Park Farm Country Hotel & Leisure| Hethersett, Norwich

We booked to stay at Park Farm for my partners birthday after receiving some vouchers for Christmas. I looked online and decided to book there “Spring Break” deal which included; glass of prosecco on arrival, spring themed flower arrangement, three course gourmet dinner in The Seasons restaurant, stylish bedroom, full use of indoor spa/leisure facilities and breakfast. It was my partners birthday so we paid a little bit extra and upgrade to the Cedar Suite.

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When I arrived at the hotel I didn’t really know expect in all honesty. We were greeted by a polite lady on reception who took our payment details whilst confirming we had been upgraded again to one of the new luxury lodges- The Aspen. We weren’t offered a glass of prosecco on arrival but the upgrade sure made up for it! The lodges have only been available since last Autumn, oh my gosh there amazing- perfect for any special occasion, family break or girly weekend away. Both The Aspen and The Birch are detached, set to the side of the hotel offering fantastic field and woodland views.

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We were escorted to our lodge, I was lost for words… We walked into the kitchen/lounge area which had the comfiest L shaped sofa, large flat screen TV on the wall and the most beautiful decor. The  The en-suite bathroom was just a lovely boasting a four piece suite comprising; spa bath (which nearly lead to me flooding the place!) and a walk-in shower. The lodge are of a Scandinavian them, decorated in subtle tones accompanied by fabulous lighting and lots of different textures. The interior was designed and installed by Swank Interiors who are an award-wining interior design practice based in Norwich but provide a bespoke interior service to clients across Norfolk, Suffolk and the UK.

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After dragging ourselves off the sofa we decided to head to the pool/leisure facilities. We both decided to give the gym a swerve, I mean after all we wanted a relaxing break away. I spent majority of the time in the hydrotherapy bath whilst my partner thought he would get a few lengths in- by a few I mean two! We spent the rest of the time in the sauna, steam room and just chilling out by pool- I have to say Park Farm’s pool side facilities were fantastic they offer the perfect place train or unwind.

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After a lovely afternoon of relaxing we headed down the bar area where we ordered a drink and viewed the dinner menus. We were advised we could order in the bar before being seated in the restaurant- I thought this was a brilliant idea. It meant there wasn’t massive delays between each course. The bar area had a great atmosphere, it felt warm and cosy. Once the restaurant was open we were showed to our table and our starters were served in the matter on minutes. I ordered smoked chicken and ham hock with plum and apple chutney served with crisp onion bread whilst my partner opted for salted duck on a plum sauce topped with roasted plum and parma ham. They both came perfectly presented not on leaf out of place, and yes mine definitely tasted as good as it looks. It was then time for the main course, Matthew ordered pan fried chicken breast stuffed with oyster mushroom and leek mousse on red wine and pancetta with chateau potatoes whereas I went for grilled cod fillet on haricot beans and cabbage fricassee with creamed potato- I was trying to be as healthy as I possibly could so I didn’t feel as bad looking at the dessert menu! If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know I love a dessert and I have a thing for anything lemon… So when I saw limoncello cheesecake on the menu I didn’t need asking twice! I think my partner was slightly jealous after trying a little bit of mine but having to return to his chocolate and salted caramel opera cake. After feeling super full we headed back to our room watched a bit of TV in bed and had the best night sleep in our super king size bed- it was so bloody lovely.

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Before I knew it, it was morning, time to head back to the restaurant for breakfast. I was still full from the night before so just went for a boring bowl of bran flakes with a peppermint tea (in the hope it would sort my bloated stomach out). My partner on the other hand was in his element because it was there was an array of cooked and continental breakfast options mainly on a help yourself basis- I’ll let you imagine what his plate looked like, lets just say it was very Instagramable!

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Once breakfast was over we headed back to the room to pack and then went to reception to check out. I will definitely be returning to Park Farm the rooms are stylish and contemporary, the pool is the ideal place to relax and unwind. I didn’t make use of the spa facilities on our stay so that’s something I would love to book in during our next visit.

