Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Carey's Manor Hotel Senspa, New Forest

To celebrate my mum's birthday, I organised a spa day at Carey's Manor Hotel's SenSpa in Brockenhurst, New Forest. I booked the Wellbeing Spa Day which included full use of the spa facilities, a choice of classes, and most importantly: breakfast and a two course Thai lunch. While this Wellbeing Spa Day - starting from £95 - includes all of these amenities, you are in fact required to book at least one treatment which increases the overall price. I decided the SenProtect & Repair Facial sounded most appealing. This facial in particular uses vitamins C and E which are said to 'restore youthfulness'. 

I'd love to be able to tell you more about the facial but there are more important matters to address, like for example, the Thai noodles I ate for lunch. I've actually forgotten what it said on the menu (and forgot to take a photo due to excitement) but what I will say is that there is no doubt in my mind that the chef was a real-life angel sent from heaven, and despite the fact that it's been a few weeks since our visit, I'm still in a perpetual state of awe over the meal's greatness and I'm also still so grateful for 1) his existence and 2) his skills. If you're reading this, please take a moment of silence to thank God for gracing this earth with chefs. If you're reading this and you're a chef, congratulations you've made it in life.


This was mum's starter: a concoction of noodles, bean sprouts and vegetables. It was tasty but very onion-y; 'onion' and 'spa day' do not bode well, especially when, after consuming these aforementioned onions, you have a facial planned. A facial which involves face-to-face contact (close proximity), where you'll be spending around 60 minutes breathing into a Thai beautician's face.

These are the blessed noodles. Not very pleasing to the eye but what it lacked in pleasing me visually, it more than made up for taste-wise.

This was my dessert: green tea ice-cream. I was pretty sceptical at first but thought I'd give it a try and I'm so glad I did. I'm a big fan of green tea anyway and now I'm a big fan of green tea ice cream. Green tea.

The Hydra Pool was great and was something I'd never really experienced before.

The facial was excellent and the products they use are all natural - I walked out of the treatment room smelling like a strawberry!

The spa supplies you with a free robe, the comfiest (but ugliest) shoes you'll ever wear and unlimited towels. Overall, I really enjoyed the day and, if it was a little cheaper, I'd go back more often. I would thoroughly recommend visiting the spa, however would advise booking a weekday as I'm sure it would be a lot quieter, which would contribute to a more relaxing atmosphere and a better experience.