Picking up from where I left off in Part One, after lounging around in our dressing gowns for a little while longer, at around six in the evening we began getting ready for dinner. Although the general dress code allows dressing gowns or general loungewear throughout the day (yes, you can enjoy the buffet lunch in the comfort of your Champneys-branded dressing gown!), they request that guests wear casual/smart clothing for dinner. Now, although I'm sure many people would rather reluctantly throw on their smart attire after having previously rolled around in their dressing gowns, I have to admit to loving any sense of occasion. If it involves heels and a blow dry, I'm in! Regrettably, I didn't take my camera down for dinner, however it didn't feel appropriate considering Champneys is a place of relaxation and the last thing I wanted was to make anybody feel uncomfortable. However, I did bring away a copy of the evening's menu with me, allowing me to share my deliciously healthy three-course meal on A Glass Of Ice:
Starter - Artichoke, Mozzarella and Black Olive Pizza (Tortilla Wrap, Pesto and Rocket)
Main - Roasted Corn-fed Chicken Breast with Honey Roasted Root Vegetables
Dessert - Mango Fruit Fool with Passion Fruit and Popcorn
|Room Service Breakfast in Premier Suite|
Our first night spent at the Champneys Henlow Health Resort ended with some further pampering using the complimentary Champneys-branded products found in the bathroom, before flicking through the ideal collection of magazines located on one of the bedroom's shelves (Marie Claire Runway, Porter and Elle). After a wonderfully uninterrupted sleep, we enjoyed a healthy breakfast in our Premier Suite after having placed our order on the outside of our door the previous night. The standout items were undoubtedly the honey and gluten free bread. The latter was a new introduction for me and it really opened my eyes to how easy it can be to make more health-conscious decisions with regard to food. Although having said that, hot chocolate may not have been listed on the menu, however the staff very kindly accommodated my request (and craving) for a pot and believe me when I say it went down a treat!
|Black Silk Night Slip - Laurence Tavernier|
After both experiencing Full Body Exfoliations that well and truly prepared us for the spring/summertime by removing dead skin cells, improving circulation and aiding in detoxifying, firming and toning the skin, we took the opportunity to relax again in our room. In the early afternoon, we then wandered down to the Premier Guest Waiting Area once more and relaxed with some watermelon juice before our Facials. One word, heaven. Oh and the icing on the cake was indisputably the hand massage delivered whilst the oils were sinking into my face - another word, bliss.
Although we'd booked an afternoon tea for the late afternoon, we remained in our dressing gowns for a little while longer to make the most of the extensive grounds that Champneys Henlow boasted. The number of daffodils on site would have been impossible to count and at every corner there was a surprise in wildlife-form! Adorably, we spotted a mother and her sixteen ducklings chattering away animatedly, as well as the proud-looking beauty below.
We were very fortunate in experiencing beautiful weather throughout our stay, with it only breaking momentarily on the morning of our departure. Walking through the picturesque grounds in pleasant weather certainly presented an 'Alice in Wonderland' moment, although I can't say I ever remember Alice wearing sunglasses..The Snowdrop Walk was definitely a highlight for me as it presented numerous reasons to take the cap off my camera's lens and indulge in the moment - it only dawned on me as I was focussing on one of the delicate snowdrop's heads that it was probably the first time I'd seen the flower in many, many years! Champneys Henlow certainly provided a sense of escapism and on numerous occasions both my mum and I forgot where exactly we were on the map (and not only because of my terrible understanding of geography) and for how long we had been there. Anyway, for now we'll have to remain in this moment in time, or at least until the third and final instalment is shared on A Glass Of Ice the day after tomorrow..