When the opportunity arose to visit Hoar Cross Hall I jumped at the chance! Having heard a mixed bag of reviews, I really wanted to check it out for myself, and on Sunday 15th April that is exactly what I did!
I was booked in for the Fiberceutic Botox Treatment, said to be one of 2018’s hottest hair trends. Promising to plump up hair whilst protecting it from future damage. But first we were able to use the spa facilities. Sounds like a perfect Sunday, I told myself.
I asked my partner to join me as my guest – I did have an ulterior motive for this: I have been trying to get him to take me for a spa weekend for some time but he isn’t keen on the whole relaxing at the spa scene (I know… it’s ludicrous), and I was hoping that I could convert him by bringing him along. And I think I may have just managed to do it too…
First impressions didn’t disappoint. On approach, the hotel catches your eye instantaneously with its grand architecture and perfectly manicured lawns – and it was far bigger than we had expected. The car park was almost full too, so clearly they are not shy of customers, which is obviously a good sign!.
Unfortunately, finding the Day Spa Reception was trickier than we would have hoped. After following signs from the car park and taking a few wrong turns, we ended up at the hotel reception where the very friendly staff attempted to point us in the right direction. But, we still had to ask a fellow customer for help on the way, who mentioned he had also struggled to find the reception the first time he came.
Once we eventually arrived at the spa reception, we were checked in by an extremely smiley and helpful receptionist who gave us our electronic rubber bands for the lockers (and entry to some rooms), showed us a map of the areas, gave us our gowns and towels, confirmed our booking and time for lunch and pointed us in the direction of the changing rooms.
Well and truly ready for a dip in the pool, I wasted no time in changing into my swim suit and robe. You are not provided with slippers at Hoar Cross Hall if you are a day spa guest – these have to be purchased from the spa shop for £3.95 each or you can bring your own. A little surprised, as I’d always known these to be standard issue at a spa, I bought two pairs – I didn’t fancy walking around in a robe and my ankle boots. Some guests had decided against spending the extra money and were walking around barefoot and some even wore their trainers!
We also had trouble with the lockers because one of the bands wasn’t working. I made my way to reception to get another one to try, but a helpful lady returned with me to the changing rooms with a variety of fobs and found me one that did work. My partner also had the same issue.
After an eventful beginning, we finally headed to the pool area and hung up our robes and towels and slipped out of our flip flops. Decisions decisions! What do we try first? The Salt Water Vitality Pool? one of the two Whirlpools? the Aqua Massage area? or the Aqua Detox area.
We decided to start off steady and take a dip in the Salt Water Vitality pool and just floated about for a short while – now I felt relaxed! We then swam over to one of the three ‘heavenly volcano and jet massage pools’ which, unfortunately, weren’t working. Slightly disappointed, as I was rather intrigued, we decided to move to the Aqua Massage area where my partner decided to be brave and take the ‘plunge’ in the Cold Plunge Pool – he made it to about waist deep before jumping straight back out! The warm, revitalising body jets were delightful and do exactly as they promise. Press the button and wait for the eight or so jets at different body levels to do their thing. I was particularly fond of the calf height jets.
We then moved to the Steam Room and Saunarium area of the spa; I am not keen on the dry heat from a Sauna so the Saunarium was much more to my liking, and we enjoyed a good five minutes in there listening to a recording of twittering birds – super relaxing and definitely a highlight of the day!
There is also a steam room, which is a great size so you won’t have to wait around to get your fix. After another dip in the Salt Water pool we dried off, dressed and headed to Hugo’s restaurant for lunch.
The restaurant, Hugo’s, was lovely. I really enjoyed the cold buffet starter. There are lots of dishes to choose from to suit all tastes with a variety of meat, fish, salads and pasta, and also a soup option with warm rolls and croutons. Even my fussy partner didn’t struggle, in fact he got a little bit carried away and complained he was full before his main course had even arrived. (Men, hey?) He opted for the Sunday Roast, which was gammon served with mashed potato, roast potatoes and vegetables. He even commented on how nice the carrots were and from somebody who struggles to eat any vegetables other than potato, that’s saying something. I chose the salmon fillet with a cream and dill sauce, mashed potato and a selection of vegetables. I enjoyed this course so much, I could have eaten it again. I rounded up my lunch with a dark chocolate tart – which looked nicer than it tasted but then I think I had over-filled myself on the first two courses.
Feeling satisfied and ready for more relaxation, we headed off to find the Hydrotherapy Pool. By this time the hustle and bustle of the morning seemed to have calmed so there were only a handful of people in this area which only added to the calming atmosphere. There were some floats in the pool which we took advantage of so I lay back in a starfish like pose, closed my eyes and drifted. We then moved on to the whirlpool, which was disappointing. The plastic covering the overflow was, in part, missing and broken, it’s a shame as it looks like the majority of it had recently been replaced.
We swiftly moved on to the Sanctum – who would have thought that all this relaxing could be so tiring? We hopped into one of the huge hanging wicker balls filled with cushions and a blanket. I closed my eyes and was so relaxed, I woke myself up snoring! I have to say, it was rather difficult to pull myself away from these, I may look into swapping my bed for one.
We decided to head back to the vitality pool for one last dip as it was nearly time for my treatment.
My turn – the treatment
The salon itself is beautiful – it’s bright and modern with extravagant touches, my favourite being the Snow White style mirrors, if you are a Disney fan you will know exactly what I mean. I was a tad early so I sat on the lavish oversized sofa with a fancy coffee while I waited for my stylist, Sue.
Before my treatment began, Sue took me over to sit in front of one of the grand mirrors and asked a few questions about my hair type before heading over to the sink for a good old wash. It can’t just be me that loves going to the hairdressers and having my hair washed (for some reason it’s always nicer when someone else does it), but imagine having a full body massage at the same time? Well, good news ladies, these seats not only recline so you can lay back and put your feet up, they massage you too! I was in heaven. I do not know how I didn’t sleep through the entirety of this treatment.
Sue explained the process to me as we went along – she washed my hair with a special shampoo to help remove excess build up of product and other toxins and my hair did feel super clean afterwards. The next stage was the exciting bit – the hair filling serum – which was applied using a syringe to small sections of my hair and then rubbed through. The serum works from the inside out and repairs the hair fibres using Intra-Cylane. The Intra-Cylane strengthens the hair and replenishes the moisture balance – gone are the days of dry damaged hair. Next came the restorative hair sealing treatment which helps to lock in the hair filling serum. That’s it, all I had to do was wait 5-10 minutes, which was no problem at all being sat in a massage chair, and then the treatment could be rinsed off. Even whilst my hair was wet it felt thicker and healthier.
The cost of this treatment (which is only £30) doesn’t include a blow dry. Sue did blast my hair for me before she had to go for her next appointment but I would definitely recommend paying for a blow dry so that you can see the full effects of the treatment. As soon as my hair was dry there was a noticeable difference. My hair felt thicker and much softer than normal. Unfortunately when I woke up the next day the thickness seemed to of subsided but my hair still felt extremely soft and much sleeker. I would wholeheartedly recommend this treatment at this salon and add on a blow dry. In fact, I might work my way through their Blow Dry Cocktail menu!
It seems that my day was successful. Relaxed, full, thick and soft hair and a partner that has now been converted to liking the idea of a Spa Weekend. I would say that’s not bad work for a Sunday!
To book yourself an appointment at the Matthew Curtis Hair Salon at Hoar Cross Hall call 01283 576512 or visit www.matthewcurtis.biz to find your local salon.
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