Lucknam Park is a luxurious country mansion with stunning pools, a beautiful spa, and dream treatments. The spa is interesting enough to spend a whole day in. Don’t miss the pool with its panel of flickering fire, but also set aside some time to enjoy the delightful gardens. The Well-being House has just opened (mid-2013) offering, yoga Pilates, Dry Floatation and Sunlight Therapy treatments too!
|Key Brands:||Anne Semonin, Carita|
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7.30am - 10pm every day
42 rooms and suites available, from Standard Rooms to the Grand Master Suites. Rates start from £330 per room per night.
The Brasserie (for spa guests) is open for all-day informal dining; afternoon tea is served in The Drawing Room; a fine-dining menu is served in the Michelin-starred The Park restaurant.
Lucknam Park is a luxurious hotel with charming gardens and a purpose built spa, tucked away in the Wiltshire countryside just off the M4. The main entrance has a mile-long avenue of beech trees framing the Georgian house, so you approach with a real sense of drama and style.
The Spa at Lucknam Park Hotel has been cleverly positioned to one side of the original Georgian building and created in the same stone, so blends in well. The spa is spacious and dramatic. The 20-metre pool, under a domed glass roof, with a firewall down one side, is at the heart of the spa. There are several small outdoor pools and some lovely suntrap lounging areas. You can drift from the steam room, to the Japanese salt room, move onto the amethyst crystal room, into the sauna and then relax on the just-warm chairs in the tepidarium.
The nine treatment rooms maximise your chance of getting the treatment you want at the time you want it, and these comfortable spacious rooms are quiet and light. The treatment tables are wide, well padded, and heated. The main hotel is across a courtyard so hotel guests and spa guests rarely overlap.
My Top-to-Toe Experience (60 minutes, £95) included an exfoliation of the back using Tahitian black sand and aromatic oils, a good massage, and then a facial and head massage followed by a hand and arm massage, and a leg and foot massage. So it's really a "top-to-toe and all the in-between bits" treatment. This is a perfect choice for anyone who can't quite decide what to have, as it leaves you feeling very relaxed and your skin glowing and soft.
My therapist, Sasha, took great care to adjust the treatment to suit my needs and arranged the treatment bed to accommodate my creaky back, with support under my knees.
The Anne Semonin products were rich and nourishing without being cloying. After the treatment, Sasha showed me to the light and calming relaxation room; she served herbal tea and a little dish of fresh chopped fruit which was very refreshing. I settled myself on the very comfortable relaxation bed and drifted off to the gentle music.
Treatments also on offer include a range of Carita Intense Facial treatments using the "pro-lift" technology to intensify the effectiveness of the products that are applied to the skin. For anyone keen on the rich and luxurious Anne Semonin range, you can try various facials and body treatments, including an unusual Herbal Pumice Oil Body Experience which uses lavender and mandarin oils and heated aromatic pumices made with herbs cut from the Lucknam gardens.
There are treatments for pregnancy and for men, and even a "Little Miss" collection, ideal for young bridesmaids and flower girls.
Spa days include coffee and pastries, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, and use of all the spa facilities. If you want to push the boat out, you can book the Ultimate Spa Day which includes an aromatic salt exfoliation, a back massage, a facial, and a manicure or pedicure.
The Brasserie serves food that is fresh, local and cooked in the open-plan kitchen. Sit at a table by the window and you can watch the flames of the wood-burning pizza oven and the chefs as they cook. We tried the first local asparagus of the season served with a "crisp, poached duck egg". I had to order it, just to see how you make a poached egg crisp! Turns out that it is poached first, then lightly breaded and flash fried. The end result was amazing, with the richness of the duck egg counteracted by the crisp coating and the freshness of the asparagus. All the food is prepared with real attention to detail and is light enough not to ruin your spa day. You can wander from the spa to the Brasserie and take lunch in your robe. Stay overnight and you can also try the fine dining in the Drawing Room in the main hotel.
The drama and scale of the spa: There is a good sense of space both inside and outside, and it never felt crowded. Enjoy the evenings, when the wall of fire alongside the pool is lit, and the coloured glass roof is illuminated.
The changing rooms: Changing rooms are so often an afterthought squeezed into a corner. At Lucknam, they are fragrant and spacious, well lit with plenty of mirrors, glass sinks, and a small steam room and sauna within the changing rooms. As someone who loves to spend a few minutes in a sauna after showering, to dry my hair and get warmed up before dressing, I found this a very useful luxury. There are plenty of products on hand and some sensible touches such as a wooden shoe rack for boots.
The customer service: They just get it right from the moment you arrive, to the escort to the changing rooms, to the care taken by the therapist to check the temperature is right, the bed is comfortable, and the music not too loud.
The relaxation room: This has seven large and comfortable adjustable beds, each with an individual light. One glass wall overlooks the pool and gardens so the room is light and bright and you want to linger.
We didn't love:
The lack of signs: There are lots of doors in the changing area and no signs telling you where they go. In the pool area, there are no signs giving guidance on how to use the heat experiences.
Having to leave! There is a consistent sense of peace throughout the spa created both by the physical design and the standard of customer service, so leaving and going back to the real world was a wrench.
Ladies who lunch, and who like a little bit of luxury alongside their top quality facials.
Water babies: With a huge 20-metre indoor pool, two hydrotherapy pools and an outdoor salt water plunge pool, there is plenty of water to splash about in.
Riders and keen cooks: There is an equestrian centre at the hotel so you can book a hack along with your facial! They run a cookery school as well.
Couples: We met several couples who were enjoying a short break and some treatments together. Some spas just feel "girly", but Lucknam is very grown up and sophisticated, so ideal for couples or for men on their own.
We gave Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa a well-earned Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. The standard of the facilities and the treatments are excellent, as is the customer service.
Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa in May 2013