It is not often that Ed and I are able to get away for a night without the children. We’ve both been so busy over the past couple of months and haven’t had a chance to go on date nights and prioritise our relationship so I was really excited to be invited to Hilton at the Ageas Bowl for an overnight stay with Ed last Friday night.
The stay was complimentary, something I am really grateful for, and we both had an absolutely amazing time away. I have actually been to the hotel previously, both for a stay when I was still working for Hilton Bournemouth and two visits to the on site eforea spa, and I was looking forward to showing Ed why I love it so much.
The eforea Spa
I love the eforea spa at the hotel so much that I chose to go to it for my hen weekend last spring. It has a transition lounge, a deep relaxation room, a sauna, dark and light steam rooms, hydrotherapy indoor pool and outdoor jacuzzi as well as several treatment rooms, a nail salon and gym. There is also a spa cafe serving light lunches and an afternoon tea which tastes amazing.
You can quite easily spend a day in the spa relaxing and I would highly recommend having a treatment. The therapists use Elemis products and the massage and facial I had on my last visit was absolutely incredible – I left feeling like I had spent a lot longer than an hour in the treatment room.
The Executive Lounge
One of the parts of a stay at Hilton hotels I enjoy most is visiting the Executive Lounge. Access to the lounge is available with certain room types and some Hilton Honors members and I highly recommend giving it a visit if you’re able to.
The lounge has complimentary soft drinks plus tea and coffee available throughout the day and, at certain times, alcohol and hot and cold canapés are also served at certain times plus you can choose to eat a continental breakfast in the lounge if you have an early start or just want a quiet breakfast.
Beefy’s restaurant, inspired by retired cricket star Sir Ian Botham, is located on the upper ground floor of the hotel and has traditional British favourites such as Fish & Chips and Roast Lamb plus a selection of steaks and a burger of the day, which was a turkey burger for the night we stayed.
The desserts are delicious and there are a selection of cocktails, wines and spirits to choose from if you fancy a drink with dinner.
Hilton at the Ageas Bowl is located a short distance from central Southampton if you feel like going shopping, sightseeing or a night out during your stay, however it also has plenty to do onsite if you’d rather not leave the hotel. There’s even a golf course.
The views from both sides of the hotel are impressive, with the lake and county cricket ground to choose from.
The Breakfast Buffet
There’s something incredible about a hotel breakfast that I simply can’t recreate back home. The breakfast buffet at Hilton at the Ageas Bowl is perfect as it has so much choice, there is sure to be something for everyone.
As well as cooked breakfast items, there is also a selection of fresh pastries, bread and rolls plus cereals, yoghurts and fresh fruit.
There is even a pancake machine to make yourself fresh pancakes plus mini chocolate doughnuts and fresh juices. If you want something cooked to order, you can choose from the menu – Ed opted for his favourite Eggs Benedict.
I love Hilton at the Ageas Bowl and am already planning another stay with Ed for my 30th birthday next year. It is a brilliant hotel to stay at if you are looking for a luxury venue in Hampshire.
I was provided with a complimentary stay at Hilton Ageas Bowl, however I was under no obligation to write this post and all opinions and images are my own.