Whether you’re in the centre of a buzzing city, or enjoying the tranquillity of a rural retreat, it’s always a treat if your hotel has a top-notch spa attached. Some boast such fabulous facilities that beauty aficionados make a point of visiting them too, even if they’re not staying at the hotel.
A perfect example of a chic hotel with a top-notch spa is the InterContinental London Park Lane. As soon as Spa Intercontinental opened, it became hugely popular with both hotel guests and West End girls, who found it perfectly located for popping in for a spot of lunchtime or après-work pampering. Situated on the first floor of the hotel, the spa transports you away from the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly and into a calming space. A series of elegant treatment rooms are laid out along a softly-lit corridor. There’s a comprehensive menu of treatments to choose from, depending on how much time you can spare and your requirements. Indulge with a pampering Elemis facial, de-stress with a massage or some reflexology (the two-hour English Rose Signature Treatment is sheer bliss), or simply get your body in tiptop condition – waxing, manicures, pedicures and tanning are all available. The handy location and huge range of top-notch treatments make Spa Intercontinental the idea Hotel Spa.
So much for the city, but what if you want to escape from it all? Bailiffscourt Hotel and Spa in Climping, Sussex is a complete haven. This seaside hidey hole is a must for those who want a gothic-get-away from the modern day madness. The hotel is pure olde worlde chic with narrow passageways (one even runs underneath the house in true spooky style), tapestry-clad stone walls, mullioned windows and log-fired sitting rooms (with book cases galore). You can literally smell the float-away old-fashioned charm. In the summer, play a game of croquet or badminton in the rose-clad gardens; come winter sink into the purple velvet sofas and linger over a sumptuous sandwich and cake platter. And just when you think it can’t get much better, the hotel’s spa is a total treat. Complete with indoor and outdoor pool (early morning swims are the perfect wake-you-up), gym, and relaxation room, it¹s the ideal place to recharge your batteries and the treatments are truly amazing. Their signature Vespers Drift Away massage (55 mins, £74) is divine, as is their Arrgh! Foot and leg energiser (£48). phoebe frangoul is the beauty editor at cultbeauty.co.uk
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