If you read my Cedarwood Spa review a couple of months ago, you’ll know that after years of never experiencing them, I’m totally into spa days now (I’ve also finally started drinking wine, which is nothing to do with this review but wheeee, I’m finally growing up guys). So when I was invited along to join some other bloggers at the Fishmore Spa Shell last weekend, I obviously said yes. After all, who says no to spending time in a luxurious spa and then stuffing their face with afternoon tea? Nobody I want to be mates with, that’s fo sho.
The spa is based at Fishmore Hall, a really cute boutique hotel in Ludlow. It took me around 80 minutes to drive there from Costa Del Cov, but it was so worth it. Firstly, the spa shell is absolutely beautiful. Set apart from the hotel, it’s a Scandi-inspired building that has four treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi. The entire outdoor area is unbelievable – these photos probably don’t do it justice as we visited on an overcast winter afternoon (cheers England), but with its decking, loungers, oversized hammock and DEM VIEWS, it’s such an idyllic place to relax.
After being shown around by the amazing team that work in the spa, the other bloggers and I donned our bikinis and hopped in the hot tub. Obviously I’m proper hard after braving the thermal baths in Budapest the other week, but I think we all agreed that even on that cold January afternoon, the jacuzzi was just amazing. Honestly, give me a bottle of Prosecco and I could have sat there all afternoon (and then been too smashed to function, so it’s probably for the best I just had a green tea waiting inside for me…)
After checking out the sauna and relaxing with hot drinks inside, we took it in turns to try out some of the treatments on offer at Fishmore Spa. I opted for the back and shoulder massage, though they also offer a range of Elemis facials and body treatments. During the consultation, my therapist asked me where I tend to carry my tension. I consider myself a pretty chilled person, so I said “Oh, maybe a bit in my shoulders but I don’t think I have much really.” Err, so it turns out I was WRONG. Over the next 30 minutes, I had all of my many, many knots kneaded out like I was a stressed lump of dough. Ahh well – good excuse to book in for more massages then, yes?
Aside from shattering my illusions of being chilled AF, the massage was amazing and my therapist was so lovely. I left the room feeling uber relaxed and like I could quite happily crawl up on one of the chairs and go to sleep. But something even better tempted me: afternoon tea time!
We headed into the restaurant of the hotel where we were treated to a gorgeous afternoon tea consisting of sandwiches, scones, macarons, carrot cake and lemon cake. We were also joined by the lovely owner of Fishmore Hall, Laura, who chatted to us about the new spa and hotel life in general. It was a great way to round off the afternoon, and I’d love to head back to Fishmore Hall to sample more of the menu in the future.
So, if you’re looking for a little spa break or day in the West Midlands, I’d definitely recommend taking a look at Fishmore. The spa shell has a lovely, intimate atmosphere – it struck me as a great place to head to with a group of friends, as if there were five or six of you it would feel as if you had the place all to yourselves. It is actually available for exclusive hire, and they also have some pretty fab offers on for Valentine’s Day next month, including after-hours access so you could sip champagne in a hot tub under the stars until 11pm! For more information on the spa, you can visit here or click here to book.
Have any of you been to a spa like Fishmore before, or would you like to? Let me know in the comments!