I don’t know about you but I am now more than ready to wave goodbye to winter. It feels like it’s been cold for a really long time and I’m constantly daydreaming about a Thai beach holiday. Picture the scene, lying next to the pool with a fluffy towel, a drink on the table next to you and the sun shining down from a bright blue sky. Actually, take away the beautiful sunshine and a spa break can give you all this without having to wait for summer or suffer a twelve hour flight. Last week, I was lying next to a pool in my swimsuit and white robe, feeling warm and relaxed at Careys Manor Hotel’s, SenSpa – only an hour from London in the New Forest.
Dom and I arrived early on Monday afternoon and headed straight to the Spa’s Zen Garden Thai restaurant. The menu was full of my favourite Thai dishes, including; Green Curry, Pad-Thai, Chicken Satay and Spring Rolls to name a few. I went for the delicious Chicken & Cashew Nuts with rice and Dom went for the equally tasty Green Curry. It was the perfect way to start our Thai Spa experience.
After lunch we checked out our huge room and got changed into our swimsuits and SenSpa waffle robes. There’s something about spa robes that instantly relaxes me… or maybe it’s the knowledge that I’m about to be truly pampered from head to toe?
The spa itself is big, it has a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, three different saunas, two different stream rooms, a large hydro pool, two experience showers, an ice room, two relaxation rooms and nineteen treatment rooms. It also has a SenSpa shop and of course the Zen Garden restaurant.
We started our spa experience with a one hour SenSpa Acu-Firm Facial. My amazing Thai therapist had magic hands that were not too light and not hard, just right. The powerful active ingredients of the SenSpa products, combined with face lifting massage and acupressure techniques left my skin feeling amazingly smooth and beautifully nourished.
Next we spent some time in the relaxation room before it was time for our 25 minute AlphaSphere Deluxe session. The AlphaSphere Deluxe is a unique sensory experience that induces deep relaxation, using sound, coloured light, aromatherapy and vibration. And as promised we both left feeling calm and utterly relaxed.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent in the hydro pool, where there were massage water jets for your shoulders, arms, back, legs and even feet. Literally every aching muscle in my body (and believe me there are a few, from chasing after my kids and carrying a heavy baby) was sorted by the time I stepped out of the pool.
That evening we dined at Careys Manor Hotel’s Cambium restaurant, which specialises in traditional dishes with a twist. The food is said to capture the essence of the local area, while embracing the seasons. I went for the creamy Haddock risotto and a Moroccan Lamb main, while Dom went for a Duck salad, followed by Pork Belly. The food was all beautifully presented and full of flavour. For pudding (as always) I went for the chocolate option, while Dom stuck to the wine.
After getting back to our room (did I already mention it was huge?), we found the room service breakfast menu on the back of our door and decided to indulge ourselves with breakfast in bed the next morning. And I’m so glad we did, because it was such a lovely treat. I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (you know the scene) going through the abundance food in my white robe, before taking my chosen bowls and plates back to bed to eat in comfort. I literally can’t think of a better way to start the day!
Before checking out, Dom and I went back to the spa for a few more hours of relaxation in the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and swimming pool. We wanted to make as much use of the facilities as possible, before we had to leave and head home to our crazy house.
If you’re looking for a special treat this mother’s day, (without question) I’d recommend a spa break – and if you can get to the award winning SenSpa at Careys Manor Hotel, I absolutely would!!
Disclaimer: I did not pay for this spa break but this review is my honest account.