A spa that gives you time to breathe
CHLOE URQUHART and her family enjoy some much-needed time out at one of Britain's top family-friendly spa hotels, Chewton Glen in Hampshire.
Time is our most precious commodity and as most parents know this is always in short supply when you’re running after the kids, juggling work and running the house.
But the luxury of time is what a stay at Chewton Glen, a country house hotel in Hampshire, offered my family during a weekend stay. During those two tranquil days I not only clocked up two relaxing spa treatments but even managed dinner with my husband!
We arrived at the hotel after a quick dash down the M3 followed by a leisurely drive through the New Forest – our boys squealing with delight as they spotted the famous ponies grazing a few feet from the car.
We swept up the grand driveway to reception and were warmly welcomed by the concierge who organised the bell boy to take our many odd-shaped Thomas the Tank bags to the room.
Since the arrival of children our more stylish Louis Vuitton trunks have been relegated to the attic!
It’s detail which makes a holiday memorable and the boys were very excited to find their very own mini bathrobes and slippers laid out for them in the vast bathroom.
This was the shape of things to come and we seemed to spend the next two days relaxing in our robes dapping back and forth to the spa – which was literally down the corridor.
My first treatment was a wonderfully relaxing Ananda facial using organic products from the Ila-Spa range. My therapist described it as “reflexology for the head” and as the treatment progressed I could feel what she meant.
The wonderful products were complimented with an intense head massage which could leave some people feeling a little dizzy but helped me to unwind and let go.
Ila-Spa was founded by Denise Leicester, a leading aromatherapist and healer who, having spent a lifetime understanding and exploring the dynamics of natural skincare and healing, created a range of organic products that seamlessly fuses holistic wellbeing with beautiful skin.
Denise' vision was to develop a luxury collection of products designed to treat the skin and nourish the emotions to create inner and outer beauty. The products are individually hand-blended in the Cotswolds and use ingredients that come from plants and minerals which are sourced from some of the most remote, untainted parts of the world.
This is known as Ila's Beyond Organic philosophy.
As I lay on the treatment bed by therapist told me that even the spa music I was listening to was being sung by Denise Leicester. For some strange reason hearing her voice effortlessly fill the room with music seemed to help me connect with her philosophy and products.
The hotel is so family-friendly, my husband was able to enjoy the spa facilities and indulge in an Indian head massage and Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage while the children played in the ‘Kids Club’ which is complimentary for hotel guests during morning and afternoon sessions.
Spending an hour or two using the spa’s facilities before and after a treatment is a must – rotating between the hydrotherapy pool, aromatherapy saunas, outdoor whirlpool, to the crystal steam rooms which wouldn't be out of place in a traditional Hamman helps to open the pores and relax the muscles which means you get more out of your treatment. It also means the spa is better value because you get so much more for your money.
As I prepared for my Lomi Lomi Hawaiian treatment, the therapist offered aromatic oils to choose from, each with its own unique fragrance.
Lomi Lomi is a unique flowing and deeply relaxing full body massage. The gentle massage works deeply into the muscles with flowing strokes, allowing the recipient to relax and give into a nurturing touch. You could almost imagine you are lying on a pacific island beach being caressed by the waves.
The massage worked a treat and I did actually drift off into a light sleep, which is something I rarely do.
After a relaxing swim in the 17-metre ozone treated swimming pool and warm shower I returned to the spa café for a light lunch of salmon and fresh crispy salad, with a light infusion of tasty dressing. It was absolutely delicious in a perfect setting.
For those staying longer than a couple of days or anyone wanting some additional fresh air and outdoor activity, there is a quaint par 3 golf course and fabulous 30-minute woodland walk through the forest and surrounding countryside to the nearby beach which offers spectacular views of the Isle of Wight.
While we indulged in the spa, the kids had so
much fun painting, doing puzzles, playing with train sets and enjoying story
time they couldn’t wait to get back to the cosy club, for the afternoon session.
With Wellington’s at the ready the afternoon was spent exploring the vast Chewton Glen gardens, enjoying the autumn colours, and collecting newly fallen leaves for a seasonal nature basket.
As the club closed the children’s session began in the heated pool housed in a beautiful orangery.
After an hour of splashing with their new friends it was time for tea. Wow, it was just like home. Dishes of sausages, fish fingers and chips, ice-cream, strawberries and other fruit for dessert. Just what every child likes. This child-friendly feast topped a fantastic day-out for the kids.
The hotel owners have created a splendid hotel and spa. The luxury bedrooms and suites, stylish bars, fabulous wine collection and fine dining restaurants, combined with vast gardens, golf course, spacious spa facilities and treatment rooms have placed Chewton Glen firmly
at the top of my list of family-friendly spa hotels that gives the adults time to breathe.
|About the hotel:
• Fifty-eight bedrooms and suites which have been decorated to provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort
• 130 acres of grounds
• Nine-hole golf course
• Two indoor and two outdoor tennis courts
• Three AA Rosettes restaurant
• More than 700 wines to choose from
• Pool bar near the spa for light meals and snacks
• Spectacular hydrotherapy pool is the crowning glory of the spa.
