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Monday, 18 February 2019

Seaham Hall Hotel: Spa Break Review

Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa

After a hectic few weeks of work I was feeling deflated and tired out (you know the kind of tiredness which sleep won't solve - yeah that). It couldn't have been a better time to take a much-needed weekend to relax and switch off with a spa break. I have been to Seaham Hall hotel a few times to take advantage of their fantastic twilight spa offer but had never had the chance to stay over.

Last Saturday we woke up to the sunniest weekend we have had in weeks and I felt so happy. There's just something about the sunshine that immediately puts us all in a good mood isn't there! After a delicious breakfast at The Garage, Newcastle (full review coming soon), we set off on the short 30 minute drive down the A19 to Seaham. I love how convenient Seaham Hall hotel and spa is. Sometimes you just want a staycation where you can switch off from your day-to-day commitments and unwind, without a long journey or any real effort to get there.

The hotel is really grand and definitely has that total wow factor when you arrive. Built in 1791, the decor is modern luxury whilst maintaining that 18th century charm. Check out this stunning stained glass ceiling at reception which I couldn't help taking loads of pictures of. We were too early for check-in but the very helpful porter took our bags for us and pointed us in the direction of the spa.

Reception at Seaham Hall Hotel & Spa

As part of our spa break package we were able to use the spa facilities from 12 noon. Obviously we were there chomping at the bit at 11.55! I had promised my other half great things as I have always found the spa extremely relaxing so I was hoping it would be everything I remembered.

As you approach the spa from inside the hotel, there is lovely, relaxing music playing and mood lighting down a long walkway. This leads to the gorgeous elephant statue pictured below and really sets the tone for a relaxing few hours.

We sipped delicious herbal tea and filled out some quick forms before being given our oh-so-soft robes and slippers. We were offered a tour of the facilities and shown to the changing rooms which are really clean and have everything you need. You don't need a quid for a locker as they just use a 4-digit code - winner!

Spa at Seaham Hall hotel

I only took one quick photo of the spa before putting my phone away for a blissful 4 hours of doing basically nothing other than taking advantage of the various thermal rooms. I love how there is an outdoor area now with romantic beds for two and a gorgeous looking pool - definitely one to try in summer. It 100% lives up to its 5 stars, with the widest range of rooms of any spa I have been to in the North East. There are two saunas, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, a eucalyptus room and more.

The outdoor hot tubs are my favourite part of the Seaham Hall's spa but they do get busy. We chose not to book any treatments this time, but I've had both a massage and a facial before which were both lovely and give you access to a gorgeous relaxation area with snacks and drinks.

Seaham Hall Spa

After plenty of chill time, we were so ready to check out our room and have the nap we'd basically talked about for over a week (I had packed, like, a week in advance as I was that desperate to get away!)  The same lovely porter as earlier showed us to the room and talked us through everything we needed to know without lingering in the room for too long or talking too much, a balance which isn't easy to get right.

We absolutely loved our suite - just look how much room we had! The bed was like a cloud and you actually get a pillow menu emailed to you before your stay. It just shows how much the staff at Seaham Hall hotel take care of every detail for your spa break.

Seaham Hall Hotel Suite

Seaham Hall bedroom

Seaham Hall Hotel Spa Toiletries


Seaham Hall Hotel - Suite Bathroom

As part of our package we felt very fancy getting this small bottle of Tattinger pink champagne as well as a coffee machine, plenty of pods and teabags and some homemade shortbread. I soon settled down to a long bath fuelled with fizz and a little rubber duck for company, which you get to take home! Have you ever seen apples this shiny? Didn't think so.

Seaham Hall Hotel - Tattinger Champagne

With the package we chose, this beautiful set from Temple Spa was provided in the room. It contains everything you need to have a pamper evening and I loved applying the products before getting ready to head down for dinner. The kit even included this adorable 'do not disturb' pillow which Temple Spa advise you to spritz with the relaxing fragrance before settling down to a bath. How fancy!

Seaham Hall Hotel - Temple Spa Toiletries

We had a 3-course dinner in the Dining Room which is very luxurious, with 14 carat gold chandeliers and sumptuous decor. Head chef, Damian Broom, creates fantastic, inventive dishes. He places an emphasis on local flavours with a quirky twist. My halibut main was mouthwatering - just writing about it makes me want to eat it again! I thought the house wine was reasonable at £25 for a bottle of very nice Sauvignon blanc.

