Spa breaks are my favourite type of break. Whether it’s for the day or the whole weekend, I always come away feeling like a different person. Sure, I’ve only visited a few in my time, but I honestly don’t think things could get any better than Sussex’s Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa. My boyfriend and I stayed for a night in celebration of my birthday last month, and it was truly amazing. Here’s everything you need to know…
We stayed in one of the Deluxe Rooms named ‘Laburnam’ (yes, they’re all named after types of woodland), complete with classic interiors, h-u-g-e sash window, dark wood furniture and green furnishings. The bed was honestly the comfiest I have ever slept in – if you like plenty of soft pillows like myself, this is basically heaven – while the bathroom was equally luxurious. I’m talking freestanding bath, rain shower, his and hers sinks – the lot. I’m not usually one to spend a lot of time in the hotel room when I go away, but this time my boyfriend and I spent almost the entire stay in there (we can thank the night before’s champagne for that), and I can confirm it was just as enjoyable.
We ended up having room service rather than eating in the restaurant, and it was utterly faultless. Our order came within roughly half an hour – a starter and main each – and while we’d usually expect room service to be less impressive than if we’d eaten à la carte, we can’t imagine it would’ve been any better in the restaurant. We ended up ordering three times, and they even altered the menu so that I could have porridge at 10pm (I have pretty strange eating habits, but more of that later). In other words, nothing was too much.
A-mazing. We actually ate at 5* restaurant Clos Maggiore in Covent Garden the night before our stay, but I honestly believe the food at Alexander House Hotel was better. For starter, I had grilled vegetables with pine nuts and basil oil, followed by sea bass with a butternut squash purée, potato fondant and broccoli for main. And yes, this was delivered to our room. As for breakfast, you can choose from a continental buffet including fresh fruits, nuts, granola and pastries, or a menu offering full English breakfasts, omelettes and fresh juices.
Set in Sussex, the spa features Grecian inspired interiors, complete with indoor hydrotherapy pools, outdoor hot tub, zen gardens and chill rooms. I didn’t actually get round to trying it out, but the hotel also plays host to a fully equipped gym.
We booked our stay via Secret Escapes, costing £315 for the both of us on a Saturday night including breakfast, dinner and full use of facilities.
What do you think? Will you be paying a visit?