The word ‘spa’ is surely enough to prick your ears, but if not, I’m sure the fact The Malvern Spa Hotel is an adults-only spot will grab your attention.
A few weeks ago Jay and I dropped our toddler off at auntie’s house so that we could escape for a little babymoon in Worcestershire. At 34 weeks pregnant I was more than ready for a bit of TLC and downtime. Two weeks later and I’m ready for some more, if I’m honest!
Here’s a quick video review I shared on FB – keep scrolling if you’d rather read about it…
The Malvern Spa Hotel
This spa hotel is modern and the focus is completely on the spa (no surprises there). The standard bedrooms are nice enough and have wifi, a TV and those sorts of things, but there’s no dreamy view, roll top bath to soak in or complimentary spa products to enjoy – at least there wasn’t in our room. You’ll need to book one of the suites if you’re after that.
However, the spa is open early until late in the evening, so it’s all about maximising your relaxation time. Why would you want to lay in bed when you can float in a sea of bubbles or snuggle underneath a blanket in the quiet zen room?
The Malvern Spa
We happily spent hours in the warm pool, catching up on the past weeks. The pool has an indoor section with palm trees, so it’s easy to forget that you’re in England. It also has a large outdoor pool area where, if you’re lucky enough, you can enjoy the warm sun on your back.
The pool is unique as it’s actually filled with Malvern Spring water and is made up of lots of different hydrotherapy sections. There are little alcoves that all pump out different variations of bubbles. Some blast your feet or back, others a gentle tickle and the ultimate volcano (or at least that’s what we named it) provides a unique and let’s say, invigorating massage. Obviously being pregnant I didn’t get to try them out really, but the warm pool was enjoyable enough. There are loungers both inside and outside too, so there are plenty of places to kick back.
The Malvern Spa also has lots of other unique relaxation options. There is a Kelo Sauna, which is one of only ten in the UK. It’s made of naturally fragrant wood only found in the Arctic Circle. There is also a Herb Sauna, which utilises essential oils as well as seasonal herbs. There’s a Crystal Steam Room, as well as a Salt Grotto and a few more experiences to enjoy.
Again, as I’m heavily pregnant I missed out on enjoying them but it didn’t take away from my wind down time.
In fact I was lucky enough to experience an amazing tailored 60-minute ESPA facial. I took advantage of a free 15-minute skin analysis where the therapist basically shone a special light over my face to identify any issues. She was able to recommend specific products and techniques to improve my skin, but also paid me some lovely compliments so I left the room a bit wiser, but also with a smile on my face.
The facial was completely indulgent and most definitely well-received. Layer upon layer of creams, lotions and potions were applied, removed and massaged into my weary skin. I knew I loved spa treatments, but I’d forgotten just how amazing they can make you feel. I’d definitely recommend booking a facial.
In fact, make sure you check the specials board when you arrive or check the website for offers as there were some amazing discounts available.
As it’s a spa hotel you can don your complimentary robe and slippers straight away and stay that way wherever you go; the restaurant, the bar area, the treatment zones and the spa areas. Jay didn’t believe me when I told him, but as soon as we checked-in and he saw everyone else he admitted defeat.
I found that as soon as we slipped them on and headed to the spa area we relaxed. Real life seemed forever ago and to be honest, not even on our radars, and what more could you ask for from a spa break?
We ate lunch, breakfast, dinner and afternoon tea onsite. The only disappointing part of our meals was when they told me they’d run out of the breakfast pancakes. I guess that can be a valid excuse to visit again, right?
The afternoon tea was incredible. Served on a mini picnic bench, it arrived with enough food for four people, let alone two. The tea beat us and we had to take some of the cakes home with us. Sometimes the food at spa hotels can be a little too healthy or pretentious, but thankfully it’s the opposite here.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to rejuvenate your weary mind and muscles, I’m sure The Malvern Spa Hotel will do a great job. X
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Big thanks to The Malvern Spa for hosting my visit.
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