David and I were gifted a spa retreat for Christmas last year and this weekend, we finally got round to enjoying some serious relaxation.
We tied our stay at St Bride’s Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot with our long weekend in Tenby. After Grandma took Ruby and Hugo home, David and I headed to Saundersfoot, looking forward to enjoying some grown-up time alone together.
We booked the Sunday Spa Escape Package, which included two, 25 minute treatments, a 90 minute session in the thermal suite and hydrotherapy pool, a double room with sea-view, dinner for two and breakfast. You can find the deal here.
We arrived a little early on Sunday but were able to book in at 2.30pm. We stayed in a spacious, split-level double bedroom, with king-size bed, seating area and French doors onto a balcony which over-looked Saundersfoot Bay.
The room was immaculate, with tea and coffee-making facilities and toiletries in the bathroom, which was situated up a short flight of stairs. I liked this quirky element to the room, and the split-level too.
We’d pre-booked our treatments and time in the spa so we changed into our robes and slippers shortly after arriving and headed down to the spa.
It’s a beautiful spa, with an abundance of fresh, fluffy towels and complimentary refreshments.
David and I were lucky to have our treatments in a double treatment room, with stunning views over Saundersfoot and the harbour. David enjoyed a back, neck and shoulder massage, while I opted for a mini-facial.
After our treatments, we were shown to the relaxation room which boasted the same panoramic views across Saundersfoot. This is a real selling point of the hotel and can’t be rivalled.
The cherry on the cake for this spa is its stunning infinity hydrotherapy pool, which overlooks Saundersfoot. We timed our session quite well, and although the weather wasn’t the best, we sat watching the little town of Saundersfoot twinkle as the fairy-lights around its sea-front buildings came on and day turned to night. There aren’t many places you’ll find yourself in a pool enjoying this view.
Our table for two in the hotel’s Cliff Restaurant was booked for 8pm but we were pretty hungry and rather than spoil dinner by ordering room-service (which looked impressive), we telephoned reception, who were only too happy to bring our reservation forward to 7pm.
The lounge and restaurant were twinkling with Christmas decorations and the whole interior has a subtle and laid-back beach feel to it, with light, wooden floors and lots of glass to take in the spectacular views.
We were greeted by our waitress, who introduced the menu and was happy to discuss gluten-free options with me.
Our amuse-bouche was a pumpkin, apple and roasted walnut mousse; it was delicious and not how I’ve tasted pumpkin before, so I was pleasantly surprised.
To start, David had beetroot and goat’s cheese, while I chose haddock with a pea vinaigrette.
The main course arrived with just the right amount of time between the courses. David chose Salmon Nicoise and I chose Mushroom Stroganoff, which was specially adapted to be gluten-free.
And then it was time for pudding. Creme Brûlée is one of my favourites and David opted for a chocolate torte.
The service in the restaurant was fantastic and we were impressed with their attention to detail, including preparing the best, fresh, warm gluten-free roll I’ve had so far.
We woke to the sound of sea-gulls after a wonderful evening and headed down to breakfast, which is served from 7am to 10am.
We enjoyed choosing juice and fruits from the cold buffet and ordered from the hot menu at our table, overlooking the harbour. Salmon and poached egg for us both this time, accompanied by tea and coffee in abundance.
We really liked the late check-out time of 11am and would highly recommend a stay at the St Bride’s Spa Hotel.
Go on, treat yourself!