• Outdoor swimming pool
• A croquet lawn
• Seventeen-meter ozone treated swimming pool
• Hydrotherapy spa pool with hi-tech therapy options
• Aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam rooms
• Relaxation room
• Outdoor whirlpool
• Cold drench showers
• Ten treatment rooms
• Exclusive Linda Meredith skin care
• The Grooming Lounge for Jessana Manicures, Zen Pedicures and Tanning and Make-Up
• ila restorative beyond organic treatments
• Ren Organic Products
• Pool bar and lounge with a specially
formulated menu to provide great tasting food with healthy benefits
• State-of-the-art gymnasium including
a power plate and personal training available
• Dance studio with daily programme of
exercise and relaxation classes (including Aqua exercise, Tai Chi,
Pilates and Yoga)
The spa has an exclusive agreement to provide facial treatments by Linda Meredith.
Advanced skincare formulations and legendary facials have earned Linda Meredith an enviable list of celebrity clients from the worlds of film, music and fashion.
Linda’s skin care regime recognises that
the ‘typical’ skin type no longer exists, the Linda Meredith range treats the problem not the skin type and all of the products can be overlapped to deal with various issues arising on the skin.
Victoria Beckham, Madonna and Kate Moss are all fans of the famous Linda Meredith facial.
Here is your chance to WIN a Limited Edition range of LM result-based skin products worth £1,000 -
Lomi Lomi massage:
A Hawaiian massage tradition that was originally taught only within the Hawaiian family. Lomi Lomi combines the use of prayer (pule), breath (ha), and energy (mana) with a variety of massage strokes to release "blocked" areas of tension in the body and can give the recipient the feeling of many hands on the body at once.
From beginning to end, one stroke can cover an entire region of the body - sometimes the entire body – and is continuous, which gives the recipient a feeling of a never-ending massage.
Many spa-goers say it is like the ocean washing over them, and even experienced massage therapists say that they have never before experienced such a wonderful massage.
The Hawaiian belief is that trauma is held at a deep cellular level in the body, even if we feel the mind has ‘dealt’ with it. Lomi Lomi works at a deep level in the body, releasing and healing past trauma. LauLima (healing touch), Ha (breathwork) and PaiPai (rocking/pulsing) are often used during a LomiLomi treatment.
These, combined with LomiLomi massage are powerful and excellent ways to cleanse the emotional body and allow fresh mana (divine power) to flow through emotional blocks thereby releasing their hold on you.
Hawaiian’s say it is the ‘dance of massage,’ and is as wonderful to give as to receive.
The Spa at Chewton Glen offers one of
the widest range of facial treatments available in Hampshire and the UK.
Spa treatments are priced from approximately £25 to £170 and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
The spa grooming lounge also offers a full range of manicures and pedicures.
Spa pamper days are also very popular and range from the Classic Chewton Glen Spa priced at £220 to the Beauty Bliss Spa Day which is £150.
The spa day includes:
• Breakfast Box with tea, coffee and refreshments
• Full use of the award-winning spa and leisure facilities
• Buffet lunch
• Refreshments throughout the day (excludes fruit smoothies and alcoholic
• Daily attendance at fitness, dance
and aerobic classes (note class timetable changes daily)
• Service and VAT
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|Looking after little-ones:
• Welcome activity pack Mini bath
robes and slippers
• Children's range of DVDs
• Play station
• A cupboard full of games including
Junior Scrabble List of 'what's on' in the area for younger guests
• Baby Wellington boots for the ever
popular beach walk
For the very young guests:
• Bottle warmers
• Baby food and changing mats
• High chairs
• Swimming nappies
• The hotel organises fully qualified
and registered nannies and baby-sitters
February Winter half term
– Saturday, February 12 to Sunday, February 27, 2011 Under five’s stay
and eat free (when sharing parents room) Enjoy three nights for the
price of two (an extra bed charge applies for over five’s).
The Kid's Club will be in daily
operation during the half term holidays
The SPA Traveller’s tips
Chewton Glen has numerous seasonal offers.
For more information
Chewton Glen is a Luxury Country House Hotel & Spa located in England on the edge of the historic New Forest National Park and within easy reach of Christchurch, Bournemouth and Southampton.
The hotel is only 90 miles from Central London by car and is situated in one of the richest historical parts of England. Nearby places to visit include the New Forest National Park, with its many attractions, pretty villages and sweeping landscapes.
The hotel offers the use of a chauffeured service. This can booked by telephoning the Reservations team.
How to contact Chewton Glen:
T:+ 44 1425 275 341