So spa, so good

EMMA JOHN­SON SAVES FACE WITH A CHILLED- OUT STAY AT CHESHIRE’S CRAXTON WOOD HO­TEL

Solihull News - - TRAVEL -

IT HAD been quite the week­end. My hus­band and I had spent the best part of 12 hours danc­ing at a disco Fes­ti­val. It is safe to say my body was in need of some se­ri­ous rest and re­lax­ation. Luck­ily that was ex­actly what we had planned, with an overnight stay at the Macdonald Craxton Wood Ho­tel & Spa, in the Cheshire coun­try­side.

The spa at the coun­try house ho­tel re­cently ben­e­fited from a £ 1.4m re­fur­bish­ment and I had been in­vited to give it a go.

When we ar­rived at the ho­tel, less than seven miles from the cen­tre of Ch­ester, our room was not yet ready so we grabbed a drink in the bar. But no sooner had I be­gun to sip my pros­ecco than the re­cep­tion­ist popped her head around the door to say we could check in.

Drop­ping our bags in our smart and com­fort­able room, we made our way to the ho­tel’s Vi­tal Health & Well­be­ing Club where we were handed fluffy white robes and slip­pers.

Im­me­di­ately a sense of calm de­scended. Al­though that was prob­a­bly helped along by the bub­bly and the scent of aro­mather­apy oils fill­ing the air.

As well as the gym, the ho­tel spa is home to a heated in­door pool, en­cased in glass, and of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful views of the ho­tel’s grounds. I had booked in for an Elemis Tech­nol­ogy Biotec facial and the hour- long treat­ment was ev­ery bit as high- tech as it sounds.

My ther­a­pist used metal at­tach­ments from the Biotec ma­chine to pulse through my skin for a re­ally deep treat­ment. It wasn’t the most re­lax­ing facial ever but it wasn’t un­pleas­ant.

Next, she ap­plied a gel sheet mask which tin­gled... a lot. So much so I was con­vinced my face would be all red af­ter­wards. I could not have been more wrong – it was glow­ing and smooth.

While I was hav­ing my face fixed, my other half in­dulged in a full body mas­sage, emerg­ing look­ing more re­laxed than I have ever seen him. He also took ad­van­tage of the spa’s ther­mal suite, dip­ping in and out of the sauna and steam rooms be­fore rub­bing him­self down with ice chips – much less un­pleas­ant than it sounds, he as­sured me, and it did seem to clear the cold he ar­rived with. I mean­while, re­laxed in the spa’s gar­den suite with a magazine and chamomile tea.

We fin­ished our mini break with din­ner in Craxton Wood’s el­e­gant restau­rant – smoked salmon starter for me, mush­rooms for him and de­li­cious steaks for us both. We spotted a few faces from the spa ear­lier. Clearly the ho­tel’s spa and din­ner pack­ages are a hit. Next morn­ing I woke feel­ing and look­ing re­freshed and ready to face the world... well, some re­tail ther­apy on the streets of Ch­ester at least.

The lawn and con­ser­va­tory at Macdonald Craxton Wood Ho­tel & Spa, Ch­ester

One of the ho­tel’s com­fort­able rooms

The spa of­fers a host of Elemis treat­ments

Work out in the new Vi­tal Health & Well­be­ing Club or take a dip in the pool

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