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Cocooned in comfort at Rudding Park & Spa

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There are cloisters and cobbled streets, a castle and listed Church, leafy Georgian avenues and Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms, according to my online research. Harrogate, is a Victorian Spa town and in its heyday a sought-after fashionable resort with curative spring waters. And a Yorkshire must-see. Sadly, however, I didn’t quite manage the short journey from my country house hideaway. I was, instead, cushioned in the comfort embrace of Rudding Park & Spa which sits proudly on the outskirts, perched amid 300 acres of undulating countryside.

Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room was built in1842 to provide shelter for the town’s affluent visitors as they took the famous waters. My surroundings, in contrast, are somewhat different. Contemporary styling, flashes of zany designs in bold colours hold court while individual art structures are dotted around bringing interest to corners and entrances of this 90-room hotel with a signature spa area that flows over three floors that can only be described as modern, airy, high-tech, cool and glitzy.

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And moody….each level of the spa exudes a defined ambience amid a creative mix of hydrotherapy and thermotherapy experiences. On the uppermost level, an air of excitement emanates from the roof-top heated pool which overlooks mature garden areas.  Guests giggle with sheer delight sipping a glass of bubbly with water splashing from jets into fine layers of mist lacing the surface creating an atmosphere more like Iceland than England. Come rain or shine, the cabanas extend the refreshing outdoor experiences or the garden sauna cabin for a little heat. Back inside, the focus moves first to the feet with a row of individual foot spas and then to the whole-body warmth of the herbal bath and luxury steam rooms.

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Luxury Steam Room

Next level down boasts a tempting indoor swimming pool in a light, elegant space with a juniper log sauna on standby as well as a room set up for mud rasul rituals.  It’s all peace and tranquillity below with a number of treatment rooms and relaxation areas. Here you can snuggle up on squishy sofa chairs against the backdrop of scenic video footage on an oversized screen. Serenity flows into a twinkling-lit room with reclined beds, an audio room to meditate or a lounge for a little colouring therapy to reset the mind. Quiet, still, calm.

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The menu of treatments is wide ranging and varied from Carita Cinetic Lift Facials, a Pearl & Jasmine Body Renewal which uses mineral-rich Himalayan salt crystals, a chakra wellbeing massage, or for those living with and beyond cancer, a range of Jennifer Young treatments.

I chose the thermal detox wrap and suffice to say, it was both relaxing and effective. The Spa has won a number of awards and has cleverly combined treatments with dining options in an array of packages to suit individuals and groups alike.

All this relaxation and revitalisation whets the appetite especially for a dish or two of fine dining. The Horte Restaurant serves up artistic displays in delicate portions oozing with flavours in its chef’s 7-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings.

Once relaxed, the gym is available to tone the muscles while a private cinema room offers a little distraction. With two restaurants, tastefully furnished guest rooms with all the facilities you need, a stay here will keep you occupied in unhurried relaxation.

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Back in 1571, the first mineral spring was discovered christening Harrogate as the place of healing waters. Today, the privately-owned Rudding Park & Spa has stolen the title for restoring the mind and revitalising the body but that’s no excuse for not visiting this Victorian Spa town – I will next time.

Visit: https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk

 

 

How to beat those Winter Blues

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As the summer months retire, cooler weather and shorter days can blow in those winter blues.

To enhance moods and wellbeing during the colder months,  Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in Scotland has launched a range of bathing treatments designed to increase mood and boost energy levels.

Research consistently demonstrates that hydrotherapy has a significant impact on mood enhancement by releasing elevated levels of endorphins, the body’s natural anxiety and stress busters. The use of therapeutic bathing also promotes a deep meditative state.

Guests at Kohler Waters Spa can achieve this heightened state of wellbeing through a range of inimitable Kohler bathing experiences employing marine-based ingredients, such as seaweed, that treat skin conditions and relieve muscle aches and stiffness, therefore improving overall state of mind.

