For my Mum’s birthday last week, I booked her a spa day. Myself and my sister wanted to organise a nice day for her, and we decided that a spa day would be perfect for the three of us. We don’t get to spend an awful lot of time together the three of us, so we thought a day of relaxation would be perfect. We booked in for a day at the Macdonald Hill Valley Hotel and Spa which is situated in Whitchurch. With my Mum living back in Shropshire, we didn’t want to travel too far and especially as I was getting the train, I felt a bit rotten making her drive for ages for her spa day on her birthday. So Hill Valley was a perfect alternative, with it being just half an hour from shrewsbury, it was also a hotel we’d never been to before. I booked us in for the Afternoon Tea package which consisted of afternoon tea (well duh) a 30 min Elemis treatment and full use of all the facilities at the spa.
The spa looked pretty new, and had everything we could ever want, from a big heated swimming pool, sun loungers, a relaxation room full of beds, blankets, low lighting and music it was honestly like being back in the womb. Very chilled out. We were given robes and slippers on our arrival, and first we did some chilling by the pool and swimming before going to have our treatments. We all had a deep tissue back massage which was so, so nice. Abby was my therapist and she used Elemis oil to help combat fatigue and tiredness. It smelt amazing and my back felt so soft afterwards. I opted for light/medium pressure as I am a wimp, and it was a really lovely massage, there was some tension in my right shoulder, but Abby used a technique with her elbow which just seemed to straighten everything out, my back felt so light afterwards, I felt like a caterpillar or something. We all loved our massages, and they always end too quickly! After having our treatments we kicked back in the relaxation room which makes you feel very sleepy!
It was then time for afternoon tea, where there is a special seating area for spa guests to have lunch, it was lovely, situated looking out to the golf course and again all brand new. We were the only ones in there, making it a real private lunch! We had sandwiches, scones, cake and meringues and ordered chips and sweet potato fries on the side which were just lovely. After eating way, way too much, we slipped back into our bikini’s *never a good idea after eating your body weight in scones* and had a chill. I had no phone signal which was bliss, so I sat and read OK! magazine, totally trashy but I loved it. Mum and Hayley fell asleep on their loungers, but I just read everything to do with Kimye’s wedding. After another long swim, we decided to head home, we’d been at the spa for over six hours! Although we had the afternoon tea package, we were told we could arrive from 10am onwards to really make the most of the facilities, we were also offered use of the gym but we thought that would be too strenuous for a spa day!
We went home feeling very chilled, and relaxed. I think my Mum had a lovely day and it was just so nice to spend time as the three of us. All the staff were so lovely at the Hill Valley Hotel, and I’d definitely re visit again, if you’re ever in Shropshire and want a spa day, I’d recommend there, with prices also being very reasonable, you can’t go too wrong! I already want to plan another spa day!
*Disclaimer: Whilst Elemis did very kindly provide me with some discount for the spa day, I paid the majority of the price myself with my own money. I am always 100% honest with my opinions and the discount in no way affected my opinion of the day and the hotel. It genuinely is a lovely place and somewhere I would visit again in a heartbeat.