A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to add another hotel to my healthy travels section of the blog. I headed to Malvern Spa in an attempt to unwind and put down my laptop!
The Hotel and Rooms
Malvern Spa is located about 10 minutes from the M5 J7 and, as usually is the case with spas, tucked away on the back of an Industrial lot. The location might seem a bit strange but once you’re inside the hotel and have popped on your robe, you soon forget about the outside world. We stayed in a twin room which was perfect for us. The beds were comfy and the bath was huge and perfect for soaking.
On to the most important part: the spa. Often the word ‘spa’ is used lightly and is nothing more than a pool attached to a gym. However, Malvern Spa was truly a spa in every sense of the word. It contained an indoor heated hydro pool, an outdoor heated hydro pool, a foot bath station, two types of steam room, a sauna, a chill out room and a huge treatment area.
On arrival, we were whisked to our treatment. As indecisive as ever, I opted for 30 mins hot stone massage and 30 minutes facial. My therapist explained how the Elemis natural oils worked and I filled her in on my problem skin. The hot stone massage was easily the best massage I have ever had and left me feeling completely relaxed. My facial left my skin feeling so smooth that the therapist told me to stop touching it so many times (as I stroked in disbelief!). I’ve kept up my natural skincare since leaving the spa and it’s really made a massive difference to the overall state of my skin.
Afterwards, we were taken to the relaxation room. A place to completely de-stress- with twinkly lights, soft music, water and magazines. I lay on the lounger for a good hour; wrapped up in a cosy blanket.Outside the treatment area, is a bar serving prosecco. So obviously that was a post-treatment priority.
The following day, we made the most of the spa facilities. The outdoor pool was simply gorgeous as the weather was great. We spent hours just chatting in the pool and lying on the loungers. It was quite busy on the first day but much quieter on the second (given that it is in a residential area, I suspect many people use the facilities after work.) Luckily, because it has so many different stations and 2 large pools, it never felt really crowded.
I was so far impressed but for me, the test is always the food! Our waitress was really knowledgeable and told me to pick what I liked and she would adapt it to being gluten/dairy free. As those of my readers with allergies know, this was pretty much music to my ears.
Pea and Mint soup.
For starters, I opted for the freshly cooked scallops which the waitress made sure was cooked in a special gluten free soy dressing. My friend opted for the fresh pea and mint soup- which was also gluten free. The food was incredibly fresh and my scallops tasted as if they were fetched straight from the sea itself!
Freshly cooked scallops
For mains, I opted for steak and chips. This was the only negative part of the meal as when it arrived the steak was just too chewy. I don’t have steak very often (but all that unwinding had left me ravenous) so I am not sure if I perhaps ordered it cooked differently than I usually have. Despite that blip, I was really impressed with desert.
My amazingly inventive desert
The chef said he wanted to create an inventive dairy and gluten free desert, and that he certainly did! I was served a mountain of fruit (from strawberries to fig) with beautifully rich sorbet. It certainly made up for my slightly disappointing main.
The next day at breakfast, I was offered smoked salmon with gluten free bread (topped with dairy free spread too!). They also offered gluten free cereal and dairy free milk.
I had a really amazing stay at Malvern Spa. It’s spa is just the perfect place to unwind and do nothing. The staff really put me at ease about my intolerances and the food, on the whole, was excellent. I will definitely be returning soon!
For more information on Malvern Spa, visit https://www.themalvernspa.com/