Review :: A Girls’ Day Out at the Macdonald Spa

You know how it is, you make plans with friends and promise that you’ll see each other soon, but those plans never materialize. Before you know it, months have passed. That’s how it had been for Jenna and I. For each other’s birthday, we had promised to treat ourselves to a day at the spa. A day where we could relax and have a good old catch up. So this half term, we decided to visit the spa at the Macdonald Kilhey Court Hotel, in Wigan. 

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We’d purchased the Time Together Valentine Spa Day for a total price of £109. Although more expensive than their competitors, we felt that the deal offered good value for money. Included was an Elemis 60-minute deep tissue massage, lunch and a glass of champagne,and full use of the facilities. At £54.50 each, it sounded perfect. 

Arriving just before 11am, we were welcomed by a long wait at reception. Five minutes later, their receptionist arrived looking flustered but welcomed us pleasantly. We later discovered that their staff are so busy accommodating their customers, that a short wait is sometimes inevitable. However, we could not complain as our every need was fulfilled. We were pleased to see that we could help ourselves to tea, coffee and water whilst we filled in our details. Whilst we contemplated our skin type and meal preferences, we were given robes and slippers. A short tour of the facilities later, we had slipped into our costumes and robes and sat relaxing in the Jacuzzi whilst we awaited our treatments. 

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At 12.30pm prompt, Katie escorted us to our treatment rooms. Pleasingly, she gave us the option of choosing a 30-minute deep tissue massage with a 30-minute facial, or using the full hour for the full-body deep tissue massage. As my back was still sore from a weekend in London, I chose to have the back, neck and shoulders massage with the facial. Maybe it’s just me, but my mum has instilled the importance of looking after your skin in me. I was so glad that I chose that option. Using Elemis products, Katie left my face feeling as soft as a baby’s bum. For hours afterwards, I could still feel the products effects. I really valued having the choice and the expert advice I was given during the facial was invaluable. 


I wasn’t alone. Jenna left her treatment glowing. It was clear that she’d also chose the same treatments as me. We sat in the relaxation room afterward, lusting after the Elemis products which had made our skin feel almost teenage again. High on our list was the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Scrub, closely followed by the Elemis Daily Moisturiser. We sat in our robes trying to convince ourselves of the many reasons we clearly needed both products in our life. 

Before long, it was time for lunch in the restaurant. Fully dressed, our rumbling stomachs were escorted over to the restaurant with our healthy dinners awaiting us. I chose chicken cous cous with a side of cucumber and celery, with a tzatziki side. I was so glad to see that there was a chunk of carrot carrot waiting to award me for my healthyish lunch. 

After lunch, we were free to enjoy the spa facilities in our own time. Neither of us had brought our gym kits, this was no accident, so we returned to the pool. Can you believe that we had it to ourselves? For the hour we spent enjoying the pool, sauna and steam room, we could talk openly and give up our body confidence issues. 

When we were suitably pruned, we headed back to the relaxation room where dim lights and meditation music welcomed us. Pouring ourselves a coffee, we dried off and continued to neglect our books whilst we talked and talked and talked. 

By the end of the day, when the only thing left to do was shower, I felt so relaxed. My massage had eased the pain in my shoulders and I was already hatching plans to return. Honestly, I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you fancy a spa break at Kilhey Court, they’re offering a Mother’s Day Spa break for the bargain price of £89, for two. Alternatively, you can book a taster session for £40 each at Spa Breaks.

*Post not written in collaboration with brand. All opinions are my own as I felt a good deal deserved sharing. Thanks Macdonalds hotels.*