Saturday, 9 May 2015

Radisson Blu Edwardian - Manchester

Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester Afternoon Tea and Sienna Spa
You know those days where you think you’re possibly the luckiest girl on Earth as you get spoilt rotten and treated like a princess? Today, I visited the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel in Manchester and it was just that.

The lovely Jessica from Forever Miss Vanity was given the chance to review the Sienna Spa and a light lunch at the hotel and lucky me was invited as her plus one to try out the facilities with her and be pampered too.

(In terms of disclaimers, I was invited to keep her company so I’m not obliged to write a review myself but this place needs shouting about from every rooftop you can find as it’s THAT amazing).

Before we went, Jessica had been told that she would be having a treatment then we’d both be able to use the facilities and have a light lunch. It was so much more than that!




We arrived, were welcomed into the spa and found that both of us had treatments booked which was a lovely surprise for me! I had a full hour facial and Jessica had an express back, neck and shoulder massage followed by an express facial. I was offered the same treatments but as I’m the most ticklish person on Earth, I opted for the facial instead.








The spa itself is a stunning setting – a totally separate experience from feeling like you’re in a hotel. The treatment room was spacious and smelt heavenly! I could have easily fallen asleep on the heated bed as the therapist used a whole host of lovely ESPA products that were suited to my dry skin. I was really impressed with both the consultation and recommendations she gave me – you know when someone knows exactly what they’re talking about? I was cleansed, oiled, massaged, scrubbed, face-masked, hot toweled and left feeling so relaxed and like my shoulders had dropped three inches.




After my facial, I met Jessica in a lovely relaxing room with lots of beds to sit back and relax on before we hit the pool for a quick swim before lunch. We chilled for a bit and discussed our treatments then changed to go up to Opus One, the restaurant in the hotel, for lunch.




To say we were treated like royalty would be an understatement! Having expected a light lunch, we were surprised to be treated to either afternoon tea or their lunchtime menu. We both ordered afternoon tea and they were so accommodating to our dietary requirements (gluten free and vegetarian). Not long after we sat down, we were surprised by a glass of champagne each which made the whole day feel ever more indulgent!




Our afternoon teas arrived and we had a selection of sandwiches, home-baked scones and cakes. The quality was on another level to any gluten free food that I’ve had before. I had 4 half sandwiches, all in different flavours, scones that tasted just like ‘normal’ scones (with clotted cream and a little pot of jam) and the cakes were all dee-lish! It was all beautifully presented and it was all to die for.






Anyone who’s familiar with gluten free bread knows that it’s usually more of a miss than a hit but the sandwiches I had tasted divine.




We both ordered a green tea and it was flowering tea which was most exciting thing EVER and I’m 100% ordering myself some from the internet as what’s more exciting than drinking tea with a flower in it?! It was light and fragrant, just what we needed after so much food.




Following all of this, the treats didn’t stop as we were surprised again, this time with one of their signature cocktails – the Hallé Berry, which was full of raspberry goodness. It really was heaven in a glass!




We went back to the spa after our tea as, why not? We headed straight to the steam room (which was pretty sizable and the perfect level of hot steaminess) where I’m pretty sure some poor bloke left after getting sick of hearing our giggling, and then for another swim. We did try going into the sauna but I’m a bit (a lot) pathetic with dry heat and I walked in and straight out again but if you like that kind of thing, it seemed fabulous. All of the facilities were perfectly clean and seemed very shiny-new too.




To get to the changing rooms, we had to wander through the gym (from reception to the changing rooms, not from the pool, obvs, as that would be soggy) and there was a lot of equipment – way more than you’d expect for a gym in a hotel. There was cardio equipment, a decent selection of free weights and a lot of resistance machines. I was *almost* a bit disappointed that I hadn’t brought my gym kit for a workout but hey, when it’s between a steam room and a circuit, I know where I am!

All in all, it was an absolutely uh-mazing day and anyone who’s looking for a treat day out in Manchester needs to get themselves there. And if you’re not in Manchester, go there. And if you’re not looking for a treat day, start looking and then go there. It’s SO WORTH IT.


I feel ridiculously lucky to have been invited as Jessica’s plus one to visit the Radisson Blu Edwardian and Sienna Spa, so BIG LOVES to her for taking me with her! 



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