Just before jetting off to Spain for my annual Summer holiday, I treated my mum to a spa day at Champneys Springs in Leicestershire, close to my ancestral home – I’m not that grand, so basically close to where I grew up and where my parents still live.
My mum has just reached a milestone birthday and to help celebrate I wanted to buy her a present that I knew she would not only really like, but also find nostalgic. So a day at Springs it was.
|Mum: Enjoing a Springs Latte|
But when my first born came along 14 years ago (yikes!), the annual Springs trip sadly fell by the wayside. I think I've managed to go once in that time! So to go back again a few weeks ago was indeed nostalgic for us both.
Aside from the new name, little looked to have changed as we approached Springs down its grand entrance - a long driveway set amongst stunning countryside. But once inside, the Champneys touch was clear to see.
A major refurbishment has included a larger swimming pool (25metres), a bigger and much improved gym, more fitness classes, tonnes more treatment rooms and a thalassotherapy pool (main pic), a signature Champneys feature.
A less welcome change has been the price! Back in the day we used to enjoy a Top-to-Toe Day for £90 (or thereabouts). It comprised a facial, massage, manicure and pedicure (all minis), full use of the facilities, welcome refreshments and a three course hot and cold buffet (a particular highlight). It was excellent value for money even then! The equivalent package today is an eye watering £219 – and that’s the starting price!
But there are more affordable options still available. They include the Spa Evenings (£49 Tues and Thrs), and the Essentials package (£59 Mon-Thurs) which is what we booked and is pretty much the Top-to-Toe but without the treatments, which you can book separately anyway and make the day totally tailor-made.
The food was as much a highlight as it was all those years ago - how on earth that delicious fruit fool was just 120 calories I’ll never know! And we finished off the day in the perfect way with a session in the thalassotherapy pool, which is mineral-rich and has hydrotherapy jets to tone and stimulate muscles.
As we drove home my mum and I made a pledge that we must start going back again every year – nothing beats a bit of nostalgia!