Lakeside Park Hotel – Spa & Afternoon Tea

There are many positive aspects to living on, yes we say on not in, the Isle of Wight and I will talk more about these in future posts. For now, and for those that don’t know, there is a discount voucher website called The Price is Wight that offers discounted deals on ‘the best things to do, see, visit, eat and buy on the Isle of Wight & beyond – while helping boost local Island businesses’. A little while ago, a group of my friends chose to utilise an offer. The deal was to visit the Lakeside Park Hotel as a way to celebrate one friend’s special birthday.

Lakeside View

The deal on offer at the time was £19.95 for afternoon tea with a glass of prosecco and access to the spa facilities. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the spa facilities but more information and a gallery is available via the spa section of the hotel’s website.

 

Lakeside Spa

The spa facilities provide a more intimate experience. This was a preference to me but could be quite cramped on a busy day. However, with just a few others in attendance at the time, our group of 6 were quite comfortably accommodated.

A pleasant couple of hours were spent relaxing in the facilities and in that time we made use of each of the amenities on offer, spending time in the hydro pool, sauna, swimming pool and steam room, which were all thoroughly enjoyable. For those interested, there is also a wide range of individually priced beauty treatments available to enhance your relaxation time, and these are explained further in the spa brochure.

Changing Facilities

The one slight disappointment of the spa experience was the changing area. The changing rooms are quite small and not entirely comfortable in which to get yourself ready. They do have showers, a hairdryer and mirrors to bring yourself back to the real world. Unfortunately, if it is a little busy you may spend some time waiting to achieve some privacy or just in a queue to dry your hair. However, the changing space was clean and tidy and lockers were available to store belongings, in exchange for a £1 coin which you receive back once you are ready to collect your effects.

Once dressed and ready to reappear publicly, we made our way to the bar area. The bar and dining area were both tidy and smart, and the staff were attentive but not overbearing. Goods were delivered in a polite and professional way.

We seemed to have chosen a relatively quiet day, with just a few groups appearing to also be enjoying the deal. The one larger group of ladies present had combined the Price is Wight deal with a baby shower and were enjoying Prosecco with their lively but unobtrusive afternoon tea.

 

Lakeside Afternoon Tea

The afternoon tea of choice was Chocolate Indulgence with Prosecco, but there were a couple of other options available.

Drinks

Lakeside Drinks

Orders of tea and coffee were taken and steaming pots were delivered to our table along with milk and sugar. Pitchers of water also appeared along with a shot of milk each with a chocolate twirl to drink it through.

Sandwiches

Lakeside Sandwiches

The sandwiches were served on both white and brown bread with filings of cucumber, salmon and tomato, and egg. The group consensus was that the sandwiches were all lovely and the brown bread being particularly light and delicious.

The scone slate plate offered a choice of chocolate or vanilla and chocolate chip. In true afternoon tea style, these were served with clotted cream, jam and a lemony custard. The cream particularly seemed to be popular amongst the group disappearing rapidly atop lumps of sweet scone.

Scones

Lakeside Scones

Accompaniments

Lakeside Accompaniments

The main chocolate platter consisted of chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate battenberg, white and milk chocolate stirrers, brownies and macarons.

As a chocolate lover, it was wonderful; everything was presented beautifully and tasted great. However, the richness of the spread was a little overpowering for one such as me.  There are certainly more dedicated chocoholics than me, as there may have been in the group that day. Although it may appear negative to say that we were all defeated by the spread of goodies, it presented the opportunity to whisk away the leftovers, either to snack on later or to please the children at home.

Chocolate Platter

Lakeside Chocolate Platter

A plus point is that there are no strict timescales to adhere to. Rather than spending the afternoon as we did, you can make a day of it should you wish to extend the indulgence. Since that early February afternoon, I have found myself back on The Price is Wight site, hunting for Lakeside deals. To me, this is a sure sign that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. As a result, I would absolutely recommend heading to the Lakeside Park Hotel.

 

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