UK Countryside Retreats: Five of the Best
1. Lucknam Park, Bath
The Lucknam Spa is set in a pretty, walled rose garden at the back of the Manor House. Its piece de resistance is an impressive indoor and outdoor saltwater hydro-pool with a hypnotic flickering fire-feature wall! Other facilities include thermal cabins, an aroma steam room a modern gym, nine treatment rooms and an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Top Treatments: Made-to-Measure Massage and Pro Lifting Facial.
Spa Products: Carita and Anne Semonin.
2. The Scarlet, Cornwall
This stunning state-of-the-art eco-spa has a clifftop outdoor pool and hot tubs with panoramic views across the ocean. Facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, a serene tented treatment zone, a meditation room, Hammam and a Rhassoul for mineral mud treatments!
Top Treatments: Ayurvedic Therapy Massage and The Journey (a three hour super-treatment, including a bathing ritual, body scrub and massage).
Spa Products: Tri Dosha, Voya and The Scarlet Range.
3. Calcot Manor, Gloucestershire
Surrounded by lavender, rosemary bushes and the sprawling Cotswolds countryside, The Calcot Spa circles a bubbling outdoor hydro-pool and real fire for cosy winter spa-ing. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and steam rooms, a manicure suite and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.
Top Treatments: The Aromatherapy Associates Rose Indulgence Facial and Volcanic Hot Stone Massage.
Spa Products: Aromatherapy Associates and The Calcot Spa Brand.
4. Lime Wood, New Forest, Hampshire
Set on the edge of the New Forest the scenery at Lime Wood is simply breathtaking. The Herb House Spa is inspired by its forest surroundings. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pools. A swimming pool, aroma-steam room, mud treatment room and large sauna with woodland views.
Top Treatments: Forest Escape, an Ayuverdic herbal massage and Tri-Dosha Holistic Glow.
Spa Products: Bamford, Voya, Tri-Dosha and Aromatherapy Associates.
5. The Grove, Hertfordshire
The Sequoia Spa is set in a tranquil walled garden within The Gove estate. Facilities include a black mosaic swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, steam and sauna rooms and a saline vitality jet pool. Twelve Asian-inspired treatment rooms and indoor and outdoor relaxation rooms.
Top Treatments: Rose Ritual, a rejuvenating rosehip scrub followed by a warm rose and geranium oil massage. Cellular Renewal Enzyme Facial.
Spa Products: Espa.