily had a nap in there as it was so tranquil. The pool is very clean and spacious so you don't feel you're crammed next to people. You had space to swim lengths if you wished or just chat and relax by the pool side.
My treatments were wonderful, the pregnancy massage was so gentle and relaxing I didn't want it to end. I was also given some great advice on how to avoid stretch marks by my therapist. The pedicure was lovely and I sat by a huge window overlooking the pretty grounds, which only added to the experience.
The only disappointment was the lunch. It was held in a room that felt more suited to business conference than a luxury spa. The food was also a bit bland and not as high a standard as I'd hoped for. The vegetarian option sounded nice, a paella, but was just rice with green beans and sweetcorn and I felt it could have been more imaginative than this. The deal promises a two-course lunch but the only dessert option was fruit salad - although this is healthy it would have been nice to have another choice.
Overall I was delighted with my treatments and the day felt very special, the staff were extremely helpful and I really enjoyed exploring all the different rooms. I think the cost of a day spa vist is very reasonable (from £69 per person) so I would definitely like to visit again when not pregnant so I can use the full facilities. However, next time I'd probably try and visit in the week in the hope that it would be quieter and I'd have more chance to use the water beds."
- For more information visit www.whittleburyhall.co.uk