A spa break, with the kids? Of course says Wersha Bharadwa, who headed down to The Belfry in Birmingham for a weekend of pampering and relaxation.
Let’s get a few things cleared up: The Belfry isn’t simply a hotel or an award-winning spa or a world class golf destination: it’s all of those things. What makes it truly special is the leafy Sutton Coldfield location in the Heart of England – an hour and an half from London and within easy reach from the North too. Up the road you have the utterly brilliant Twycross Zoo, a world primate conservation centre and where zoologists are always happy to discuss Gorilla progress and Birmingham City Centre with The Sealife Centre, and Think Tank Museum make great day’s out for families.
The resort is known internationally for golf – the Ryder Cup has been held here four times, and it just won England’s Best Golf Hotel in 2015 – but with another 550 acres of lush countryside, there’s loads of walking, den-building and bug-spotting to do with the Belfry’s woodland walk. There’s also a brand new playground, and unique Ryder Cup themed Mini Golf Course, featuring some of the most iconic holes across Europe and the USA – to keep the little ones happy while you head down to the spa.
The suite had a big bed filled high with plump pillows, textured wallpapers in beige and green, period chairs and flat screen TVs in the bedroom, living area and bathroom. Esther in Guest Services and the concierge team are masters of keeping guests smiling and Rohan in room service particularly was the ‘late-night’ go-to-man for hot milk and cookies. But despite the space in our suite, we all felt very at home (although a very special, four-star one!)
It’s a dining experience at the Ryder Grill with Lobster and chips, perfectly cooked steaks and grilled meats and fish. A great deal of fresh local produce is displayed on the renowned and nostalgic-feeling grand buffet – which is open every night and has a yummy roast on Sundays. The kids can watch the chefs live in action creating soups, salads, seafood and Mediterranean classics. The afternoon tea in the Brabazon Bar – The Belfry’s champagne bar – was such a delightful experience to round our weekend off, we ordered some extra pastries to take home, having already devoured platters of delicate finger sandwiches and homemade scones with our fruit teas.
Treatments at the resort’s £1 million spa range from salt and oil scrubs to Orli Candle Massages and the 90 minute Fire and Ice experience of 12 hot and cold thermal rooms are booked up in advance by group parties and couples in fluffy robes all wanting to let of steam too. Walking through the doors, knowing the kids are perfectly safe and happy at the resort’s purpose-designed crèche, means you’re suddenly transported somewhere tranquil and relaxing.
Couples wanting to get married at The Belfry get a specially designated team of wedding planners. There’s the ability to have something small and unique with a terrace in the Ryder room, or go lavish with up to 400 guests.
Visit The Belfry website for more information!