Travel Blog - Pennyhill Park - UK
Our Marketing Manager, Natalie, headed off to Surrey to check out the wonderful spa at Pennyhill Park and reports back on her findings:
What was your first impression of the hotel?
How spacious it is - the hotel is spread over a vast area with a huge, separate spa building (45,000 sq. ft - the largest in the UK) with its own outdoors area complete with swimming pool, hot tubs and hydro pool plus a large deck area which would be fantastic when the weather is warm.
What do you think makes Pennyhill Park special?
I could say the seriously buff English Rugby Team players who were wandering around whilst I was there...but instead I will say the attentive, friendly staff and the sheer range of facilities. It's ideal if you like lots of variety from fitness classes to spa experiences and treatments. The spa has a 'thermal heaven heat experience' which means you can go from one thermal cabin to another. It's recommended that you start by relaxing in the Tepidarium on the heated loungers then move onto the Laconium to slowly raise your temperature and then onto the sauna or steam rooms before braving the ice cave or the plunge pool!
What was your most relaxing experience?
I had a full body massage and choose the lavendar and rosemary aromatherapy oil to promote relaxation. The treatment room was so inviting - it was a good size with candles dotted all along the window sills and relaxing music. The therapist was very professional and I had an excellent, soothing massage. I liked that she checked with me once she'd started that I was happy with the pressure and was comfortable. The spa products are wonderful too and its own range (The Spa) even uses lavender and honey grown and produced on-site!
How was the food?
The food was very good indeed starting with the salad bar in the spa cafe at lunchtime - it was full of healthy, chopped vegetables and protein and looked so inviting. There were also delicious smoothies and juices. I ate in The Brasserie in the evening and really enjoyed my meal of seabass and roasted vegetables which was nicely presented and well cooked. The breakfast buffet was also excellent with lots of healthy options such as Bircher muesli, fruit salad and wholegrain bread for toast.
What was your favourite activity?
I really enjoyed dipping in and out of the 'heat experience' - it was such fun to try all the different ones on offer though I wasn't brave enough to spend too long in the ice cave! The outdoor Canadian hot tubs were brilliant too - there is nothing better than being in a toasty tub whilst the air is chilly all around you!
What else did you discover?
The Sensory Room on the floor above the treatment rooms is a real treat. It has about 6 beds placed around the room so you just sink into one (it feels like a water bed) and ambient lighting so it's the perfect place to head to once you've had your treatment to further relax and collect your thoughts before you head back to the serious business of spa-ing or exercising!
Who would you recommend Pennyhill Park to?
I would recommend it to independent singles, groups of friends and couples. It's so extensive that there is a always a quiet corner to read your book or there's lots going on if you like to be more active. It would be good for a group of friends who want to catch up with each other as there is plenty of room to be together and have treatments around the same time.