I assumed when I left my full time permanent role at the college last September that freelance life would be a much slower pace. How wrong I was! In between fulfilling contracts, working on Scream Factory and preparing to go away to America for two weeks, the end of last year just seemed to go by in a flash. I’ve always believed it is incredibly important to take time out for yourself and live a little more slowly, even if it was just for a few hours.
So when I received an invitation to try out the spa at Seaham Hall right before we went away, I couldn’t resist. I was in desperate need of recharging my batteries and enjoying some time disconnected from the world. There is a range of different packages available but I opted for the afternoon tea package. This entitles guests to use of the spa from 1 – 5pm, a 45 minute massage or facial and afternoon tea in the Ozone Restaurant. Priced at £85 per person, it’s the perfect package for anyone looking to spend an afternoon unwinding.
Now I have to admit, in an effort to truly escape and really enjoy myself I left my camera and phone in my locker meaning I took the grand total of one photo while I was there (so for the purpose of this post, I’ve borrowed a few from Seaham Hall’s website). And I’m not going to lie… it was bliss. Sometimes I’ve gone to a spa and I’ve been inclined to pop back and grab my phone however there is so much to do at Seaham Hall, I didn’t feel that need.
You really have to visit yourself to truly understand what a lovely spa it is. Featuring plunge pools, a Hammam with snail showers and jacuzzi, sanarium with crystal light therapy, steam rooms, outdoor hot tubs, a hydrotherapy pool, and ice fountain, the list goes on. One of my favourite parts of the day however was simply dozing outside on the roof terrace in the fluffiest white robe, listening to the nearby sea (for those of you who don’t know Seaham Hall is perched on a clifftop next to Seaham Beach). My massage was one of the best I have ever had and after I was taken to a special relaxation area and served the most delicious sorbet to wake me up.
Next up was afternoon tea in the Ozone Restaurant which was a lot more relaxed than I had thought it was going to be. Guests are encouraged to eat in their robes and it was the perfect way to finish the day. My only pregnancy craving so far has been the little wraps served with that afternoon tea!