Neither of us had been here before, but I had heard very good things from friends. We opted for the overnight spa break - a light lunch (sandwiches, quiche, chicken, salad, chocolate brownie and fruit salad cocktail), three-course meal in the Grill restaurant, a stay in a double room with breakfast the following morning, two 30 minute spa treatments (or a one hour treatment) and full use of the gym and swim facilities - for £109pp.
After arriving (and being told we had been upgraded to a superior room for free!), we headed for our light lunch. I wanted something comfy, so I chose this trusty outfit:
|Top: New Look (old) Cardigan: Primark Scarf: Dorothy Perkins (old) Belt: New Look *Earrings: Pewter Hooter|
Bracelets: Pandora and a gift Leggings: New Look Boots: Jonathan James
Burgundy has to be my favourite colour at the minute, and I have certainly worn these patent boots out this Winter - I am in need of some more! The scarf is something I've had for about four years now and my top and leggings are just basic wardrobe pieces. I received these lovely ruby-coloured swarovski crystal earrings from Pewter Hooter (I'll have more info about these coming up this week!)
After lunch, we made our way to the spa to take advantage of the pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room which was relaxing in itself, without the spa treatments! I love swimming too so I was always going to like this. Then we headed back to the hotel room to gt ready for our evening meal.
|Dress: Primark Belt: New Look Cardigan: Matalan Shoes: Priamrk Bracelet: Pandora|
I bought this dress a couple of months ago now and I love wearing it - I don't know why I don't wear it more often?! And the best bit, it's from Primark so it was an absolute bargain! My shoes were also from Primark from about two years ago - £8 in the sale! Then I added this embellished cardigan to give the outfit a little sparkle. I also wore another pair of Pewter Hooter's earrings, only this time a more neutral colour.
And for the foodies, this what we ate...
DC had Shorrocks Bomb cheddar on toast with black treacle and streaky bacon, 10oz sirloin steak on the bone with chips and ribs, and apple apple panna cotta for dessert. I had mini smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes for starters, chicken chasseur with parmentier potatoes, savoy cabbage, pancetta and crispy tarragon for the main course and for dessert, chocolate sponge with maltesers ice-cream and a white chocolate milkshake in an edible white chocolate cup. (I know I'm not supposed to eat chocolate because of my nickel allergy, but this was a special occasion!)
It really was delicious, and incredibly filling - we stayed in the bar for another drink but had to retreat as we became just so tired! Definitely not complaining though as the food was lovely and the room was too.
We awoke on Sunday, packed out bags and headed to the spa for our back, neck and shoulder massage and facial - exactly what I needed! As I mentioned in my last blog post, I have felt like I needed a little break recently and this phone-free, chilled environment did the trick. The massage really loosened up my muscles (those of you who work at desks will know the feeling!), and the facial was something else! We were offered robes and slippers so we could continue to enjoy the other facilities, but unfortunately it was time for us to check out and leave.
This is the first time I have been on a weekend away like this so I don't necessarily have anything to compare it too, but I absolutely loved it at Forest Pines. All of the staff were friendly and helpful, the spa, pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room was incredible, the food was delicious and the room and facilities were clean, tidy and spacious - I will definitely be going back!
P.S. I didn't plan on taking any photos (which is why there is so little on this post), but I couldn't resist a couple of snaps! If you would like more information on Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort, visit the website here.