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A luxury spa experience at Hoar Cross Hall

A luxury spa experience at Hoar Cross Hall

This year both myself and my daughter are celebrating big birthdays. Reason to celebrate (or mourn in my case!!) so when my Mum suggested she treat us to a luxury spa break at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel I was rather excited.

Now when it comes to breaks my idea of fun generally involves hopping onto a train or plane and taking off for a few days or weeks exploring a new part of the world. So I had in all 50 (cough cough) years never been on a spa break!!

Hoar Cross Hall is situated in the Staffordshire countryside just a few miles from where we live – I had heard great reviews from friends but had still never been. So it was with much anticipation that my Mum, daughter and myself arrived for our 3 day break!

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A luxury spa experience at Hoar Cross Hall

Checking-in and our room at Hoar Cross Hall

Checking-in went smoothly and we were soon in our lovely room. There are a total of 96 bedrooms and suites in the hotel – each elegantly decorated with antique furnishings. And each named! Although it wasn’t our room my daughter was pleased to find out that she was now a Countess!

Countess Dominique

Our room was a triple and had 2 parts which were joined  by a small corridor. On the right side as you entered the room was a twin bedded room with a bathroom with bath while on the other left side was a single bedded room with a bathroom with a shower.

Luxury toiletries were provided as well as a robe and slippers. Tea and coffee making facilities were available as well as complimentary bottles of water. A flat-screen TV, hairdryer and safe were also in the room. When I needed an iron this was quickly supplied by housekeeping.

Wi-fi was free and fast and there was no problem connecting quickly.

We also had a lovely view from our room.

The hotel has beautiful grounds to walk in as well as some lovely areas to sit in and enjoy a drink, read a book or perhaps take afternoon tea.

The hotel and spa are large and you will need the map you are given at check-in! We did get lost a few times but after a while started to get a good idea of the layout. TIP – You can book a tour of the hotel and spa though and I think we should have taken the time to do this as it would have saved some time wandering around lost!

Fine dining at Hoar Cross Hall

Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all included in the price of our stay and I have to say the food was superb. Both breakfast and dinner were in the Ball Room on the ground floor while lunch was served in Hugo’s which is in the Spa.

Breakfast is a buffet style but additional items can be ordered such as boiled eggs. Lunch – a 3 course affair – consisted of a buffet starter of various salads and soup, a choice of a number of main courses as well as the dish of the day and then a selection of desserts (including a cheesecake of the day option).

Dinner was really the star of the show. Both evenings we had a few cocktails at the bar before dining in the beautiful Ball Room.

There are plenty of options for each course and we all throughly enjoyed every meal. The waiters and waitresses were all very friendly and professional.

Located on the ground floor of the hotel is Sally Bee’s Nutrilicious which offers a number of delicious meal options in a comfortable laid back environment.

luxury spa experience at Hoar Cross Hall

The Spa at Hoar Cross Hall

The spa experience at Hoar Cross Hall was fantastic and truly exceeded my expectations. There are 2 main pools – a hydra therapy pool and a salt water vitality pool. We loved the aqua massage and nordic heat and ice areas. Each of the pools also has at least one spa pool too and the Salt Water Vitality Pool also has a cave to sit in and relax! I loved trying the sauna, steam rooms, aromatherapy rooms and pools. If you want to relax there are lots of sun beds to sit on and spend time reading or simply chilling out.

There are lots of changing rooms if you are just visiting for the day and on the day we checked out we simply stored our clothes in a locker and used one of these to dress in.

There is also an area called the Sanctum which was fantastic. In the sanctum were sofas, hanging pods and an area with comfy loungers and blankets to just lie and relax in. We loved the pods and spent some time in them completely relaxing to the soothing music played in the sanctum. There are only two (two people can fit in each) and they were very popular.

Classes

There is an extensive list of classes to attend though I must confess I didn’t attend any! My daughter did however and throughly enjoyed the boxfit and  archery classes. Unfortunately the yoga class was cancelled so she was unable to try that – maybe next time!

Treatments

Treatments need to be booked and you need to make your way to the atrium before your treatment slot. This is a very comfortable area to wait in and after a few minutes your therapist will come and collect you.

I had a full body massage which was fantastic. The therapist – Rachel – was excellent. She ascertained what I wanted to get out of the massage and if there were any particular areas to focus on (I wanted a relaxing massage but my lower back and neck to have a good work out!) My Mum and daughter chose a facial with a massage. They both reported that their treatments were superb with the hot stone massage receiving particularly high acclaim.

We also had a manicure each – such a treat. Again our therapists were lovely – friendly and professional. We chose our nail varnish which we received with a nail file at the end of the manicure. I thought this was a lovely touch.