Treatments include a relaxing, 90-minute Soak Overflowing Bath, which involves floating in a continually over-flowing bath tub filled with seaweed. The heat from the bath aids the body’s natural detoxifying process whilst the mineral rich Voya seaweed, harvested off the coast of Ireland, relieves muscle aches and joint stiffness, including rheumatism and arthritis.

The spa’s signature treatment, Lavender Rain involves warm rain pours down from the Kohler Custom Vichy shower whilst guests are treated to a nourishing body scrub using fresh lavender, marine salt crystals and eucalyptus. Lavender also works as a natural mood booster by relieving stress and helping achieve a good night’s sleep.

Guests can also make use of Kohler Waters Spa’s extensive hydrotherapy facilities including the invigorating cold plunge pool, the heated hydrotherapy pool providing therapeutic bathing and the refreshing ice fountain. There is also a steam room for deep muscular relaxation and detoxification, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden with hot tub.

Situated just metres away from West Sands Beach with commanding views of the Scottish coastline, the Old Course Hotel is situated in an idyllic location from which to enjoy some mind-calming walks in the fresh sea air, another natural mood enhancer. The Fife coastal path takes in 135 kilometres of stunning coastline, or guests can simply enjoy a gentle stroll along West Sands Beach. The hotel also has a fleet of bikes for hire, complete with chunky tyres ideal for a ride on the beach or the coastal path.

The Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel is the first Kohler spa experience outside the USA. With a focus on the therapeutic benefits of water, Kohler Waters Spa offers replenishing experiences that re-create the healing properties of Earth’s natural mineral-rich waters.

For further information on the Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel please visit www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk/spa/kohler-waters-spa or call 01334 474 371.

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Wake up! The first ever sleep health exhibition is launching in London


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Snooze, doze, nap, forty winks…. the answer to a good night’s sleep is not a dream. A new dedicated sleep exhibition is set to awaken the industry in London this October.

With sleep deprivation costing the UK economy £4.6 million per hour, SOMNEX The Sleep Show has been designed as a platform to bring together the entire sleep industry as well as generate better awareness around the impact of poor sleep for consumers and how they can improve it.

This three-day event will be split into one trade and corporate day on Friday 12 October, followed by two consumer days on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October. The event will address key issues across the full spectrum of sleep health andwill feature over 120 companies displaying their innovative products and technology.

Leading research company RAND Europe recently unveiled that the issue of sleeplessness is real and costs the UK economy over £40 billion annually, which works out at an astonishing £4.6 million every hour.Marco Hafner, Senior Economist at RAND and co-author of their report ‘Why Sleep Matters’ will be discussing these findings and their impact on the economy in more detail at SOMNEX | The Sleep Show.

James Cox, CEO of Simba, comments: “You might think your five-hours-a night is nothing to worry about but chronic sleep deprivation can not only affect cognitive performance at work but has been linked in some studies to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, depression and can even affect your performance in endurance sports.

Focusing on the trade and corporate day, the show gets down to business with opening session ‘Why all roads lead to sleep: Waking up to the importance of sleep and how much your health and well-being depends on it’ following the inaugural address. Using the latest research, scientists & experts will examine the link between the quality of sleep and physical & mental health.

Other presentations will take an in-depth look at industry trends and attitudes towards the sleep industry and the sleep strategies embraced by the retail and hospitality sectors.

During the show, the ‘demo zone’ will showcase the full spectrum of sleep products including eyewear, wearables, apps and skincare during individual twenty-minute sessions.

For very specific sleep issues facing different industry sectors, the organisers have designed five dedicated stages which will address separate industry verticals, which include retail, travel and hospitality, sports and fitness, healthcare and education.

The global sleep aids market is currently categorised by Research and Markets into mattress and pillows, sleep laboratories, medications, and sleep apnea devices. However, the business of sleep has rapidly expanded recently to include many more categories from the wider health and wellbeing industry to the tech sector.

 

SOMNEX | The Sleep Show is an independent and neutral platform. It takes place on 12-14 October in London at The Old Truman Brewery.

Of note: We do not endorse or represent any specific brand, product, methodology or approach around sleep. We welcome all those working across the sleep sector. SOMNEX has been created as a platform to facilitate and ignite discussion, debate and awareness around this very important and current topic.

