I have been SO ill the past 4 days battling tonsillitis and a fever, I've been at work for all of it, battling through, trying not to curl in a ball and cry. So writing this post is hard as I feel like I deserve to do it all over again!
A couple weeks back I was invited to the Park Plaza in Cardiff to indulge in a little TLC with their Twilight Super & Spa package. The package is perfect for a mid-week treat for a catch-up and a spot of relaxing, it is available Sun-Fri after 4pm and includes a 25minute treatment (facial, back massage, mani or pedi) full use of the spa and a two-course dinner in the Laguna restaurant.
Park Plaza is the fanciest of all the leisurely places in Cardiff and I have done the rounds of the Cardiff spa circuit and trust me this is the best one I've been to. The staff were incredibly lovely, I had a little tour around the spa and pool area which is so clean and well kept and then got to meet the beautiful Jade who was our host for the evening. I arrived a little self-conscious so didn't want to take a dip in the pool or jacuzzi but when I had got there the other lush bloggy ladies (Briley, Georgia and Jess) joining me were ready to dry off and come hang out before our treatments.
We gowned and slippered up and the first two ladies went for their treatment whilst we got to relax on soft squishy beds, sippin' on juice and reading magazines whilst the sun set on Cardiff and we were emerged into candlelight. I bet in the Winter this would be so beautiful and feel so good being all cozy and warm inside.
My treatment was up and I had the sweetest young lady give me my back massage, she asked me how I'd like it and I needed firm - she delivered! I felt so relaxed afterwards that I could have got right back into those blankets and had a little snooze before dinner!
We all got dressed and headed down to meet Jade at the bar for a cocktail before dinner. Laguna have a 'Gin of the Month' special cocktail selection and I have NO idea which one I got but it was big, boozy and delicious.
As I mentioned the package comes with a 2-course dinner. Normally when I've done packages like this before the set-menu is a little dull and the food is nothing to shout home about but the Laguna restaurant would be fantastic to go to even just for a meal regardless. The head chef picks and changes the menu daily according to what he fancies, what is in season and what he can locally source. The waiting staff were incredibly professional and so attentive, they all looked incredibly smart and honestly this was a 5 star dining experience.
The food was incredible, although this package is for 2-course, for reviewing and experience purposes, we were able to have 3 course (just so we all knew how good everything was!). To start I went for Welsh Rarebit on slow cooked ham hock - this has a grain mustard sauce which just went so wonderfully with the melt-in-the-mouth ham hock. For my main I had Chicken breast and confit leg coq au vin with shallots, smoked pancetta and potato fondant - SO much food I honestly thought I was done for, like there were no cut-backs here for the package if I had just had this and the treatment I would have definitely thought this was excellent value for money.
For my dessert was that delicious beast above. Creme Brulee with fresh raspberries and a butter shortbread. Perfectly light to fill that extra stomach I have only for pudding.
Honestly I loved everything about the evening, the company was great, small blogging events/experiences like this are VERY hard to come by and it felt intimate, like I could actually get a word in edgeways and like I was just hanging with pals - other brands, PRs and companies alike - TAKE NOTE! I know Park Plaza do a few of these events with small amounts of people which is perfect, something you can be proud of and actually get people hearing about what you are promoting.
I have to say a HUGE thankyou to the team at Park Plaza/Laguna and Jade for such a wonderful evening, a true treasure of an experience!
The Twilight Supper & Spa package is £59pp, worth every single penny and such a luxurious little break from the normal weekday.