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REVIEW: Champneys Springs Spa Resort, Leicestershire

Posted January 17, 2014 by Bethanie Lunn

Most fabulous for reviving you and your lifestyle: Champneys Springs Spa Resort, Leicestershire

The 25-metre swimming pool.  Image courtesy of Champneys

 

 

So why is Champneys Springs so worthy of  a fabulous badge?

Champneys is most recognised for its range of Health Resortsand Day Spas across the country plus its popular skin and bathcarerange available to buy.  There are four resorts and eight spas in total, each designed to enhance the way you look and feel from the inside-out.  With expert advice covering nutrition and fitness, regular classes and workshops, fitness equipment and of course the luxurious spas and treatments – it’s made easy.
 
So, did they deliver?..
 

Booking Procedure:

This is very easy.  You can call directly using the number below or book in at any resort or spa via the website here.
 
The picturesque approach
 
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Calming water features

First Impressions:

I enjoyed the stay with my husband and our immediate impression was one of tranquillity and lavishness as we walked by the serene water features and into the modern, airy and glamorous reception.  In the distance I could see the shops brimming with must-have beauty products, glittering chandeliers and smiling people welcoming us in.  The staff are very friendly and promptly showed us to our room, a Premiere Suite boasting a Queen size bed and tasteful decor with views overlooking the picturesque parkland grounds where the resort sits.

 

Our Premier Suite

The Set Up:

Upon check-in, you have your own welcome pack including an itinerary of any treatments you have pre-booked and if available, are of course welcome to book further treatments.  You’re also invited on a non-obligatory tour of the resort which I advise you take as the venue is pretty huge.  It’s very informal yet useful and you can take the opportunity to book your table for the nights evening meal.

 

After the brief tour of the facilities, depending on the times of your treatments, you’re free to spend your day as you wish. Lunch, just like breakfast is a hot and cold buffet you can help yourselves to.  Since we arrived at 2.30pm, we had missed lunch so tucked into an open crayfish, rocket and rye bread sandwich washed down with a fruit smoothie from the on-site café.

 
On-site shop
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Looking around the venue, we could see a great number of people curled up on a chaise lounge or cosy sofa, of which there were plenty.  Taking their lead, we stretched out on a chaise lounge each looking out to the sunny courtyard, reached for a blanket and fell softly asleep. As new parents – this was all the luxury we needed!  It appeared that people visited Champneys Springs to take much-needed time out, to recoup and revive.

 

 

Whereas my husband rested for over an hour (bless him), I decided to mooch on to the pool area which was generously sized with stunning views out of the floor-to-ceiling windows to the bountiful parkland and beyond.  After swimming a few lengths, I made my way around the female spa (there are separate his and hers facilities with a unisex sauna poolside).  I enjoyed a session in the sauna, steam room and a long shower using luxurious Champneys products. 

 
Inviting Chaise Lounge
 
 
 
 
We both spent our day in the provided robes and slippers – this is the norm here.  Everyone enjoyed lunch and breakfast in their robes too which felt entirely relaxing.  All Champneys ask is that you wear smart casual attire for the evening meal which I completely support.  Besides, it feels great to get dressed up and take your time in doing so.
 
On the tour I was told that you can borrow tester products from the shop, enjoy them in your room and return them the next morning so I chose Champneys Spa Treatments Cracked Heel Balm for my tired feet, Spa Indulgence Distant Shores Dry Body Oil for a spritz of al-over moisture and Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Bubble Bath to melt away by stresses.
 

 

I can report that the heel balm made an overnight improvement in softening my feet so I’ll definitely be investing in this and the dry body oil is the perfect way to nourish your skin in a hurry (ideal for busy mum)!  The fragrance of Distant Shores takes me to the seaside every time, somewhere far away and exotic so I’d adore the entire range.  Close your eyes and imagine.  However, I sadly didn’t get to try the bubble bath as (for my entire stay), the water never quite got hot enough.  This was a real shame as a luke warm bath is a no-no in my book and I would have loved to luxuriate in hot bubbles.


