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HarSpa at Christchurch Harbour Hotel

What could possibly be better than a spa day to brighten your cold, dreary and never-ending January? But are you feeling jaded by endless discount deals for run-down and indentikit spa days, offering the same over-crowded jacuzzi, tiny pool and changing room with zero facilities? I know that I am! A great spa day is a combination of excellent service, well-maintained facilities and surprising attention to detail. Enter HarSpa at Christchurch Harbour Hotel - a spa with excellent reputation.

Our spa day had been planned to perfection, with time to explore the facilities, followed by a choice of either a back massage or a facial, relaxation time and then concluded with luxurious afternoon tea. Starting in the relaxation lounge, we were given fluffy robes, slippers and a bundle of warm towels. Key cards allow access to spacious and well-designed lockers (space for shoes, tick, shelves to prevent heaps of clothing when you are wet and cold, tick), which means no searching for a £1 coin, hurrah.

From here we entered the pool area, low lit to perfection for a relaxing and intimate atmosphere, packed full of great facilities. We of course plunged straight into the inviting hydrotherapy pool, at roughly the temperature of a warm bath and complete with a neck jet (my bad back thanks you). The pool is spacious and the underwater lighting encourages you to drift off into a calming sequence of laps. The steam room is cleansing but not scorching, the sauna is comforting and the salt cave is a innovative experience, not currently available in other local spas.

Pockets of loungers and seating is scattered across the spa and made for some wonderful moments. We saw a couple celebrating with a bottle of bubbles, friends enjoying each other's company and spa members completing their workouts in a peaceful environment free from crowds. But the real surprise was through the white door, following a flight of stairs, into a vintage styled lounge and out onto a terrace with the most phenomenal panoramic view of Mudeford and Christchurch. It really does take your breath away! Imagine soaking up the sun, with a cool cocktail, on a cushioned lounger with the view of the glistening water. How could you possibly leave stressed? I found myself on the water-facing swing, completely unable to worry.

Before we could get too carried away, it was time for our treatments. I was collected by my therapist, who absolutely understood my needs and advised that a massage to soothe my sore breastfeeding back, would be the best option. She was absolutely right! The newly renovated treatment rooms are clean, bright and modern; the perfect environment for a soothing treatment and consultation. The pressure was perfect and I left feeling revived and poorer of a multitude of knots.

Finally, after a little more bonding in the sauna and a sad farewell to the hydrotherapy pool, it was time for afternoon tea. The restaurant area is colourful, stylish and offers a blanket-filled balcony, with un-obstructed views of the water. Service is quick, attentive and absolutely exceptional. Our group had a dairy intolerance and a few more specific dietary requirements, which were catered for very reliably. Alternative options were not a last minute substitute, but rather well-thought out and equally as delicious as the original offering. Afternoon tea was the perfect end to a wonderful day and gave us all chance to get to know each other.

I would thoroughly recommend a spa day at HarSpa and will certainly be back. I would like to thank the team at Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Bournemouth Bloggers for inviting me to such a pampering event.