Retreating to a spa has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while now, yet for some reason I’ve never been. Perhaps that’s because I see it as a mega treat e.g. a special occassion, oh and the fact that I don’t have the cash to spare on such luxury…
Earlier last month my fanta-by-dosy boyfriend surprised me with a spa break at the LimeHouse Spa in Durham’s Radisson Blu hotel for my birthday! I had spent weeks trying to guess what he’d got me, but never once thought it would be this. I was very giddy and he was smug that he’d managed to keep it surprise (which NEVER happens, I’m too impatient)!
We checked-in to the lovely Radisson Blu last Friday, with the only hiccup being the hotel hadn’t booked us in for breakfast (uh-oh unhappy bf alert) but luckily we had brought the email confirmation which confirmed we’d paid for brekkie!
The hotel was perfect for what we needed; smart, clean and modern. It also featured a huge Queen-sized bed, which was large enough for both Andy and I to starfish AT THE SAME TIME!
We’d ventured to Durham straight from work and we were both knackered, so we had a little power nap, freshened up in the shower making full use of the zesty complimentary toiletries and enjoyed the most scrumptious piece of fudge to wet our appetite.
Starving, we headed into Durham city centre which was only a short 5 minute walk away. The streets were filled with uplifting jazz music performed by a couple of buskers, which we hopped, skipped and jumped to until we reached Bill’s restaurant.We had a very enjoyable meal in the ambient and romantic restaurant.
Once we were satisfactorily stuffed we retired back to the hotel for an early night.
Waking up refreshed after a very peaceful and relaxed night’s kip, we headed downstairs for our buffet-breakfast. Andy made full use of the breakfast, in fact he did both days, tucking in to a 3-course meal each morning. For me, the smoothie of the day, pancakes and yoghurt sufficed and energised me for the day ahead.
Arriving at the spa we were given our white cotton robes and shown to the treatment rooms. We both chose to have the back, neck and shoulder massage and the facial. Oh and let me tell you they were heavenly, it was super relaxing, so much so Andy even admitted to dosing off for half a minute during his facial. We were given some juicy strawberries and sparkling prosecco once our treatments had finished, whilst we contemplated the practicality of compulsory weekly spa trips… Maybe when we win the lottery!
The rest of the afternoon was spent lounging around the not so peaceful pool, which was open to all hotel users. The leisure club also thought it was appropriate to have children’s swimming lessons in the same pool and I can confidently confirm that the instructor had the loudest, most irritating voice, ever! Not exactly my idea of relaxing! However we didn’t let it spoil our day. I doubt we’ll choose to come to the LimeHouse Spa again, purely because the pool, sauna and steam room were so busy with children running around EVERYWHERE… which of course kind of ruined the tranquil state we were in after our massages.
Our evening was spent similar to the one previous, this time choosing an Italian restaurant and finishing the night in a bar close to the hotel. On Sunday we checked-out after another lovely breakfast (which runs until noon on weekends; so is perfect if you’ve had a late night).
We spent the afternoon exploring the quaint streets of Durham and it’s breath-taking cathedral, before heading home . We had such a lovely jubbly weekend and I would like to thank Andy for the amazing birthday treat!