So spa, so good
EMMA JOHNSON SAVES FACE WITH A CHILLED- OUT STAY AT CHESHIRE’S CRAXTON WOOD HOTEL
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