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TUI SENSATORI Resort Ibiza | Review

Ok, so if you know me you’ll know I love a good luxury holiday. When I go on holiday I like to 100% relax so I knew that it had to be a TUI sensatori holiday because they offer fabulous luxury holidays set in five star surroundings. I booked the package holiday online via the TUI website to include flights (Easy Jet) and hotel which was 5* all inclusive. At the time of booking they were running a promotion offering £50 off holidays departing before 31st August 2018- my initial thoughts were an extra £50 saving means another new bikini!

I’m so glad we decided on the Ibiza resort, the hotel itself has a very stylish and contemporary feel. We booked an adults only double room which was lovely. When we arrived it was around 1:00am local time so it was dark outside I remember opening the balcony door and being so excited I could hear the sea- I didn’t realise how close we would be. Our room was equipped with all the usual i.e. iron , ironing board, flat-screen TV, fridge, safe. They had made us a platter of food and left a bottle of red wine which I thought was such a thoughtful touch, even though I didn’t drink it because I don’t like red wine!

Location wise, it overlooks the beach and because of its hillside location it offers some of the best sunset views. The best sunset views can been seen from the sunset bar where we relaxed most evenings with a cocktail or two whilst enjoying music from the in house DJ! However in addition to this there is also The Show Lounge and The Boardwalk where most of the evening entertainment happens. One evening we watched the fantastic Lloyd Wade perform, he is an incredible soul singer who knows how to work a crowd- he had all the audience joining in, even me- cringe!

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The dining facilities were out of this world- hence why I returned 6lb heavier! The resort has six restaurants;

All Inclusive Restaurants

  • Es Vedra & S’eparta- This is the main restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s set over two floors so can either dine upstairs or downstairs both have separate family and adult only dining areas. The food here is fabulous and everyday there is a different theme meaning you don’t get bored of eating the same food. The waiters and chef’s were all so friendly, not once did we have to wait more than a couple of minutes for a drink top up.

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  • Sunset Mediterranean restaurant- This is one of the restaurants we didn’t get to try only because we had such a tight schedule. I was a little disappointed as I love Spanish cuisine especially paella!
  • Trattoria La Torre Italian restaurant- Here they specialise in classic Italian cuisine including pizza, pasta and risotto- literally carb heaven! Unfortunately this was the other restaurant we failed to dine at however I’m slightly please as that 6lb may have been 8lb!
  • The Retreat- This restaurant is a five-minute walk from the heart of the resort, you will find a Pan-America eatery open for buffet lunch and a la carte dining by night. We only had lunch here once just because we stayed at the main resort most days, I would say the ‘The Retreat’ generally is aimed at families as the restaurant is located next to the splash park/waterpark.

Payable Restaurants

  • Le Souk restaurant (Supplement of €25 per adult and €12.50 per child 2-12 years)- Oh wow! So this had to be my absolute favourite place to dine, it’s definitely worth the additional supplement fee. We enjoyed a range dishes from Asia and North Africa all courses were so yummy, we both left feeling rather bloated.
  • T-Beach restaurant- Supplement of €40per adult and €20per child 2-12 years- This restaurant is beautifully located on the beach, so the perfect setting for either lunch or dinner. We ate lunch here a couple of afternoons. At lunchtime they offer a set menu but again with something for everyone, my favourite was the cheese & tuna pitta with a side of chips and salad! (there is no supplement for lunchtime dining). Unfortunately we didn’t have time to have dinner here but I hear its pretty amazing! They serve sushi or you can cook you own steaks and seafood on a hot volcanic stone.

All restaurants required booking for dinner apart from Es Vedra & S’eparta, you could book up to two days in advance which worked well, the only downside to the booking system is you couldn’t book on the same day- if your like me I can be very indecisive so same day booking would have been ideal! Oh and boys make sure you pack long trousers or tailored shorts for dinner time. In regards to drinks there are lots of different bars around the hotel and just a little heads up- the staff are in no way stingy when it comes to pouring.

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The hotel offers six pools; main pool, adults only pool, outdoor pool (located at The Retreat), children’s splash pool, outdoor activity pool and spa pool. We spent most of our time at the adults only pool because we don’t have children, it was super close to the beach and I loved the in-water sun loungers. On the last day I left my partner by the pool whilst I went off for a pamper session at the spa. Within our welcome pack we were given a spa welcome voucher offering 20% off but because I’m so forgetful I forgot to use ours and ended up paying full price- but the back, neck and shoulder massage was worth it so I didn’t mind. The spa itself is beautiful, very modern and sleek. As well as the pool they also offer a thermal zone, sensation showers and ice fountain perfect for a day of relaxing and revitalising.

