Back in November just before we found out I was pregnant, we were on the look out for deals on spa breaks that were fairly local. I love a good spa break and Matt and I have been together we’ve been to The Garage Spa (Barbara Castle) and Ramside Hall (Durham), the latter of which I’ve written a previous blog about.
This time I was looking at Seaham Hall, having heard some excellent reviews about their Serenity Spa. Lucky for me, on Black Friday they were running a sale which meant I could get 30% off gift voucher purchases over £300. So I purchased a gift voucher for an Sun-Thurs overnight stay in a junior suite which included breakfast and access to the spa from 12pm on the day of arrival until check out the next day. This was under £300 so I also bought a voucher for a 3 course meal for two in their Byron’s Restaurant. With the 30% discount applied I think it cost around £230 total, which is expensive but Seaham Hall is a luxury hotel so it was great value!! We could use the vouchers until May but we chose to book a Sunday night at the start of March.
Since I was pregnant and couldn’t make full use of the facilities in the spa, I decided to treat myself to a pregnancy massage instead! We showed up at the hotel at 12pm prompt and since our room wouldn’t be ready until 3pm, we left our bags with the concierge before being led straight down through an underground corridor towards the spa.
The spa is just utterly amazing. It has that great tranquil feel about it from the moment you walk in and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. We were given a guided tour of the spa then shown to the changing rooms were we could pick up our robes and towels.
Shortly after our arrival I had my pregnancy massage which was unreal! I was pampered for a whole 90 minutes from head to toe. It was so nice to just relax and have my achy muscles worked on, you don’t realise how much more tense you become carrying that extra weight around!
After my massage I met Matt back in the “zen lounge” which had heated reclining beds and we were given a scoop of raspberry sorbet and a glass of ice water to sit and come back down to earth a little bit!
Once it got to about 5pm we decided to head back to the lobby and get the key to our room so we could take our time freshening up before our meal at 8pm. Again the staff were amazing and the concierge guided us right up to our room and showed us where everything was (even insisted that we use everything in the mini fridge or take it home as it was free!). The room was just as amazing as we expected.
The bed was gigantic, you honestly could have gotten 5 people in there!! I also love me a nice bath in a hotel room, bubble baths are a rare treat for me as our water pressure at home is terrible and it takes far too long to run a bath!
At 8pm (after a few selfies!) we headed back downstairs to the Byron’s Restaurant. Such a lush setting, it was a real treat for us to enjoy being waited on as we hardly ever eat out at home! First we had some appetisers which were a blue cheese crostini and ham hock bon bons. So good, I could have just had a plate full of them on their own!
My starter was rabbit ravioli and Matt had confit chicken wing with pearl barley. Totally forgot to take photos though as it looked so good we just dug straight in!
For mains, I chose a chicken dish and Matt had the belly pork. Both came with different vegetable accompaniments and we also ordered a side of triple cooked chips (can never resist chips, even in a posh restaurant!).
Even though we were stuffed at this point we had our eyes on a chocolate sharing dessert already! This was utterly devine but far too sickly for us to finish on a full stomach! There were all kinds of chocolate pieces, a mousse, caramel and and even a creme fraiche ice cream.
The next morning we got up early for breakfast as we wanted to make the most of our spa access before we had to check out. The breakfast choice was amazing and you could literally order as much or as little as you wanted from the menu which was all cooked fresh! I decided on a full English and Matt had pancakes with bacon and maple syrup.
After a few more hours swimming in the wonderfully warm pool and dipping my feet into the hydrotherapy pool, we said our sad goodbyes to Seaham Hall. A truly relaxing experience to share as a couple, of the opportunity arises then we will most definitely be back!