Sitting in the tub of the bay

The Sandpiper Club, Lancaster House Hotel.
The Sandpiper Club, Lancaster House Hotel.

Reclining in a hot tub overlooking Morecambe Bay on a chilly December day is one heck of a way to spend an afternoon and that’s exactly what I did on Saturday.

Shrouded in mist and showered by light rain, I happily sat in the hot tub at Lancaster House Hotel, soaking up the atmosphere.

I was at Lancaster House to sample the fabulous new gym facilities in the hotel’s Sandpiper Club.

The gym has had a £150,000 refurbishment and I couldn’t resist having a look.

Duty manager Louise Hughes gave me a guided tour of the new facilities and introduced me to the friendly staff.

Louise showed me the state-of-the-art Star Trac gym equipment and how to use it. Basically there is everything you’d expect to see in a first class gym – and more.

I was particularly impressed by the Star Trac treadmills and spinning machines which enable users to choose various programmes, some with TV and videos to watch during training sessions.

We had a go on several pieces of equipment and Louise explained that people of all ages use the club.

“Some people have been coming for years and years,” said Louise. “Children come for ‘Splash Time’ on Saturdays and Sundays between 2pm and 3pm. We have one lady who is in her 80s who comes almost every day.

“A lot of young people come and a few students.

“Our members come from quite a wide area.”

After our tour, I decided to have a swim and sauna.

However, what I wasn’t expecting was the wonderful outdoor hot tub. It was a little foggy so I couldn’t see all of Morecambe Bay, but on a clear the day the views would be spectacular.

I had the hot tub to myself for quite a while until a large group of ebullient Yorkshire folk joined me. They were clearly having a wonderful time so I left them to it and headed for the steam room. I loved the mellow lights display in the steam room and the sauna was simply enormous.

I finished my visit with a long swim in the pool. Pure heaven.

The club also has a luxurious beauty salon with a wide range of treatments using the Repechage range of products. Repechage, meaning ‘to give a second chance’ in French, has a vast range of products rich in seaweed harvested from Brittany. Treatments include facials, moisture masks, body treatments, luxury manicures, pedicures, massages, waxing, Minx nails, multiple treatment offers, pamper days and treatments that are exclusively for men. Lancaster House Hotel’s Sandpiper Club is a perfect place to train, get fit, relax or just escape from the stresses of everyday life.

*The Sandpiper Club has various special offers and memberships deals at the moment. For further details or to arrange a visit, call: 01524 585185.