Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Champneys Henlow Health Resort: Part One

Champneys Henlow Health Resort
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that last week I travelled to Champneys Henlow Health Resort to spend a few days there and although I was hoping to come away feeling relaxed, I don't think I could have anticipated just how relaxed I would be when leaving the resort.  After a discussion late last year with my mum revealed she had never been on a spa break, I booked us in for a springtime break to enjoy together!  Fast forward to last week and we were driving towards Henlow in 25.5°C (the hottest day of the year so far) with our 2pm check-in time in sight..     

Champneys Henlow Health Resort
From the very beginning, the health resort had ease and tranquility in mind, providing a Premier Guest Parking space just metres away from the building's entrance - which worked out perfectly considering how heavy my suitcase was!  I should mention before continuing that I arranged for us to stay in a Premier room to make our stay that little bit more special, meaning my experience may differ in some ways to others.  When visiting Champneys Henlow, you can choose to stay in a standard, superior, premier room or suite, with each offering different qualities to guests.  


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Champneys Henlow Health Resort

Champneys Henlow Health Resort

Although when checking in we were sent the wrong way by a member of staff, when we eventually found our room fifteen minutes later, it was more than worth the wait.  The Premier Room itself was like a breath of fresh air, with a beautiful aroma hitting the senses as soon as the door was opened.  The decor was beautiful, intricate and the spitting image of the photo shown on their website.  The dressing table area was particularly striking with the elaborate gold-framed mirror and 'Service en Chambre' box providing drinks such as peppermint tea.  Complementary bottled water and fresh fruit was available in the room, as well as plenty of stationery, slippers, flip flops and my favourite, Champneys-branded sports bottles!           
Champneys Henlow Health Resort
Premier Room - Champneys Henlow
Champneys Henlow Health Resort
Champneys Henlow Health Resort
Not long after settling into the room, we made our way downstairs to a Waiting Room for our Premier Consultation (read more about the Premier Service here).  In the space of approximately twenty-five minutes, we were shown around the health resort and had many questions answered - all super important things of course, such as whether room service is available for breakfast?!  The answer was yes and so with relief at being able to roll out of bed and enjoy deliciously healthy breakfasts during our stay without even leaving the comfort of our room, we ventured back upstairs to unpack!    

Champneys Henlow Health Resort

Champneys Henlow Health Resort

I had pre-arranged for us both to have only one treatment on the day we arrived at Champneys Henlow, both as a way of easing us into our stay, as well as providing an opportunity to take the afternoon/evening at a slower pace.  Rather incredibly, we found that Premier guests have their own treatment waiting area that provides fresh juice, fruit, reading material and comfortable seating to ensure total tranquility.  Our chosen treatment for the day, the Champneys' Head in the Clouds, was absolute bliss and comprised of a shoulders, neck and head massage that aims to release tension.  Mission accomplished!  Due to the massage oil and balms applied, you're advised to wash your hair afterwards, however before doing so, we took a moment to soak up the relaxing atmosphere of the conservatory with some light snacks.  I opted for a tasty gluten-free chocolate chip muffin and sparkling cranberry juice - I can assure you they're delicious, however if you're looking to indulge in a triple-chocolate gateau then you should probably steer clear of health resorts!        

Champneys Henlow Health Resort

Champneys Henlow Health Resort
Conservatory - Champneys Henlow

Champneys Henlow Health Resort
After washing my hair (with brilliant water pressure - it only took three minutes for my long locks!) and smiling at the thought of having just roamed around a health resort in only a dressing gown, I purchased another sparkling cranberry juice from the on-site coffee shop and returned to the room for some light reading.  With a bit of team effort, we managed to open the window to let in a gentle springtime breeze, before spending the late afternoon admiring the spectacular view from the two window seats in our room.  
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I hope you've enjoyed the first instalment of my Champneys Henlow Health Resort break, the second part will be available to read in a couple of days from now!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ashley!

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  2. Your pictures are getting better and better with each post, Gabrielle and it's just a treat to the eyes. Looks like a great little getaway for you and your mum, looking forward to the next post!

