Oceana Hotels Bournemouth

My husband and I were lucky enough to win a Valentine’s package at Bournemouths Oceana hotels that includes a one night stay at The Cumberland, drinks at The Suncliff, a spa treatment at the Ocean Beach & Day spa and dinner at The Royale.

 

Ocean Beach & Day Spa

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First up was a spa treatment at the Ocean Beach & Day spa, as soon as you walk in there is a relaxing atmosphere about the place, you have soft lighting, candles, relaxing music and it is nice and warm. We each had a 30 minute treatment, I chose an Indian head massage and Dean had a shoulders neck and back massage, they were both amazing and we felt very relaxed after, the staff were very friendly and professional.

 

The Royale

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We were given a fantastic 3 course meal at The Royale, the service was fast and very professional. Each course was presented elegantly and we couldn’t wait to tuck in and we were not disappointed. We had the Chinese menu and the chow mein and sweet and sour pork were delicious. We cannot praise the staff enough they were fantastic.

 

The Suncliff

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We were given drinks at The Suncliff hotel, once again the staff were fantastic. There is a good choice of drinks and plenty of seating here, this is a nice quiet bar and ended a great day for us.

 

The Cumberland

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We spent the night at The Cumberland hotel, we had a superior room which was clean and spacious. The amazing thing about this room was the terrace overlooking the beach, there is enough room for a table, chairs and two sunbeds, this would be fantastic in the summer. Inside there is plenty of storage, you have a safe, kettle, hairdryer and free WiFi but unfortunately no fridge. The bed is large and very comfortable, there is a decent sized tv on the wall with plenty of channels and a decent sized bathroom which was very clean.

Breakfast is a basic buffet which includes a cooked breakfast and a continental breakfast of pastries, cereals, yogurts and fruit. There is a good sized pool on the grounds but unfortunately it was too cold for us to try it out.

Ok there are a couple of negatives, the room is in need of updating ( they are currently refurbishing some rooms) and the window needs a good clean. The car park is too small for the size of the hotel and you will be lucky to get a space. But the staff in all four hotels were incredible and a real credit to Oceana, we can’t praise them enough.

New Forest National Park

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What is better on a Sunday morning but a nice long walk to blow the cobwebs away, we decided to take our dog to the New Forest which is a short drive from us. The New Forest is situated in Hampshire and is an impressive 150 square miles. On our particular walk we went to Rhinefield Ornamental Drive which has several walks, we decided to walk The Tall Trees Trail which is 1.5 miles long, here you will see Giant Redwoods and Douglas firs. Two of the tallest trees in the New Forest, the Redwoods, are here and are around 150 years old.

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One and a half miles wasn’t quite long enough for us so we went off trail and walked another two miles. There are cycle paths and picnic areas and the scenery around you is just stunning. The New Forest is definately a fantastic place to visit and is nature at its best.

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Compton Acres

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Compton Acres is a large privately owned garden in Poole Dorset founded by Thomas William Simpson in 1920. There are a number of themed gardens which are just stunning, we went in March and plan to go back in the summer when more of the flowers have bloomed but what we saw was beautiful especially the Heather garden.

The Wooded Valley

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The Wooded Valley was designed to reflect the beauty of Mother Nature with as little evidence of man’s intervention as possible.

The Rock and Water Garden

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The Rock and Water garden is one of the largest privately owned rock gardens in England, its construction used many hundred tonnes of rock.

The Heather Garden

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The Heather garden has over 100 different forms of heathers, it is particularly beautiful in early spring.

The Japanese Garden

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The Japanese garden is regarded as one of the best and most authentic in Britain.

The Italian Garden

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The Italian garden is designed to be enjoyed as a spectacle with water, fountains and topiary.

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The gardens include lots of steps and bridges but you get a choice of an alternative path that will exclude these. There is plenty of seating scattered throughout the gardens so there is plenty of opportunity to rest. There is a cafe with a good selection of food and drink however it is a little pricey but with all the seating in the grounds a picnic would be ideal. The carpark is free with plenty of space and there is a gift shop which I loved it is full of different items from plants to books and children’s toys.

An adult price is £8.45 and it is open all year round, all in all a good day out.

Optrex Warming Eye Mask

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My husband and I love to try out new products so we were delighted to get the chance to try Optrex’s new product, the Warming Eye mask. We turned the tv off, sent the children up to their rooms and made sure our dog was in her bed, we wanted 10 minutes quiet to try our new product.

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The purpose of the Warming Eye Mask is to relieve and relax tired eyes in 10 minutes, perfect for someone that has been in front of a computer screen all day or a traveller on a long haul flight but just as good for 10 minutes relaxation.

The mask comes in a sealed packet, once opened you unfold the straps, put the white side over your closed eyes and easily slip the straps over your ears, it is a comfortable fit. It took around 30 seconds before we noticed the heat coming through and at around 5 minutes I would say it was at its hottest, but not uncomfortably so, it felt incredibly relaxing and reminded me of being pampered in a spa. The mask had almost completely cooled by around 10 minutes and when I took the mask off my eyes felt refreshed, this lasted for about 2 hours.

The masks cost around £4.00, they are disposable but you get two in a pack. Overall we think it is a good product if you need a quick fix for tired eyes.