Our Trip to Bath

I’ve been wanting to visit Bath since I moved to England and now that we have our own car is so much easier to just go on a road trip. If you’ve never even heard of Bath, it’s a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, it’s famous for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture.

We checked in at The Old Mill Hotel where we spent only a night. It’s a simple hotel with really nice views of the river Avon. I must say I didn’t enjoy breakfast. There wasn’t a lot of choices and there was no cheese, at all. Cheese is just too important for me, so I was disappointed. We didn’t spend much time at the hotel because we wanted to explore Bath as much as possible.

Early in the morning, we headed to the Thermae spa and it was one of the best experiences I had in my life. I’m a very big fan of spas but I’m a bigger fan of a rooftop pool, especially when it has such a beautiful view. So here is a list of the rooms we’ve tried and what I thought of each:

The Roman Steam Room – with hand-crafted, traditional stone seating and fluted columns, the steam was infused with the stimulating aroma of botanicals and flowers. It was too much steam for me though so I didn’t even last 3 minutes inside.

The Georgian Steam Room – Elegant surroundings, warm light and garden scenes fill the space, while water trickles from an ornate fountain. This was one of my favourites because of the floral fragrance and steam.

The Infrared Room – It transmits soothing infrared waves of light deep into the muscles and joints. I kind of freaked out when I started seeing all of the veins in my body but got used to it after a few minutes and it was really relaxing.

The Ice Chamber – In contrast to the warmth of the steam rooms and sauna, it was great to step into a distinctly different environment with menthol-infused mist swirling around a giant ice trough. I took a handful of flaked ice from the trough and rubbed gently over my body to reduce surface temperature, close skin pores and gently exfoliate.

The Celestial Relaxation Room – Another dimension with twinkling lights, five heated loungers, warm fragrant air, and calming sounds. I think it would be nicer it if the temperature was higher.

The Experience Showers – I’ve never tried Chromotherapy before but I’m definitely a fan! The piano music playing in the background turned it into a perfect experience.

Besides these rooms, we enjoyed a session at the indoor pool and the rooftop pool, which was pure heaven.

For lunch, we had in mind trying a local pub so we didn’t make any reservation and just started walking until we found something. And that’s when we spotted a Spanish restaurant and our love for tapas made us quickly forget about the pub. The restaurant was La Perla and the service was really good, especially because we got to practice our Spanish.

After lunch, we went for a walk around town to check a few local stores but the weather wasn’t great and we had to return home that evening so we left with plans to go back during summer time and spend a few more days trying other spas and restaurants.

For more information, prices and opening times visit the following links:

The hotel – The Old Mill Hotel

The Spa – Thermae spa

The restaurant – La Perla

 

 

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TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel

Holidays’ greatness is defined by how many visits I’ve done to a spa.

This time, while in Portugal, my boyfriend and I decided to pay a visit to Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel Spa, called El Spa.

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It was time to restore our well-being by relaxing the body and calming the mind, within an urban refuge which is a holiday for our senses. They also need their holidays!

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We’ve tried their outdoor and indoor swimming pools, the Jacuzzi, hydromassage, waterfalls, sauna and Turkish bath. It was simply amazing and exactly what I needed.

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The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the fact that right after leaving the spa I had to join the stressful traffic in Lisbon. I’ve immediately gone from zen mode to swearing mode in a second. Next time I’m definitely calling a Uber.

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You can take a look at their Spa menu here.

Or visit Tripadvisor for more information here.

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Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature

This summer, I’ve planned a very relaxing trip to what is called, an obligatory destination on the Alentejo Coast, in Portugal. Nothing compared to holidays at the busy city of Lisbon and nothing compare to the expensive places in Algarve, full of tourists.

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I was searching for a few relaxing days in the sun along with great gastronomy and while being very close to nature.

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The Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature has gastronomy and culinary as the main attractions, without forgetting the nature, the sports, the nearby ocean and outdoor activities.

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It’s located in the heart of the historic city of Santiago do Cacém, and close to desert beaches, my favourite ones.

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We’ve stayed in a Twin room furnished with two single beds, a balcony with a view of the castle, free Wi-Fi, a very needed coffee machine and a very elegant bathtub with shower. You can find photos of this room or other types of rooms they have to offer here.

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The breakfast was included and no need to explain how delicious it was! From traditional pastries to very fresh fruit and juices, the selection was very varied.

The Santiago Hotel offers several types of cooking lessons, workshops, days with Chef, visits to the local market or even picking vegetables and herbs from the Chef’s garden.

You can visit their free workshops here.

We’ve spent most of the time at the outdoor swimming pool because the weather was really enjoyable and the views of Santiago were very inviting.

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My boyfriend and I ended up spending our 3rd anniversary in this beautiful place and we promised that we definitely need to come back for a longer period of time because it really helps to recharge our energy.

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You can visit the Portugal highlights on my Instagram profile for videos of this amazing place here.

For more information on this hotel, visit Tripadvisor here.

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