Top 10 UK Spa Hotels’ Signature Treatments
Britain has hundreds of spa hotels; from chic city crash pads perfect for pre-dinner pampering to rural country retreats promising to relax and revive. But with so many hotels to decide on and endless lists of treatments to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. Signature treatments are rituals carefully designed to reflect the spas philosophy or the local area. Here I provide you with my top ten hotel signature spa treatments; from spas blending their own unique oils to those using herbs fresh from their garden…
King Edward’s Parade, Eastbourne
Living up to its name The Grand is Britain’s only 5* coastal hotel. Offering dramatic views of Beachy Head it’s perfectly located for coastal walks. After a windswept stroll on the beach retreat to the spa and restore your radiance with The Grand Classic Facial. A gentle peel exfoliates before the moisturising massage and botanical cleansing mask nourish and purify
One of the UK’s true destination spas, Champneys takes a holistic approach to health, with portion controlled meals, an extensive schedule of classes and a well-equipped gym. But if that sounds a bit too much like hard work why not try their signature treatment, Thalassotherapy. The pool’s warm mineral-rich saltwater promotes detoxification whilst hydrotherapy jets release tension and reduce cellulite.
The Grove, Chandler’s Cross
The Grove is a celebrity magnet; even Queen Victoria was a fan of the quirky hotel. Its 300 acre estate is stuffed with playful sculptures and in summer there’s even a manmade beach. The award-winning spa’s focal point is the striking black pool. Inspired by the hotel’s walled garden, the English Rose Ritual combines exfoliation, Balinese massage and a nourishing scalp treatment.
Wych Cross, Forest RowLocated within the deer-filled woods that famously inspired Winnie the Pooh, Ashdown Park Spa offers the perfect spa break for nature lovers. Their signature treatment, The Ashdown Pure Organic Moor Mud Experience, incorporates the sense of nature and the great outdoors in a blissful hour and a half long treatment combining an Alpine foot treatment, a Moor Mud body wrap and a detoxifying massage.
The Mansion House, Luton
Rich in Edwardian grandeur this Grade-I listed mansion has set the scene for countless films, from Four Weddings and a Funeral to James Bond. The glass-walled spa, located in a nearby stable block, offers undisturbed views across the surrounding woodland. Try their signature Bay and Lemon Body Polish and Wrap it uses their own aromatic oils inspired by the local flowers.
Babington House, Babington, Frome
From the owners of Soho House, Babington House offers a country retreat for city dwellers who won’t compromise on little luxuries. In keeping with the hotel’s cool vibe is its trendy Cowshed Spa features two areas; Cowshed Active and Cowshed Relax. Get glammed up for dinner with their Ultimate Cowshed Manicure which includes a nourishing hand mask and scalp massage.
The Feversham Arms, 1 High Street, Helmsley
This luxurious rustic retreat features roaring log fires, decadent bedrooms and dramatic views of the Yorkshire Moors. Verbena Spa offers heat experience rooms, an outdoor hot tub and outdoor heated pool. Don’t miss the Royal Miracle Ice Facial; after your skin is cleansed and polished and any impurities are extracted a pressure point facial and ice eye massage add instant radiance and lift.
Sofitel London St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London
Amidst the chaos of London there is an oasis of calm; So Spa. The lavish spa hides within the grade-II listed Sofitel St James. After a busy day in the city detox your skin with their So Rejuvenating Facial Treatment; combining the latest French skincare techniques with the finest products it promises to reinvigorate tired complexions revealing youthful skin.