You made it! Joking aside, it's been a lot of fun reliving my experience of last week's spa break at Champneys Henlow Health Resort and so without further ado, for this third and final instalment of my account, we'll launch straight into coronation chicken sandwiches and wholemeal scones!
Although we hadn't booked an afternoon tea in advance, we found out upon arrival that we could pre-arrange one if desired and so at the first opportunity, that's exactly what we did! I'll admit this was the first time I've ever been presented with a 'healthy' version of an afternoon tea, however it only added to the health resort's charm and good intentions. The wholemeal scones were incredible and I would even go as far as suggesting they were the best I've tasted (well, at least within the last year.. what can I say, I consume a lot of scones) and although cream wasn't an option in favour of the low-calorie alternative, créme fraiche, I prefer to keep to preserves only anyway when it comes to scones and so it wasn't a bother. Another standout item of the afternoon tea was the banana cake, it was deliciously moist and so I couldn't have asked for a better first-time experience of trying a slice!
A nice touch to dining arrangements was the designated Premier Guest seating function that saw tables overlook the pool, providing both interesting and beautiful views (particularly by night as the pool was illuminated), as well as reservation signs on each premier table paving the way for easy and immediate seating.
The few hours between indulging in the afternoon tea and going down to the restaurant once more for dinner were a bit of a scone-induced blur, however I do remember briefly falling asleep in the above window seat! In the early evening, I took the opportunity to wander around the ground floor to appreciate the decor (camera in hand) before heading to the restaurant with my mum. Once again, my camera didn't accompany us for dinner as it rarely feels appropriate at hotels, let alone health resorts, but what I will say is that my main course of herb-crusted hake was divine. Seriously, the best I've ever tasted.
After the delicious three-course meal enjoyed on our final night at Champneys Henlow, we meandered back to our suite, dived once more into the complementary toiletries and then settled in to watch the fabulous Mamma Mia! (2008). The film never fails to put a smile on my face and so it seemed like the perfect viewing to end our stay at the health resort. If the constant sunshine, Greek-island location and singing aren't enough to get you smiling, then perhaps the all-star cast and colourful wardrobe seen throughout will! Oh and I had another gluten-free chocolate chip muffin in hand, so frowning was never an option anyway..
Before checking out the next day, we made a visit to the on-site Champneys store for some retail therapy after a few days of relaxation therapy. There was a fantastic range of products and rest assured I splurged - keep a look out for Champneys-branded products featuring on A Glass Of Ice over upcoming months! I also took the opportunity to invest in a couple of specific skin-related products by Decléor suggested the day beforehand whilst I was having a facial and really look forward to seeing the effect they may have on the skin before reviewing them.
The checking-out process was beautiful and I can't say I've been able to describe the process in such a way before. The walls were extravagantly painted with intricate designs and splashes of colour and minus the momentary technical fault with the computer-system, the process was seamless. It was a lovely departure and one that was only just outshone by the grand gates sending off guests outside.
I hope you've enjoyed reading about my time spent at Champneys Henlow, it's been so lovely hearing your thoughts on Part One and Part Two and discovering what features have been the most appealing to read about! Have a wonderful weekend!