Last week I swept my boy off to the Christchurch Harbour Hotel as a little birthday treat! A completely selfless act as of corse spending the day in a spa doesn’t appeal to me at all (cough cough). As much as I was sweeping him off I was so excited to have a little break myself.
Off we set for Christchurch; It’s only a 40 minute drive for us so we arrived pretty early. Our room wasn’t quite ready to check into but I had assumed this would be the case so we headed into the Upper Deck restaurant for a little bit of lunch and a little bit of wine because what is a day/night away without a little wine.
I love the decor at the Christchurch Harbour, soft pastel shades give a modern yet still warm and cosy feel abut the place. It’s gorgeous.
After a quick lunch we headed down to use the spa. Staff were quick to get us settled in with drinks an provide us robes and slippers while telling us what is what. I have used the spa before so they just gave us a quick run through and with that we were off!
Christchurch Harbour Hotel doesn’t have the biggest spa in the world but it is still lovely to spend a few hours drifting from the steam to the sauna and then have a dip in the pool or relax in the bubbles of the jacuzzi. I could have spent hours just sat in the jacuzzi but before we knew it, it was time for our treatment. We both went for a 45 minute back, neck and shoulder massage, a treatment was included in our spa break package but a £10 surcharge was payable per person to have a massage too as it wasn’t on the treatment list.
My massage was great, I actually nodded off during the scalp massage. I used to find it really hard to switch off, nowadays I find myself sleeping everywhere. A sure sign I need more spa breaks.
Both feeling thoroughly relaxed and pampered we headed up to check out our room. A spacious room with once again beautiful decor. They kept it neutral with pops of green and yellow throughout giving it a really fresh feel. Definitely in keeping with the relaxing refreshed feeling you get from a few hours in the spa.
For dinner we headed back down to the Upper Deck restaurant. I had booked the table well in advance and it’s a good job I did, it was pretty packed.
Dinner was delicious, I didn’t manage one single decent food photo unfortunately, the lighting wasn’t great – well restaurant lighting never is and I only took my phone down to dinner with me. One complaint we both had regarding dinner was the temperature, it was absolutely boiling in there. I hate being cold but this was extreme, when you are eating a big three course dinner the last thing you want is to be in a boiling hot restaurant. Regardless we had a lovely evening.
The next morning we headed to breakfast, a great selection of continental options were available to help yourself to and orders for cooked breakfasts were taken at the table with eggs cooked to order and lots of fresh tea and coffee. Yum Yum Yum.
It was a gorgeous day and Christchurch is just so pretty so we spent the remainder of our day having a walk around the harbour and up through town.
As if we didn’t eat quite enough at breakfast we decided to stop off for a cuppa and cake in one of the many little cafe’s dotted up and down the high street. They had the most amazing cakes in Indulge Yourself – look at my meringue so so pretty!
Although Christchurch is still pretty local for us it was lovely to have a change of scenery and some quality time while celebrating the birthday boy. The Christchurch Harbour hotel is so lovely I will definitely be going back next time I need some R&R, the spa break packages work out at really great value for money it’s worth looking into them.
Until next time!