My new year started in the very best way, with an invitation via Bournemouth Bloggers to experience the newly refurbished treatment rooms at The Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa has been selected as one of the Top 10 Coastal Hotels in the UK and Ireland by The Sunday Times Travel supplement. As the15milefoodie I have visited the hotel on many occasions and can honestly agree with The Sunday Times, but today wasn't just about the food I was going to use the spa facilities aswell.
The hotel has spectacular views over Christchurch Harbour and is ideally located to explore the Dorset coastline, there is an opportunity to do that by kayak if you are so inclined. The two restaurants headed up by Chef Patron Alex Aitken are excellent quality and now with the addition of a cover on the terrace there are plenty of opportunities to look at the view whilst enjoying your meal.
As a food blogger I would normally say that nothing can beat an afternoon tea with fantastic views over the water but on this occasion I was lucky enough to have two of my favourite things. Food and a Spa!
I was able to make full use of the Spa at The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and a wonderfully relaxing facial in the newly refurbished treatment rooms. The list of treatments offered is quite extensive so well worth taking some time discussing the options with the therapist. HarSPA is a unique range of products produced for the hotel group, using naturally sourced marine elements and botanicals.
The jacuzzi has always been one of my favourite things to do at a spa and this one was no exception, my wrinkly skin was a hint that maybe I spent a little too long in there bubbling away.
I spent some time relaxing after my treatment in the Harbour Hideaway which has been decked out beautifully in New England colours with a really eclectic collection of old style beach photos. The hideaway has it's own private garden area, bi-fold doors open for those days when its a little bit warmer and you fancy some vitamin sea as well.
The day was made complete with a gorgeous afternoon tea, as a foodie I understand how difficult it can be for chefs to cater for everyone with so much in the news about food allergies/preferences. But the pattisserie chefs at the Christchurch Harbour excelled themselves when they produced a full dairy free tea for one of our group. This was the first time she had eaten some of cakes as they had previously not been available dairy free. Absolutely brilliant!
As if we hadn't been treated to enough, this was our view to end the day. Thank you so much Bournemouth Bloggers for the invite and of course thanks to The Christchurch Harbour Hotel for sharing your wonderful facilities with us.
The afternoon at the hotel was complimentary for the purpose of this review, opinions and photographs are all my own.
Christchurch Harbour Hotel - www.harbourhotels.co.uk