I have been very lucky in my life and had the chance to travel to so many locations. I have stayed in hotels, hostels, airbnbs, and with relatives. Rarely however do I ever treat myself to a luxurious stay anywhere since holidays to me mean pounding the pavements, running marathons (or other races), and only using a hotel to sleep in and shower in. However when Apex City of Bath Hotel offered me the chance to spend the night in their hotel and learn more about their new #WarmerWelcome initiative, I jumped at the opportunity. You mean you want me to stay in your hotel and relax?
The Apex City of Bath Hotel is about a 10 minute walk from the station. Bath is a beautiful city and my previous visit had been from the station to a storage unit and back (I know, I know sexy). I took my time walking from the station to the hotel, getting in everyone’s way and taking all the pictures.
Eventually I wondered to the hotel, and even though I was early, the hotel staff were wonderful, and to my joy my room was ready and waiting for me.
Apex City of Bath Hotel
The Apex City of Bath is a four star hotel situated in the corner of Charles Street and James Street West and right in the middle of the city. There is a restaurant, gym, pool, and sauna. My room was on the fourth floor and absolutely beautiful. Large, with a double bed, and stunning bathtub – it was everything I wanted and more.
There was a goody bag on my bed waiting for me and when I explored, I also found an Apex Duck in the bathroom called Oliver. There is a different duck in every Apex hotel location and the collector in me want to get them all. I will be writing about the active travel I did in Bath in a separate post (as I did a lot) but that evening I had an early dinner and spent the rest of my time curled up in bed, watching TV and catching up with my book. I have a pet peeve about hotel room: the temperature dial. If I can’t figure out how to make it work, you need to change it. The temperature dial in my room was so easy to use (and it actually worked); little details like this which make me fall for a place and want to visit again and again.
Also as someone who now sleeps in a double bed, right in the vey middle and sometimes diagonally, the bed in my room was perfect was me to really spread myself out.
Apex Hotels have teamed up with dietician, corporate wellness expert, and active traveller Celynn Morin to help their guests get the most out of mind and body. They have introduced some little touches to all the rooms to help people rejuvenate, focus, and relax. What’s more, you don’t have to have booked in with them to take advantage of Celynn’s tips and advice: there is a podcast series accompanying #WarmerWelcome too: Rejuvenate, Focus and Relax with Celynn Morin. The first couple of episodes are now live and the rest will follow on every Monday for the next month.
In total there will be 5 podcasts and they will focus on Snacking, Moving, Breathing, Sleep, and the Power Nap. The first episode is now out and at only 10 minutes in length is very easy to listen to.
In each room (along with the Oliver the duck which really lifted my mood) there will be Elemins sleep mists and booklets full of achievable and doable tips and advice or becoming healthier on the inside.
Who is the Celynn Morin?
Along with a few other bloggers I was lucky enough to meet and listen to Celynn early last week. She introduced herself a foodie and with French heritage her ideal meal would include cheese and champagne. Until then I thought she would be someone I wouldn’t be able to relate to or whose views would differ greatly from my own (don’t get me started on the classism surrounding food…if you think bee pollen is affordable by everyone you need to assess your social circle and open your eyes). However champagne and cheese? YES.
Celynn’s work usually takes her to corporate leaders where she hopes that by convincing them to make changes to their wellness will lead to a trickle effect and better policies being put in place for other staff members.
Some of you may know that my sister is a Doctor. She mentioned to me a while ago that a lot of the patients she sees have problems which could be alleviated with certain lifestyle changes – moving a little more or eating a few more vegetables. That always stuck with me and it was something Celynn spoke about with such passion and knowledge; a lot of us (me included) need to hear what she has to say. Yes, I run regularly and yes I start my day with exercise. However I then spend most of my day then sitting down working on a computer. I don’t meal plan or snack plan (more on this later) and as a result am now eating more unhealthily than I ever used to.
Celynn’s whole talk and workshop was centred around knowing that people who work on desks need different health improvements to those who are professional PTs as many of my friends are.
As she spoke, I made notes…and then more notes. A lot of what she said was common sense but I needed to hear it. Here are just some of the things I noted:
- Just moving for three minutes every 45 minutes does the world of good. Walk to refill your water glass, walk to the toilet, walk up and down stairs.
- You don’t need to drink 8 glasses of water a day. It’s usually 1 glass per every 10kg you weigh.
- After a 5k run I don’t need to guzzle water. Usually a glass or two on top of my daily amount will replenish anything I have lost through my sweat. This will obviously change when the distances run change.
- Diets don’t work because eliminating food goes against what we want as humans. Instead add things to your diet instead – add more protein, or add more vegetables.
- We should spend a third of our lives sleeping because it is vital for succeeding when awake. I agree with this so much: The Cult of Busy needs to die a death.
- Buy an alarm clock and don’t keep your phone in your bedroom.
- Snack prepping needs to become part of my daily routine.
- Eat more mindfully and take things a little slower.
Why did it never occur to me that I need to snack prep? I go to work every morning with a full stomach convinced that I won’t be snacking that day. Fast forward only a few hours and I am buying the closest bag of chocolate covered peanuts and inhaling them all in about two minutes. Three minutes after that I’m still hungry and reaching for something else.
However it wasn’t just food that Celynn spoke about or which gave me food (ahem) for thought. She spoke a lot about mental wellbeing and how important it is. She set us all a behavioural challenge – one behaviour we would all pledge to adopt or change using the below formula:
B = MAT
Behaviour = Motivation x Ability x Trigger
The one way you can change your behaviour is to make it something small and doable. So not only did I share it with everyone in the room what I wanted to adopt, I am sharing it with all of you too:
Every day I want to write three things I am grateful for.
These can be small or big things but I will think of three things and I will write them down during my evening commute. Only recently I realised how negative my thoughts have become and how that negativity can spiral out of control. I am hoping this will help combat that and I can eventually train my brain to not see the worst case scenario all the time.
I had such a good time learning about Apex Hotels’ #WarmerWelcome initiative. The work they are doing with Celynn is grounded in reality instead of being full lofty, unattainable, and frankly ridiculous; the wellness they talk about in more common sense than bee pollen and Himalayan salt lamps (seriously google them, it’s a whole other level of strangeness and fire hazard).
Thank you so much to both Apex City of Bath Hotel and Celynn Morin for the brilliant two days.
Disclaimer: I was gifted an overnight stay at Apex City of Bath Hotel. This has not influenced my review.