I was very lucky that for my birthday in November, my parents bought Paul and I a voucher for a spa break! I decided to wait a little while for the longer evenings before booking it in, but finally decided that April would be a good time. It’s been a wee while since we’ve had a holiday and I was definitely ready for a long weekend – so we booked in to visit the Alexander House and Utopia Spa.
Alexander House is only an hours drive away from London in East Sussex. It was a nice easy drive and I loved seeing the big buildings fade away to countryside, fields and cobbled lanes. We headed off the main road, swirled our way through small villages and eventually drove onto what felt like a stately home! The hotel is an old manor which has been converted into a hotel, and as you can see the house itself is stunning! Grand sweeping staircases, wooden furnishings and huge open fireplaces were frequent as we checked in and headed to our room. The room itself was gorgeous, a GIANT bed, sitting area, fireplace, huge bathroom with waterfall showers and of course cozy robes and slippers.
Included in our package was a massage each, so we quickly changed into our robes and headed downstairs to the spa. The spa itself was huge! We sat in the waiting room munching on banana chips before heading through to the massage. Massages are quite possibly one of my most favourite things in the world, so relaxing and grounding. They combined it with essential oils to really chill you out and although it was a little short (30mins compared to my usual 60) it was definitely a great way to relax after a long week at work.
We then headed down to the pool which was in an awesome Grecian style with ornate columns. We did a little dip in the cold pool before heading for the hot tubs. They have a huge hot tub set in the middle of the garden which was lovely. It was pretty chilly out so it was nice to bathe in the hot, steaming water. After a quick bake in the sauna, we went to get ready for our dinner.
Also included in our package was money towards dinner – Alexander House has 2 restaurants, a more casual bistro and fine dining. As we were celebrating my birthday we decided to go a bit fancy and head to AGs, the fine dining restaurant. However, our first stop, of course, was the champagne bar. There were huge comfy chairs and about 10 million wines and bubbles on the menu but we settled on something affordable and sipped away whilst I ate my weight in olives (so good!). Once we were ready, we moved through to the dining room and ate ourselves silly!
Seriously. So much food. And we only went for 2 courses! We got some awesome tasters from the chef, along with freshly baked loaf with seaweed butter (amazing). I decided to go the fish route for the evening and had scallops followed by monkfish. I don’t think I’ve had monkfish before but it was delicious. Paul went the meaty route with quail followed by steak.
After the feast, we headed back to the room and promptly fell asleep in a little food coma. In the morning, we had a lazy morning before having a wander around the grounds. The hotel is set on 120 acres and there are a lot of rambling tracks in the area. We had a stroll round the garden before going in for breakfast. Although we were still full from the amazing dinner, I still managed to put away a couple of pastries!
Although we could have headed back to the pool, we both had plans that afternoon so got back on the open road back to the big smoke. Overall, we had such a lovely break, it was just what I needed after a stressful couple of weeks and is a hotel which I’m sure I will return to! Big thanks to Mum and Dad for the awesome present!
If you’re interested in the package we went on then you can find all the details here.
How do you feel about massages? Best things ever right?