WHO WENT Claudia McKenzie, 31, mum to Olivia, 1, and Michelle Stone, 33, mum to Tom, 5, and Sam, 3, from Essex
WHERE WE WENT The Belfry Club and Spa, Birmingham
WHY WE WENT
With hectic lives, we were in desperate need of a good dose of R&R. Leaving the dads in charge of the little ones, we visited the Belfry Spa – which has just undergone a £1million renovation.
A four-time host of the Ryder Cup, The Belfry is a Mecca for golfers due to the fact it’s situated in over 500 acres of idyllic countryside. We appreciated the tranquillity and luxury of the beautiful surroundings, and the fact it’s only 20 minutes away from Birmingham city centre. Every single inch of the lavish hotel screamed luxury. We stayed in one of their bright and spacious Signature rooms, with two double beds and had a balcony overlooking the rolling green hills of the golf course.
Our main objective of the weekend was to be pampered, so we wasted no time in checking out the spa facilities. First up was the Fire and Ice Journey, which contains 12 bio thermal rooms, including an Aroma Cave, a Crystal Steam Room and Hydrotherapy Pool. Rubbing ice chips on ourselves in the Igloo after sweating it out in the sauna was a surprisingly pleasurable experience. Following a short doze in the Tranquillity Room, we headed upstairs for their hour and a half long ‘Hero’ treatment. Having used a skin vision lamp in order to tailor the facial to our particular skin needs, the therapist started with a back exfoliation and a hot stone massage. Then we each had our personalised facials, followed by a soothing scalp massage. By the end of the session we were so blissed out we could barely talk!
Needing some sustenance, we headed to the Leisure Café for some afternoon tea. We devoured home-baked plain and fruit scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and a range of sandwiches, all washed down with a pot of tea and a glass of bubbly.
After a few more hours of relaxing in our room, we dined from the Chef's Table, which meant you just go up and help yourself to a large variety of starters and mains, followed by a choice of one of three desserts. Although the food was perfectly fine, we had food envy when we saw the delicious-looking dishes that the table next to us had ordered from the main Ryder Grill menu. Next time we visit, we're definitely going to splash out and do the same.
Despite still feeling full from the previous day, we returned back to the Ryder Grill in the morning to fuel us up before we headed back to our families. Similar to dinner, breakfast was served buffet-style. We started off with a full English, followed by waffles and then we finished up with some fruit. It truly was an absolutely indulgent weekend.
The Fire & Ice Experience starts from £115 per person (based on two people sharing) and includes: one night bed and breakfast, full use of the spa and leisure facilities, and a 90-minute session in the Fire & Ice rooms. The ‘Hero’ back, face and scalp spa treatment is £109 and the Chef's Table dinner menu at the Ryder Grill is £32.50 (not including drinks). To book, contact 0844 234 7786, or visit thebelfry.co.uk.
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