The sun is shining, the birds are singing and you really just need to get away from everything for a while – so what do you do? Well, I think the best thing to do is to well and truly treat yourself and those you love and care about the most with a luxury spa day! A couple of weeks ago, I took my Mum and sister to The Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall for a half-day spa, treatment and afternoon tea. What a day we had!
Seaham Hall, located in a small town in County Durham, is a stunning 5-star spa and hotel, set in 37 acres of beautiful gardens not too far away from the clifftops and the sea! Everything about Seaham Hall exudes elegance and luxury – the spa is no different.
Upon arrival at The Serenity Spa, we were shown to a lovely seating area and presented with the most refreshing, ice-cold fruit juice we’ve ever tasted! After filling in forms, detailing everything from our skin type, to whether or not we preferred to talk with our beauty therapists during our treatment or enjoy the silence, we were given a fantastic guided tour of the facilities. We were truly blown away with the beauty of the spa – they had every kind of room, pool and spa feature you can think of! What’s more, we were handed a lovely purple Seaham Hall spa bag containing a luxury robe and the comfiest pair of slippers. We couldn’t wait to get started with our spa day!
We were shown to our changing room, which was secluded, quiet and felt very private. The changing room was equipped with everything from hair dryers, hair straighteners, make up remover and a shower complete with Temple Spa products that smelled absolutely amazing – I’m definitely going to treat myself to the Temple Spa Everyday Shampoo next pay day!
We headed into the Zen Lounge for our treatment – the package that I had bought for us was £95 and included a 45-minute treatment (choice of back/neck massage or a facial) as well as full use of the facilities and an Asian-inspired afternoon tea. The beauty therapist took me down to a beautiful treatment room and talked me through the treatment, asking me about my preferences along the way. The actual massage itself was wonderful and I loved the little touches like the aroma of eucalyptus oil that completely relaxed me before and after the treatment. When the massage was over, I was given written recommendations of which treatments suit my skin type and my lifestyle (office work certainly takes its toll on your back and shoulders!) I was then led out to the spa terrace to meet back up with my Mum and sister – we were all given a delicious blackcurrant sorbet and ice-cold cucumber water to enjoy as we relaxed in the sun.
Just as we were about to fall asleep out on the terrace, it was time to head through to the Ozone restaurant for our afternoon tea. There had been a slight fault with our changing room earlier in the day and so the spa staff kindly left glasses of prosecco on the table waiting for us when we arrived in the restaurant! As it was such a nice day, we requested to have our table moved outside so that we could enjoy the sunshine while we ate. This was all done without any fuss and after a short wait, our superb Asian-inspired afternoon teas were served on individual platters!
The food was excellent. In terms of savoury food there was: a chicken satay skewer with peanut sauce, a Wagu beef slider, an Asian taco and the star of the show, the soft bao bun with hoisin duck. For dessert there was: a melt-in-the-mouth salted caramel and chocolate fondant, a fruit tart, a coconut panna cotta and a gorgeous passion fruit curd Eton mess. The only fault in the whole experience at the Ozone restaurant was that the staff that served us seemed very unsure about the food that was on the platter and kept getting mixed up with the different components. However, this was easily forgiven as the staff could have been new starters and the food itself was first-class!
We were suitably stuffed after all that delicious food and so took to the poolside recliners for a short afternoon nap. When we awoke, we still had plenty of time to enjoy the facilities, including the outdoor hot tubs, the sauna, steam room, the freeeeezing cold plunge pools, the fantastically powerful hydrotherapy pool, the main swimming pool and my absolute favourite: the Hamman room. As it was such a nice day, we all said that it would’ve been nice to have more outside space and facilities – however, Seaham Hall seem to have noticed this themselves and have just finished constructing their outdoor pool and Zen Garden, complete with Bali beds!
I’ve visited a fair few spas in recent years and in my eyes, none of them have lived up to the tranquillity, beauty and fantastic facilities at The Serenity Spa at Seaham Hall. All three of us had a wonderful day – one that we won’t forget for a long time.