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    1. Thanks ever so much Shireen, that's really wonderful to be told! The second instalment is now live :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. I love this post! I feel like I am there with you. This place looks absolutely beautiful, can't wait to read the next instalment. x

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    1. That's such a compliment, I'm so glad it feels like you're there too!

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  4. The resort looks amazing!! Love the photos!!

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    1. It really was total heaven! Thanks Rafaela!

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  5. wow!! beautiful pics doll!!

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    1. Thanks lovely, have a great weekend

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  6. What gorgeous, elegant surroundings, I feel so relaxed just looking at your pictures.

    Keisha xo
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    1. Both the interior and exterior of the resort were both elegant - it was such a treat!

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  7. IT's a nice place to stay.
    I love it.
    Feels like a royal princess
    XO

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    1. That's such a sweet way of putting it, thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post Zarrah

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  8. Such gorgeous place to be..
    Loved your clicks..very nice.
    xx

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  9. such a great experience! that looks like a really nice place :) lovely pictures my dear, xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, have a lovely weekend..

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  10. Wow this looks absolutely gorgeous !! You must have had such a lovely time!

    Alex x
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    1. I had an utterly fantastic time thank you, it was such a wonderful break!

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  11. Wow, this looks like a very relaxing and luxurious place. Wish I could bring my mom in this place as well <3

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    Have a great day!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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    1. I hope that at some point you visit a Champneys health resort with your mum, you're guaranteed to both have a relaxing time :)

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Gabrielle this looks lush!! That massage sounds amazing and what a beautiful, classic hotel :) I bet that was lovely to spend some relaxing girls time with your mum. Looking forward to part 2

    Rachel xx
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    1. Thanks so much Rachel! The massage was heavenly and the decor of this hotel is absolutely to my taste as well :)

      Gabrielle x

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  13. What a wonderful place to relax :)))

    xoxo
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    1. It was undoubtedly a few of the most relaxing days of the year for me so far! Hope you're well Elena!

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  14. This looks so lux and lovely!!! I would love to stay here!
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    1. I feel the same way about many of the gorgeous places you've stayed recently Melanie haha

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  15. Your entire experience sounds absolutely magical! We want to go!!

    xx 365Hangers

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    1. I hope you find the time to sometime soon!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Interesting post, dear! ^-^
    Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog!

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    1. You're more than welcome - thanks for your continued support of my blog!

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    1. My stay there was really lovely from start to finish

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Thanks for your comment

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  19. beautiful
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  20. aww so cool! Me and my friend got my mother a spa weekend for her birthday last year, it was so much fun :) xx

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    1. That's so sweet, I've no doubt she had a fabulous birthday if a spa was involved! :)

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  21. I would love to do something like this, what a stunning place :) Love the shots doll x

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    1. I hope you experience something similar to this soon, you'd be guaranteed a fabulous time!

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  22. This place looks amazing! I need to treat myself to a spa day too!

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    1. You most definitely do! It's always time to relax and unwind ;)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. That's so sweet of you, thank you Maggie!

      Gabrielle x

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  24. wow what a lovely entry
    and Pictures
    i like the one where you smile
    you are such a natural Beauty

    hope you too visit my Blog <3
    AMELY ROSE

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    1. Thank you Amely, you've made my night! Have a wonderful weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  25. WOWOWWOWOWOWO! Such a stunning place! LOVVVE! Incredible! And you look so relaxed and like a supermodel!!!!! Beautiful!
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    1. This is most definitely one of my favourite stays of late and thanks girls, you're far too kind!!

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  26. You are honestly just the cutest! Love all of your pics!
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    1. You're so sweet, thank you Vanessa! :)

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  27. This place looks awesome!
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    1. It's certainly worth a visit (or two)!

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  28. Nice Inspirations

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  29. What a delightful retreat! Not only is the location so lovely and tranquil, but the Head in the Clouds massage sounds like pure bliss! Glad you're having fun in the resort Gabrielle, looking forward to part 2! :) xo~ Lena
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    1. The Head in the Clouds massage really was very relaxing and the perfect beginning to the spa break. Thanks so much Lena, part two is now live and the third and final instalment will be coming soon! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  30. Ohh this looks like pure luxury. I have a Champneys right near me, but I've never been. Defiantly need to book up a visit!