Sleep tight!

pebbles 4A good night’s sleep is important for emotional, physical and mental wellbeing especially in our fast-paced lifestyles. There is an increasing number of therapies and products to help induce this much needed slumber. Hastings Hotels have introduced a natural therapy in the form of a tailor-made new Sleep Ritual spa ritual.

Performed in calming, candlelit surroundings, the ESPA Sleep Ritual is offered at The Culloden Estate & Spa and the Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Northern Ireland. The treatment includes breathing and visualisation techniques to release physical and emotional anxiety and restore energy. A deep tissue massage to release deep-seated muscular tension is combined with hot stones and warmed fragrant ESPA oil poured onto the body. This concludes with a soothing scalp massage to relieve any final signs of stress ensuring guests completely switch off.

The 5* Culloden Estate & Spa stands on the forested slopes of the Holywood hills, overlooking Belfast Lough and the County Antrim coastline. In close proximity to Belfast City Centre, the luxurious spa is Northern Ireland’s premier sanctuary for mind, body and soul. Guests can revel in a range of ESPA products and therapies with eight treatment suites, two pre and post treatment relaxation rooms. The hotel also offers a variety of different classes at the Health Club including Aquafit, Yogalates and Pilates. Guests can also enjoy relaxing in the pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam room. In 2017, Hastings Hotels celebrated 50 years of the ownership of the jewel in its crown, the Culloden Estate & Spa, as well as the completion of a £4.8M renovation programme at the hotel over the last three years.

The Slieve Donard Resort & Spa is situated on the seashores of the Irish Sea on Newcastle Bay. The hotel looks out to the Mountains of Mourne. Set in six acres of private grounds, the property is famous for its expansive and luxurious spa. Guests can escape to a cocoon of calm with over two floors of tranquillity, including a 20 metre swimming pool and Vitality Pool, amethyst steam room and high-tech fitness studio.

www.hastingshotels.com

The Thermae Bath Spa

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This natural thermal spa lies in the heart of Bath, a World Heritage Site.

The Thermae Bath Spa is an award winning facility flowing with warm, mineral-rich thermal waters.  Combining the old with the new, this historical spa building blends with the contemporary design of the New Royal Bath.

Following in the bathing traditions of the Celts and Romans, dating back 2000 years ago, here you can enjoy bathing in the Minerva Bath or the open-air rooftop pool with views over the city and countryside.

A dedicated Wellness Suite has been designed to offer a range of multi-sensory facilities.  Guests are invited to experience a thermal journey which includes an infrared sauna, an astral relaxation room, a series of aroma steam rooms and an ice chamber. Creative displays and features reflect the spa traditions of the Romans and Georgians.

For light refreshment, the Springs Cafe Restaurant serves freshly prepared meals and drinks.

www.thermaebathspa.com

 




The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Bath

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Originally built in the 1800s, The Gainsborough Bath Spa occupies two Grade II Listed buildings with distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades. Named after the artist, Sir Thomas Gainsborough, the luxury hotel is centred around its own Spa facility, (Spa Village), which, uniquely in the UK, has the exclusive privilege of having access to the natural thermal, mineral-rich waters.

The hotel is located in Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city was built around a thermal spring bringing waters that once healed a swineherd prince as well as providing a Georgian playground for both aristocracy and commoners alike. Bath’s legendary reputation has endorsed it as a leisure and wellness destination.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel offers a range of tastefully decorated rooms and suites which fuse period furniture pieces with contemporary styling.  Each guest room has complimentary wi-fi, flat screen TVs and luxury amenities.

The Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant offers fine dining with a comfortable, sophisticated ambience. This popular venue features Georgian architecture, original artwork and an impressive wine wall.

Guests are offered a complimentary  Bath House experience at the hotel’s Spa Village, with access to the natural thermal pools from 7am to 9am and 8pm to 10pm

http://www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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The Healing Waters of Bath

Roman steam roomDip your toe into the therapeutic waters of Bath for a reflection of a Roman era. Echoing a bygone time, it’s easy to imagine servants carrying vessels of mineral rich water, bathing in the warm waters that promise miraculous healing powers, being pampered in majestic surroundings with high domed ceilings while pompous and imposing Romanesque statues watch over.

