My Mum recently came across an offer via Buy a Gift for a spa day. The deal was £75 per couple for full use of the gym, pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi as well as luxury robes at any UK Marriott hotel. A thirty minutes massage and a fifteen minutes mini facial were also included per person. We decided to book it with my two sisters and the four of us selected Marriott, Bexlyheath as it is driving distance from my sisters home.
We arrived at the hotel and discovered parking is free for guests, which was great. Check in was quick and before we knew it we were in our gym kit using the facilities. The gym here is quite small, think three running machines, three bikes etc etc. However, it had everything you could need with air con, water and plenty of TV / music channels to choose from. We spent about an hour working out before changing into our swimwear.
After a few laps we decided to relax in the Jacuzzi until we became prunes and then had a quick whizz around the sauna and steam room. The spa facilities here are nice, they aren't Champneys quality but you are not paying top spa prices. They are however, clean and functional and adequate for a half day of entertainment and at £37.50 each you cannot really complain!
The best part of the day was pulling on our fluffy dressing gowns and relaxing pool side on sun loungers with lunch. Lunch did take an hour so ensure you order with plenty of time. We stuck to sandwiches, we had a turkey club with French fries, two cheese, bacon and caramelised onion and one tuna melt Panini. There was a burger and salads and some other main dishes to choose from. Sandwiches started at £5 each, which again wasn't a bad price. They were hot, tasty and filling.
Post lunch it was time for our treatments. Included in our package was a thirty minutes neck, back and shoulder massage followed by a fifteen minutes mini Decleor facial. The treatments were lovely and the forty five minutes felt satisfying and relaxing. The rooms were dimly lit with soothing music and the therapists were kind, friendly and well trained!
All in all we were at the spa for around four hours. It was lovely to work out, catch up and have some pampering all together. It wasn't super five star luxury but it was also clean and effective and certainly reasonable value for money. If you fancy some time with a friend but cannot manage the hefty prices of certain UK spa's then this Marriott offer may be for you!