A staycation makes you enjoy the beauty and charm of your own city or country without having to venture out a great distance. The nice little stint at the Macdonald Bertyeside Hotel & Spa was that opportunity to teleport myself into the realm of the illusion of being far away from home.

Staycation at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Ascot

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Beautographer had to attend a weeklong corporate training at Ascot. The venue being a stone’s throw away around an hour worth of drive from our home, the opportunity for the brief escape for me was too good to let go. So while he was contained in day long training sessions, I was all by myself to discover the subtle little charms of this wonderful location.

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Staycation at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Ascot

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You could either drive from London or arrive by train at Ascot and then take a taxi for a short £6 ride to this hotel. The entrance designed in traditional Victorian architecture will not give the impression of how big the venue actually is. Surrounded by lush greenery radiating their vibe after the fresh drizzle, the venue looks like a sanctuary from outside offering some much needed refuge to those who are stressed with the fast pace of city life.

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Talking about fast pace, Ascot is well known for its majestic horses and exciting horse races which pace around its famous racecourse. Along with staycationers like me, aficionados of the horse racing descend regularly at this hotel for its vicinity to the action.

Staycation at Macdonald Berystede Hotel & Spa Ascot

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Therefore the beautiful interior of the hotel features horse busts, historic photos of races and items of decoration celebrating this majestic township. The lounge and the reception give immediately the impression of entering a typically aristocrat English county mansion. Sufficiently comfortable Chesterfield sofas and ample seating allured me to melt myself for a while.

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The room was spacious enough to extend my relaxation, comfortable enough to rejuvenate me. With its monochrome bathroom, soft white bedding and gracious seating around the corner, I felt like forgiving myself for thinking to actually confine myself in those for doors to really absorb the comfort.

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While the beautographer kept disappearing to attend his training, walking through the narrow corridor with rooms on either side, I made plans to venture out of the room to explore the additional offerings of this gem of a place.

The touch of purple around the dining space blended so well with the ambience that it triggered the ‘ease factor’ to be ready to try out some culinary delights. Delectable choices in breakfast, buffet and à la carte, the food was served and the space was attended by serious to serve staff. Always welcoming with a smile they went a mile more here and there to oblige to my certain requests with regards to healthy food options.

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Soon it was cocktail-‘o-clock and I found myself sipping some while working simultaneously to bring to you this neat experience from the cosy corner of the bar situated right next to the lounge. The venue equally boasts of a tidy fitness centre along with a swimming pool where you are welcome to shed some unwanted calories which may have accumulated in the bar and restaurant. The relaxation experience was taken to another level when I treated myself to one of their signature spa packages. All senses were laid open to allow comfort and tranquility.

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In the gardens of the hotel, there is a bench to sit on which is surrounding the trunk of a tree. It reminded me to sit down, slow down and be still like the trunk of the tree to reflect a bit on nature, life and just on myself.

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While the horses run fast in Ascot, the Macdonald Hotel offers a place to slow down to remind that life is not a race, rather a marathon which needs to be finished and finished well.

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