    Annabel ♥
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    1. You're fortunate to have one nearby to you, I'l definitely recommend visiting it - you could visit as a day spa guest first to test the waters!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Wow, so beautiful love your pictures. Looks like you've had a very nice time there. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts Vanessa

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  32. Ah this looks like a very relaxing place to be! I love how the Health resort looks, I'll have to take my mum to one sometime :P

    Serene xoxo

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    1. The decor of the health resort really is so traditionally luxurious and yes, that sounds like a lovely idea!!

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  33. Wonderful photos! It looks lovely

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    1. Thanks! Have a fantastic weekend!

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  34. This resort looks so nice!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire
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    1. It was a heavenly retreat!

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  35. This was absolutely fabulous Gabrielle! What a beautiful treat for you and your mom! The decor is exquisite and you look so beautiful. Very relaxed. We all need that. I can't wait to read about part 2.
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    1. I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed this post, Kim! Both my mum and I certainly enjoyed our stay there and I agree, the decor is quite something :) Oh thank you, you're so lovely!

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  36. oohhh.. looks like such a luxurious resort!! :)

    Have a great day!! :D
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    1. I'm over the moon I chose to book us into a spa break here as opposed to elsewhere now, that's for sure!

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  37. This looks so so amazing! You look sooo gorgeous in these photos. This place is soo cute and looks super cozy! I definitely need some sort of relaxing getaway!

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    1. Oh thank you Denise, it's unusual for me to see my hair slicked back into a ponytail unless I'm working out so I appreciate that haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. These photos are beautiful! It also looks like you had an amazing time! You're one lucky lady.

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    1. Hmm, I certainly appreciate how fortunate I am to have experienced Champneys in such a lovely way - and thank you so much for stopping by!

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  39. It looks like a very relaxing break at a gorgeous place! I need this too :)

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    1. I hope you find the time to book onto a spa break as well!

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  40. That was such a relaxing and calming experience
    and a good gesture to bring your Mom along.

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    1. It was really nice to see her visibly relax throughout the course of our stay! Have a lovely weekend Ann! :)

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  41. Wish I could go somewhere and relax too! I've been overworked lately :(

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    1. From your blog posts, it certainly sounds that way! My fingers are crossed for you that you'll get a break soon Kylie!

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  42. Gosh, I could really use a weekend like this haha! x

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    1. It's time to book yourself on a spa break! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. Looks wonderful - thank you for the walk-through... Looking forward to reading the next chapter! x

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    1. That's great to hear, I've very much enjoyed documenting this!

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  44. Hello, sweetheart! Excellent post, I like it! Photos delicious and you cutie :)))

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Nastya, have a great weekend

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  45. This looks so good, I would love to go here :)) xx

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    1. I hope that do at some point in the near future lovely!

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  46. Oooh this looks amazing! Such beautiful photos too!

    Alex
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    1. Thanks so much Alex, I've been working on my photography so I really appreciate that!

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  47. This place looks so nice! Very luxurious. Gluten free cakes are a definite win.. healthy treats :)

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    1. Gluten-free snacks have opened up a whole new world for me and so I totally agree with you :)

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  48. It sounds like the perfect weekend getaway! No wonder you look and feel so relaxed ;)

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    1. Haha thanks Anett, it certainly was very relaxed - I was practically sleepwalking my way out of there!

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  49. This sounds lovely! And the green and airy decor is so pretty. I love this! Glad you had a little relaxing trip. :) XO -Alexandra

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    1. Thank you Alexandra, I'm so pleased you've enjoyed this post!!

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  50. oh my goodness, spa break is what i really need right now. I went to the massage place in Manchester a week ago but it wasted my money big time since I didn't feel more relaxed at all lol However, the place you have been to looks so nice! xx

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear your recent trip for a massage in Manchester left you disappointed, I suppose it can be hit or miss with regard to spa destinations and relaxation!

      Gabrielle x

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  51. Awww what a beautiful place to have a break <3 And your photos Gabrielle are lovely <3

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I had a lovely time and I'm really enjoying reliving my experiences through writing about it :)

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  52. This looks like such a lovely place to stay, so classy and elegant - I love it :)! xx

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    1. 'Classy and elegant' is a lovely way of describing this health resort!

