It’s easy to walk past the Bristol Harbour Hotel without realising what’s inside. As the name suggests, the old Lloyds Bank building is home to a hotel, restaurant, cocktail bar, event space and spa. I was lucky enough to visit not once, but twice as part of a blogger event – and I feel like I’ve discovered Bristol’s best kept secret. As tempted as I am to keep it all to myself, it’s too exciting not to share.

The hotel threw a fantastic Christmas blogger event recently, inviting us to explore the facilities on offer, sample cocktails and canapés, and receive a mini spa treatment. The cocktails were enough to make me want to return, so I was extremely grateful when I was asked to go back to review the HarSPA.

Before my visit, I headed to the hotel’s Gold Bar, a small cocktail bar situated in the back room of the building. I felt like I was walking into an Instagram dream with its high ceilings and stylish decor and design. The gold and marble bar served an array of fancy drinks, including my favourite, the Classic Champagne Cocktail. This bar is a must visit this Christmas – I’ve already arranged to go back with the girls!

The spa itself is very cosy, consisting of a small gym, as well as two relaxation pools, a sauna and steam room. After collecting my robe and slippers, I made my way to the gym to see if I could have an effective workout in the absence of having several machines to choose from. The gym has two treadmills, two bikes and two cross trainers, as well as a weights area and studio space for classes. There were only two other people in the gym when I attended, which was fine – but I imagine it could get crowded during peak hours or at the weekend. For such a small area, it had a pretty impressive set of weights so if your goal is to tone up, or work on strength training then this would be suitable. Classes are included in many of the memberships, and you can enjoy yoga, pilates and meditation on a weekly basis.

After a good workout, I got changed and headed into the main spa room. The spa was very quiet so we felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. We spent two hours in the spa, enjoying the three different bubble settings on the jacuzzi and taking full advantage of the ‘chill out’ areas decked out in comfy pillows to relax on. It was the perfect place to sit quietly with a book, or to just meditate and block out any stress from the outside world.

I had a great time at the HarSPA, and they have some excellent offers on this Christmas if you are looking for ideas for a loved one. Find them here, and be sure to check out their memberships – I am more than tempted to sign up!

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