From the Celts, Romans, Saxons and Georgians, Bath has long been associated with well-being which is well documented and exhibited at The Roman Baths, a first-class museum honouring the excavated remains which centre around the Sacred Spring. The rituals of spiritual contemplation, social interaction and the belief in health-giving properties of water are showcased and owe much to the Roman philosophy. Here you look and learn while a short distance away a more immersive experience awaits.

The Gainsborough Bath Spa has become the City’s crowning glory over healing waters. It’s tucked away in the quaint and aptly named Beau Street, minutes from the Roman Baths Museum and opposite the new and popular Thermae Spa facility. The hotel was originally built as a hospital, taking advantage of the curative properties of the underground springs. It was named after the artist Thomas Gainsborough and reflects a colourful history and a modern, sophisticated interpretation of its classic design. It stands as the only UK hotel with a naturally-occurring source of hot water with each guest room having its own supply of natural thermal water

The staff welcome guests like returning friends of the house. If your sat nav is not behaving, don’t despair, the hotel concierge will personally accompany you and guide you to the entrance. The rooms are elegant and tastefully furnished, complete with bathroom amenities from Asprey and a pillow menu to ensure a perfect night of slumber. It’s easy to stay in this cocoon of luxury.

Accommodating the lower ground levels, a star attraction awaits. The Spa Village offers its own version of Roman history, enjoying the privilege of exclusive access to naturally hot mineral-rich waters. This serene environment, swathed in natural light from a glass atrium, offers a range of aquatic body treatments, crafted for individual needs and conditions.

Your experience starts at the Aroma Bar where a delicate pouch of aromatherapy salts is crafted according to your mood preference.  This accompanies you throughout your time like a personal aroma mascot.  Use it as a reminder to enhance your mood during the recommended thermal circuit of three natural thermal pools, an ice alcove, traditional and infrared saunas, steam room and relaxation areas. And don’t miss the hot chocolate on tap, purported to be an ancient roman indulgent!

Treatments are designed to ensure the full benefit of the thermal waters through exfoliation, hydration and essential antioxidants and nutrients to complement the absorption of the Spring’s unique minerals. I selected the magnesium wrap, my choice based on the fact that most of us are deficient in this mineral. Apparently, magnesium is better absorbed through the skin rather than as a tablet supplement. It was a 90-minute relaxation experience combining a body scrub, massage and wrap in warm comforting towels. My skin took on a new suppleness and my mind equally nourished in relaxation. My therapist, Karbir Aliri, an expert in body nutrition, emphasised the significance of water as an essential component to relaxation, psychologically washing away stressful thoughts while immersion relaxed the muscles, allowing the breath to renew energy.

Two minutes away from the hotel is a rather different immersive experience at the Thermae Bath Spa. This popular facility is renowned for its rooftop pool created to maintain a connection with the surrounding landscape while providing therapeutic benefits. Go when the light is fading at twilight to enjoy the fabulous skyline views across the city.

The Thermae Bath Spa has involved the restoration of five historic buildings and a new contemporary structure to combine modern with a tradition of well-being which dates back over 2,000 years.

There are four natural thermal baths, one being The Minerva Bath, aptly named after the Goddess of Health and Wisdom. There are 24 treatment rooms offering a wide range of 40 therapies.

I experienced the “Nurture and Nourish” treatment which is one of the newer and recommended therapies using aromatherapy oils blended for dry or tired skin. The treatment involves a rose scrub to prepare the skin for a nourishing, light mud wrap. While wrapped cosily in towels, a facial and head massage furthers the relaxation process. The mud was showered away and the natural oils sealed in with a final massage.  I then retired to the adjoining relaxation room with a comforting cup of herbal tea in a far more calming state than when I arrived.

