Last week I was invited along to the Solent Hotel in Fareham, to spend a day at their on-site spa with several other bloggers. The hotel is around an hour’s drive from me in Bournemouth, but is well worth the travel. A few of the other Bournemouth Bloggers also went along, and it was nice to spend the day with some familiar faces, as well as meeting some new people too, including the lovely Donna from What the Redhead Said.
The morning started with a welcome juice and bowl of fruit, whilst we were introduced to the lovely spa team and asked to choose two courses from the lunch menu. I went for a starter and a main, and enjoyed sipping on my juice whilst reminding myself of the itinerary for the rest of the day and catching up with Ciara and Amy.
We were divided into two groups and taken on a tour of the spa before being provided with a time for our treatments, and having time to get changed and make use of the facilities. As well as a generously sized pool, separate jacuzzi and two saunas, the spa also has a fully equipped gym and several treatment rooms, offering a range of different services from gel nails to indulgent massages.
My treatment was at 11am, so I headed straight over to the relaxation lounge, where I was met by my therapist and shown into a treatment room at the back of the spa. I have only had a couple of facials before so wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing, but my therapist was really lovely and walked me through the whole thing, checking if I was ok with her providing a head massage alongside the facial (I was ok with this, but heard from others that they were offered a shoulder or hand massage if they preferred).
The facial was so relaxing, and the different products all smelt incredible and left my skin feeling super soft and hydrated. The warm face cloths used to buff away products felt amazing, and I could have happily stayed in there for a lot longer than the 25 minute treatment time.
After my facial, I was advised not to go into the pool or sauna for at least an hour, to let the products soak in properly. Instead I hung out on a sun bed with my book and totally chilled out.
My only slight complaint was that it was so hot in the spa area, as the sun was beating down in this area, and it was a little unbearable. Luckily somebody had the sense to open the door a little, to let fresh air in and I was able to properly chill out.
Once everybody had finished having their treatments, we headed over to have lunch. Unfortunately it was really hot in this area too and I ended up having to take off my robe, leaving me in just swimwear, to eat. Air con would have been amazing.
I really enjoyed my garlic and vegetable soup for starters, and the chicken club sandwich was absolutely delicious for my main. I am not a huge fan of mayonnaise, so I probably should have asked for it without, but there was so much chicken, and it was just what I needed to fill me up. The desserts, which some of the bloggers opted for instead of a starter, looked really nice too.
After we had finished eating, we were directed to another room where we had a private workshop with a representative from the Caudalie brand, whose products are used in the spa. We were shown the key products from the brand, and walked through an at-home facial skincare routine.
My skin felt incredible by the end, having had two facials within a few hours! We also got the chance to see and test out the brand new range of suncare from Caudalie.
The oil smells incredible, and I was so happy when I discovered we had been gifted this in our goody bags, along with the protective sun cream for face and some miniatures.
We headed back over to the spa to relax and enjoy the facilities a little longer, before it was time to say goodbye, with a refreshing gin cocktail.
It was a lovely day, and so needed after a hectic few days celebrating my birthday and drinking a little too many glasses of prosecco. I would recommend a visit to the spa if you are looking for somewhere to completely switch off and relax.
I hadn’t heard too much about the Caudalie brand before, but I will definitely be getting some of their moisturising sorbet and refreshing grape water. The products are great for those with sensitive skin, and priced somewhere between high-street and high-end brands.
I was invited along to a press event at The Solent Hotel & Spa, and provided with a goody bag of gifted products from Caudalie. All words and images, unless stated, are my own.