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Visited Apr 2013

Booked direct with the spa as the Wahanda vouchers were sold out. We had a 'Fabulous Friday' offer - lunch, 2 course dinner & breakfast, 2 treatments and overnight stay in an apartment was £129 each.

The entire experience was brilliant - very slick and professionally run - you are given a timetable of your activity times e.g. 1:30pm lunch, 3:30pm treatments, 8:30pm dinner - so this means there are no queuing for the buffet! It also meant that although the reception was packed at checking in time, at no point did the spa feel overcrowded.

The heat and ice experience have a number of saunas, steam room, ice room and plunge pool (just do it!) and the relaxation room is brilliant - there is a sunken circle area that you go down steps and it is filled with giant bean bags and fluffy blankets!

The back massage and scalp massage were fantastic and my friends also loved their treatments. The food is plentiful but really healthy but there was also cake to be ordered!

The apartment - wow - really plush and has a fully fitted kitchen and also a balcony. Breakfast is a lovely basket full of food with fresh milk and orange juice in the fridge. The following morning we had an early swim and leisurely went back for breakfast.

Overall - fantastic break and really really can't wait to go back.

Me and two friends went for a spa day - £16.75 each for the 'Dip & Dine' - great value.

Overall the spa was lovely but there could have been some minor things that would have made it fab. We waited around in the reception for 10 - 15 minutes before anyone arrived, eventually ringing the main reception ourselves. Later on a cleaner was sat on reception and was very helpful when we had problems with keys missing from the lockers.

The facilities are great for a hotel - the grounds and the lake are lovely. However the pool was freezing and both the indoor and outdoor hot tubs were luke warm which was a shame. I hope this was a one off!

I can't comment on the treatments as we didn't have any in the end. However the food was brilliant - being restricted to a set menu was no disadvantage.

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Me and two friends booked a hotel and spa stay with the Mecure and we thoroughly enjoyed the entire stay. My friend saw a Whanda deal for £85 each inclusive of hotel stay, 3 course dinner, spa treatment and use of the spa. As that was based on 2 sharing she contacted the hotel direct and they matched the deal for 3 of us.

The hotel was ideal location wise - 5 minutes walk from the train station which was perfect as we were all arriving from different parts of the UK. It is really modern looking and runs alongside the winter gardens with a glass wall. Our room was grogeous, really clean and modern and we really enjoyed relaxing the room.

We were really pleased that we could have all of our treatments at the same time due to the number of therapists - the spa itself is below ground and was bigger than we expected. I always take hotel 'spas' with a pinch of salt as they can be misleading but we were pleasantly surprised with the size of the pool and there was a sauna, steam room, ice room and aromatherapy room. The massage was lovely although the room was fairly cold. Behind the treatments reception desk there is a small relaxation room and refreshments room.

Our 3 course dinner was fantastic as well - I was dubious as to how nice our set menu would be but it was really really nice, as was the breakfast. The staff on reception were also very helpful during our stay; we rang down to reception from our room and asked if there was any possibility we could have three champayne flutes and an ice bucket and it arrived almost instantly!

Would really recommend as an overall stay and a great girls weekend all round.

I have been twice now - firstly November 2010 and second time May 2012. Both times were fantastic - it is the best spa I've ever been too and it's just luxury. In November I went for a hen day - we had a treatment, afternoon and full use of the facilities. The manicure was fantastic and I was given a full bottle of Jessica nail varnish afterwards for 'touch ups'. The afternoon tea was also gorgeous - I think overall we all paid £75.

I went again in May 2012 on a £55 Whanda deal - use of facilities plus a light lunch. The lunch was lovely (not many vegetarian options though) - it was very delicate and 'light' (although we were a bit hungry after!!).

On both times we've enjoyed relaxing in the outdoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs and the inside rooms. I loved relaxing on the big comfy sofas, reading magazines and drinking tea in big fluffy dressing gowns.

I wouldn't hesitate to go ahead - I just wish I could afford to stay!!


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