Seaham Hall Hotel Dining Room

Seaham Hall Hotel Restaurant- starter


Seaham Hall Hotel Main Course


Seaham Hall Hotel - Dessert

After dinner we were ready to get an early night and fully appreciate the 'cloud bed' we had waiting for us, but not before having a quick nosey in the games room. With a pool table, Sky Sports and various games to play, this is ideal if you're looking for something to do at Seaham Hall hotel on a rainy day or perhaps if visiting with family. It is a very cosy room with the same beautiful decor as the rest of the hotel.

Seaham Hall Hotel - Games Room (pool table)

There is also a spacious and quiet hotel bar for a post-dinner drink, but we were eager to get back and relax in our beautiful suite to make the most of it.

There was a bottle of the Temple Spa relaxing spray left on our pillow when we got back, with a card showing us the weather forecast and a note from our porter saying he was available if we needed anything. Top notch service or what?!

The next morning we woke up naturally around 8.00am, after the best kind of sleep where you both have enough room to starfish! Breakfast is served from 8.00am - 11.00am in the Dining Room, but we were there before 9.00am. This is unheard of for us but we were eager to get back to the spa. We seemed to be the first people there, so scored this beautiful table by the window. There is also the option to have breakfast in your room for a £10 tray charge (for both of you).

Seaham Hall Spa Hotel Restaurant

It's no surprise that Seaham Hall hotel do things a little differently for breakfast and there is no buffet. You can order as much as you like from the menu which I thought was good as it means there is less food waste. I hate seeing people piling their plates high when there is a buffet and then leaving food. However, I must say I did miss the buffet as sometimes I don't know what I fancy until I see the options. We ordered fruit, pastries, toast and full English breakfasts. Everything was delicious!

Seaham Hall Spa Hotel - Full English Breakfast

We headed back to the spa until check-out at 12.00 and had a similar chill to the previous day, hardly moving other than checking out some of the thermal rooms. If we weren't so full from breakfast we would definitely have had lunch at the O-zone restaurant within the spa. I have visited previously for both Asian food and afternoon tea which you are able to have wearing your robe if you wish to. All the meals I have had there were delicious and I was a bit gutted to be too full to have the Thai green curry I remembered so fondly!

The day we checked out was just as sunny as the day we arrived and we decided to have a nice wander round Seaham Hall hotel's grounds before heading back to reality.

Seaham Hall Spa Hotel - Grounds

What a fantastic stay we had at Seaham Hall hotel. If you have never been here for a spa break before and fancy giving it a try I would highly recommend the Twilight spa offers to start you off. They are such good value and give you the chance to try that delicious Thai green curry for yourself, or one of the other tasty options, as well as spending an evening in the spa. At the time of writing the price was from £57.50 per head which is a total bargain for the quality you get.

It's safe to say we will be back for a spa break at Seaham Hall as as soon as we can. If you enjoyed this review, please pin it for later!

Seaham Hall Spa Hotel Pinterest graphic

10 comments :

  1. Oh my word, this looks and sounds delightful! Me and my friend are looking to do a bit of a spa break when she finishes Uni. I'm definitely pitching this one to her! It looks divine 😍

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    1. Thank you, I would highly recommend it and it's not too far from you!

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  2. That all sounds and looks so gorgeous and relaxing. The service sounds real top notch, I have never been to a hotel that fancy. :) A weekend like that is definitely on my list.

    Janja | seekingwonderful.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for reading, it was so nice! I’d strongly recommend it to anyone who just needs to get away from it all.

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  3. Oh this looks and sounds amazing, I have never visited Seaham Hall before but always hear great things about it. I have actually been looking for a spa break for a little mini-moon break after my wedding this summer and this sounds perfect for a couple of days relaxing x

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    1. It would be great for a mini-moon, they have some really stunning rooms with free standing baths that scream honeymoon suite! I hope the wedding planning is going well, exciting times! Melis x

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  4. We've been to a few spas in the North East but I have to say I'm saving Seaham Hall for a special occasion because I feel like it might just be the very best and once we've been we'll never beat it. I'm DESPERATE to go though, I can't believe I've held out this long! Can you believe I've not even been for food or afternoon tea .. I need to go! Maybe this year will be the year!

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    1. It is so good, I really like it. Especially for a twilight spa so you get to eat in the Ozone restaurant, it's a really beautiful restaurant. Hopefully you get to visit soon! x

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  5. WOW! This place looks absolutely divine!!

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