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Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa review

Lynda Moyo lives like a Roman Goddess at this £3m spa hotel

Written by . Published on February 17th 2011.


Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa review

Sometimes what you’re looking for is right under your nose. In my case, this was a decent weekend spa break without having to break the bank, or travel to Thailand for that matter.

We were ushered in by a beautician with the voice of an angel who softly told us to remove our shoes. Not in the way your mum does to stop “traipsing dirt in on my new carpets" but to well and truly leave the outside world behind and take in new energy, starting with a complimentary cup of energising Asian tea.

The Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa in Cheshire is said to be one of the best in the region. All £3m of it.

With Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep reported as fans of the range of treatments on offer, I wasted no time packing the car with an overnight bag and my other half before whizzing down the A56 to this country manor house retreat.

THE Grosvenor Pulford Hotel has a rustic feel about it. Rooms are slightly mismatched and disjointed from one another. It’s no botch job though and actually makes you feel like you’re in a secluded, quaint cottage in the Cotswolds, rather than a hotel on an A-road just by the border of Wales.

If the hotel was designed to make you feel relaxed, then the spa had the potential to put me in a coma. Located on the ground floor, tucked away behind the restaurant, Spa by Kasia takes the spa experience to a new place. A place somewhere in Thailand actually, or so it felt.

We were ushered in by a beautician with the voice of an angel who softly told us to remove our shoes. Not in the way your mum does to stop “traipsing dirt in on my new carpets” but to well and truly leave the outside world behind and take in new energy, starting with a complimentary cup of energising Asian tea.

After a tour of the spa, it was off to the changing rooms to get robed-up and make use of the facilities before our 3pm treatments. We had free reign of the spa between 9am and 5pm – a good job really, as there’s plenty of ‘doing nothing’ to do. Going from one room laying down to another sitting down is about as strenuous as it gets. From the sauna to the steam room, swimming pool to Jacuzzi and Turkish Hamman (the only one in the north of England I might add) to hydrotherapy bath - we were spoiled for choice, taking advantage of the free fruit as we decided where to go next.

The staff at Kasia actually bring the fruit round on cocktail sticks. That’s service with a smile, on sticks. The returned smug smile on my partner's face as he sat on an actual throne in the Arabian rasul, suggested this was as close to Roman God status as he was ever going to get.

As part of our spa day escape package, we were also invited for lunch in the spa’s café area. It’s still within the spa quarters so you can glide in at your leisure and have a bite and a drink in the same way you would in your own home – dressing gown, slippers and no-makeup as standard in the Moyo household.

You can choose two courses – we went for a very healthy chicken, avocado and mango salad followed by a sea bass and vegetable main course. It did the job without leaving us feeling too stuffed to go back and lay down for our treatments.

When it came to treatment time, I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting anything different from other spas I’ve been to and as a beauty editor, that’s a fair few. The therapist must’ve seen me coming a mile off and thought ‘I’ll show her’. That she did.The Decleor divine nutrition facial is without a doubt the best facial I have had in a long time. It’s designed to nourish, comfort and strengthen dry skin. My face was dry to the point of scaly. And, as any fellow dry skin sisters will know, foundation just loves clinging to those flaky bad boys. As it was one of their aromatic facials, it smelled as good as it felt too. That was until I felt a weight on my face. A cold, wet weight.

Unbeknown to me, this was the pièce de résistance – the Decleor divine nutrition mask. It may initially feel like a concrete load on your face, but it dries to a rubbery consistency which, when peeled off, takes the dead skin with it. What’s more, the honey leaf extract, chestnut extract and rose oil add a layer of resistance to any potential dryness and give a lovely looking glow which lasts until you wash your face again. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was reluctant to wash my face again the following day.

My partner added that the men’s express energy facial (30 minutes) was “so nice I think I nodded off” which perhaps isn’t helpful for the purposes of this review. However, given that it’s nearly impossible to fall asleep during the pummelling of a deep tissue full body massage (55 minutes), he was able to conclude that unlike at some spas, this treatment was a case of less chat and fancy products, and more getting to grips with those knots, much to his delight.

Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa isn’t a million miles from home which now makes it a dangerously tempting trip any time we’re in need of feeling like a million dollars. Well, three million pounds actually.

A weekend spa escape for two costs £295. This includes an overnight stay in a standard double or twin bedroom, full English breakfast, day spa escape for two people including a two course luncheon in the Spa Eatery and two one hour treatments of your choice (one treatment each). For more information click here

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