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29 May 2015

Spa Day, Afternoon Tea & Shopping in Glasgow

As a post-exam treat, my boyfriend surprised me with a spa day and afternoon tea date in Glasgow. I received the parcel through the post mid-way through studying for my final exam (where I was almost at breaking point!) and from that point, I was excitedly counting down the days.

My exams had finished and the spa day was finally here, so, yesterday morning we caught the 10am train from Edinburgh to Glasgow and arrived at the Ocean Rooms Spa in the Hilton Hotel. We were both treated to a Swedish back, neck and shoulder massage followed by a manicure for myself and a men's facial for Ken.

After our treatments, we spent an hour or so relaxing by the pool, making use of the Hotel's sauna and steam rooms before heading to the restaurant for afternoon tea. It's definitely our little tradition to book afternoon tea for every new place we visit together. A little village cafe near Edinburgh is a solid first rank winner, followed by the Beatrix Potter cafe in Windermere. The afternoon tea in the Hilton was very pleasant, however as it was a set menu, I ended up passing over the salmon sandwiches and coffee cakes over to Ken.

We then browsed the shops of Buchanan street, because what's a trip to Glasgow without having a look in Forever 21? It was clear by mid-afternoon we were both exhausted and a little too relaxed after our spa treatments, so we went into Darcy's in Princes Square for a quick caffeine fix. Our teas arrived in huge teapots with tea cosy hats which were too adorable to not take a photo of.

As exhaustion levels were high, we cancelled our table booked at Zizzi's later on in the evening for a quick trip to Five Guys. It's raved about quite a lot in Edinburgh and also by my American friends, so we thought we'd give it a try and were not best pleased. We both ordered a burger and chips each (without a drink) and were greeted with a sneaky tax add-on charge and a hefty £20 bill. The food wasn't too spectacular and it's fair to say we won't be visiting again any time soon.

The food aside, we rounded off our perfect day with a trip to the second hand game/movie shop 'Cex' before catching the train back to Edinburgh. We picked up Call of Duty: Ghosts and Resident Evil 5 which has been played pretty much non-stop ever since we arrived home last night!

What would be your perfect 'treat yourself' day? What's the best surprise you've ever received?

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