A Brighton Break

This time of year is a great time to go away on a mini break for a bit of rest and relaxation – well actually any time is good really, but this time of year it good to have something fun to look forward to and beat the Winter Blues!  So I went away to Brighton on Monday for a two day visit with a friend.

I grew up not far from Brighton, but it’s different these days and there is something about staying somewhere that just adds to the relaxation.  Once we’d parked up at the hotel we had two days to do as we please and not really worry about the time.  We managed to get a good deal on the 4 star Thistle Hotel which is conveniently placed right on the sea front overlooking the pier and at the bottom of the Lanes.  So perfect for shops, restaurants, entertainment and all around relaxation.

The hotel is nothing glamorous to look at from the outside, but inside it is clear to see its quite recently been refurbished and everywhere from the atrium to the rooms were stylishly decorated and felt clean and modern.  It also has a small gym, pool, sauna and steam room – not really big enough for any serious exercise but good for chilling out at the end of a long day shopping. 

We spent most of Monday wandering around the shops. Brighton has everything you’d ever want from shopping from the main high street and indoor shopping centre with the usual suspects, to The Lanes containing everything from designer boutiques to quirky individual shops selling anything you could ever want.

In the evening we ate out at Browns which is a brasserie style restaurant and also enjoyed a cocktail!  The food was nice and there were choices for most tastes, however overall I would say it is a little more expensive than other similar restaurants I’d been to – our bill came in at around £75 plus tip for both of us to have 3 courses and a cocktail.

After dinner we went out to the cinema and saw The Kings Speech at the Odeon.  I was a little suprised at how few films were showing at the cinema that evening.  The film was enjoyable, although one that there is no need to see on the big screen, so had I not been away not one I would have spent money to go and see.

On Tuesday we then spent some more time pottering around Brighton after a leisurely breakfast overlooking the sea, before then heading over to the Brighton Health and Racquets Club for a ‘Winter Restoration’ massage session at the Tranquility Spa.  This turned out to be 90 minutes of pure bliss while we got a full body massage, facial and scalp massage.  The treatment was already on special offer but I managed to save a further 12% by getting some discounted vouchers through a work reward scheme, and then on top of that they gave me a further £25 voucher to use at a later date.  Bargain!

So overall, an extremely pleasant and relaxing break.


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