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BANNATYNE - KINGSFORD PARK - 7/10

BANNATYNE - KINGSFORD PARK - 7/10

Based in Colchester - Kingsford Park Health Club is situated within a magnificent Georgian building. 

I booked a spa day with my Mum for mothers day for £149 (£74.50 each). Including x2 treatments each. (one treatment for 30 mins, one for 25 mins) There was not an option to combine the time into 1 treatment. 

Free parking is available on site and the grounds are quite pretty as you drive up. There was outside seating around the back of the House, but the weather did not permit us to use this space. 

On entering the House, the reception seemed very basic and just looked like a gym reception. Staff were very friendly and informed us we had to pay £8 for our spa bag, which included a towel, robe and flip flops. This wasn't refundable, but you get to keep your flip flops. 

To the left was a little casual cafe area where you could grab a coffee or small snack. There is a large cafe on site, again this is cafe was quite relaxed with people dining in their robes. It was like a conservatory extension which was quite nice as you got to see out to the grounds whilst brunching or lunching :)

The Pool itself was stunning, with a wooden ceiling, beams and large open windows again onto the grounds. The Pool area is a modern twist on the country feel. It has a sauna, steam room and a lovely hydro pool and behind a small Jacuzzi. My only critique is that the Jacuzzi needed to be bigger but the hydro pool is big enough to use instead. 

There was not enough loungers for everyone who was using the spa, so some people had to use chairs. However the pool facilities were one of the best i have seen from the Bannatyne collection. 

Food was not included in this package. We had a 2 course lunch which was standard, nothing too special about the food and no cocktails to offer just wine or bubbly. Wait times were a little long but the cafe was full for lunch service. There was an option to add afternoon tea if you wanted, which did look quite nice. 

I had a 30 minute Elemis Facial, this was super relaxing and the lady was very mindful of my sensitive skin. My mum also had the same treatment and was also very pleased. Later on in the day we had a 25 min back, neck and shoulder massage. We both agreed that the facial was much better. When waiting for your treatment it was very busy and did make you feel like you were on a bit of line up. However you get what you pay for and obviously they cram as many in as they can on the deals. 

There was a choice of two relaxation rooms to use after your treatments. The hot stone beds were fabulous, I spent a lot time here relaxing but was always busy and some people like to chatter which did get annoying in a quiet room. There was also some water beds if you fancied a little nap, these seemed to be in use all the time so didn't get to them.

Overall i did really enjoy myself and did get a chance to relax and i really enjoyed the pool area, swimming up to large window over looking the green adds a unique feel. I would return, but probably a week day or evening package so it is not so busy next time. 

Treatment: 8/10

Facilities: 7/10 

Food: 6/10

Customer Service: 7/10 

Overall Experience: 7/10

Address: Kingsford Pk, Layer Rd, Colchester CO2 0HS