Have a break:
Need a little ‘me time’? We’ve done some of the hard work for you and visited four super Norfolk spas
We test out four super spas in Norfolk
THE SPA, BARNHAM BROOM
this was our first visit to Barnham Broom hotel and restaurant with leisure facilities and its own golf course, just west of Norwich. The setting and warm welcome give the sense of a luxury country club.
The Spa is a tranquil haven of nine treatment rooms with its own reception area. We were greeted by Paris, who took us on a helpful tour of the hotel, guiding us to changing rooms at The Edge Health & Fitness Club, where we were given white gowns, slippers and towels. We changed into these and retraced our steps, passing some of the leisure facilities, including a gym, squash courts and sports bar.
Back in the serene spa, Paris was waiting with the promise of an oriental head massage. In the dimmed light of the treatment room there was little resistance to her request that I relax on the spa bed while she began a 25-minute massage.
She worked magic on the tension in my head, neck and upper back, and the face massage with oils was deliciously relaxing. There was an option to have a mud mask applied to my hair during the scalp massage and this was gorgeous both in fragrance and in the resulting glossiness that lasted for several days.
I could have easily slid into blissful sleep, but of course the treatment had to come to an end and we made our way back to The Edge to bring ourselves out of our reverie with a good swim in the pool. We relaxed here on comfy loungers, while more energetic types made good use of the gym next door.
After trying out the sauna and steam rooms, it was time to shower, dress and head to the restaurant for afternoon tea. Our visit was during May, when Barnham Broom had joined in the celebrations for Norwich City FC’s promotion to the Premier League with a special yellow and green treat complete with pistachio and lemon macaron!
ABOVE: Barnham Broom, home to The Spa, is a luxury country club