I was lucky enough to be invited to go and review the spa at the Mercure Hotel in Redcliffe, Bristol. I took along blogging buddy, Megan, so that we could both enjoy a day of relaxation and rejuvenation. We arrived bright and early, even though our treatments weren’t booked in until midday, we were able to take advantage of all the facilities including the pool and gym.
When we arrived we were greeted by spa manager Rhea, who was incredibly attentive and showed us straight to the changing rooms to find our robes and slippers. Once changed Rhea showed us to the relaxation room and offered us a large selection of tea or coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee snob so I was impressed by the quality of coffee on offer and told we could help ourselves to as much as we liked throughout the day.
Unfortunately, to use the swimming pool, we had a mad dash across the car park in our robes and slippers back over to the main part of the hotel. The spa is currently situated in a separate building to the hotel and we weren’t made aware of this until we had already changed. Although, there are changing rooms within the pool area, so if you are planning on making a day of it and don’t want to go out in the cold in your swimming costumes, be sure to plan this in!
Having said that, the pool area, although a little on the small side, was a lovely relaxing space. It was lovely and warm for the cold dash to soon be forgotten. Although not advertised, I would have expected a spa and pool to also boast a hot tub and steam room, but we were later told the hotel has big plans for 2015 to combine the spa and pool facilities making improvements and updating it a little. Hopefully we will be invited back to test out the new environment next year.
We enjoyed a lovely swim in the pool before heading back over to the spa building to be greeted by Laura who would look after us for the rest of the afternoon. Laura was lovely with a really friendly face and made us feel totally at home. She took us up to the second floor to show us to our treatment room (after offering us more coffee) and took some details from us before we started our treatments.
We each thoroughly enjoyed a cleansing and purifying back massage, a tranquility head massage and a discovery facial. Each treatment was so relaxing and the products smelt amazing. I have so many knots in my shoulders so Laura worked those a little harder. The facial was my favourite and I would definitely consider going back for one every other month. Laura used a product which removes all your dead skin without scrubbing it raw, and my skin was so unbelievably soft after. I wish I did a before and after photo, as you could definitely notice the difference.
Once our treatments were over we were guided back over to the main hotel to enjoy a spa lunch which included a glass of wine (or any drink but we opted for wine, obvs) and a sandwich or wrap. Both Megan and I went for the pulled pork wrap. It was so delicious, it came with a little portion of hand cooked crisps and a shot of hand made soup. The quality of the food matched the service we had experienced all day and was really a lovely way to end the day.
If your looking for some relaxation before you hit the Christmas sales, or perhaps your looking for a gift for your friends and family? I would definitely recommend booking in for a few treatments for a day of chilling out in some great company.