Before heading home to New Zealand, I decided it would be nice to spend a day with G in a spa and then scoffing afternoon tea.  We had thought about heading into London however our top pick was fully booked so we decided to try out the Spa Day with Afternoon Tea at Fawsley Hall in Northamptonshire which was an easy drive from Bedfordshire.

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Spa Reception Areas

The Spa Reception is close to the car park and pretty easy to find.

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On arrival we were shown to some tables to fill out the necessary forms prior to our treatments and then shown the facilities by a staff member.

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Spa Facilities

The Spa at Fawsley Hall Hotel includes a outdoor jacuzzi, indoor heated pool, sauna and steam room.  Unfortunately on our visit the steam room was out of service which was disappointing as this was the reason why I picked this particular hotel for our spa day; I much prefer a steam room to a sauna.  I would have appreciated a call from the hotel to advise that the steam room was out of service prior to our arrival…it’s just good customer service.

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Treatment

G had a full body massage and enjoyed it however he did say the relaxation room was pretty noisy unfortunately.

I went for a 55 minute luxury facial and I was disappointed with the treatment as I didn’t get my full length of treatment as they were running late, not me!  And then the therapist didn’t even look at my skin, she just asked me if I had any skin problems…I wasn’t impressed at all to be honest.  My skin was left looking refreshed after the facial and I did manage to fall asleep midway through the treatment…you get me lying flat on my back and I will take a nap!

The Spa Undies

Thankfully I didn’t need to wear any…I would have been concerned if I was provided with spa undies for a facial.

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea Review

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Sandwiches

Both G and I received three little finger sandwiches for afternoon tea.

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Scones

The gluten free scones passed my gluten free scone test; they were easy to cut into, they didn’t break a tooth and they were tasty.  The scones were a tad dry but when covered with clotted cream and jam they became extremely eatable.  I will be honest and say that I didn’t like the jam.

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Pastries

The gluten free pastries at Fawsley Hall Hotel were rather different from the normal pastries however they made me smile…a bumble bee and flowers!  There was an almond biscuit and a few slices.  They were a tad sugary for my liking but I did enjoy seeing a variety of pastries on the cake tier.

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For the Gluten Eating Monsters

G was happy with his afternoon tea but would have preferred to have two scones…he’s a man and he needs two scones!  However I’m sure his doctor would tell him he didn’t need any scones at all.

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Tea

I went for the simple peppermint tea…light and refreshing and good after a day in the spa.

Dinner

Oh yes, we were soooo comfortable on the sofas that we ended up staying for dinner as well…as you do!

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The Grand Hall looks lovely late at night!

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Atmosphere

As soon as I saw the Great Hall I knew that was where I wanted to have my afternoon tea…

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…but apparently we were going to be seated in the conservatory, you can imagine what my face looked like…

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…so of course we ended up sitting here thankfully; thank goodness I don’t have a poker face!

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The Hotel

The hotel is rather pretty from the outside but for me the Grand Hall is what really makes this hotel special!

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Would I recommend the Spa and Afternoon Tea at Fawsley Hall Hotel in Northamptonshire – I was a tad disappointed with the spa however I think the afternoon tea is rather reasonably priced, starting at £23.50pp.  You can book the afternoon tea here and you can find rather good spa deals here.

So what do you think about combining a spa day with afternoon tea?  Which hotel do you recommend checking out?

If you’re looking for Spa Days with Afternoon Tea in London, then I have this handy little post here featuring ten establishments!

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After the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, I decided we needed to chill out a bit and thankfully I had booked us into a hotel where we could relax, recharge and basically do nothing for a few days without feeling too guilty hence booking into a hotel on a private island means you can’t really leave the island…Welcome to Pangkor Laut Resort & Spa aka Paradise!

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We arrived at the jetty for our transfer to the island all a bit flustered; the signage was a little hit and miss but we made it with 30 mins spare for the last crossing of the day…while waiting to leave for the island we enjoyed the sunset while sipping a rather much needed cold drink.

