A few places to visit in one of my most favourite UK cities
Whether you’re feeling particularly stressed or not, treating yourself to a spa weekend is a must. In our crazy routines of work, socialising, family time, more work and even more work, it can be difficult to take the time to truly unwind. We need that time to destress, recharge and heal, so why not make an entire weekend of it? Norwich has an incredible selection of luxury B&Bs, spas, salons and guest houses, as well as a host of tasty restaurants and bars so you can nourish yourself inside and out.
The next time you’ve got a free weekend, consider a spa break in Norwich. Here’s a great list of fantastic places to eat, drink and relax.
Imagine Spa at Park Farm
Just six miles outside of Norwich lies the picturesque village of Hethersett, home to the Park Farm Hotel. This country house features 53 individually-designed rooms for a comfy stay, a Leisure Club complete with swimming pool and gym and, most notably, the Imagine Spa where you can get every pore and follicle polished to perfection. They have everything from manicures to full body wraps – check out their website for more details on treatment packages and pricing.
St Giles House Spa
Owned by the St Giles House Hotel, this state-of-the-art spa boasts a ‘comprehensive holistic approach to relaxation’, with massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, spray tans, even makeup lessons. You can even book private use of the spa and lounge area with their Spa Exclusivity package – perfect if you need a little getaway with the girls!
38 St Giles
Just across the street from St Giles House Hotel is 38 St Giles, a beautiful boutique bed and breakfast in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse. It’s cosy and personal, with five bespoke en suite bedrooms over three floors as well as a lovely breakfast room. If you’re looking to stay somewhere in the heart of the city, 38 St Giles should be a top contender. Check out their website for more information on the rooms, booking information and sample menus.
The Beauty Room
This soothing salon is located in the Maid’s Head Hotel in the historic area of Tombland, and provides an extensive selection of services and care packages. I recommend you take a look at their body treatments: there’s a tailored solution using a blend of massage, aromatherapy and natural products for any kind of stress or ache! And they even offer men’s spa packages as well, just in case you’re considering a couple’s retreat…
Jamie’s Italian Norwich
You’re going to need fuel up in between appointments, and there’s no better place to do so than Jamie’s Italian. Tucked away in the stylish, art nouveau-inspired Royal Arcade, Jamie’s features fresh Italian cuisine, delectable desserts (go on, order the tiramisù, you deserve it) and tasty wines and cocktails. The atmosphere is relaxed, casual and friendly so no need to worry about packing something fancy and uncomfortable. For more information on the menu, location and booking, click here.
Number 15 Bed and Breakfast
Calling all vegetarians, vegans and eco-enthusiasts: this B&B is perfect for you! Number 15 is situated on a quiet, leafy road and features 3 cosy rooms, a delicious range of options for breakfast and easy access to the city centre. The best part about this place is the owner Ian Rycroft’s commitment to sustainability: even his website is solar-powered! Read more about his green credentials here, and explore the rooms here.
The Tea House
If you fancy a cuppa, pop on over to the postcard-perfect cobbled streets of Elm Hill and pay a lengthy visit to the Tea House. They’ve got an impressive selection of black, green and herbal teas, or go all out and book an afternoon tea! This little haven’s slogan is ‘Pease & Quiet in the City’, making it the ideal place to sip, nibble and relax.
The Last Wine Bar
Last but definitely not least is the rather ironically named Last Wine Bar and Restaurant. What was once a 19th century Victorian shoe factory is now the perfect place to unwind with a glass of wine (or three). They have an absolutely incredible selection – including champagne and dessert wines – from all over the world, so you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Read the full list here.
Everyone deserves to be pampered, and Norwich has some great places for you to chill out. Here’s to blissing out for the weekend!
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