If you fancy a relaxed evening sipping fizz under the stars in a heated outdoor whirlpool overlooking the Malvern Hills this is the spa for you.
The Malvern Spa in Worcestershire has a mellow atmosphere, despite being luxurious it’s unpretentious and fun. There’s a mixed clientele from young, loved up newlyweds to small groups of friends and older couples all enjoying a blissful weekend of pampering.
This dreamy, secluded oasis is the first spa in Malvern since 1910. The unique, outdoor hydrotherapy pool has fresh, heated spring waters straight from the Malvern Hills. So it’s unsurprising to find out they use this local spring water for numerous treatments including the signature Water Cure Spa Day – a luxurious body ice scrub, lymphatic massage, facial and Malvern Water foot soak.
Arriving at 3pm we were booked in for a Deluxe One Night Spa Break (£294 for two people) including dinner, bed and breakfast and a complimentary one-hour treatment per person.
To begin I have to say after being a spa goer for numerous years, trying some of the best in the UK, I was really surprised by the price of this package. A one hour beauty treatment, hotel room and fine dining dinner all for just £150 per person, it’s a complete steal!
However, on this particular package you can’t arrive before 3pm and have to leave the spa by 11am. So if you plan to indulge in the complimentary breakfast, which of course you will, you’ll need to get up early to squeeze in breakfast, and then a swim and sauna before check out at eleven.
All bedrooms at The Malvern hotel are designed in a contemporary Italian style, ours had a very cosy, boutique feel. Every room has a Hypnos bed with deep pocket springs (sooo comfortable, I honestly didn’t want to get up) and all the mod cons you’d expect in a hotel; luxury cotton sheets, an en-suite with complimentary ESPA beauty products, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee making with biscuits and hot chocolate. Also two fluffy spa robes and slippers.
After checking in we quickly jumped into our robes and headed straight for the outdoor hydrotherapy pool.
It was the first Saturday in January and a bitter 2°C outside but the hydro pool was soothingly warm. You’ll find water jets and invigorating massage pods dotted all around the edge, eight different ones in total. We ordered two glasses of Prosecco and lay back among the rising steam and bubbles being gently massaged.
Inside we tried the four thermal rooms. The salt gotto with heated tiled seats and natural salt infused water, the crystal steam room infused with essential oils, the Kelo sauna, a rustic sauna made from fragrant wood only found in the Arctic Circle (I’m told this is only one of ten Kelo saunas in the UK) and finally the herb sauna.
The herb sauna was a firm favourite with seasonal herbs and essential oils gently steamed to cleanse your body and mind. I found this incredibly therapeutic surrounded by aromas of lavender, sage, mint and lemon grass all renown for their natural healing properties.
At 5.30pm we made our way into the Grand Salon, a sun drenched atrium with 200-year-old Olive trees, for our treatments. We both had a one hour ESPA Energise Massage booked (included in our spa night package, but £65 if booked separately).
My therapist was fantastic, giving a really deep, powerful and energising massage. The full body treatment included hands and feet, finishing with a stimulating head massage. Afterward my muscles, especially my legs, felt completely relaxed and my state of mind enhanced. My husband Jim thoroughly enjoyed his massage too, falling asleep it was that good.
Following our treatments we were taken into a relaxation suite, complete with red velvet beds, candle lanterns and a gentle sound of flowing water.
This decadent zen room has low lighting, scattered Moroccan-style candle lanterns and relaxing beds with rich, velvet blankets. Blissfully snooze away to the soothing sound of the water fountain or just sit back, relax and sip fruit-infused water.
After one last dip in the outdoor pool, sipping a glass of fizz in the moonlight, we headed to our hotel room to get dressed for dinner.
Our three-course dinner, chosen from the a la carte menu, was inclusive to our spa package. Past spa break experiences have solely been about blissed-out pampering so having a delicious fine dining menu to sample was an unexpected treat.
I ordered the prawn, salmon and crayfish cocktail to begin and Jim chose pan-fried scallops with samphire and cockle bisque. Both were incredible, fresh and fragrant.
For main course I ordered a very tasty looking grilled lemon plaice with capers, brown shrimp and rock sapphire.
Jim chose Gressingham duck breast, rosti potato, lentil casserole, carrots and spring onion.
Everything we ordered was a taste sensation with very generous portion sizes to boot. The service was brilliant and the staff were really friendly and fun. We were very impressed with our meal, an unexpected highlight of our spa stay.
As mentioned earlier breakfast is included and is served until 10am across the weekend. It includes a full continental buffet to begin with pastries, croissants, cereal, fruit, yoghurts.
Followed by a hot breakfast chosen from the menu. I ordered smoked salmon and scrambled eggs; Jim selected a full cooked English breakfast.
Following breakfast we headed back to our hotel room to reflect on our stay. The highlight was without doubt the outdoor pool and the view of the hills, especially at night under the stars. The lowlight… the fact we had to check out and go home so soon.
*Disclaimer – I was given a Deluxe One Night Spa Break package for review. All photos, words and thoughts are 100% mine and honest.