In our latest installment of The Best of British Spas we visited the gorgeous Tewkesbury Park Hotel and Spa, situated in a small historic town in Gloucestershire. Read on to find out if it made the cut…
Tewkesbury Park has recently undergone a £2million renovation which has seen the entire hotel transform into a place for leisure and opulence – with an interior to get any instagramer jumping little leaps of instajoy over their gold pineapples, baby succulents and abundance of simple but good taste decor.
The hotel is set in the vast green grounds of well respected good golf course – meaning that there’s something to keep him entertained too, should he need any convincing (although we strongly suggest he opts for a treatment). This is a hotel you’d be happy to visit for a stay, a spa or even just to dine.
The Spa Facilities –
The spa boasts a sauna, stream room and an in-door pool. These were attached to the leisure centre – which also had a fully kitted-out modern gym, squash courts and a dance studio. The changing rooms, pool and sauna were all perfectly clean and of the standard you’d expect from a luxury hotel.
The Treatment –
Tewkesbury Park use the most wonderful range of natural products in their treatments – made not that far away in gorgeous city of Bath. The Natural Spa Factory make a stunning range of naturally-inspired, chemical-free spa products with the most incredible range of scents. They use botanically sourced ingredients derived from nature like herbs, plants and flowers – and all of their products are free from Parabens, SLS, MCI and Methylisothiazolinone. If you haven’t yet experienced their products, you can visit their website here.
The treatment menu showcases a lovely selection of relaxing and indulgent treatments – perfect for him and her.
My treatment of choice used the honey moon nectarine and honey body scrub with the cocoa flower massage candle, and is described as follows:
Seasonal Body Recharge Move with the seasons, or create your own perfect combination – choose from our seasonal scrub bar for a full body exfoliation, followed by a candle massage with your choice of aroma. Stuck for inspiration? Here’s some of our favourites: 70 minutes – £75
In truth the treatment experience I received was faultless, as was my plus one’s deep tissue massage.
I was greeted by my therapist at the hotels reception, and was then lead to the spa rooms, tucked away from the main hotel. Once inside, the spa rooms mirrored that same gorgeous design that has been so carefully bestowed onto the newly refurbished hotel. The champagne nail bar was first to catch my eye, and the beautiful dresser showcasing the many products from The Natural Spa Factory.
For my treatment, I was able to pick a scrub and then a massage candle. For those not familiar with a massage candle – it’s simply a candle with a low melting point that melts to a nourishing and warming oil – making it the perfect tool for a massage (it needs to be a low melting point so it doesn’t burn the skin).
After smelling each and every product they had – and umming and ahhing like there was no tomorrow, I decided on the nectarine scrub and the cocoa candle – a chocolate orange if you like.
The actual treatment room was again wonderfully decorated in the way only a luxury room can be. It was warm and inviting – as well as being perfectly pristine.
During the treatment I was able to really relax. The therapist applied exactly the right amount of pressure and the scrub was gently used to buff my skin. I was given exactly the right amount of time in-between to shower off between the massage and scrub, and the therapist was professional, knowledgeable and extremely experienced.
My treatment lasted the full 70 minuets and I was given several fresh towels and a large glass of water. My every comfort was seen to and if I am honest, I was moments from sleep when the treatment finally came to an end.
The Stay –
What makes a spa stay stand out above the rest is the continuity of standard.
Our room. Oh my gosh, our room. On arrival at the hotel, we were lead up a small staircase and corridor to likely the most lovely hotel room I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in. The room was dressed in a sophisticated palette of grey with delicate hues of purple. A giant bed took pride of place, and the room was lit with beautiful bay windows, and the best bit, a free standing copper bath tub. We had amble space, tea, coffee and water, and a delicious fruit platter for our convince. The bath room was spacious, with a large walk in shower and a generous range of Neal’s Yard products next to pile of fluffy white towels. Can you tell how impressed we were yet?
Following our treatment, and a little walk around the hotel grounds, we dressed and went downstairs for dinner. We ate in the refurbished orangery (on our visit there was still a small section of the hotel yet to be magically transformed). We ordered from a menu of dishes created from locally sourced ingredients and produce – which were just as indulgent as the spa treatment!
The dishes we ate included potted ham hock confit with crackling, home-made pricked veg and toasted brioche, as well as a whipped goats cheese mousse with Cheltenham heritage picked beetroot and three nut crips. The food was mouth-wateringly good, presented beautifully and really an absolute delight. Their menu changes seasonal – but you can view it on their website. This was the perfect partner to our indulgent treatment and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend the evening – other than a couple of drinks in the bar before we drove into that big beautiful bed (two g&t’s later).
The Verdict –
It takes a lot to create a full experience – and that is exactly what Tewkesbury Park have managed to do. They have spent a lot of time, and money, in creating a little slice of luxury in the midst of the British countryside. The staff at the hotel and spa were attentive and the level of luxury has been maintained through every element from bedroom toiletries to the spa treatments themselves. Did it make the cut. Yes this Spa will be joining the finalist for the Best of British Spas South West.
Best of British Spas 4.5 *
Find out more about Tewkesbury Park here.