So, you may have read about our stay at Cadbury House, or about the fab dinner we had at the Marco Pierre White restaurant during our stay (and if you haven’t, you definitely should!) – well here is the final instalment; our morning in the spa at ‘theclub’.
The entry to ‘theclub’ was included with our room, which is a definite bonus, and so after our breakfast in the hotel we headed on down for a bit of a chill before leaving.
The club has a full gym with weights, classes, bikes, technogym machines etc; we didn’t have time to go into the gym properly but it looked really smart, and the gym class schedule looked good too with yoga, pilates, wide variety of Les Mills classes and more!
They also have a couple of places you can eat; Bardolino, a pizzeria, bellini and espresso bar (also by Marco Pierre White), and Marconi, their coffee and juice bar. Both looked very popular and seemed to be a fab place to share a smoothie or a pizza after a busy morning in the gym or as part of your spa day.
We were booked for massages at 10.45 in the spa so we headed to the pool area for an hour of chill-time beforehand.
The pool area has a 9m wide, 20m heated indoor pool with a built in spa pool seating area in one corner, Monsoon showers, an ice drench (with a wooden bucket full of ice cold water that pours over you at the pull of a chain), a sauna, a steam room and a jacuzzi. Some of the aspects of the pool area did look a bit tired, with some of the small mosaic tiles having fallen off or cracked etc, and the steam room wasn’t as steam-filled as I would have expected. That said, overall, it was a really nice set up and a really relaxing start to the day.
We also headed outside, where there was another sauna, and a gorgeous outdoor hot tub; which was definitely my highlight of the pool area. We were very lucky with the weather which definitely added to the outdoor hot tub, but even overcast, I bet its lovely out there!
They also have a relaxation room, with large double sized comfy beds/seats with squishy cushions, dim lighting and soft twinkly lights in the ceiling. Honestly, if we’d had more time, I’d have loved to have spent an hour in there just curled up on one of the beds, maybe with a good book or listening to some music; it’s a really lovely space.
Theclub also has a spa, with a full menu of treatments available including facials, manicures, pedicures, tanning, body wraps, waxing, eyelash treatments, eyebrow shaping and tinting, reflexology, maternity-specific treatments and massage.
We had both been booked for a Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, so we headed up to the spa and settled ourselves in their waiting room. It’s all set out with comfy sofas, soft carpeted flooring, glasses and a quirky kilner-jar style water tap, and all with the really lovely scent that you can’t help but associate with massages! Perfect set up to start the wind-down before our treatments.
The treatment rooms were set out really beautifully; soft lighting, gentle music, nice and warm without being too hot, and, as weird as it may sound, I was particularly impressed with the massage tables. I always find that after about half an hour with my head in the hole of a massage table, my forehead starts getting really uncomfortable and I can’t stay relaxed. These massage tables were completely adjustable (after my treatment, it was even able to be sat up and bent slightly at the knees so I could have a glass of water without having to get up first!) and they had a soft, horseshoe-shaped face hole, which was so so much more comfortable than any other massage table I’ve ever experienced. Honestly, I’d book in for a massage there again for the table alone – so so comfortable!
My massage was done by Danielle, who was fantastic and really got into the knots in my shoulder blades and upper back (sitting at a desk and writing all day hasn’t done my back any good the past couple of weeks – thank goodness my dissertation is submitted now!)
I love a proper deep tissue, heavy pressure massage, (clearly I carry a lot of stress in my back and shoulders!) and Danielle absolutely nailed this – I came out feeling like a brand new woman!
M had his massage with Sharon who was also fantastic and really worked out the stress he holds in his shoulders. The oils used by both therapists smelled amazing and were chosen specifically to have optimum effect on the muscles. We both came away feeling that our therapists had really established any issues we had been having and tailored our treatments to our individual needs – so a particularly big thank you has to go to Danielle and Sharon for our fantastic massages!
We had a fab time exploring ‘theclub’; the pool area, and the outdoor hot tub in particular was really relaxing and a perfect way to start the weekend. Out massages were wonderful and the therapists were fantastic and really tailored the treatments to each of us.
Theclub can be found at Cadbury House Hotel, Bristol and over on their website (www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk), Twitter (@theclubcadbury), Facebook (@Clubandspabristol) and Instagram (@theclubspagym).
Our whole time at Cadbury House was wonderful and we really did feel so very spoilt – thank you so much to everyone who looked after us and made our stay so special!
*We were gifted our stay at Cadbury House, however, as always, all opinions are my own*