Everyone needs a little pampering from time to time, particularly in the cold winter months following Christmas, when the festivities are but a distant memory and early mornings are starting to take their toll on ones health and sense of well-being. This January edition looks at some of the luxurious spa retreats favoured by the City set!
ESPA Life at Corinthia, London
Set in a space of iconic beauty, ESPA Life at Corinthia takes the Spa concept to the next level. A pioneering new concept, ESPA Life offers a fully integrated approach to wellbeing, bringing together a team of the world’s top experts to offer an unrivalled choice of spa, complementary alternative therapies, fitness, beauty treatments and Daniel Galvin Hair Salon.
Spread over four floors, the spa features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, nail studio, indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble heated loungers and private sleep pods. The spa café complements the overall offering by serving light, nutritious refreshments.
The Dorchester Spa, Park Lane, London
“Nothing very bad could ever happen in The Dorchester Spa. So acutely drilled are the staff and so invisible are the processes that keep the oasis running like a well-oiled machine, that you can literally relax to the point of regression. Every need will be taken care of (even those you never thought you had, like the absolute requirement for some biscotti biscuits after a massage), and obliging therapists with mollifying tones will hold your hand every step of the way, from showing you where to hang your robe to rustling up a hairband because you were too disorganised to bring one.” Timeout Magazine
Sequoia at the Grove, Hertfordshire
Sequoia at the Grove is a luxury spa located just 20 minutes from the centre of the capital. The trendy spa hotel has romantic rooms in its luxury 18th century Mansion House and the more contemporary West Wing all with endless views of its beautiful grounds. Inside and out there’s eclectic, and somewhat eccentric, art to absorb and hidden gems to explore, not least the sizeable sandy beach and outdoor heated pool in the Walled Garden. The Sequoia Spa itself is home to a jumbo indoor swimming pool plus self-massaging ‘Vitality Pool’, heat experiences and wet rooms.
Calcot Spa, Calcot Manor Hotel, The Cotswolds
Calcot Manor is a traditional Cotswolds hotel located in a fourteenth-century farmhouse. “A relaxing countryside retreat, with squashy sofas and roaring fires creating an atmosphere of cosiness.” The Telegraph
Calcot Spa is situated in the grounds of Calcot Manor Hotel. The beautifully designed spa is flooded with natural light and the neutral artwork and furnishings reflect the surrounding countryside. Dip into the outdoor hydrotherapy pool, swim lengths in the 16-metre indoor pool or just relax in the thermal experience area. There are also plenty of fitness options, whether you want to spend a couple of hours in the gym, or walk around the countryside trail track.
Lucknam Park Spa, Wiltshire
Lucknam Park is the hotel that has it all: award-winning spa and wellness centre, Michelin-starred restaurant, 500-acre estate and even stables, which are home to 35 glossy-flanked horses. The grounds are peaceful and private, including tennis courts, croquet lawn, football pitch and a cookery school.
The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath
Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel designed by New York based Champalimaud Design is centred around Spa Village Bath and, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.
The Gainsborough Health Club & Spa combine a luxurious day spa with excellent health and fitness facilities.