1. Sunny day for my day off.
2. Afternoon tea at The Intercontinental.
3. View from The Shard.
4. Cocktails in Giraffe.
5. Colourful macaroons!
6. Cupcake shopping.
7. Models Own Disco Mix.
8, 9 & 10. Linlithgow near Edinburgh.
11. Chocolate pasta!
12. Family meal at Center Parcs.
13. Reading in the sun.
15. Chalk art by my sister.
1. Sunny day for my day off.
On Friday I got back from a few nights away in Sherwood Forest Center Parcs with my family. I had been in Aberdeen for a course the week before so travelled up to Nottingham on Monday after flying down to Heathrow that morning. When I flew up to Aberdeen the weekend before I‘d left my car at the airport using the Meet & Greet service which I booked through Holiday Extras. This made it so much easier and saved lots of time as I was able to drop off and pick up my car right outside the terminal which saved the hassle of having to get a bus from the long stay car park. Unfortunately my car battery has been playing up recently and my car refused to start when I picked it up but the Meet and Greet staff were able to call someone to get it started for me! When I got to Nottingham I took the car straight to the garage so now it’s all fixed at last! Anyway, apart from the car situation I had a really lovely week. I spent a morning with my sister in the Aqua Sana spa which was as relaxing as it always is with lots of different saunas and steam rooms to try out. I also had a Decléor Ultimate Vitamin Glow facial which was amazing. My skin felt so much better afterwards and I got some tips on how to look after it. We were really lucky with the weather and were able to spend lots of time outside. One evening we all went out to Huck’s for a meal – the food was so good and we all ate way too much! Look at the size of the ice cream sundae my sister shared with my step brother – it was supposed to serve 4 to 6 people!!!
A couple of weekends ago I went to Bluestone with my mum, stepdad and Nick for my birthday. Bluestone is sort of like a mini Center Parcs and is near Tenby in West Wales.
We stayed in a gorgeous lodge and spent the weekend just generally relaxing. Instead of hiring bikes to get around the site we took the lazy option and hired a golf buggy instead! The weather was lovely so we drove round the site a couple of times looking at the fantastic views of the National Park. Look how cheeky Nick looks here as he drives off without me! We weren’t completely lazy and did spend an hour or so in the swimming pool!
The weekend we stayed was bonfire night so there was a short firework display in the main village. We also had an amazing meal in the very fancy on site restaurant!
The highlight for me was a visit to the spa with my mum. We spent an hour in the various saunas and steam rooms before going off separately for facials. I had the Bluestone customised facial which used products from Decleor. It was so relaxing and my skin felt really soft and clean at the end. Harriet, my therapist, was brilliant and showed me some products which were great for my skin – my favourite was the Phytopeel Exfoliator. I just wish I wasn’t a student and could afford some of the products now!
My little sister’s 18th birthday is coming up this week (which makes me feel so old!) so we spent the weekend at the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs to celebrate and had a brilliant time. The pool is lots of fun, although it was majorly busy when we were there! We had a tasty and very filling meal at Huck’s, ending with the biggest ice cream you’ve ever seen – even between 5 of us we couldn’t manage to finish it. Spent a few relaxing hours in the Aqua Sana Spa as well which was amazing. There are so many steam rooms, saunas and relaxation rooms that you don’t want to leave. We also managed to fit in a game of bowling which I haven’t done in ages and I can’t believe how bad I was (there were no side barriers up though in my defence and it is a lot harder than it looks to throw a ball in a straight line!). Our villa was really nice; it even had a sauna and the beds were sooooo comfy. The only downside to our stay was when I stupidly lost the key to my bike lock and had to sit for half an hour on a fence waiting for someone to come and cut my bike free!
I spent last weekend at the Sherwood Forest Center Parcs with my family and boyfriend to celebrate my 21st birthday!