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  53. Aw you're so lucky that looks amazing!! I would kill for a spa day... or even just a mani pedi

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    1. I certainly feel very fortunate, especially when looking back in hindsight and at photos! Oh Danika, it's time to book yourself in for a mani in preparation for the warmer weather :)

      Gabrielle x

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  54. This is so something I would just Really enjoy doing! I really like the look of the conservatory! I bet you get this all the time, but you really remind me of Candice Swanepoel!
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    1. I can absolutely believe that, it would be relaxing for anyone to experience! That is most definitely the first time I've been told that haha and you've totally made my night, thank you! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  55. A spa getaway sounds like such a lovely mother/daughter trip and this resort looks so wonderfully luxurious. Maybe I should take my mom to the spa for Mother's Day.

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    1. It's something I had wanted to do for a while and after discovering my mum had never been to a spa, it seemed like the perfect time to book one! That sounds like a lovely idea Rowena!

      Gabrielle x

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  56. Looks so gorgeous! Im so jealous!
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    1. The decor of the health resort, both inside and the grounds, was really lovely - I agree!

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  57. What a fantastic place!! I really love it!

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  58. This looks so relaxing and amazing! Views look wonderful, the decor is fab. Definitely something to put on the to-do list. I've had spa weekends before but the locations have been really lacking - I think from seeing your review that it would really make a difference to go somewhere so wonderfully green!

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    1. I have seen many reviews before now on spa retreats and it does seem as though the location and decor plays a bit part in how relaxing the experience is! Thanks so much, I've connected with you on all of those platforms too! :)

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  59. it looks incredible and definitely really relaxing!

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    1. Relaxing is most definitely the word!

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  60. Lovely photos, great scenery and you look so happy!

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    1. I'm glad my happiness shows in the photos as I was having a great time!

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  61. Wow!! Seems like you had an incredible time!! Lovely! :)

    xx,
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    1. Thanks for stopping by Regine, have a great weekend!

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  62. This is such an amazing place to seek for some serenity and peace <3 U've had a very wise decision on choosing this healthy resort as ur getaway place hahah xx Hope u and ur mum have enjoyed ur time at the resort with such wonderful treatments like the Head In The Clouds that u have tried, and also beautiful spring/summer weather xx The decoration of the resort is absolutely exquisite, i specifically love the photo of the dressing table, looks very fancy 2 me :P Hope u'll have a wonderful Friday xx

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    1. These were undoubtedly some of the most relaxing and tranquil days spent there! We both had a wonderful time, thanks Lenny. The dressing table was one of my favourite features as well - it was a pleasure getting ready there each day!

      Thanks for letting me know, I'll make my way over to your blog now! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  63. Absolutely love Champneys :)
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  64. Reading your post has made me feel so relaxed! I've never been on a spa weekend or anything similar so would love to do that and take some time off and just relax and get pampered! Looking forward reading the second post in a bit. Happy Friday xxxx

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    1. That's wonderful to hear Carolin. I would definitely recommend taking a break from whatever you may be up to at the time to indulge in total relaxation at a health resort! The second instalment is now live and the third (and final) one is coming soon :)

      Gabrielle x

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  65. Looks like a wonderful place. I like that you mentioned the water pressure. To me it's really make or break and surprisingly often, it's so low it takes forever to clean your hair:)

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    1. It no doubt seems like an odd thing to mention, however it's nice to know I'm not the only one who looks for that! :)

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  66. This looks gorgeous Gabrielle! Looks like heaven to me! Love the pics!
    On to part 2…

    X

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    1. Thanks so much Anjelique, looking forward to seeing you over on Part Two!

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  67. This place looks amazing! Great pictures!
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    1. Thanks very much Adriana, have a lovely week ahead..

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  68. This looks so amazing. The food sounds good. I like healthy as much as I like triple chocolate lol. Beautiful photos.

    Deedee

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    1. That's quite the statement Deedee! I don't think I could survive without chocolate haha. Thank you!

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  69. That just sounds incredibly relaxing and such a lovely experience! le sigh... I feel relaxed just reading your post! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Margarita, that's the greatest things you could have said!

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