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The ride across to the island took around 10 minutes in the darkness.  As soon as we arrived we were welcomed on the jetty and shown around the resort, had our credit cards swiped and then shown to our hill villa.  All very fast and efficient; a good thing as our tummies were rumbling!

This is the library area and the only place on the island where you can get wifi…you will seriously switch off and relax with staying at Pangkor Laut Resort & Spa.  (okay you can get wifi at Feast restaurant also if you can get a table close to the library….bad I know!)

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Now I booked the hill villa for our stay for one particular reason…it had a tv…it was rainy season…and I didn’t fancy having to talk to G for the whole time on holiday if it rained…and I’m thinking an over water villa cherry should be popped in the Maldives really…don’t you agree?  The villa was spacious, tastefully decorated and air conditioned…bliss!

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The bathroom was impressive and it included an outdoor bath tub.  My only gripe with the whole villa were the taps as they were located to the left of the sink and you had to bend down…it was just tad weird for my liking.

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Waking up fresh a daisy the next morning, showering and hungry for brekkie….we got hit by an instant wall of humidity as we left the villa…even the camera fogged up!

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Breakfast with a view.

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There was a huge selection on offer for ever taste bud; chinese, curries, fruit, salads, waffles…it was grazing central and this cow was grazing!

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G and I decided to go and get our bearings of the island…without the map…honestly how could you get lost on an island while trying to find the spa…so of course we immediately got lost and had to ask for directions…I blame G!

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Arriving at the spa, we were warmly greeted and asked if we had walked to the spa…yes…did you know about the free shuttle…yes we’re trying to be healthy but we will use the shuttle in future…it’s got AC…we will definitely use the shuttle then.  We booked our appointments for later that afternoon and then another sneaky treatment the following day…honestly what else are you meant to do when stuck on a tropical island!

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Pangkor Laut Resort has the best spa I’ve ever visited in my life; it’s truly amazing and I can see why it’s won so many awards.  It’s seriously lush!  Even turtles come here to chill.

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We started with a foot wash and had our feet hammered to improve our circulation. (I’m sure there is a great term for this that isn’t called hammered but you know what I mean!) 

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For our treatments we were whisked away to the changing rooms and told to get naked for our treatments (but are then wrapped up in a sarong)…or the start of them…there was a spa knicker incident where I was given spa knickers that no western woman was going to fit…there were a number of giggles from me and apologies from the therapist…and then I got spa knickers that Bridget Jones would have approved of.

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After making a wish, I entered the spa area…including going through a cold shower, inhaling different herbs, scrubbing (it took two attempts to get all the fake tan off!) myself in the Japanese bath house and then relaxing in the hot pool with Japanese tea before having a therapist scrubbing me all over again…I was squeaky clean!

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Next up was actually going for the treatment and I would recommend anything and everything!  I had a standard Balinese massage and then the following day a half day at the spa getting scrubbed again, exfoliated and massaged.  Whatever you do if you visit the spa is to ask for a scalp massage….amazing!

After our treatments, we settled into the little chalets by the pool in the spa area and just relaxed reading…

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…and drinking smoothies!

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G and I decided to head over to the bar at the other pool for happy hour to enjoy the view…

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…then the view got a whole lot better!

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We had such a great day we decided to repeat the process again the following day…breakfast…spa…pool…

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…smoothies…

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and then we headed into the shuttle to visit Emerald Bay which is the private beach on the other side of the island.

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While G went for a swim…and tried his best to look like James Bond…he failed miserably when the wave wiped him out…

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I managed to finish my book…yes I was reading a book for teenage girls…I’m young at heart and then watched the crabs dance along the beach.

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There was a hammock and of course I wanted a photo of me “relaxing”…I’m not good at relaxing and well hammocks and me…it normally ends in disaster.  This was attempt one…I thought my jandals weren’t in the right place…

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…queue me moving them 2 cm’s and almost falling out of the hammock…

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…finally G took another photo but I had lost patience hence me poking my tongue out!

