Last week saw me crawling into bed in an exhausted heap.. I’d been racing all around the place – press shows, meetings.. and topped off with flying from Portobello to Palma and back in a day, I was ready to flop… so my weekend jaunt to The Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel and Spa could not have come at a better time.
The Runnymede is a 4 star hotel in Egham, Surrey, nestling on the banks of the River Thames.. We jumped on the train at Waterloo on Saturday morning, were in Egham 45 minutes later and the 5 minute (£6) taxi took us straight to the door.
We were whisked straight up to our room and as the door closed behind us, I felt the zoom and whoosh of last week finally leave me and my brain and body started to relax. We unpacked, donned the gorgeously soft robes found hanging in the bathroom and padded down to the spa. No messing around for us. Not when there is a hot tub waiting for me.
I was all booked in for an Espa aromatic full body massage in the spa on Sunday morning, (WHICH WAS UTTERLY HEAVENLY) so Saturday was a day of swimming, reading, lounging, drinking (water…) and we spent the afternoon dipping in and out of the hot tub, pool, sauna and steam room…and repeat… a little like being on a circuit course. But SO much nicer.
We were so relaxed, I dropped off for a bit. I think I snored. But I didn’t dribble. (Points.) When we felt a little peckish, we popped out (IN OUR ROBES) to The Garden Room, where we sank into the sofas, drank oodles of hot chocolate, chomped on fresh fruit and ordered tuna melted toasties. (We were not on a health drive.) (Anyway, we had fruit.) (Whatever.)
Then it was straight back to lounge on our loungers by the pool… heaven. The spa at Runnnymede-on-Thames is fully equipped with an 18m indoor pool, a sauna, (plus a sauna, a massage chair and plunge pool in each of the changing rooms) a eucalyptus steam room and a whirlpool bath. There is also a studio for dance/yoga/pilates etc classes and a gym as well as all the wonderful treatments available… I nipped out for a bit of a wander and also discovered their enormous outdoor pool and tennis courts..
After our lovely lazy day, we headed upstairs to our room, showered, changed and headed down to the Leftbank Restaurant, where we enjoyed the most fantastic buffet dinner. Buffets, as you know, can be very hit and miss… but this was the buffet to end all buffets. You name it, they (probably) had it. And it was all delicious. I think I had 6 courses. I think LM had 27.
Breakfast was a similar affair, except with LOTS of sausages, eggs and bacon… I just cannot resist an English breakfast… but I also couldn’t resist the honey, which I knew had been made by the Runnymede bees themselves…
After my wonderful massage, (again, I may have fallen asleep what with the gorgeous aromas, dim lights, heated bed and music…oh and amazing massage) I met LM poolside. We read. We chatted. We swam. We plotted to never leave. But then we had to. Our delicious spa weekend had come to an end and there was nothing we could do about it. We jumped into a taxi, whizzed down the road to Egham station and were back at London Waterloo before we knew what had happened. Oh, but it was dreamy. *Sigh* The Runnymede-on-Thames Windsor Road Egham, Surrey TW20 0AG Poppy and LM were guests of The Runnymede