I was invited to review HarSpa through Bristol Bloggers and Influencers. I have not been paid to write this post.
There’s lots to love about the winter. Sparkling frost, cosy jumpers and mulled cider top my list, but I have to admit that the cold does get me down. I feel like I’m cold to my bones and like I never really warm up. Today, I’m gladly sharing my solution with you; a spa day (even an hour will do!). There’s nothing quite like a spell in a hot tub, nipping to the steam room and then back in the hot tub, to make you feel warmed to your core.
This month, I’ve had the pleasure of trying out HarSpa at Bristol Harbour Hotel. I’ve visited the hotel a few times since it opened, and I’ve loved seeing the renovations first hand. I first visited the spa when it was still a building site, and we tiptoed round by the light of our phones! The spa has been finished to the same luxurious standard as the rest of the hotel and is an oasis of calm and warmth in a bustling December Bristol.
My husband and I visited on a Wednesday afternoon. The spa was really quiet and we had the place to ourselves a lot of the time, which was really nice. We spent a lot of time in the hot tub, and also in the steam room and sauna, which were beautifully scented. There’s a few cosy relaxation spaces, and a pool with jets so that despite it being a small pool, you can still have a good swim. There’s also a small but perfectly formed gym, and lovely changing rooms. If you come for a spa day, you won’t need to bring much with you; there’s shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the showers, and robes, slippers and towels are provided. There’s also hairdryers and straighteners available. One thing that’s put me off about city centre spas before is the need to lug around a giant bag full of all your stuff; but for a visit to HarSpa, all you’d need is your cossie and some body lotion. Perfect!
The next bit I’m going to write will definitely mark me out as a bit of a fuss-pot, but if you’re anything like me, I know you’ll want to know this… it’s so clean! There’s not one spot of grubby sealant, dusty locker interiors or any cracked tiles; it always feels a bit grim when you spot something that’s not quite up to scratch particularly when you’re walking around in bare feet but I can report that HarSpa met all my expectations on this front; hooray!!
I really feel like the customer has been considered with HarSpa, and one other area that this is really noticeable is in their membership options. I’ve ummed and ahhed about memberships to gyms and spas in the past, but I have a really busy schedule and I worry that in busy months it would be a waste of money. HarSpa to the rescue! As well as all the usual options, they have two that would work brilliantly for me; the one-month membership (hello summer holidays!) and the ten ‘any time’ passes. I think both would be perfect gifts, too (hi Santa, if you’re reading!).
You might have noticed that I loved this spa. From start to finish it was a lovely experience. When we popped in for our bloggers evening, I had a short hair-mask treatment which was so blissful I nearly fell asleep – I’d love to pop back and have a massage. I can also recommend that the food upstairs is really great – I’ve only had (excellent) canapes so far, but on several occasions throughout the year, and they’ve always been seasonal and different and always delicious.
In short, Bristol Harbour Hotel, I love you; can I move in, please?
Thanks to Bristol Harbour Hotel for having us, and to Heather Cowper for organising, and for letting me use your photos (my camera steamed up!!)