Treat yourself to a body makeover at one of these tried and tested health spas
Feeling run down or overweight? It’s time to book yourself in for a little me-time
If you are in desperate need of total mind and body relaxation, Senspa at Carey’s Manor Hotel in the New Forest is like stepping into heaven. The Thai-style décor is beautiful and the whole place oozes with the exotic fragrance of the Spa’s signature scent. As well as an amazing thermal spa, candlelit hydrotherapy pool and some seriously impressive ‘health showers’, the Spa also offers fantastic chill-out facilities, plus yoga and tai-chi classes.
We might not quite have the weather for true outdoor spas in this country, but at Cowley Manor’s C.Side Spa they do their very best to bring the best of the outdoors indoors. With floor-to-ceiling windows next to the indoor pool, which is tiled in rustic slate-style blocks, Scandinavian-esque wood-panelled changing rooms and a grass roof, everything blends perfectly into the Cotswold landscape outside. And, if you really want to breathe in the fresh air, you can use the leaf-strewn heated outdoor pool.
An overnight stay at the gorgeous New Park Manor hotel in the New Forest, a romantic, three-course meal for two, breakfast the next morning, plus 95 minutes of luxurious, organic spa treatments each and pampering gifts to take home = the most relaxing gift in our line-up.|||http://www.vonessentials.co.uk/shop_view_product.asp?PID=557
Just an hour and a half from central London and in the heart of the New Forest, Chewton Glen is a stone’s throw from the beach and the perfect place for Londoners to get away from it all. Situated in rolling grounds, the spa is the most idyllic spot to relax and unwind with highlights including a wonder hydrotherapy pool to pummel your pressure points into submission.
This stylish well-being clinic in London’s Kensington, set up by beauty pioneer Esther Fieldgrass, offers the latest hi-tech and holistic treatments, from non-invasive liposuction to advanced nutritional assessments by Jane Famous. There’s also an SOS Spot Clinic, where the odd pre-party blemish can be banished in 15 minutes with an antibacterial laser, as well as tips on applying mineral make-up from Susan Posnick.
Voted the UK’s best hotel spa by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, the spa at the Four Seasons is an elegant escape from city life. Nestled among 500 acres of lush countryside, the converted Grade II-listed stable is linked to the hotel by a discreet glass walkway. Chill with yoga, relax in the pool, work up a sweat in the fitness centre, or have a make-up lesson in the private studio. Then indulge in a unique treatment using locally grown herbs: the Soothing Chamomile and Sage Massage is a delicious way to tend to tired muscles, while the Mint and Algae and Foot Ritual will cool frazzled feet.
The Spa at Pennyhill Park wins awards left, right and centre. From industry accolades to reader polls, everyone who’s ever visited raves about it (included the celebrity clientele). So, what’s all the fuss about? Put simply, this lavish, sprawling spa has everything you could possibly want for? and more. Want a quick dip in the pool? It’s got eight. Fancy sweating out those toxins? Take your pick from herbal saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, tepidariums and laconiums. Need to cool down afterwards? Choose from the freezing plunge pool or brace-your-teeth, I’ll-go-after-you-please ice cave. And we haven’t even started on the treatments available yet.
Located just a stones throw from the Georgian main house, the Rookery Hall health club and spa has everything you could possibly need for total wellbeing and relaxation. Pick from an extensive array of indulgent treatments, take a dip in the hydrotherapy pool, or simply lay back in the sauna or steam room. If you feel in a more active mood then try out the fully equipped gym, or borrow a pair of wellies and take a walk in the extensive grounds. A weekend simply won’t feel like long enough.
An award-winning health sanctuary founded by beauty guru Jo Fairley and her husband Craig Sams. We love the feng-shui designed treatment rooms, with yoga and Pilates studios, which offer the crème de la crème of holistic treatments. Indulge in over 50 treatments and classes from acupuncture, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic and Thai massage, to facials and nutritional therapy. We recommend the 60-minute Hot Stone Therapy.
The UK’s first ‘eco spa’, Titanic is housed in an old mill that cost £1.5million to convert to carbon-neutral, it boasts energy from sustainable wood chippings, a chlorine-free, salt-regulated pool and its own water borehole. Slick and modern without being pretentious, the feeling is laid-back luxury gone green. Weary bodies must try the Escape Warm Stone Massage to soothe mind and muscles and soften skin.