Forestmere is like a production line lots of queuing from treatments to meals, al classes and meals have to be rebooked which added to the production line experience, you do not expect this from a spa when you are there to relax.
I had telephone queries and was irritated to be told I was in a queue costing 7p a minute, I never did get through.
People walked into the yoga studios wearing outdoor shoes, even walking all over the mats.
The food was good, although there was extra cost for a lot of things on the menu, main resteraunt lacked atmosphere, Mere restaurant was lovely.
Classes were good, talks excellent, massage weak with no aromatherapy oils, facial excellent - no relaxation room, just turfed out when you wanted to chill for a while.
You had a feeling that all the staff were junior, management was not apparent
Wonderful relaxing weekend. Loved spending the day choosing what facilities I would use next to relax in!
Lunch and breakfast are very filling and the dinner is very light.
I had a massage but would recommended requesting an experienced therapist as there are a lot of new trainees who may not be quite as good as the older serving therapists.
Wonderful day with fabulous treatments. Water in pools a little cold but it has a lovely calm environment with friendly, helpful staff.
A perfect spa day.
It's a lovely place and they have done some great improvements since our visit last year. I loved the Tropical Storm experience! Lunch was great.
It was just too busy. We arrived at 10 am and had to drive round car parks A, B, C and D before finding a space in car park E.
The class we wanted to do was fully booked. There were not enough
Mitts for everyone who wanted to do the aqua mitt class and not enough Dumbbells for the aqua fit class. All the beds had been taken..... Some just claimed by towels despite signs requesting that not to happen. There were queues for showers at the end of the day. Some ladies were using the 2 loos as changing rooms, which meant quite a wait for those needing relief.
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My friend and I love a good spa experience, and we were expecting great things from Champneys. However, we were a bit disappointed. When we arrived, we weren't offered welcome drinks, or even shown where to go. We spent most of the morning feeling cold. The loud music accompanying the aqua aerobics totally spoilt the 'relaxed' atmosphere. The salad buffet for lunch offered a good selection, but the tables were so close together, we felt like we had to whisper to each other. We warmed up a bit in the afternoon, and mid-afternoon we had coffee and cake in the Orangery, which was very pleasant. An almost enjoyable experience, but not good value for money.