Life in the rat race can be tough, whether you’re rushing from meeting to meeting or stuck in commuter traffic, your hectic schedule will eventually takes its tole on your energy levels. To ease these everyday stresses and strains, it’s important to make time for some much needed R&R.
Luckily, the UK boasts some of Europe’s best luxury spa retreats and with so many to choose from, we’ve asked The Spa Spy to recommended her favourite spa hotels within three hours of Birmingham.
Tetbury, The Cotswolds
Dating right back to the 14th century and set in 220 acres of stunning Cotswolds countryside, the former farmhouse and spa offer an idyllic laid back country escape. Individually styled luxury rooms and cottages scatter the impeccably manicured grounds. Family favourable – the wonderful Playzone Barn is a perfect place to leave little ones whilst grown-ups spa.
The Spa: Fringed with fragrant lavender and rosemary gardens, a state of the art spa, offering seven treatments rooms, steam rooms, a 16 metre indoor pool, nail bar, and spa cafe. Laze in the spa’s pièce de résistance – a bubbling courtyard hot tub complete with a cosy open log fire – where your therapist will bring you a juice or glass of fizz to quaff alfresco, pre or après treatment…
The Treatment: Bliss – a Calcot signature treatment:
A restorative aromatherapy massage to release tension and bring your energy channels back to balance is followed by a rejuvenating facial using essential oils to renew and serums to hydrate. A pressure point face massage is then performed to lift the skin and reduce puffiness. A deeply relaxing scalp massage completes the treatment. The perfect choice for complete rejuvenation of body and mind.
Other treatments include: Aromatherapy Associates’ Rose Prescriptive Facial and Volcanic Hot Stone Massage, CACI Microdermabrasion and Elemis Biotec Skin Resurfacer.
A member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of The World, the 17th century grey stone mansion, set in 500 acres of parkland, feels like the backdrop to a romantic period drama. Inside you’ll find opulent Georgian-inspired drawing rooms, Chesterfield sofas, open fires and creative floral displays. Venture outside to discover the equestrian centre, walled kitchen garden and tennis courts. The Michelin-starred Park Restaurant is the cherry on the cake at this top notch retreat.
The Spa: Housed within the pretty walled rose garden, Lucknam’s state of the art spa boasts a 20 metre indoor-outdoor saltwater pool, a hydro-jet pool and thermal cabins featuring Japanese Salt and Amethyst. There’s also a Wellbeing House offering Yoga and Pilates classes, Haslauer Reflective Sunlight Therapy, and dry floatation. Visiting masters offer bespoke retreats thought the year.
The Treatment: ILA Body Renewal for Clarity or Bliss
Created by ILA founder Denise Leicester to ‘reach beyond the physical and nourish emotional and spiritual well-being’, the holistic healing renewal ritual uses the ionizing properties of Himalayan salt crystals to nourish both body and mind. Packed with stimulating Argan oil, juniper and rose, ‘Clarity’ effectively battles cellulite, stress and exhaustion, and ‘Bliss’ gently restores and relaxes the nervous system, leaving glowing skin and a sense of enhanced mental wellbeing.
Other Treatments Include: Cinetic™ lift expert facial, Anne Semonin’s Made-to-Measure Aromatic Facial, and Rainforest Rejuvenation.
Otherwise known as London’s country estate, The Grove is a popular choice for city slickers, well healed families and London’s A-list. Set in 300 acres of woodland, dotted with an orangery and magical gardens, the grand house, annexe and spa are surrounded by an award winning golf course – chosen fairway of Cameron and Obama’s well-publicised jaunt. Peruse the grounds and you may stumble upon The Grove’s secret urban beach…
The Spa: The Sequoia Spa is set in a tranquil walled garden, a short stroll or buggy ride from the main house. Inside you’ll find a wonderful black mosaic pool, Jacuzzi, steam & sauna rooms and a saline vitality jet pool. Facilities also include twelve Asian-inspired treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms, a nail bar, fitness suite and juice bar.
The Treatment: English Rose Reviver
A deeply restoring ESPA treatment inspired by The Grove’s walled garden, the treatment begins with a relaxing foot ritual followed by a nourishing Rosehip seed and Rosewood body scrub to remove dead skin cells and promote skin renewal. A soothing, full body massage using flowing movements, with warm-oil-pouring of Rose Geranium and Palmarosa essential oils, and a pink clay scalp massage completes the blissful treatment.
Other treatments include: Advanced Pro-Radiance Facial, O2 Body Perfection, Citrus Wrap, and a dedicated men’s spa menu including the Golfers Combo.
A favourite hangout amongst Premier League footballers, rock stars and the city’s movers and shakers, the contemporary designer hotel with super-sleek interiors sits right in the centre Manchester. Set on the north side with views of the River Irwell, The Lowry is geographically located in Salford, birthplace of the artist himself.
The Spa: The urban-chic, buzzing city spa, is the first UK hotel spa to feature the award-winning QMS Medicosmetics Skincare & Spa Treatment Collection. Facilities include six treatment rooms – including a couple’s suite – a sauna, relaxation areas and a spa café. A colonic hydrotherapy clinic is offered five days a week.
The Treatment: QMS Skin Spa at The Lowry Hotel – a signature treatment
Created especially for The Lowry Spa an effective and powerful facial combining an advanced double-oxygen technique with natural soluble collagens. Tone and texture are restored whilst targeting premature ageing of the skin through the use of high-performance formulations and pure oxygen to stimulate cell regeneration.
Other treatments include: Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, QMS pure oxygen facial.
Perched on the borders of Windsor Great Park, a country playground for London’s elite – Princes Harry and William have been spotted on more than one occasion competing on the estate’s polo field – the stunning Georgian style mansion house, dotted with colourful English country gardens and meadows is set amongst 240 acres. With pursuits on offer such as polo, croquet and tennis it’s quintessential high-class escape.
The Spa: The majestic spa at Coworth Park boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding parkland. Flooded with natural light, styled with crisp contemporary furnishings and scattered with art and sculptures, facilities include an 18 metre pool (with underwater music) aromatic steam, experience showers, manicure and pedicure stations, a sun terrace, Techogym and Spatisserie.
The Treatment: Insomniac’s Dream.
The deeply sedating full body massage uses the essential oils of vertiver, chamomile and sandalwood, renowned for their calming effects, to completely relax body and mind. A tranquil treatment specifically designed for sufferers of insomnia – the treatment ends with an acupressure point face and scalp massage to clear any congestion and ease an overactive mind.
Other treatments include: Target Tension Massage, Luxury Collagen Facial by Carol Joy London, Intensive Eye Rescue by Kerstin Florian.
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