We arrived at lunch time on Friday and after dropping the bags at our amazing villa, we headed straight to the Aqua Sana. We were booked in for a few hours relaxation at the spa which I’d been looked forward to for weeks and it didn’t disappoint! The spa is really peaceful with lots of different types of saunas, steam rooms and general relaxation areas with bean bags, water beds and calming music. My mum, sisters and I even had a half hour session trying out different luxurious skin care products. We all, (even the boys!) had a brilliant afternoon and I’d recommend anyone visiting Centre Parcs to splash out for a couple of hours in the spa – it is definitely worth it!
We spent Saturday morning lounging round the villa. We were staying in a New Style Executive Lodge which has 4 bedrooms to fit everyone, in as well as a games room with a pool table which kept the boys entertained! All of the bedrooms have en suites with brilliant power showers so there was no fighting over whose turn it was. On the Saturday we also visited the pool which was great fun – there are both indoor and outdoor pools as well as loads of slides.
On Saturday evening we all went to Forester’s Inn for my birthday meal. The food was gorgeous but the portions were so massive that I couldn’t actually finish my main course which is almost unheard of! The atmosphere and the staff were very friendly – our waiter found out that it was my 21st and brought me a birthday cocktail!
Sunday was our activity day. The boys went off to try ‘Dirt Buggies’ which, from what I can gather, is off road go-karting. At the same time, the girls went for spa treatments. My sisters both had ‘File and Paints’ but one of them managed to smudge her nails within 5 minutes of leaving the Aqua Sana. Me and my mum both had facials. This was my first facial so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I’ve got to say that I was quite surprised when the therapist started to wash my feet after I lay down on the table! After that it was more like I had imagined – my face was cleansed, toned, moisturised and I was left to ‘relax’ for 15 minutes with a face mask on. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep at this point! I felt so sleepy after my facial but I loved it and my skin was left feeling very clean and soft so I’d love to have one again.
Monday was my actual birthday but we had to be out of the villa by 10am. I had an amazing weekend and really didn’t want to leave – it was the perfect place to spend my birthday weekend.
Just a few hours at the Aqua Sana in Center Parcs is enough to completely relax anyone. As soon as you walk through the doors you feel your cares and worries begin to float away. Your experience begins properly when you walk into the changing rooms to the sound of relaxing music and are given the fluffiest of white robes and a towel. The changing rooms look much more luxurious than your average leisure centre with the nice extra touch of hand cream by the basins.
Next, you make your way through towards the spa area with a fantastic number of different saunas, steam rooms and relaxation areas. Everyone is very peaceful and it all smells just like a spa should! In between relaxing in the saunas and steam rooms, there are plenty of areas where you can relax with bean bags, water beds and just general comfy seating. You can either bring a book or read one of the magazines dotted around. There is also a Zen garden, foot baths, multisensory showers and an ice fountain which is brilliant for cooling you down after a few minutes in the sauna. Each Aqua Sana has a bubbly spa pool with massage jets. (There are 4 Centre Parcs resorts across England and each one has its own Aqua Sana.)
If you get peckish there is a cafe serving food as well as refreshing drinks, indulgent cakes, chocolates and even Champagne.
To really make a day of your spa experience, there are other treatments available such as massages or facials. These cost extra but there are often deals on at different times of the year. You could also book yourself in for a manicure or pedicure. For my birthday my Mum treated me to a dual treatment massage finishing with a glass of Champagne and chocolate truffles. It was very relaxing and I loved being pampered!
On Saturday I spend the day at Center Parcs, Longleat with my family for a birthday celebration. We had a brilliant day – the Subtropical Paradise is such good fun especially the Rapids (even though I did get a few bruises) and the jacuzzi! We all had a go at archery which I have never done before but I surprised myself at how good I was. The instructors were very helpful and friendly. While we were there I persuaded my Dad and his partner to join out team for the Swimathon. This means that we will be aiming to swim at least 20k between us all. I am going to need a lot of practise if I am going to be able to swim that far so I really am glad that I have the Kia Soul as it means I don’t have to walk home from the swimming pool with wet hair!