The hotel and spacious spa are named after the design concept – suites instead of rooms. The Thermal Suite has a heat and ice journey featuring a double rasul chamber, sinann foot spa, rainforest showers and a crystal steam room. The Grand Relaxation Suite, decorated in gentle greys and lilacs, has vast beds with duvets where you can enjoy cakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries. The spa offers Decléor and Carita treatments as well as packages for mums and daughters, and small groups of friends.
- XXL robes available
- Family swim times
- Crystal steam room
- Ice room
- Heated relaxing beds
- Day beds
- Foot spas
- Mud rasul
- 18 metre swimming pool
- Two Jacuzzis
- Karm Candles
- Xen Tan
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Suites Hotel is a modern resort within easy reach of Merseyside, very close to the M6. As per the name, every hotel room is actually a suite, so you have plenty of space to relax, recuperate and indulge.
The Spa at Suites Hotel is a self-contained area, separate from the leisure club which has the pool and gym. This means the spa is able to maintain a hushed, tranquil atmosphere while those who want a swim as part of their spa day can stay happy, too.
What's on offer?
A corridor of Moroccan-style arches leads from the hotel to the spa, which -- despite being on the lower ground level -- is light and airy. The spa's palette of purples, golds, silvers and greys begins in the reception area. Here there is a front desk, plenty of seating, hot and cold drinks, and shelves displaying beauty products. Our spa host, Sue, did a wonderful job of looking after us during our stay.
The pristine changing rooms are spacious with dark wood and full-height lockers containing fluffy robes and spa footwear. You'll find plenty of seating to change beside, or nip into one of two private changing rooms. The loos are here, too, as are the showers, which contain shampoo and body wash (no conditioner). A vanity station has two seats and powerful hair dryers.
Heat and ice are central to the thermal facilities at The Spa @ Suites Hotel. We began our spa journey at the mosaic-tiled, warm tepidarium beds, of which there are four, before heading upstairs to the Sinnan foot-baths. We enjoyed placing our feet in turn in pools of hot and cold water.
We loved the array of colours in the heat and ice rooms. The L-shaped traditional wooden sauna has warming orange and yellow lights. The ice room -- with its cold blasts of air and central ice fountain -- has a blue back-lit wall. The extremely hot Himalayan Salt Inhalation Steam Room has an orange glowing salt crystal as its centrepiece. Cool down under the rain shower afterwards (select the "cold mist" setting) or help yourself to iced face-wipes from a unit on the wall. There's a water cooler here, too.
The purple- and grey-hued relaxation suite is perfect for post-treatment dozing. The eight double relaxation beds are adorned with pillows, blankets, side tables and reading lights, each separated by flowing curtains. Whether you choose to sleep, leaf through a glossy magazine, sip a glass of bubbly or eat chocolate-dipped strawberries, you won't be disturbed; a sign asks guests to "whisper" -- a nice touch.
Fancy a dip? You'll need to don your robe and head across the hotel corridor to the Leisure Club to use the 18-metre pool, which is long enough to swim leisurely lengths. Here are also two bubbly Jacuzzis, a steam room (which was sufficiently hot and steamy on our visit) and a fully-equipped gym.
Tell us about the treatments
We enjoyed a Carita Precious Diamond Facial (105 minutes; £145) followed by a Drift Massage (55 minutes, £59). My therapist, Sjaan, met me in the reception area and led me to the Diamond Room, a comfortable, clean treatment room with chocolate-coloured accents.
The Carita facial began with a double cleanse followed by a natural exfoliator designed to deeply clean the skin. A blend of roasted sunflower seeds, lemon, cloves and thyme, it smelled both fresh and spicy.
Sjaan followed this with Carita's signature piece of technology: a combination of micro-currents, ultrasound and LEDs designed to remove impurities, brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Once my face was clean and smooth, Sjaan applied the star of the show: the Carita Diamond Mask, luxuriously containing crushed diamond particles blended with plant extracts. Applied as a gel, the mask peels off once set. While it hardened, Sjaan massaged my hands and feet, sending me into a semi-hypnotic state. Sjaan then peeled off the mask in one swift movement and applied Carita's indulgent Diamond eye and face creams.
Afterwards, my skin looked blemish-free and radiant, while the fine lines around my eyes had all but vanished.
A signature treatment at The Spa @ Suites Hotel, my Drift Massage began with a soft body brush to awaken my skin and increase blood flow. Sjaan then lit a honey-scented candle and encouraged the warm wax to drizzle onto my back, neck and shoulders. The sweet, earthy smell was intoxicating.
The next 50 minutes were a blissful blur;, with Sjaan's hands performing miracles on my tight shoulders and knotted back. Afterwards, I felt looser and suppler, while my skin felt hydrated and softened by the oil.
The Spa @ Suites Hotel offers a comprehensive menu of more than 90 treatments, from facials to massages and men's treatments to pedicures. While Carita and Decléor dominate, other brands also feature. Signature treatments -- of which there are seven -- have inventive names such as "I'll Be Back"', "Glow" and "Drift". You can tag on 25-minute "side orders" to some treatments, including scalp massages and foot rituals. Finishing treatments include everything from eyelash tints to waxes.
You can have lunch in your robe at the Bistro @ Suites Hotel with its menu of hot and cold starters, mains and desserts. We enjoyed a tasty chicken Caesar salad followed by a refreshing fruit kebab, washed down with a cheeky (and utterly delicious) watermelon cocktail. Celebrating an occasion? Opt for the indulgent, pretty afternoon tea served with a glass of fizz.
That evening, we dined in the hotel's Handley's Brasserie, a lively space. We tucked into a starter of warm goat's cheese followed by pan-fried sea bass and a tangy lemon tart. Everything was
We loved / we didn't love
The relaxation room: Serenity and luxury go hand-in-hand here; you won't want to leave
The attention to detail is impressive: We loved the products and accoutrements in the changing rooms and the sweet delights in the relaxation room.
The little treats: Chocolate-dipped strawberries, bubbly, watermelon cocktails… There's an indulgent sense of occasion at The Spa @ Suites Hotel.
We didn't love
If you want to swim, you must break your spa journey and pad across the hotel in your robe to the leisure club.
Getting lost: The spa isn't the easiest place to find; some hotel signage wouldn't go amiss.
Some conditioner in the showers would be a welcome addition.
Who do you think would like it?
Couples: The spa has a double treatment room as well as plenty of quiet spaces in which to relax.
Small groups of friends and mother-and-daughter combinations: The Spa @ Suites Hotel has everything you need for a much-needed catch-up.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
Spa day guests eat at the Spa Bistro, but you can also try fine dining at Handleys Brasserie.
Suites Hotel has 98 suites.
The spa is open Monday to Thursday: 10.00am-8:00pm; Friday: 9.00am-7.00pm; Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am-6.00pm.