Birthday Trip, Seaham Hall Serenity Spa

imageMr. 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!

imageWe 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.

imageimageAfter 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.

imageimageimageimageOur 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.

imageimageimageimageimageimageMains 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’.

imageIt 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.image

imageTime 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!

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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  1. North East Family Fun

    I’ve always fancied trying this package out – did you feel like you had enough of a break? The food looks nice too and I think the idea of dining in fluffy white robes is wonderful! We’ve only been to Seaham Hall once and that was about 7 years ago – dined there when Kenny was the chef and it was a lovely experience.

    1. zoetcm

      Ooh i would have liked to try eating here when Kenny was there! Still, can’t complain though as have eaten ar House of Tides twice in a month!

    2. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      I did, although in hindsight if we hadn’t been concerned about Jnr I’d have eaten later. Once I was out of the pool and dry I didn’t want to go back in after I’d eaten. I’d love to stay over in the hotel, and they offered us a reduced overnight stay because of the spa booking.

  2. zoetcm

    I’ve been on a package before where we had a massage, use of spa and lunch in pan asian restaurant included. I think it was a mid-week one so was super cheap. It was really relaxing and the facilities are beautiful. The food was good too and we want to try their main restaurant sometime. We changed into clothes for out meal but it’s nice that you can eat in your robes!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      They do say that when in Rome, so I went with it. Was nice to go back and use the facilities afterwards, although after the burger I’d have probably sank in the pool!

  3. Rachel Kershaw

    This looks like a lovely experience. It’s my birthday next week so I might have to leave my laptop open on this page in front of James!!


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