Aqua Sana Longleat Forest
Nestled in a valley in the beautiful Longleat Estate in Wiltshire, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is known for its homely environment. The towering tops of Redwood trees can be seen from every angle, reminding you of the magical element of renewal that comes from being close to nature. Soak in the hydro or outdoor pools at night, where twinkling stars peek out from the treetops. Relax and let the World of Spa Experience Rooms and indulgent range of treatments work their magic; or celebrate in style in The Hideaway, a private room designed for groups of 6 to 10 guests. With areas for lounging, socialising, private dining and treatments, Aqua Sana Longleat Forest is the perfect place to spend time with your family and friends.
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9am - 9pm every day
Executive Apartments available for spa breaks.
Vitalé Café Bar – Mediterranean restaurant to delight your senses, with a mouth-watering selection of lighter meals, designed to be both nutritious and irresistible.
Aqua Sana Spa at Longleat is part of the huge Center Parcs site in Wiltshire. Security will direct you to the Aqua Sana spa car park if you are arriving for a spa day or break. Walking through the Center Parcs site to Aqua Sana, you will see the Grecian pillars of the Aqua Sana building rise through the trees. That's right: a temple to spa in, deep in the forest.
Check into the spa at reception, which doubles up as a large retail area. If you want spa slippers, you will need to pay one pound for them at reception. The lockers in the male and female changing rooms have a gown and towel inside.
From the changing rooms, you reach the large open-plan Vitale Café Bar. Floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto a seating area and the forest beyond. Here you have two double doors; one leads to the "World of Spa", the other to the "Treatment Suite".
"World of Spa" is an apt description; there is a lot of spa to enjoy at Aqua Sana Longleat. At the centre is a circular outdoor spa pool. The pool is heated for all-weather wallowing and has underwater jets on a timed cycle. Best of all, you can float on your back and look at the tops of the trees that surround the spa. Back inside, you can watch the comings and goings of the pool from a lounger, or just read a magazine.
The Aqua Meditation room is low lit and has clear glass cylinders in the centre, each with different coloured bubbles rising through. The combination of soft upholstered seating and blankets to snuggle under obviously has a soporific effect. Several people were having a post-lunch snooze in this room when we visited.
The Meditation room, another tranquil place, has five heated stone loungers and very soothing music. Again we encountered several snoozers...
Steam lovers are spoilt for choice. The Greek herbal bath has steam infused with rosemary, sage and thyme to relax tight muscles. The Japanese salt steam bath detoxifies, and the Indian Blossom steam room just smells plain heavenly. The Balinese steam room is so steamy, it takes a while to see that there are several round separate seating areas within. The Turkish hammam combines the heat of a sauna with steam: a great double hit for heat lovers.
Other spa delights include the reflexology foot baths, a Tyrolean sauna and an ice fountain. Outside are a Finnish sauna and a Japanese Zen Garden.
If you want to retreat, the rest and relaxation area has low lighting and water beds.
After a treatment, you can enjoy the huge post-treatment relaxation room with blankets to snuggle under and floor-to-ceiling window views of the forest. Doors lead to the outside terrace for use during warmer weather. Gorgeously relaxing.
We had the Elemis Triple-Tec Anti-Wrinkle Facial (55 minutes, £85).
My therapist, Beverley, collected me from the treatment suite waiting area where I had already filled in a consultation form. Beverley took me through to the treatment room, explained the treatment and asked about any skin concerns.
Beverley asked me to lie on the treatment bed, cleaned my feet with a hot damp cloth, and wrapped them in a blanket. Super cosy!
Beverley began by cleansing my face with a beautifully scented rose-petal cleanser. She then applied Pro Collagen Balm which she removed with hot mitts. After toning my skin, Beverley applied serum and a papaya enzyme peel.
My skin was now ready for the first "tec" part of the facial. Beverley applied an amber balm and used metal probes transmitting a micro-current to make small lifting movements across my face. Beverley focused on one area for a minute or two, then moved on. This lasted 20 minutes and was actually quite relaxing.
Beverley used toner to take off the balm, then put hydrating eye masks over each of my eyes. The second "tec" procedure was light therapy. I could see a bright blue light out of the corner of my eyes. This aims to reduce redness and calm the skin.
The last "tec" element involved infusing oxygen into my skin. Beverley directed blasts of cold air containing 95% oxygen at my skin -- quite a noisy process. The oxygen is designed to plump the skin and increase its firmness. My skin definitely looked very good afterwards and possibly a little plumper on close inspection. A course of six treatments is recommended and so you may well see more benefits with perseverance.
Beverley toned my skin one final time and applied eye cream. She then massaged Lines and Wrinkle Activator (which aims to minimise the appearance of fine lines) into my face and neck followed by Pro Collagen Cream.
If you are visiting Aqua Sana Longleat for a spa day, you eat at Café Vitale within the spa. You are offered a drink and a pastry on arrival then, for lunch, you choose a drink and one item from the lunch menu. Choices include a range of sandwiches, pastas and salads.
If you are staying in Longleat Center Parcs, you have various dining options around the site. These include chains such as Café Rouge and The Pancake House, as well as the Center Parcs-owned Indian restaurant Rajinda Pradesh.
We loved spa-ing in the middle of the forest: a magical setting for a spa.
We loved the choice of treatments and experiences. Aqua Sana Longleat really is a spa where you can spend a day trying one thing after another.
We didn’t love asking what soup was on offer that day and hearing that the butternut squash soup that was usually on the menu was really delicious…. But wasn’t available that day.
We didn't like not having somewhere to swim in the spa as the hydrotherapy pool is small and round. Center Parcs has a Sub Tropical Swimming Paradise for families, but this is in another part of the site and not available if you are visiting for a spa day.
We were disappointed not to be able to try the Tyrolean spa rituals that usually run throughout the day. The blackboard announced that these were cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". (This turned out to be multiple staff pregnancies!)
Anyone who likes to spa with friends: Aqua Sana Longleat is a very sociable spa with many groups of friends enjoying spa time together.
Aqua Sana is great if you want a break with a partner who does not want as much spa as you do. There is just so much else for a person to do at Center Parcs…
We gave Aqua Sana Longleat a Good Spa Guide rating of 4 Bubbles. Aqua Sana has been making spa-ing available to all for many years now and some areas of the spa were looking a little tired. However Aqua Sana Longleat offers a comprehensive spa experience in a wonderful setting and offers real value for your spa pound.
Super Spy visited Aqua Sana Longleat Forest in October 2014