The evening meal:

The restaurant felt slightly formal and subdued though elegant all the same and the food was simply delicious – fine dining at its best.  I enjoyed a butternut squash soup followed by mushroom risotto with parsnip crisps and an exotic fruit salad.  The quality of the locally sourced produce was apparent in the freshness and flavour of every mouthful and I was extremely impressed with the culinary imagination in creating delicious food, bursting with natural flavour that was healthy and filling. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a short space of time, I was inspired to try new things and both my husband and I had learned how light and energetic we felt from just one day of eating good food.  In fact, it marked the beginning of our new ‘eat clean’ regime which we have not only lost a few pounds while enjoying, but feel enlivened by too.  Thanks Champneys!
 
We washed all of that down with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.  This is the one thing that we felt restricted on.  Whereas everything else was a privilege and I know it’s a health resort – the ‘rule’ that you can only have alcohol with your evening meal felt like a restriction.  Personally, I felt that gorgeous pink couch, poolside sun lounger or welcome tour would have been improved with a glass of fizz and having a cocktail or prosecco bar would be a welcome addition.  Not everyone enjoys a tipple as much as we do and I thoroughly understand, respect and enjoy the health policies and concept – I just felt the option would be nice.  Besides, cocktails can be blended with real fruit and everything in moderation is to me, the key.
 

The Treatments I had:

Our treatments were booked for the next morning.  I experienced the Mediterranean Bliss Stone Indulgence while my husband had the Bamboo Massage.
 
The Bamboo Massage uses silky bamboo canes and specialist massage techniques to release muscle tension and tightness.  It’s not the sort you choose to relax but more to thoroughly stretch the body, perfect if you feel tense and stiff.  My husband said it felt relaxing at times and intense at others, leaving him undoubtedly looser particularly around his shoulders and legs where he holds tension.
 
Mediterranean Bliss Stone Indulgence is the ideal experience if you want a massage that relaxes you during, leaves you revived with the added benefit of giving you silky smooth skin too.  After a full body exfoliation using Mediterranean Spa recipes of fig milk, green tomato and olive, I felt revived and then lulled into a deep relaxation with an indulgent hot stones back massage using Revive and Refresh Aromatherapy Oil.  My senses felt uplifted and my body refreshed.
 
There is an extensive range of treatments to choose from indulgent massages and facials to the more experimental Ionithermie contouring and firming treatments to the finishing touches including manicures, eyelash extensions and hair and grooming services.


What happened after?

After more R&R and feeling as though we were floating on clouds, we later enjoyed a buffet lunch which was totally inspired.  Decorative platters of seasoned sweet potato halves, sweet chilli noodles, fresh shellfish, succulent cured meats, wild rice and salad filled the central banquet table and we just couldn’t help ourselves in heading back for a second time.  I promise we’re working on portion control now but the food was so good, temptation won.
 
 

Summary:

The most impressive element about Champneys Springs is how they have created a cocoon of warmth and relaxation that once inside, envelops you with calmness and tranquillity and at once, invites you to unwind.  The food is incredible and I love the array of treatments on offer – you could have a full MOT here and leave both looking and feeling fabulous.  Ideal for couples if you fancy a day or weekend of quality time and relaxation or, if you need time out, go alone for the ultimate hide-away.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Useful knowledge:

The further in advance that you make your booking, the more you save from 10% off for booking 30 days in advance to 30% off for bookings made 90 days in advance.  If there’s a gaggle of girls going, for every seven paying guests, the eighth person goes free.  You can argue that out between you!
 
Room upgrades are available from £30 per person, per night including benefits such as complimentary refreshments in your room, robe and slippers and fantastic views.
 
You can stay at the resort until 4pm even after checking out (by 11am), so you can enjoy all the facilities and have lunch for just £24.95 per person.
 
Contact:
www.champneys.com
0843 316 2222

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