I was sooooo excited as I have never really won anything before and decided to take my aunt Kathleen with me as she is always spoiling me bless her and I felt it would be nice to treat her to some serious pampering!!
The Signature package includedâ¦
- AÂ two-hour Oriental Bathing Experience (AMAZING!!!)
- AÂ House face 35 minute treatment (Heavenly!)
- Welcome drink on arrival
- Full board â dinner, breakfast and lunch
- Use of a robe during your stay and complimentary slippers
- Gratuities included
- Meet and greet service from Thorpe-le-Soken station or a valet car parking service
- Porterage of luggage
- Unlimited use of the thermal spa area
- Unlimited use of gym, all gardens and grounds facilities
- Full access to Lifehouse resort activities programme
We booked our trip for the 6th â 8th August and counted down the weeks until the day was finally here!!
On arrival at the Lifehouse Spa we were greeted by a lovely lady who checked us in and spent some time going through what our package included and where everything was. They had devised a timetable for us and even made reservations for our lunch and dinner. From the second you arrive they just want to make things as easy and relaxing as possible for you.
We got there at 4pm and we were actually booked in for our Facials at 4.30pm (Kathleen) and 5.15pm (myself) which left us just enough time to check out our room and get changed into our robes and slippers.
The rooms were brilliant. Very modern, fresh and clean. They were a great size and the shower was fab! The beds (we had a twin room) were so comfortable and I can honestly say I had the best 2 nights sleep I have had in a LONG time there.
After donning our dressing gowns and funky flip flop slippers we made our way to The Hub which is where you check in for your treatments. We still had 5 minutes to spare so grabbed ourselves a seat on the balcony in the Juice Bar.
Kathleen was called for her treatment first and she returned 40 minutes later to find me sound asleep in the chair, glass of water still in hand. She was shocked as, like I mentioned earlier, this is actually very rare for me. I suffer with Insomnia and do find it very hard to relax but the Lifehouse Spa worked itâs magic VERY quickly! Kath was so pleased with her facial and I was really happy when she told me I was booked in with the same lady. I love being pampered but I sometimes find it a bit difficult when you go to a beauticians and the therapist talks to you throughout the treatment. Donât get me wrong, I love a good chat and I promise I am not by anymeans unsociable but when I am having a facial I like to just try and drift offÂ and realax. Kaz was amazing! The first thing she said to us both was that she didnât want us to talk and that when she spoke, it was just to let us know what she was doing and what she was using. She was such a lovely lady and very friendly and polite â I really canât recommend her enough.
After our treatments, we headed to the relaxation room at the other end of the hall and spent about 30 mins on the massage chairs. They literally reclined until you were upside down! We had great fun on these and really did feel great. We then headed back to our room to change for dinner. We were told when we booked in that we were more than welcome to go down in our dressing gowns but as we walked passed the restaurant we seen that most were dressed so we quickly got changed and headed back downstairs for some food.
There was a bar attached to the restaurant and we had left ourselves time for a quick drink before we ate. The bar staff were lovely and very polite â have to give a special mention to the Scottish bar man who was very friendly and has now got me hooked on curiosity cola! The drink prices were very reasonable, no more expensive than any other hotel bar.
The restaurant was lovely and the food was AMAZING!! You have to make sure you try their Smoked Haddock and Leek Risotto and the Cauliflour Puree which accompanied the Scallops was gorgeous too. I am going to have to try convince my hubby to make this! Considering the food is included with your stay the quality is not compromised in any way. I actually had the best peice of steak I have ever tasted on the Sunday night.
We decided to have an early night as we had an early start the next day so went to reception to see if they had any DVD players left. I had read in previous reviews that they hired these so we grabbed a couple of DVDâs from home before we left but we neednât have bothered as they have a list of around 100 DVDâs you can hire all free of charge!
The next morning we headed to breakfast around 8.30am. Youâre spoilt for choice here and can have anything from yougurt & berries through to a full english. On the Sunday we had something lite as we were booked in for our treatment at 9.00am so didnât want anything too heavy but we did treat ourselves to the full english before leaving on the Monday and it was very good!
We had heard so many good things about the Oriental Bathing Experience (OBE) so we were both dead excited. This is a treatment for 2-3 people so we were able to enjoy this together. I donât want to say too much about this as I would hate to spoil it for anyone who decides to go but it was honestly out of this world! It consists of a Thai Foot Ritual, A Malaysian and Thai bathing experience, a head and scalp massage, full body exfoliation and then finishes with a warm oil & hot stone massage. The âExperienceâÂ lasts around 90 minnutes then once this is finished you are taken to a âSleep Podâ where you can relax for a little while. We were very lucky as they were quite quiet on the day we went and we ended up sleeping for around 3 hours! It was just unreal. I have never felt so relaxed in my life and this is something I will definately be treating my Mum to very soon. Hereâs a video from the Lifehouse Spa site for a little taster..
We had the rest of the day to ourselves and although we had great intentions of just going back to the room for a little nap after lunch and then hiring a couple of bikes and going for a ride around the beautiful grounds, we actually fell asleep for over 4 hours and just about made dinner!
Our weekend flew by and I can hand on heart say there was not a single thing we were disappointed in. Everything is so clean, bright and fresh and all the staff were extremely welcoming and friendly. We fell in love with the handcream in the toilets and were dead pleased to find they sold these in their shop â the little things that get us eh lol! Neither of us managed to keep hold of them very long though as my Mum and Nan fell in love with them too (they make your hands silky soft and smell gorgeous!) so we gave them away as presents â ah well, itâs a good excuse for us to visit again.
I cannot recommend the Lifehouse Spa enough â for pure relaxation in luxurious settings and a chance to completely detach from the outside world for a little while!Â Itâs a little peice of heaven tucked away in a small village in Essex.
Make sure you come back on Monday for details of some amazing offers for you to take advantage of. Donât miss out!
Emma @ Military Wedding Discounts xXx