Seaham Hall & Serenity spa hotel review: Stunning luxury near Durham | Short & City breaks | Travel

Seaham Hall: The grand and imposing building was once home to Lord Byron (Image: Seaham Hall)

Seaham Hall is the perfect place to visit for a romantic weekend away, relaxing spa break with friends, or even some solo R&R.

Extravagant rooms are tastefully decorated, and many enjoy sea views. Water is a big theme here, with an impressive water feature on the drive as guests arrive as well as a spa famed for its range of rooms and treatments.

ROOMS

Walking in to our room, my guest gave an audible gasp and cries of “this is bigger than my flat!” were heard.

Indeed, the room was generous, with a deep roll top bath to sink in to at night as well as a giant stand alone shower for those who prefer a quick rinse.

Every detail has been considered – from the cute little rubber duck to take away to the wall-mounted TV for watching whatever takes your fancy while you soak in the tub.

The bedroom itself was also generously sized, with a sumptuous seating arrangement and a bed so comfortable I didn’t want to get up. Tea, coffee and biscuits were much enjoyed and were the perfect accompaniment to the gorgeous views of the North Sea.

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FOOD & DRINK

Spa visitors should take a visit to Ozone, the more casual dining option. But the real draw here is The Dining Room, which is a reason to make a trip to Seaham Hall all by itself.

A portrait of former resident Lord Byron hangs cheekily on the wall, looking down on the diners enjoying themselves (although, one hopes, not quite to the excessive degree he was famed for).

Food is British, with an emphasis on locally sourced produce. Vegetarians are well catered for, with a host of options to choose from.

Don’t miss the cocktails either – traditionalists can enjoy a perfectly made classic, while more adventurous types will have plenty new flavours and twists to try.

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OTHER

The Serenity Spa is outstanding. The experience starts with the wooden walkway entrance, designed with a feel of a Balinese hideaway.

A hue pool, hammam, hot tubs, steam room, salt sauna and plunge pools are looked over by a state-of-the-art fitness suite.

Indulge in a treatment – therapists here are knowledgeable, and you will get one of the best experiences in the UK. I opted for a Drift Away massage, £120, and a Champagne truffles facial, £120, which included a glass of bubbly and a plate of delicious chocolates served in the relaxation room after the treatment was complete.

The 90 minute facial included facial massage, a resurfacing peel, and an algae mask – and my skin was glowing for days afterwards. If that wasn’t enough, the Drift Away massage, with a blend of essential oils, was the perfect relaxing end to the day.

THE FINAL WORD

A gorgeous location, tastefully designed rooms, a delicious restaurant and an outstanding spa…the question isn’t should you visit Seaham Hall, it is how soon can you visit?! It is the kind of special place everyone should enjoy at least once – and with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day on the horizon, now is the perfect time to book in.

Junior suite doubles cost from £199 (two sharing), including breakfast and full use of the spa from noon on the day of arrival to noon on the day of departure. Call Seaham Hall’s expert team on 0191 516 1400 to book, or visit https://www.seaham-hall.co.uk.

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