My friend and I decided we needed a few days away at the beginning of the year - a real girlie break. We found this amazing deal on Travel Zoo for the Melville Hall Hotel. What a bargain. I rang the hotel and booked a three-night spa break. This included half board and a half hour treatment on each day. We also had our return ferry paid for by the hotel.
I rang the spa and we talked through the various treatments. I was able to upgrade our treatments to whichever ones we wanted and just pay the balance. On arrival we were a litle perturbed by the awful Christmas decorations in the grounds of the hotel, but once we were in the hotel we were greeted by the reception manager and made to feel very special. We had a lovely twin room, flat screen tv, hospitality tray with two large wine glasses which was great as we'd brought a few supplies with us! The bathroom was big, bit chilly with tiled floor, but lovely jacuzzi bath.
The Utopia Spa was fabulous - good sized splash pool, jacuzzi, sauna and the most amazing Detox box - fondly called 'the Sweat Box'. The various therapists that we had the pleasure of meeting were amazing - best massages and facials we've ever had - and we decided the whole atmosphere was more relaxed and friendly than places like Ragdale Hall.
All members of staff went out of their way to make our stay as special as possible. Breakfast was great with a good choice and if we wanted to we could have ordered from a varied lunch menu including fresh juices. The only slight downside was the evening meal menu. The choice was not as good as the rest of the hotel deserved - and as the hotel calls itself a Spa Hotel it really could have done with some great, interesting salads and 'good for you' choices.
During the mornings we drove out and did a bit of sight-seeing. The weather was beautiful - blue skies but freezing cold - and we drove around the south of the island along the coast road visiting Freshwater Bay with the famous Isle of Wight Pearl shop.
We can't wait to go again and are already keeping watch on Travel Zoo for the next great offers for this hotel.
Don't take any notice of bad reviews - we had the best time and a great new year break
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deserve some pampering? the friendly Melville Hall Hotel & Utopia Spa is the number one choice for a relaxing holiday with lovely bedroom suites, free breakfast, excellent restaurant, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, free car park, and all just a few minutes walk from Sandown beach and High Street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Melville Hall Sandown
- Hotel Melville Hall
- Melville Hall Hotel Sandown, Isle Of Wight