This year the Good Spa Awards introduced new categories to reflect the challenges caused by the pandemic. These include Best Response to Covid, Best Community Spa and Best Sustainable Spa. In addition, other awards included Best New Spa, Best Outdoor Facilities and Best Spa for Wellness.
Spas in Cheshire, Penrith, Yorkshire, Berkshire and West Sussex all received accolades at the virtual event, hosted and judged by the Good Spa Guide – the UK’s leading authority on the spa industry. During a year of dramatic change and uncertainty, these awards celebrated spa excellence across the UK and the important role that these spas play in people’s lives.
The Spa at Carden in Cheshire was crowned Best New Spa sponsored by ESPA. “From its living moss reception and extensive outdoor facilities, Carden Park is impressive from the moment you step through the door. Every point of the customer journey is well-thought out and considered.
Aqua Sana Whinfell Forest, Penrith was voted Best Community Spa sponsored by Natura Bisse. “Across key areas – education, charity, community and staff – Aqua Sana Whinfell supports two charities and two local colleges, donated lockdown stock to local good causes and encouraged staff to volunteer during furlough.”
Rudding Park Spa, Yorkshire was awarded Best Outdoor Facilities sponsored by Dale Sauna. “Highlights include a sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, a hydrotherapy pool, a spa bath, a sun deck, and oxygen pod, a woodland glade and the cabana with cosy seating and a fire pit. Outdoor treatments are given in the woodland glade, as well as a star gazing experience with a professional astronomer, painting and tours of the kitchen garden. The outdoor is brought into the Sunlight Therapy Room where guests can relax on heated, sculpted loungers while safe ‘sunlight simulators’ replicate natural sunlight, with the harmful UV rays filtered out.”
Three Graces Spa at Grantley Hall, Yorkshire was named Best Spa for Wellness sponsored by Wildlife Botanicals “The breadth and variety of treatments at Grantley Hall range from cryotherapy, altitude training, EMS training and underwater treadmills.”
The Spa at Coworth Park, Berkshire was granted Best Response to Covid-19 sponsored by ishga. “The spa created a comprehensive set of measures that made guests feel comfortable, safe and well-looked after. They also found ways of re-introducing luxury touches in a covid-safe manner, and provided excellent outdoor classes during the summer months. Coworth also had good initiatives for staff to make them feel involved and positive during lockdown.”
The Spa at South Lodge, West Sussex won the award Best Sustainable Spa sponsored by ComfortZone. “Across all areas of its operations, staff, waste, heating, catering, laundry and facilities, the hotel actively works to minimise its environmental impact. They also guarantee to only use renewable energy and environmentally responsible suppliers and that all new building projects incorporate the latest environmental best practice from a buildings and plant and machinery perspective. The spa has a sustainable roof, natural swimming pool and zero-waste café.”
The Good Spa Guide:
The Guide is a directory of the best spas in the UK and Ireland. This Good Spa Guide provides an expert guide as well as in-depth reviews, spa features, expert advice and competitions on its website. The company operates the trademarked Bubble Rating system, which is the UK’s only national spa rating system, and which feeds into the prestigious annual Good Spa Guide Awards.
For further information on the Good Spa Guide visit www.goodspaguide.co.uk