Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lion Quays

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry
Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry


Lion Quays Spa Oswestry


Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry


Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Lion Quays Spa Oswestry

Top - New Look
Skirt - Primark
Sandals - Primark
Necklace - eBay
Swimming Costume - Missguided

Last night I went to Lion Quays Spa as part of my 21st birthday celebrations. We stayed overnight in the hotel and it was lovely to just relax for a day.

The spa is in a lovely setting next to the canal, just outside Oswestry in Shropshire. Our room was like a standard hotel room, with a large clean bathroom and free tea, coffee and biscuits. They also provided free Algotherm toiletries which was a nice touch. (Please ignore my friend's bikini drying on the window in the photos!)

Yesterday we were allowed access to the Country Club facilities, which included a large pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. The pool was lovely and surprisingly very quiet. We then checked into our room and sat down for dinner in the Waterside Restaurant, which was included in the price. We were allowed two courses from the menu, so I had fish and chips and then chocolate bread and butter pudding. The food was really nicely presented and very filling, and it was obvious it was all home made. The staff were all very attentive and the food arrived really quickly. The restaurant was right next to the canal so there were some really good views, and we also sat outside next to the canal with a drink.

This morning we visited the Waterside Restaurant once again for breakfast, also included in the price we paid. It was a buffet breakfast so had everything from sausages and eggs to croissants and yoghurts. We then visited the "Thermal Suite" area of the spa, which had a hydrotherapy pool, a snow cave, sauna and steam room. Disappointingly the snow cave was closed for defrosting, today of all days! Apparently it's the only one in the UK, and is basically a small room with real snow coating the floors and walls. To be honest I think I would have been too scared to go bare foot in there!

It was a lovely day so we decided to sit outside on the terrace with a drink and a few free nuts and dried fruits provided (healthy I guess). It's a weird experience to sit outside in too-large slippers and what is basically a dressing gown; I felt a bit like a patient from one of the old mental health asylums (ironic, I know)! We could even have gone to lunch in our robes if we hadn't had such a large breakfast.

For an overnight stay, a day in the spa, dinner and breakfast we paid £81 each, which I didn't think was bad for what we got. See here for details on the spa days and more photos of the hotel. I didn't manage to take any photos of the spa as taking my big SLR camera in there may have looked a tiny bit weird... So go to the website if you want to see more. If anyone wants a cheap spa stay with some lovely food and a gorgeous location then I would really recommend Lion Quays, but if you're prepared to pay a bit more for a nicer hotel and a bigger spa I love Hoar Cross Hall, which I have visited a couple of times before.

Hannah x

PS if anyone is interested this is the best description of depression that I've ever read.

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