The best spa in Hampshire?

Hydrotherapy Room

It was long overdue, our spa day at Chewton Glen, in fact it was over a year in the making. The bestie Amy and I both received vouchers for Christmas 2017 and we finally went this January. It turned out to be a perfect time to go; I don’t know about you but very little goes on in January in our house with ‘healthy eating’ and ‘not spending any money’ at the top of the agenda.

Chewton Glen is a five-star luxury hotel and spa on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire and, quite understandably, has won several awards and accolades, not only for its accommodation but restaurant and spa too. Famed for its treehouse suites and elegant main house to stay over here is definitely on my to do list.

However, it was the Chewton Glen Signature Spa Day that lured us on this occasion and it turned out to be well worth the wait.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been to some very good spa’s over the last few years and competitor Limewood has been a firm favourite throughout (have a read here).  With my expectations high, we arrived early to make the most of our day, had a healthy and tasty breakfast and then made our way to the pool.

The changing rooms were what you’d expect, sumptuous robes, slippers, REN skincare toiletries, large lockers and beautiful private showers. The sauna and steam rooms are in the changing rooms, which I like, and there is even a footspa complete with salt scrub.

The traditional columns and artwork in the main pool area give an air of old luxury which then leads to the hydrotherapy spa pool. This was my favourite part and is certainly one of the main reasons Chewton Glen is a cut above. The plentiful hydro pools, jet streams and individual pods mean it never feels crowded or too busy. There is also one outdoor jacuzzi which we managed to get to ourselves for around an hour. It’s worth noting at this point it was a good idea to get there early, often there were only a handful of people around but by mid to late afternoon there was certainly less choice of loungers.

We headed back up to the pool bar for lunch which was perfect for a January health kick. An abundance of salads, meats and fish greeted us and despite trying to be good we couldn’t resist the cakes and desserts on offer. All tea, coffee and juices are included in the package and even though I thought £6.75 for a smoothie was a little steep I did thoroughly enjoy it!

The treatment included in our package was a back, head and face massage but due to my hair extensions and no desire for someone to massage my face my therapist, Marieta, happily adapted my treatment to suit my needs. It was fantastic, the hour felt like three and she tailored it to problem areas of my back and neck rather than it feeling a robotic procedure I’ve had before. She was excellent and I’d highly recommend asking for her if you visit. She even brought me a mango sorbet at the end!

We spent the rest of the afternoon at the foot spa and after a shower we headed home and each slept for about 12 hours. The day after I felt fully rested and relaxed yet energised from the whole experience.

It is an expensive day, there’s no debate on that really, but as spa days go I’d rather pay £160 for a full day, breakfast, lunch, an hour treatment and for the excellent facilities than say, £100 for a pool and a sauna. Every touch is well thought through, from the poolside magazines to the heated seats in the hydrotherapy area to the luxury products in the shower to the mouthwash in the toilets should you need to freshen up!

My next plan is to visit a few more spas’ in the area to compare but I have a feeling Chewton Glen will be hard to beat…

The spa day includes the below and changes seasonally and includes:

  • 60 minute Chewton Glen Sea Salt & Water Mint body scrub
    Breakfast in the Pool Bar on arrival
  • Full use of the award-winning spa and leisure facilities
  • Pool Bar buffet lunch
  • Selected refreshments throughout the day
  • Daily attendance at fitness, dance and aerobic classes (note class timetable changes daily)
  • Service and VAT
  • £160 per person (Monday – Thursday)
    £180 per person (Friday – Sunday)

Chewton Glen in the Summer months

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