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Overall the holiday was superb! I think personally the thing that impressed me the most was the service received at the hotel- it was second to none. On arrival our luggage was taken to our room for us by reception. The maids cleaned our room roughly everyday, changed our towels and topped up our water in the fridge without request. On the second to last night we were called and offered room upgrade to a swim up room but we didn’t take them up on the offer because we only had the one night left and in all honestly I had stuff everywhere so couldn’t be bothered packing to unpack again. I would definitely recommend this hotel if your looking for the perfect holiday, with great views, entertainment and facilities.

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PamperedwithChana gets pampered at The Pigs

The Pigs, Edgefield

My partner and I booked The Pigs as we wanted to make our first-year anniversary something to remember- and oh boy they didn’t disappoint! I suggested The Pigs as I have only ever heard positive things regarding there luxury accommodation, food and general service- so it was a no brainer! I would describe the it as rustic country style hotel with a modern-day twist, there luxury rooms make the experience so unique. Our whole experience was faultless…

Arrival

We were greeted by a lovely receptionist who checked us in early- I mean already fantastic service! What hotel do you know lets you check into your room early? The lady then kindly gave us a quick tour, so we knew where to find everything including the honesty bar. This is where you could go and help yourself to cookies, marshmallows, sweets and other bits and pieces completely free of charge. The only exception was drinks in the fridge you were required to put your money in the little glass pot- hence the name ‘the honesty bar’.

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Rooms

You know the minute you walk into The Pigs that your experience is going to be pure bliss, but the rooms are something out of this world! They offer a range of luxury rooms depending on your requirements. We booked a Spa Suite room which is currently the best they have to offer, and it was worth every penny! You walk into the bedroom/living area which has the biggest bed I’ve ever seen dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, duck down pillows and duvet- I had the best night sleep ever. Positioned to the other side of room is a sofa, table and chairs and a flat screen television (with sky- obviously my partner had to watch the football). Then you have the bathroom area, oh my gosh, we had our own sauna, steam room, walk-in drench shower, dual bath and his and her sinks. The bathroom was marbled tiled throughout with underfloor heating and had an epic audio system which allowed me to chill in the bath listening to a bit of acoustic. Finally, you were provided with your own private outside courtyard with a firepit (I lit the fire all by myself may I add). Obviously, the room had all other standard luxuries i.e. air conditioning, luxury cosmetics, tea and coffee making facilities.

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Half Day Spa

We thought we would go the ‘full hog’ and book the PIGSPA half-day spa whilst we visited- it was fabulous! As we had stayed at The Pigs the night before we checked out of our room about 11 O’clock and headed straight to the spa to meet our therapist for a consultation and a glass of bubbly or two. We were then given exclusive access to the Spa Garden for 2 hours, which was complete with a hot tub, sun loungers, changing/bathroom and private courtyard garden. Whilst we were enjoying the hot tub experience one by one we went for our 30-minute treatment. My partner and I both opted for back massages- it was so relaxing I fell asleep! The therapist used Neal’s Yard Remedies which I had never tried before but it was wonderful.

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Food/Drink

So, they have two sections where you can dine either the restaurant area or the snug area (adults only section) or you can simply opt for room service. As we were lucky enough to experience breakfast, lunch and dinner we tried all three options; breakfast was room service, lunch was in the restaurant and dinner was in the snug.

The food itself was amazing, if you know me you’ll know I’ve got a sweet tooth, so my favourite course is always the dessert. My favourite dessert had to be the ‘popcorn & peanut butter crunch sundae’ it was incredible, I mean the best dessert I’ve had in a long, long time.

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I honestly didn’t want to leave! The whole experience from start to finished was sensational, I will be sure to visit The Pig again. I’m so excited for there new room ‘The Wallow’ to be ready as of June 2018. The room is going to offer a sauna, stream room, in-room dining and an exclusive hot tub deck set in a secluded garden, I’m defiantly going back to stay in this room.

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