So after a pretty hectic couple of weeks I was in serious need of some relaxation time – and with everyone’s amazing holiday snaps on snapchat and Instagram, I was getting pretty jealous. With a long weekend off work, my incredible husband decided to treat me to a weekend spa getaway to the Isle of Wight. Sure, it’s not Santorini or Barcelona – but I was super excited none the less! Growing up in Scotland I hadn’t experienced the classic ‘British Seaside Holiday’ that many of my friends have, so I was looking forward to experiencing beaches, pier games and fish and chips by the sea.
First we spent the night in Portsmouth – it was fleeting but long enough for me to do some damage on the old credit card, including a trip to the Cosmetics store for some skincare saviours, a stunning leather jacket from All Saints and White Company to stock up on candles for the new house!
Then we jumped on the ferry and took the 22 min trip across to the Isle of Wight. I was genuinely shocked at how quick it was – so easy! Then we jumped on the world’s smallest train at the other end and within the hour we arrived in Sandown – our home for the next two nights!
We were staying at Melville Hall Spa Hotel. From the outside it looked inconspicuous but it turned into our little haven of relaxation for the next two nights. Sure, the décor was slightly retro but it all just added to the charm. Its big selling point (other than being adults only!) was a stunning outside spa area with heated Jacuzzi – with a glass of prosecco – naturally!
We had a total of 3 treatments when we were there, back massage, scalp massage and then a facial – all using Declor products. The treatments were all incredible, and tailored to your needs. I always worry with massages that they won’t be firm enough but Heather (my therapist!) really got in there and I walked out two inches taller and feeling like I could sleep for a hundred years! The facial was also great, super thorough exfoliate and an amazing pressure point massage with serums – my skin felt so soft after – divine!
In the evenings we dined on 3 course dinners (included in the price of the stay which was great!) and them we included in one to many drinks and played scrabble. One night we left our phones in the room and went digital free, just playing and drinking and chatting, it felt so good to spend some quality time with my man.
What I loved most about the hotel were the staff, they were all incredibly friendly and all doing multiple jobs! Beauticians doubling as receptionist, waiters come bar men and the cleaning service the next day – all this but patient, polite and always willing to help. It gave the whole place a really friendly, laid back feel.
So other than the treatments we did some adventuring during the day – we went to the Dinosaur Isle museum and the Isle of Wight Zoo – which had a huge amount of lemur’s and then big cats! A random combination I will admit but somehow it worked – they had the most stunning white tiger ever!
We also spent a large amount of time (and money!) on the pier playing some classic games – including adventure golf and the classic claw grabber machines, which we may or may not have got seriously addicted too (as in £25 later…) but we did win one toy – which will act as a lovely reminder of an awesome weekend!
Until next time