Greenwoods vs. Five Lakes

Greenwoods pool facility

Five Lakes pool

I went to a Hen do for a close family friend this week at Five Lakes Hotel and Golf Resort in Colchester. It is in a town called Maldon. We were meant to have a tranquil and relaxing 2-day spa treat at a four star venue.For a £150 each, we got a room for two, a choice of facial, manicure or pedicure, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I chose a mini facial with ESPA products with a scalp massage. I thought it was lovely even though the other girls complained about theirs.  I guess I just got lucky with my lady.

Upon arrival, there was construction in the entry way of the hotel. We all know that is not a good sign from the start. Turns out, they were going under construction all around the hotel including the spa facilites. The ceilings were leaking and falling apart. There was drilling and hammering all hours of the day. Broken tiles and mildew in the showers, locker rooms, and the steam room. This was a ONE star facility.

There were many more things to complain about, too many to list really. We ended up complaining and they offered us a free day at the end of August when construction was complete which included lunch, a choice of treatment and use of the spa facilities.

I have to say having membership to one of the best gyms in Essex (Esporta in Repton Park) with the best spa and pool facilites I have ever seen, really makes everywhere else look like a dump. However, when I went to Greenwoods for a night, the facilites were far better quality than Five Lakes. So, if you are in the mood for a relaxing treat go to Greenwoods. It is a bit more expensive, but well worth it, and definitely a four star spa and resort.

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