Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Review of Congham Hall Spa

4th of January 2014
So as  a surprise present, my dad organised a spa day for me, my sister (+Rachael Lily) and my mum :) to have some R & R before returning to uni.  We went to Congham Hall, in Norfolk on Saturday the 4th of January, here is my review :)
So we arrived at half past 1, and were ushered straight into the dining room to have our included lunch!
To drink I chose to have Apple Juice, as it was one of the included options, yet it was gorgeous!
Included were 2 courses :) So I chose to have the Smoked Salmon with beetroot, lemon and caper, to start (which I managed to sneak a picture of!), and the "Seared Chicken Breast", which came with a fondant potato, carrot purée, curly kale and red wine jus.

The food was so gorgeous, and beautifully presented, however my only criticism is the atmosphere in the dining room was a little bland and quiet..
Then we walked across the courtyard to the Spa, and we sorted out our massage booking, and shown to our lockers.  The lockers provided you with a robe, slippers and towel, so obviously thought this was the most appropriate time to take a selfie!

After this we made our way to the pool, and basically had it to ourselves apart from 2 other people! So this was good, I felt completely relaxed and at ease..  By the pool I read "NW" by Zadie Smith, and listened to my iPod for hours..


At the spa there was;
- an outdoor hot-tub (!! it was lovely but not very bubbly)
- a foot bubble bed thing
- 2 saunas, themed showers (these were really cool, LED lights that changed, sound effects, and differring water pressures)
- and a steam room (I couldn't cope in there! I felt like I just couldn't breathe!)

After relaxing for a couple of hours, one of the staff came and told us that it was time for our massages (mum chose to have a facial instead).  I had a lady called Hannah, and she was so lovely and chatty! We went into the room called "Rosemary" and there she offered for me to smell and choose my massage oil.., there were quite a few options and I can't remember all of them, but I chose "Metal" (which was said to help improve circulation) and my sister chose "Earth" (which was said to help destress you), I remember that I couldn't decide between "Fire" and Metal, as Fire was said to help uplift and revitalise you, but I preferred the scent of Metal.
I told Hannah that I had had neck-ache that morning and so she focused on that and my shoulders. It was really relaxing and 45 minutes long! which was excellent!  Afterwards we got given our "Welcome Drink" and were told to relax in a sort of relaxation room. It was lovely, I felt so happy and content! The customer service was excellent too :) 
Overall Rating: 9/10.
Amazing! I'd love to go again sometime soon :)



Friday, 3 January 2014

31/12/13 to 03/01/14 Life Update

So, I thought I would update all of you on my life from New Year's Eve to today :)

31st of December 2013
I hosted a small party with some of my closest friends from School. This is a selfie I took of my make-up before everyone arrived :) comment below if you'd like to know more about my make-up!

It was a lovely evening, spent playing some games, creating cocktails and drinking some champagne! 

1st of January
I decided to surprise my boyfriend, Ollie, with a stay to London for his 21st birthday! So we setted off to get the 11.28 train, and arrived at the station in plenty of time.. could you guess what I had forgoten?! MY PHONE! However, my dad was feeling lovely and managed to drop it off and we got the next train! We checked into a gorgeous hotel, and visited Winter Wonderland (I will do a London blog post once I've sorted the photos out).

2nd of January
Today it was my boyfriend's 21st birthday! I love him so much I wanted to make sure he had a lovely day :) we visited Sea Life London Aquarium as I am a #MerlinEntertainments Employee and can go in free.  We were going to go on the Eye as we can get that free too, however it was so busy, so we went to Starbucks instead :)

After Starbucks we got the train back home and my mum's brother's family was staying so I just had a nice family evening in with everyone.

3rd of January
This morning I went to the cinema with my little cousins (5y/o twin girls) and we watched Frozen (again!! I love it!) it was great fun :) we headed home and relaxed for the rest of the day, playing  "makeovers", "schools" "popstars", drawing and looking for my cat. Amidst the day I was buried in psychological journals doing my coursework for uni.. *yawn* Ollie came round and we read the girls their bedtime story :)

So that was my brief life update! I'm hoping to do a London blog post soon with pictures and recommendations! Thanks for reading, and happy new year!