Donnington Valley Lodge and Spa
The place: Previous Oxford Highway, Donnington, Newbury, RG14 3AG
Prime Santé tried: Sonoma Aromatherapy Therapeutic massage
What’s it? A totally enjoyable therapeutic massage to appease the muscle mass and soften away stress
And what else? Luxurious lodging and high notch amenities
On arriving at my resort for the night time, nestled within the stunning Berkshire countryside, I used to be struck by the grandeur of the place. With swooping staircases, darkish wooden panelling and plush, luxurious furnishings, it felt grand but homely and cosy – I couldn’t wait to get comfortable on the bar with a nightcap later. However first… to my room!
I stayed in a set, which was each bit as stunning as the remainder of the resort. The décor resembled the countryside setting with picket, rustic tables and wood-effect wallpaper, in addition to a view of the golf course from the window. I felt as if I used to be in a log cabin or nation retreat. And the mattress was the comfiest I’ve ever slept in!
I donned my slippers and gown and headed down the hall to the spa, the place I used to be met by my pretty therapist. The spa was fantastically adorned and spacious and the scent of the oils and merchandise stuffed the air. I used to be led to my room, the place I received prepared for my 55-minute Sonoma Aromatherapy Therapeutic massage. This was a full-body remedy and my therapist paid specific consideration to my again and shoulders, the place I maintain most pressure. You may request a stress to go well with you, then simply lay again and loosen up. It was 55 minutes of pure bliss; I may’ve laid there for hours. I felt immediately relaxed and revived afterwards and am nonetheless feeling the results of fewer knots and higher posture days later.
A vacation expertise
After my therapeutic massage, I made my manner all the way down to the resort pool space, the place I arrange camp on a lounger and ordered a spot of lunch. It was akin to being on vacation and an actual deal with to have the ability to eat by the pool. The entire space was spacious and lightweight with glass partitions and loads of pure mild flooding in by the skylights.
At one aspect of the pool space sits the sauna, steam and aromatherapy rooms, together with a really bubbly sizzling tub, which I spent far an excessive amount of time in. There are additionally two ‘expertise’ showers with totally different stress settings and temperatures. The sauna was set somewhat too sizzling for me, however I may see many friends basking within the warmth – I most well-liked the aromatherapy room for a spot of leisure and reflection. The pool was lots sufficiently big for a good swim – one thing missing in lots of different spas. I knew I had an enormous night meal arising, so I loved 30 minutes of lengths.
As soon as totally pampered I headed again to my room to vary earlier than dinner. I made my solution to the restaurant the place I used to be severely impressed with the selection of drinks on provide. As a gin or beer drinker I used to be spoilt for alternative – that they had the whole lot I may need.
The restaurant workers have been additionally pleasant and useful. After sitting me down at my desk they have been extremely attentive and set about explaining the menu.
I selected a pea soup with poached egg to begin, which was incredible. The soup was so contemporary and the poached egg yolk ran deliciously into it. I additionally loved a spread breads to dip in, together with olive and jalapeno.
For important I had a lovely rooster dish, much like a rooster Kiev (however a complicated model) and nearly discovered room to complete with a walnut brownie and clotted cream ice cream. Excellent, however I used to be glad I’d been in a position to have a superb swim beforehand to burn some energy and work up an urge for food!
Later that night time I sunk into my smooth, fluffy pillow and had the most effective nights sleep I’ve ever had!
Different USPs (distinctive spa factors!)
- Nice amenities: The rooms and amenities are second to none, very mild and spacious.
- Good for train: With a sizeable swimming pool, totally geared up health club and a golf course on web site, that is the right resort for each leisure and protecting energetic.
- Consideration to element: Candies and a welcome observe left in my room have been a stunning, private contact!