When it comes to Luxury Spa Breaks in the UK you really can`t afford to miss out on the highly acclaimed Chewton Glen. Situated just 10 minutes walk from the sea (and some beautiful sandy beaches), the luxury spa is nestled at the tip of the New Forest (Hampshire) in the South East of England.
We recently visited the Spa and discovered a level of relaxation that we have never experienced before. After some time debating between ourselves why Chewton Glen felt so different to many other spas that we`ve visited we came to the conclusion that their secret lies in their unique combination of premium quality at every turn, and incredibly friendly and down to earth staff who have clearly mastered the art of communication!
As you enter the regal gates and navigate the sweeping drive with beautifully mowed lawns either side of you it`s unmistakable that you have reached one of England`s finest spa retreats. You arrive directly at the front porch where you are greeted by porters all keen to allow you to relax as soon as you get out of the car. There`s a very different feel about this place from the outset; no arrogance, pompousness… more like a family all wanting to ensure every part of your stay is a memorable one…
Within minutes we were checked in and shown to our newly renovated room which had clearly had some professional interior design impetus… a very sassy black and white suite where classic furnishings meet modern design and technology. There was a plasma screen in our living area as well as the main bedroom, and to top it all off there was even one above the bath!
The suite had two balconies overlooking a beautifully kept lawn and we had a two minute walk along the corridor into the spa. WOW! Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your perfect spa, then times it by two. Immediately greeted by a charming and spacious swimming pool and a separate luxury hydro therapy pool we enjoyed an hour of unspoilt pampering. No packed Jacuzzis to queue for, no screaming kids… just complete relaxation. It would have been rude not to have finished the session with a steam and sauna of course.
We then experienced a rather special treat which we can highly recommend… A Lomi Lomi Nui-Hawaii massage and a full body wrap (Cocoon) and facial, which were simply incredible. The spa has a built-in therapy centre with a huge range of treatments to enjoy from some more incredibly talented staff!
Now to the food… well let`s just say that no stone at Chewton Glen has been left unturned. The chefs alone total 27 bringing with them vast experience and a level of creativity and quality you`d expect at a Michelin Starred restaurant. A nice touch is the fact that all ingredients are sourced locally (where possible) and prepared in house. The menu is very English, no fuss but lots of thrills. I have to drop in also that the cheese board was simply incredible!
After a day and a night we were left feeling completely relaxed, refreshed and possibly a few happy pounds heavier.
The combination of the finest luxuries and a very amiable atmosphere throughout the spa is a `must` if you want to treat yourself or perhaps someone special. Thank you Chewton Glen.
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