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I finally got the hammock photo that I wanted…much to amusement of the elderly couple next to us!

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The following day we left the island to head to Ipoh…it was rather sad to leave this little slice of Malaysian paradise.

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Travel Tips for Pangkor Laut Resort & Spa

  • Families should book the Garden Villas especially if you have young children; there are a load of stairs if staying in the Hill Villas
  • The over water villas currently don’t have tv’s however the garden and hill villas do.
  • There is no wifi in the villas but you can hire a dongle for a small charge
  • There are great gluten free options at the Feast Restaurant; I didn’t go hungry and the flourless chocolate cake is super tasty!
  • There is a free shuttle that runs around the island
  • Free water is provided at Emerald Bay for all guests along with towels
  • The weekends are rather busy as locals travel from Kuala Lumpur on a Friday night to spend the weekend at Pangkor Laut Resort hence it’s busy during the weekend but by Tuesday it’s deserted and feels like your own private island.
  • Check out the YTL website for special deals; we managed to get a free night at the Hotel Majestic in Kuala Lumpur as we stayed for three nights at Pangkor Laut Resort.

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Would I return to Pangkor Laut Resort & Spa – definitely, G has already told me that he wants to go back.  Life really is easier on a private island!

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You can’t visit Marrakech and not visit a Hammam or a Spa, it’s basically compulsory!  G and I had planned on spending a day relaxing by the pool to unwind so I booked us in for a spa day at La Mamounia Hotel which has one of the worlds most iconic spas.

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Spa Reception Areas

Wandering through to the reception area is a visual feast of beautiful tiles and gorgeous lanterns that you will want to pinch and take home with you.  Booking was a breeze and as it was a week day it was pretty easy to get a booking for a treatment however bookings are recommended.

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Spa Day Pass

Now if you aren’t a guest of La Mamounia Hotel you can still use the spa facilities and have treatments but you will need to purchase a Spa Day Pass for 500 MAD per person which gives you access to the indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi and gym; this is a pretty good deal in my books as it works out at approx. £35 pp.  If your hotel in Marrakech doesn’t have a pool then this is a great option to spend a day relaxing in one of the most luxurious hotels you will find in Marrakech.

Obviously treatments are additional plus the hotel doesn’t offer the Spa Day Pass if the hotel is fully booked.  If the hotel requires you to purchase a treatment with the Spa Day Pass then the cheapest treatments are a Reshaping Manicure (500 MAD / approx. £35) or a 30 minute Relaxing Massage (750 MAD / approx. £50)

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To book a Spa Day Pass at La Mamounia Hotel you will need to contact the hotel directly via email lespa@mamounia.com

Spa Facilities

The spa facilities contain an indoor pool and jacuzzi…

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…an outdoor pool, steam room, relaxation areas, treatment rooms and a gym.

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Treatment

I booked G and I both in for a 60 minute Relaxing Mamounia Massage which costs 1,100 MAD (approx £75 pp).  When I made the booking for our massages there was the choice of having the treatments in the same room but as I squeal a lot when I have massages I went for separate treatment rooms; it was lovely to have the option.

I loved the massage, it wasn’t rough and I did leave feeling really relaxed especially as there was a really good scalp massage involved; who else adores scalp massages?

The Spa Undies

The undies were of a light material and weren’t a G String but came pretty darn close.  I will point out now that these are rather difficult to photograph when by yourself; next time I will pop them on my head!  Plus I still don’t get the point of Spa Undies!

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The Hotel

I loved La Mamounia Hotel and you can read my full review of the hotel here.  If you find the hotel a little too pricey for your accommodation budget, definitely look into either booking yourself in for afternoon tea or purchasing a Spa Day Pass so you can still enjoy the beauty that is La Mamounia Hotel.

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Have you visited La Mamounia Hotel; what are your thoughts on the property?  Would you be happy to spend £35 for a Spa Day Pass?

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