Mr. Canny was an absolute star and organised a surprise trip for us to the Serenity Spa, an award winning spa located within Seaham Hall Hotel. I’ve been saying for such a long time that I was in need of a pampering session, and I’d not visited the hotel before. Many times we’ve driven past the hotel on our way to Lickety Split and commenting on wanting to go. See, they do listen!
We were booked in for a Twilight Spa session, which on a Saturday and Sunday costs just £47 per person. This also inclues a 2 course meal in The Ozone restaurant. We arrived just before 6, filled in the forms while sipping on delicious lemonade, and were taken on a tour of the facilities.
After changing into our swimwear and complimentary robes we made a beeline for the outdoor hot tub, which is always a favourite of ours when we visit a spa. Other facilities include a black granite steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, Hammam with jacuzzi, cold plunge pools and a 20 metre swimming pool. The pool itself featured ‘massage stations’, which were fun for us to try. We took a slow swim and then moved on to the hydrotherapy pool with its crazy airbeds. It was nice to be able to relax and dry out reading the magazines thoughtfully dotted round while sipping on cucumber infused water.
Our table in the restaurant was booked for 8pm, and we were able to dine in our robes. I wasn’t as keen on this as Mr. Canny was, but seeing everyone else doing the same makes you feel less self conscious. He ordered a Wylam Rocket and I had a Seaham Lemonade while munching on Prawn Crackers. As part of our Twilight package we each could chose a small and big bowl from the menu, which has a Pan Asian theme. We had planned to share a starter and pud, but after seeing so many delicious sounding choices on the starter menu I decided I was going to have one of each. I chose Pork Dumplings, and Mr. Canny opted for their Duck Pancakes. Rather amusingly he misjudged how many pancakes he had to share his shredded duck amongst because of the parchment at the bottom of the bamboo steamer, so ended up with a mega pancake. My dumplings were light and delicious.
Mains were Pad Thai with Prawns for Mr. Canny and a Thai Pork Burger for me, which was served on a brioche bun. I was intrigued by the Spicy Chips mentioned on the menu. and I have to say my only complaint was they were light on the spice. I couldn’t detect any heat, and as I’m a spice wuss I’d have been able to were it present. They appeared to be just regular chips. Skinny fries also may have been a better choice to accompany the burger too. Clearly there is an effort to make the plates of food aesthetically pleasing, and hulking great chips like this made it look like pub grub. I enjoyed the burger, however. I’m not sure what made it Thai, but I’m finding I prefer pork to beef at the moment as it isn’t as ‘heavy’.
It was Raf’s first time eating Pad Thai. He said it was a large portion to eat after such a filling starter, but he seemed to polish the lot off. The prawns looked juicy, although I’m no expert on such matters not eating seafood. We’d reserved a slice of Pineapple Cheesecake for dessert, but we had to pass as we both were full after the two courses. After paying for our drinks we headed back into the spa as the facilities were open until 9:30 for us. Rather than engaging in anything too strenuous we took the opportunity to relax in the Zen Lounge where Raf read his Kindle and I caught up on Twitter.
Time seemed to whizz by, and before we knew it it was time to head back to reality.. or Gateshead as its otherwise known. The facilities were the best we’ve experienced in any hotel spa. The changing rooms were spacious and there were plenty of towels available. Their outdoor area doesn’t compare to the fantastic Garage Spa, but the fact Serenity has a pool means there is more to do during your stay. We highly recommend a visit!
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