Christmas coffee, gingerbread muffins, and champagne!
I am well and truly ready for Christmas. Last week I had finally stopped ignoring the fact that my cupboards were empty of potential giftware, with two expectant children and their eager faces goading me into entering the festive fray. I threw myself headlong into the frenzy of preparation, and bought all (well, most) of my presents for family and friends online. I thought I was doing well, until the to-do list began to resemble my old school homework diary in the run-up to GCSE’s. I was frazzled.
But this week I returned from a trip with my Space In Your Case colleagues that left me totally in the zone. I can do this, I am calm, I am ready!
A Christmas stay at Whittlebury Hall
Arriving at the hotel, we were immediately away from the humdrum of chores and deadlines, and plonked straight down in the middle of Christmas sparkle! The hotel is huge, but never feels impersonal, and every corner had little touches of decor that were just a delight, from the huge central tree, to this little Father Christmas snowglobe on the reception desk.
The beautiful spa.
We were given a tour of the spa facilities by a lovely member of staff, before being sent off to indulge in some buffet lunch at the Terrace Cafe, the spa’s restaurant and bar. I’m often not a fan of spa food (not being nearly as healthy as I should be!) but this was delicious, and I tucked into omelette, gnocchi, cajun salmon and tasty salads. It didn’t stay around long enough to be photographed!
Then we were off to relax and revive. And how could we not, with all the various experiences available to us in the spa. We’d been given a very useful guide to using the different heat levels and experience showers, beginning with a foot bath and shower to warm up the blood vessels, going through the sauna and steam rooms, interspersed with cold water showers to refresh, and even a room full of ice! It did take some nerve to head in there, but I felt absolutely amazing afterwards! There is a gorgeous ‘whisper room’ and I could have slept forever on one of the heated water beds, but this was a team get-together, and I just couldn’t stay quiet enough!
There are two pools at Whittlebury Hall: a leisure pool that’s great for a swim, and this, probably the best spa jaccuzzi pool I’ve ever used. Those jets pummelled my willing shoulders into relaxation, and I was ready for a long gossip with the rest of my team over coffee and cake. And maybe a little prosecco…
Food at Whittlebury Hall hotel and spa
We worked up quite an appetite, which was just as well, because the food in Aston’s, Whittlebury’s main restaurant, was sublime. With scallops and pork belly to start, a divine haddock in hollandaise sauce, and this gorgeous lemon tart, that I managed to pinch from Alison there were a lot of ooh’s and mmmm’s going on around our table!
The hotel has a huge amount of comfortable bedrooms, as well as more function rooms than I could count, so as team events go, we coudn’t have picked a better location. And as we checked out the following morning I asked about their special deals for Christmas. They have a range of Christmas Gift Cards and Spa Experiences, available to buy online now up until the big day, so if you’re still stuck for ideas for someone special I’d heartily recommend it. You can buy a package, or just a gift card to use against packages and treatments for your family or friends to choose.
Right then, where did I put my to-do list?
Check out what the rest of the team thought over at Space In Your Case.
Disclosure: our stay and spa use at Whittlebury Hall was complimentary for the purposes of review. All opinion, images and editorial is my own.