Additional information for your visit to Hoar Cross Hall

We had a fantastic break at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Hotel. Everything was perfect – the setting, the spa, the food and the treatments are excellent. Check out the Hoar Cross Spa Hotel website where you can find information about everything this idyllic spa hotel has to offer.

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Disclaimer – We received some complimentary treatments from Hoar Cross Spa Hotel for the purposes of this review but all views expressed are purely and totally my own.


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Author: Tracy

Working my way around the globe for 30 years – teacher, traveller, and train lover. Sharing authentic experiences from my travels and life as an expat in Australia.

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29 Comments

  1. Linda Tallett
    April 18, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Wow Tracy what a luxurious treat! Hoar Cross looks an amazing place for a good pamper session. The food looks amazing and the treatments sound perfect! A brilliant post with loads of useful information ??

    • April 19, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      It is fantastic – I think you should treat Hayley!

  2. Anna Schlaht
    April 18, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Wow! I would absolutely love to take a three day break and spend some time here. Not only do the treatments sound so relaxing and fantastic, but the grounds are beautiful! What a treat for you lovely ladies. 🙂

    • April 19, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      It was a real treat – we all loved it! 🙂

  3. April 19, 2017 / 12:46 am

    Wow! This sounds fantastic! What an amazing birthday gift. I’ve never been on a spa break either but it sounds soooo nice to just relax and get pampered and eat good food for a few days! The spa sounds lovely to relax in, and having afternoon tea on the grounds sounds so good and beautiful too!
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    • April 19, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      It was lovely – a real treat! You need to try a spa break Anna it is amazing!

  4. April 19, 2017 / 6:14 am

    It sounds wonderful but I can’t believe it took you 50 years to get around to it! What have you been playing at!? ? Are you a convert yet?
    I’ve not been to hoarcross yet but it sounds lovely and that twilight package would be perfect for me. And such s nice touch them letting you keep the nail varnish.

    • April 19, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      You need to go Alex! A twilight evening is on my wish list now!

  5. April 19, 2017 / 7:53 am

    What a perfect way to spend a birthday! I did mum and I spa day last year as well and was so fun! This place looks like the perfect place to do it! Next time I think I will try it out!

  6. April 19, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Looks like a perfect birthday celebration! The place, the spa, the foods – it all looks amazing!

  7. April 19, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Sounds like a perfect visit!! I too have always opted for travel other spas but may need to check this one out before we move! The choices of pools sounds amazing and the view from your room is perfect! But wow! that dinner does look incredible, I would never leave 🙂 I also love that they have a reading room! 🙂
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    • April 19, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      I know – it really is a wonderful place!

  8. April 21, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Firstly, a happy belated birthday, this sounds like a wonderful birthday gift. I would love to be pampered in that spa relaxing and then going and enjoying that yummy food. It looks like a really beautiful place and I love the view out the window too.
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    • April 21, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks Mel but not til next month – was an early present. It was a lovely place and a very relaxing break! Could do with spending the next few months there lol!

    • April 24, 2017 / 3:30 pm

      Thank-you and yes we had a really relaxing pamper break – I want to go back asap!

  9. Marj smith
    April 25, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    I was so pleased to have taken my daughter and granddaughter to Hoar Cross Hall for their special birthdays. I had been a few times and enjoyed the experience but was a bit nervous as had read some bad reviews from trip advisor, I can reassure anyone who wants to have a few days of pampering that it was absolutely fantastic. The food was superb the rooms were top class and the facilities in the spa were amazing. Staff were so friendly and couldn’t do enough for you. I would give it 5 stars. I will certainly Be returning for another few days later in the year this time with my husband in tow.

  10. May 13, 2017 / 7:31 am

    This looks like a wonderful treat for your special birthday Tracy. A beleted birthday by the way 🙂 Everything at Hoar Cross Hall looks amazing and I have pinned for future reference !

  11. Jacqui Johnson
    September 13, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    OMG! What an absolutely amazing experience! You all must have been in heaven…from the accommodation, the views, the meals, the decor and all the ‘little extras’ they certainly do know how to spoil their customers. What a fabulous place – one thing for sure, if I ever get the opportunity – ooh!

    • September 14, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Book it! You will have a great time – relax and have a fab evening!

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HI THIS IS ME – TRACY

Hello from Australia

Traveller, teacher, train lover, and milkshake connoisseur.Now living and working in my 7th country and experiencing life as an expat in Queensland, Australia.

I write to inspire others whatever their age to explore the world - near and far!

I have travelled for over 30 years including solo in my 20's , as a single parent in my 30's and now in my 40's and beyond with my husband. House sitter and aspiring grey nomad a life of location independence is my goal.

Over 40 years ago I dreamt of a life well travelled and that is the life I live!

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