If like me you need some ‘me’ time to pamper yourself and recharge then Rowhill Grange is the perfect place to do this.
Initially I was a bit hesitant to go, not only was it a spa I had never been to before, but it was the first time I was going to a spa alone. I like my own company, usually at home in my own environment where I feel comfortable, but at the start of summer 16′ I told myself I need to do more things I love with myself,not relying on my husband or friends for company.
I had a lot of recommendations for Alexander Hotel and Spa in West Sussex and whilst browsing their user friendly and informative website I noticed they had a another hotel and spa in Kent, which is closer to where I live.
A spur of the moment booking online and my spa day was confirmed for a ‘half day’ spa at Rowhill Grange the following day, with my carefully selected 11am arrival time so I could give myself plenty of time in the morning to avoid rush hour traffic.
My ‘half day’ booking was £109 and included;
4 hour use of spa facilities
One 40 minute treatment (I chose the back,shoulder and neck massage inc complimentary scalp massage)
2 course lunch, afternoon tea or dinner depending on your chosen time of arrival (I chose the 2 course lunch)
You do of course have options to add extras at the time of booking but I felt this was enough for me with the time I would have at the spa.
I was pleasantly surprised at the location of Rowhill Grange tucked away off a main road with acres of beautiful grounds around it for you to take a walk around should you wish to. There was plenty of parking available, a few short steps away from the spa which was sign posted to find your way in to reception easily.
I was greeted with pleasant reception staff who confirmed my booking and gave me an itinerary of my spa day;
1pm 2 course lunch
3pm use of spa ends
I was shown around the facilities and given a towel,bathrobe and locker for use for the day. The changing area was modern and clean with plenty of extra clean towels to use. There where also flannels,cotton buds,cotton pads,hairdryers and hair straighteners available in the changing area.
The first hour was used swimming in their beautiful pool located on the second floor of the spa, followed by use of their Japanese pool and jacuzzi located on the first floor. These pools where surrounded by roman inspired decor, simply pleasant and relaxing on the eye.
I was now ready for my treatment. Layla my designated therapist carried out the most amazing back,shoulder and neck massage. Carefully tailored to ease the knots in my shoulders which was discussed in a short consultation followed by a complimentary scalp massage. I was given aftercare advice and left feeling like I was walking on air,distressed and de-knotted.
I took some time out to sink in to their bed loungers in the relaxation area until I was ready for my lunch.
Lunch was served in the restaurant, still snug in my robe I thought I might feel uncomfortable dining on my own but I was fine. I ordered a glass of wine which was to be added to my check out bill and was served with my first course, pea soup. The soup was delicious and served with complementary bread rolls,always a great combo! Followed shortly by my second course of Sea Bass which was gorgeous. The waiting staff where very polite and efficient which made dining for 1 that little bit more comfortable.
Lunch over, I had enough time to use the pools again followed by the steam room and sauna, this time use of all the facilities to myself as most guests had left after lunch.
Showered and dressed I checked out,clearing the wine bill. £109 seemed a bit steep at booking stage for 4 hours but my conclusion, it was worth every penny and just the right amount of time.
I will most certainly be back for more pampering, relaxation, delicious food and excellent service.