I put on my swimming costume, complimentary bath robe & slippers and padded down to the spa for my scheduled massage and facial. I was led down a candlelit corridor to the Relaxation Room which contains the rather blissful combination of comfy chairs, magazines and soothing music. I was almost a little disappointed when I was told it was time to enter the treatment room!
To be honest I can’t tell you too much about the massage as I had soon zoned out. All I know is that there was a comfy bed, some heavenly scented oils and a rather talented masseuse. I’m pretty sure I nodded off a couple of times and I was so relaxed that I struggled to move when I was asked to turn over for my facial.
Once the lovely staff had finished with me and I’d managed to drag myself from the cosy comfort of the treatment room, I decided to head for a swim. If you have kids you’ll know that very little swimming actually gets done when you take the little folk to the pool so I was looking forward to the prospect of getting some laps in. Turns out that was a little ambitious and after a measly 3 lengths I was ready for a rest in the jacuzzi. There is also an outdoor hot tub but I was a little put off by both the January weather and the canoodling couple that had taken up residence in it. Three’s a crowd and all that! I did, however, make good use of the sauna & steam room before heading back to my room to shower & dress for the evening meal.
If you read about our 24 hours in Glasgow’s West End then you’ll know all about my love of a good shower. No piddly drippiness for me thank you, I want full-on rainstorm! Thankfully that’s what I got at the Loch Fyne Hotel but unfortunately the shower curtain wasn’t very well equipped to deal with it and I struggled to stop water getting on the floor.
It was obviously an ongoing problem as the wooden bath panel looked to be water stained and slightly mouldy. That said, and despite the fact there had been a pair of goggles left on the bedside table from the previous residents, the rest of the room appeared to be clean. The only other issue I had was that one of window catches was broken. Like the bath panel, the old wooden windows could certainly do with replacing.
As part of my spa package I was booked into the restaurant for a six course taster meal. I am a self-confessed food snob but had heard good things about the food at Loch Fyne Hotel so was excited to see if it would live up to the hype!
I needn’t have worried. Despite the fact the menu was a bit vague, I thoroughly enjoyed each of the 6 courses I chose. There was an amuse bouche of caponata followed by duck terrine served on brioche with candied pecans, celeriac remoulade & pear chutney. I then enjoyed a taster of artichoke velouté before the main course arrived. The loin of venison was perfectly cooked as was the veg (I can’t stand overcooked veg!) and the dauphinoise potatoes were to die for.
Now, at this point the buttons on my dress were starting to groan but in the interest of research I ploughed on. Selfless of me, I know. Next up was a lovely green apple mousse with winter berry sorbet & toasted oats followed by the 6th and final course, a little plate of cheese & biscuits. Phew! All that was left to do was to toddle back to my room, put on my PJs, make a hot chocolate camomile tea and settle in for a peaceful evening of blogging. Hurrah!
I had planned to get loads done that evening but in reality I whiled away a good hour on social media and then watched Endeavor on the telly! Ah well. It turned out that I didn’t sleep very well that night but it was nothing to do with the bed which was super comfy. I always have a restless night if I’ve eaten sugary food during the evening so I was kind of expecting it. Bloody annoying, though!
The next morning I chucked some clothes on and made my way back down to The Clansman Restaurant for breakfast. There was quite a spread but unfortunately my phone decided to start playing up so I didn’t get any photos of the generous buffet. There was lots of choice with tables full of juices, fruit, yogurts, cereals, pastries, cheese, plus a leg of ham just waiting for you to carve a slice or two.
I was still pretty full from the previous evening so I’m afraid I couldn’t do it justice and just got myself a glass of water and some fruit before ordering Eggs Florentine from the cooked menu. It was delicious and the eggs were perfectly cooked. Hard yolks are another no-no for me!
Do you ever book yourself a day off to unwind? I can highly recommend it! Check out my 5 tips for self care for some more ideas.