So this weekends getaway was to Birmingham, to see my lovely friend Julian, and his Sax! I was so excited to be able to go out out, and see a live, real, performance! I have missed theatre and live music so much during these past few months and don’t even get me started on the lack of travel in my life. Busy booking other people’s travel fills a gap, so does planning future family adventures but it’s time to adjust to this new normal and to explore again. Weekends away and mini breaks are much needed.
I took my lovely friend Helen along as my travel buddy, she doesn’t need any persuasion for a night out, a crazy last minute plan, or an adventure. A road trip was the perfect time to have a catch up and of course have the obligatory sing a long to the country tunes on the radio.
Our drive to Birmingham was a breeze (1hr 40), the traffic was kind to us, as was the rain. We hit a few showers, and saw the most gorgeous double rainbows. It was actually a pretty drive, despite being on the motorway, as the sky was so dramatic endlessly changing from dark storm clouds to bright sun bursts and back again.
We arrived at The Genting Hotel & Spa for six, whizzed into the car park and made our way through to reception. Check in was smooth, very organised and we received a welcome pack which was sealed. Everything instantly felt very safe. We took the lift up to our floor – you have to be the same bubble / family in the lift. Our room door was sealed, with a cleaning seal which was a nice touch.
We had a twin room, which as you can see from the pics was spacious. It was spotless and really well laid out. We had a nespresso machine which is a great addition, as well as the usual kettle with tea / coffee etc. Let’s face it we all need our caffeine and it’s way better than the usual instant sachets you find in many hotel rooms. So this was really appreciated. It’s the little things that make my heart happy! You could tell that every care had been taken with cleanliness,even the tv remote was in a little bag, having been sanitised. There was an armchair in the room, by the side of the bed, so nice to have somewhere to sit apart from on the bed. There was also a desk, with a chair, and a huge mirror above it, perfect for sitting at doing hair and make up, instead of using the bathroom. The room also had a full length mirror – vital for us girls! So actually there were three large mirrors in the room, so it was pretty perfect for getting ready for a night out.
Bathroom was spotless, with a bath and over bath shower which was huge, and really fabulous. There was also a hand held shower head too, perfect for hair washing or showering little ones, should you have your children with you. Towels were fluffy and there were plenty of them. Bathroom toiletries were by ESPA, and smelt gorgeous, Bergamot & Jasmine and had a lovely spa feel about them. I’m a sucker for nice smellies, not one for pinching them out of hotel rooms, but will happily sample them all during my stay. We all love a bit of pampering and with some nice products a hotel bathroom can be a real treat. Putting that in writing makes me wonder if that sounds really daft, but I stand by it, I love a hotel stay, love a spacious hotel bathroom and love sampling nice products. Even better if its a child free escape and no little hands are squishing the said products before I even get a look in!
We had quick showers, got ready and headed up to the restaurant for private dining to see Julian. It was a lovely intimate set, we all had small private tables of twos and threes and were nicely spaced out. The hotel has a one way system in place which works really well and is well marked, and idiot proof! Our dinner was great, food was beautifully presented and was really tasty. I had the vegan option and was so well catered for. The desserts were …….. oh my 😍 scrummy. Think the pictures actually give you a pretty good idea of how delicious they were. Could have literally eaten mine all over again, sod the calories, there was fruit involved so they don ‘t count right? Washed down with plenty of pink g&t’s we really did have a lovely evening.
Julian, well what can I say, I have literally just said to a friend of mine that I was actually really emotional watching him. Such a talent, and a pure joy to be watching a live performance again after all this time. His music always gives me goosebumps, it’s so so beautiful and it never fails to impress me. I could literally listen to it for hours. Was great to have a brief albeit distanced catch up, long over due! And Eddie, who accompanied him with all things percussion – worried now that that makes it sound to trivial – what a star. Literally wonderful, he turns up in his ultra casual outfits, which always makes me smile, and then just does his thing, and wow he is fabulous.
All too soon it was 10pm, and we had to vacate the restaurant. It’s so early to be closing but rules are rules, this virus sucks! But hooray for room service! One hilarious call down to reception to place our order, and knock knock, hey presto, here comes our chips and more gin! Such classy girls 😂😂 not going to lie, it was pretty damn perfect. Lots of chat, lots of gin …… what more does a girl need hey?!
I slept so so well, not just gin induced, I hasten to add. My bed was so comfy, two perfect pillows, spotless white linen and I was so cosy.
We had booked an 8am breakfast – when I first woke I am not going to lie I was contemplating calling down to reception to push that right back, but once up and showered it was all good. Breakfast was on the 5th floor in the Sky by the Water restaurant. Again it has a one way system, you can choose from the buffet, but it’s served for you. There was a great selection of cereal, fruits, yoghurts, pastries. We chose a selection and then opted for a table by the window to check out the view. Service was fabulous, really friendly staff and we were soon tucking into breakfast, enjoying tea and juice – I never eat breakfast – like never – unless in a hotel! Today I even went for some cooked too! Literally could not fault a thing.
We had a spa session booked from 9am, hotel guests can book a two hour session. Members of the public can book spa sessions and spa days too. We were greeted on arrival by the lovely Lisa, she was so warm and welcoming and she is a huge asset to the spa. She booked us a 15 minute session in the sauna and following that in the steam room. We also had use of the pool, which is a really decent size, the outdoor jacuzzi and the relaxation room. We headed to the changing room to get spa ready, and to ditch our luggage into the deceptively huge lockers. First stop was a lounger by the pool, where we happily relaxed for a while before a swim. I love how cosy a spa feels and then how refreshing the pool is. The spa had very clear safety signage up, it was tastefully done and not intrusive but effective. It was not particularly busy, but everyone seemed to be happily following the rules. We enjoyed our sauna and steam room sessions on time. The other spa guests were all friendly and chatty which always adds to the atmosphere for me, being a chatterbox I love meeting new people. It was really relaxed there and that seemed to rub off on everyone. My favourite part of the spa was the outdoor jacuzzi on terrace. There is something about the cool air on your face whilst being in the warm water, overlooking a great view. I could have happily stayed in there for ages. It’s also the perfect spot for an Instagram post! We finished off our spa visit with a chill out in the relaxation room, where the lovely Lisa bought us complimentary hot drinks. It really was a lovely relaxing spa morning, and we could have happily stayed all day.
I really loved the hotel, it was the perfect place to stay for our trip. Resorts Word is home to an outlet mall, numerous bars and restaurants and a cineworld complex, it’s also home to the Resorts World Casino and the Resorts World Arena – a 15000 capacity concert venue, hosting the likes of Little Mix, The Pussy Cat Dolls and JLS to name a few. I would not hesitate to book a stay again, no need for a concert as an excuse!
To book a stay or for more information please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As most of you know I am also an independent travel advisor so can happily book a trip for you, anywhere, anytime. The Genting have some great deals at the moment. My email for all things travel is firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of you will also know and you can probably tell from my writing style. I am me, I am honest and I write as I find things. I love great service, cleanliness and comfy beds! I give credit where credit is due and do not feel the need to say things for the sake of it to keep hoteliers happy. So you will find my travel blogs to be chatty, real and true. I’m not paid to write them, I choose where I stay, and make my own arrangements.
I am a mummy who loves to travel both with and without my little darlings, so I can view hotels and resorts with adult only and mummy eyes!