For that wow factor, the Wellness Suite, which was added this year, will certainly sparkle your senses with its range of colourful thermal chambers leading guests on a multi-sensory journey of seven experiences. These include Roman and Georgian inspired steam rooms, infused with aromatherapy oils, an infrared sauna, ice chamber, and an astral relaxing room, so popular that you may find a short queue. (www.thermaebathspa.com)

Bath may be brimming with restaurants but the Gainsborough Hotel’s cuisine is outstanding.  A young chef so impressed the hotel with his classic British dishes and creative use of local foods that they named the restaurant after him.  Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant offers an interesting menu as well as a creative seasonal six-course tasting option. I delved into the main menu to savour Sauteed Scallop which consisted of king prawn risotto, spring onion and yuzu – scrumptious.  The Fillet of Turbot followed, laced with crab tortellini, green peas, broad beans, girolles and crab bisque – mouth-watering and finally a menu of hard to resist desserts to include Lemon Parfait, healthy described with lavender sugar, lemon balm and raspberry sorbet.  Gluten-free requests are honoured without reminder and signature dishes modified to suit. It’s an informal yet sophisticated atmosphere with beautifully presented dishes honouring local, seasonal foods.

Before dinner, do find time to sample a cocktail made to suit your own personal taste. The bartenders are very talented and can craft a specially designed cocktail with your signature notes from a quick brief of your favourite tipples. You won’t be disappointed.  The Gainsborough bar is also well stocked with artisan gins, local ales and champagnes.

Bath’s wellness tradition is more than a bridge over flowing healthy waters.  Its natural springs have inspired architectural richness, aquatic treatments and a reverence towards the traditions and heritage of a healing destination. This is a place fashioning thermal health and wellness with the curative powers of warm hospitality.

Water floweth – The Facts on Bath’s waters:

There are three natural spring heads in the centre of Bath- The Kings Spring which fills the Roman Baths, The Hetling Spring and The Cross Spring

Each day the flow of water in 1.25 million litres at 45 centigrade.

The water contains 42 minerals. The most concentrated include calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, hydrogen carbonate, silicate and sulphur.

Places to visit…..

The Cross Bath is an 18th century open-air bathing pool where spring water rises up under natural artesian pressure through a sculptured fountain. It is a hidden sanctuary and an official sacred site, used in a similar way to years gone by for private gatherings reminiscent of Georgian bathers sipping hot chocolate with serenading musicians on the balcony above.  This hidden gem is recognised as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

A must is to see the “halo” of Georgian houses designed by John Wood the Elder which has become Bath’s memorable piece of architecture. Walk west to the Royal Crescent.

Bath Abbey is a former cathedral which has stood since 757 AD. Visit to see its stained glass windows and towering stone columns.

Jane Austen Centre is a draw for literary enthusiasts.  Hear about her own experience of Bath when she wrote “Persuasion” and “Northanger Abbey”. www.janeausten.co.uk

The Pulteney Bridge provides a view over the horseshoe-shaped weir and views to the high grounds.

The Grand Pump Room for afternoon tea while enjoying a recital or string quarter.

Sally Lunn’s is the city’s oldest eating house and kitchen and home to the famous Sally Lunn Bun – a recipe dating back 300 years.

 

How to Book:

For the Thermae Spa bookings:

Reservations. Tel: 01225 33 1234,

Email: reservations@thermaebathspa.com

https://www.thermaebathspa.com/contact/

For The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel

Reservations. Tel: +44 (0) 1225 358 888

Email: reservations@thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

http://thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk/pages/contact-us.html

 

Bryn Tanat Wellness, Wales

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Bryn Tanat Wellness is a new five-star wellness retreat in Wales offering pioneering programmes designed to address physical, mental and emotional wellbeing with functional medicine at its heart.

Launched by Susan Martin and her family, one-day and four-day programmes use Metabolic Analysis Profiling, Genetic Profiling, and a 24 hour Adrenocortex Stress Profile to uncover and address health issues prior to guests arriving.

Located on the border of Mid-wales and Shropshire, progammes aim to uncover and address the root of a person’s health issue through personalised wellbeing options. The programmes begin in February 2017 using experts providing bespoke advice and support to individuals.

The Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Devon

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The Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall Hotel in Devon opened in August 2016 offering a range of treatments focusing on health and wellbeing, using its s own-brand natural products as well as some of the UK’s top names in spa and wellness.

The Gaia Spa concept seamlessly combines ancient wellness traditions from around the world with the refinement and skills of modern spa.

May we have your tension please…..

Deep in the heart of Suffolk lies the pretty village of Lavenham with its crooked buildings dating back to medieval times. Woven between quaint teashops and art galleries sits the Swan Hotel, camouflaged by its age-old timber structure. Inside with beams and alcoves, history repeats itself with intimate lounges, cozy fireplaces and meandering passageways. Here, as a guest, you are addressed by your name, not your room number while your breakfast preferences are remembered from the day before. The Swan embraces you and provides the perfect setting for stepping away from busy schedules.

“May we have your tension please….” I read this from a display card. It refers to the unique facility attached to the hotel. Chic, stylish and extremely personal, the Weavers’ House Spa is tucked behind the imposing timber structure in a separate building but linked with easy access from the hotel or through a pretty garden and decked area.

The genuine care for individual comfort and attention seeps through to this award-winning Spa. Modern and bright the experience is peppered with sweet indulgences as well as custom-created treatments. A wide range of treatments include signature packages such as the 2-hour Weavers’ House Hug which promises that you will “Swan Out” feeling totally restored while the Brush with Heaven, which uses brush sequences of different sizes and textures, aims to stimulate, massage and drain toxins. The menu is extensive, capturing every type of facial, massage, scrub and wrap specially created to make them unique, earning this Spa a basket of awards and accolades.

My spa journey started as soon as I arrived. The changing rooms are neat, bright and spotless. The robes engagingly fluffy and soft, setting me immediately into a pampering mindset. I find a little tray waiting for me in the lounge, neatly laid with a consultation form accompanied by a strawberry smoothie in a shot glass – containing those all-important antioxidants. I am then escorted to one of the six elegant treatment rooms where I was surprised by the Hydrotherm waterbed mattress. This apparently relieves pressure off the spine during a treatment. Slightly hesitant that I would lose balance, it proved to be extremely comfortable. A full massage usually requires turning, smothering your face, but this time the whole massage was done lying on my back. At the end of the treatment, totally relaxed, a zesty lemon sorbet is placed in the room as a post treatment treat, prescribed to awaken my senses! I am then led to a quiet relaxation room where a blended tea awaits complete with a macaroon. How sweet!

It’s sensory too. The inhalations help to relax the mind to deepen the effect of the treatment. The various products give a hint of the aroma aiding calm and peace. There is no noise or disturbances around.

Not wanting to turn any guest away, the Weavers’ House Spa has launched its selection of “Touch Therapies” by Jennifer Young for those living with and beyond cancer. Jennifer Young is an experienced micro-biologist and nutritionist, qualified therapist and product formulator. The therapists at the Spa have been specially trained and qualified in her treatments and skincare to provide the highest grade of treatment with quality ingredients. Touch therapies range from a facial, massage and top to toe experience. All Jennifer Young’s “Defiant Beauty” range have been developed for those affected by cancer and are 100% natural and organic.

The same personal attention has also been paid to the products they use and sell. Think cashmere, diamond dust and truffles. The products boast exotic ingredients made by the British brand, Temple Spa. Their exclusivity means availability is limited to the likes of Emirates First Class, Harrods, Selfridges, Orient Express and of course Weavers Spa as well as a scattering of selected spas across the country.

To relegate stress to history, experience products of the modern age while cocooned in a character hotel in a medieval setting, head to The Swan in Lavenham.

To book a stay at the Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa and treatments in Weavers’ House Spa call +44 (0) 1787 247477 or visit www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk Rooms start from £185 per night for two sharing including a full Suffolk breakfast; dinner from the a la carte menu is from £39 per person for three courses. Overnight guests have a complimentary two-hour session with use of the spa facilities including the sauna, steam room, outdoor vitality pool and relaxation lounge.