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A Garden Spa in the Cotswolds

Just like a secret hideaway. Follow the pathways through the manicured gardens and they will lead you to a building housing everything that’s relaxing. All sitting conveniently at the bottom of the garden.

Belonging to the Cotswolds House Hotel, the Spa is intimate and extremely friendly with an expert therapist team who work hard to ensure every guest benefits from the experiences offered. These include a hydrotherapy pool and corner jacuzzi, a hammam steam room,  a range of treatments and a dedicated relaxation room. From vitamin facials, aromatherapy wraps, a pepper & grapefruit detox to manicures, eyelash tints and a menu for men, the list is varied, creative and fits the bill.

The hotel is a honey-coloured stone Grade 11 Regency townhouse built in 1815 as a private home and from as early as 1920 has been welcoming guests. After expansion which included the adjoining coach house, it is today a contemporary-styled boutique hotel with 28 attractive guest rooms and three suites, a bistro, formal restaurant and spa.

A spiral staircase leads to the rooms decorated with country-chic touches of design. The suites are stylish and spacious with a flow-through lounge area and bedroom. Zany lighting and mod-cons accessorise it. The bathrooms are light and airy with The White Company toiletries. Many rooms look out over the gardens which reveal cut away crevices to hide and seek peace and relaxation areas with a mesmerising water feature in the centre. Calm and quiet and tranquil.

The Bistro is a popular venue for guests and locals with a buzzy atmosphere and good service. The gin tasting sessions are a novelty, boasting an impressive list of over 87 varieties.  For fine dining, there is the Fig Restaurant and for something different, there’s a choice of three or five tasting menus. Chef’s choice dishes, such as Braised Beef Shin in Jack Daniels Sauce or Pan-Fried Sea Trout in Sauce Visage, are well worth savouring.

Free from city smog and the pollutants that come with it, the hotel enjoys pride of place overlooking the market square of central Chipping Campden in rural Gloucestershire. Attracting many a tourist, this quintessential English area retains its woven roots with fluffy toys, rugs and woolly wraps displayed in cubby-hole shop windows jostling for space with artisan crafts spilling out on pavements.  Afternoon tea continues English traditions in quaint tea shops on every corner in buildings steeped in history each with a story to tell.

The Noel Arms Hotel is the town’s oldest inn. It’s a sister property to the Cotswold House Hotel and just a stone’s throw away.  It attracts curry lovers to its restaurant which is not surprising, given that it holds the Best Pub Curry Chef Award as judged by the Great British Pub Food Awards.

Souvenirs, scones, stone terraced houses, local arts and narrow lanes passing village pubs portray the Cotswolds. Amidst this, the Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa stands proud offering Spa Breaks throughout the year laced with gastro specialities and warm service. Cosy, warm and stylish are hallmarks of a stay here.

It’s not every day that you can enjoy a professional massage in an elegant building at the bottom of a hotel’s garden. The Spa’s “Signature aroma blend refine and firm massage” is recommended. After selecting from a choice of oils, (geranium), specific focus (shoulders), and pressure (firm), the hour was pure bliss, dissolving knotted muscles and stressed thoughts. And be sure to visit the Spa early evening to enjoy dimmed lighting and the ambience while relaxing on one of the loungers.

So, if you are travelling to this picturesque area be mindful of what you find at the bottom of the garden.

Rooms at The Cotswolds House Hotel & Spa from £140 B&B in winter, £180 B&B in summer

https://www.cotswoldhouse.com/

 

Scotland – A Wellness Holiday Destination

Walkers taking in the view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way

Joining other destinations around the globe, Scotland is targeting the wellness traveller to benefit from its breath-taking scenery, fresh revitalising air and the outdoor and adventurous activities its land offers.

Adapting itself to the growing traveller demand for “wellness” holidays, VisitScotland is focussing on the interest for vacations that boost self-development, following a review of trends in the travel industry. “Restorative recreation” is a key feature based on the outdoor experiences such as the emotional appeal of its scenery and nature while “creative retreats” focus on hobbies and skills such as writing and art workshops, cookery courses and outdoor survival training.

According to the review, wellness tourism worldwide was worth £500bn in 2017, and has recently grown at more than twice the pace of tourism overall.

According to Chris Greenwood, Insights Manager at VisitScotland, “Wellness tourism is a trend that’s not going away and is expected to continue growing. There is huge potential for businesses who want to appeal to this market, creating experiences that enlighten the senses and feed the soul. Fortunately, Scotland’s ability to embrace wellness within our visitor economy is embedded within our tourism industry DNA.”

Euromonitor recently published its view on eight “mega trends” in world travel. Some are shaped by technology, but of the eight, three chime with the VisitScotland findings: healthy living, ethical living and experiencing more.

Booking.com found that search for experience was translated into a desire to be more adventurous about destinations in 2019. Meanwhile, 42% say they want an experience that makes them feel like a kid again, led by millennials and Generation Z.

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Cocooned in comfort at Rudding Park & Spa

Rudding Park

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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Hotel Library at Rudding Park Hotel, Spa & Golf

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.

Roof Top Spa Garden, Spa Bath, Sauna Cabin

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

 

 

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.

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