Spa Day – DoubleTree by Hilton

A day of relaxation for the women in our family for our Mother’s 50th birthday. We would have loved to go to New York but finances wouldn’t allow it. 

Before choosing the spa day we had plenty of ideas for 50th birthday celebrations but the one thing missing from all of our lives is the time to relax. We started researching spas with good packages and that’s when we decided on the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The package was £90 and all of the below was included:

  • Spa day pass
  • Robe and slippers
  • Towel,
  • Afternoon tea
  • One treatment – I went for the ‘Restore Ritual’ which consisted of a back and shoulder massage and scrub down.

We arrived at the spa for 12am where we received a warm welcome, in fact, all staff were very friendly and welcoming. At the reception, we were handed our robes, slippers, and towels, at this point a was slightly disappointed as when my friend at had been previously she had received a cookie but ours must have got lost!


After a quick explanation was where everything was we headed to the changing rooms called ‘the Female’. I quite liked the names of all of the rooms which all began with ‘the’. The changing rooms were very clean and there was plenty of room for privacy if you did not want to change in front of others.

Once in our swimming costumes, we entered the spa, which had plenty of sun lounges for relaxing, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, outdoor jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, aroma room and steam room. To be honest, I am not the best at relaxing, especially with people I don’t know, so I really enjoyed just taking some time to do a few lengths! Although the aroma room was nice too.

At 2:00pm we went for Afternoon Tea in the Garden Room, which was lovely but it felt strange walking past reception in a robe and slippers. Once seated you could see that most people in that area were all enjoying a spa day, so I felt much more relaxed. We sat and had tea, cakes, sandwiches, and scones which were all lovely and just what you would expect from Afternoon Tea.


Once full we went back to the spa for an hour before we headed to ‘the before’, the room where you have herbal tea or water before your treatment. We were then called one by one by the therapist to have our massage. This was lovely and relaxing, although I am extremely ticklish.

After the massage we were taken to ‘the after’, a room with beanbag type seats, a few sunbeds, and a drink machine. The lights were dimmed and the music was playing and everyone seemed to be asleep. Although, this was a lovely space we decided to make the most of the spa and headed back to the aroma room.

We ended the day with a meal at Marco Pierre White, the restaurant in the hotel. I had steak which was cooked to my taste and washed down with a strawberry Bellini. All in all, I was happy with the cleanliness of the spa and the staff who were all lovely. We had a wonderful day and would love to do it again.


The Simple Solution

For many years I have been trying to find the perfect face wash and cream. I have tried many from Avon to Clarins but trying to find products that suit your skin whilst also being kind to your pocket can be difficult.

It’s not that my skin is really awful it’s just that my mum always said, “now you’re over 21 you have to start really taking care of your skin otherwise it’ll end up sagging before it’s time”! So, with the fear of god in me (and terrible skin) I needed to find a skin care product before it was too late…

When I was younger Simple was my skincare brand of choice but as I got older I thought I’d try some higher priced products. I have to be careful with what I use as my skin is sensitive and I have eczema. So, I started using different brands, some worked for a while and then just ended up making my skin feel worse and others just didn’t work at all.

As time went on I didn’t feel any different and certain products clogged up my pores and made my skin look worse. Eventually, I gave in and went back to using Simple, which definitely works for me, especially having eczema, I find it’s extremely kind to the skin.

Now I use the Simple face wash and Simple moisturiser which work well for me. When applying the face wash I use a brush and gently make circular motions to massage it into my skin. Once I feel thoroughly clean the next step is to use warm water and a flannel to wipe off any excess soap suds –  I never wipe my skin but gently dab as I’ve been told by many professionals that this is best. Once dry the final step is to simply apply the moisturiser, again I don’t wipe but gently dab.


I think this technique is working but I suppose I won’t know until age hits!!

Sophie x.