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Spread Eagle Spa
Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH
Has a pool
Has thermal facilities
3 treatment rooms
The Spread Eagle is an historic hotel in the middle of a picturesque Sussex market town, surrounded by glorious countryside. The hotel has all the traditional touches from oak-beams to leaded-light windows and an inglenook fireplace. The spa is a modern addition, where the pool is the star. A high ceiling with wooden beams along with a whole floor-to-ceiling wall of glass doors creates a gloriously bright impression. A perfect balance between retreat spa and urban spa.
The Spread Eagle Spa is a distinctly Scandinavian-style spa that provides a modern counterpart to the traditional country hotel.
The star of the spa is a 14-metre blue mosaic pool with a golden spread eagle picked out on the bottom, underneath a glass vaulted wooden ceiling. Next to the pool are a Turkish steam room and a Scandinavian sauna; temperatures in both were perfect. The powerful Jacuzzi in the corner of the swimming pool area looks out onto the outdoor spa garden, an area well-suited for relaxing with a good book post-treatment in the summer months.
The pool and spa area was very quiet on our visit, so it was easy to relax by the pool and indulge in the wide variety of up-to-date reading materials on offer. It didn't bother us that there was no relaxation room, but that might be more of an issue if you turn up during the allotted family swim times.
The changing area is small, not a problem if there are only one or two other people in there at the same time as you, otherwise the lockers can be awkward to access.
Temple Spa products are used throughout the hotel. This includes the hotel rooms and changing rooms, as well as in the treatments. There are just three treatment rooms -- quite small, but clean and warm.
The gym is small but well equipped, and there are usually a couple of club members working out.
The Spread Eagle has 39 bedrooms and suites, decorated in old-fashioned furniture and fittings to remind guests of the history of the hotel, adding to the overall charm of the place.
I had the Mediterranean Float (90 minutes, £90) using Temple Spa products throughout.
The treatment began with my therapist, Andrea, spritzing the air with the soothing Quietude fragrance, containing lemon, thyme and grapefruit. She put a bowl of containing the Breath of Life inhalation essence underneath the treatment bed so I could breathe in its scents of eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender, and relax as she started the treatment.
After the Temple Spa foot ritual, where Andrea rubbed my feet and lower legs with a cooling balm, she used a body brush on my back, arms and legs to get rid of any dead skin cells. She then a applied a sugar scrub and buffed it off. Andrea repeated the same on the front of my body. I felt so buffed and shiny!
Andrea then massaged Duvet, a firming body cream, into my skin before cocooning me in warm blankets. Whilst the Duvet was soaking into my skin, Andrea began a facial. Being wrapped in warm blankets and having my face massaged made it difficult to stay awake. After the exfoliation, Andrea applied a Mediterranean mask of honey and yoghurt, fresh from the kitchen.
While the face mask was soaking in, Andrea gave me a calming scalp massage and explained that the honey and yoghurt would reduce blemishes and soften my skin. Once she removed the mask, she applied eye cream, facial oil and a blemish balm. She then unwrapped me and left me to relax for a while, my skin feeling silky soft and smooth, blemishes reduced.
Lunch and dinner are served in the hotel's restaurant, for which you need to wear day-clothes. Many of the day packages at the spa include a one-course lunch in the hotel restaurant. If you'd like to dine in robes during your spa day, you can do so comfortably in the conservatory. Cream tea is also served here.
The restaurant serves modern classic food in a charming olde-worlde environment. The food is rich but delicious. The prawns I had for starters were sautéed to perfection. The South Downs Venison Bourguignon was delicious.
All of the staff were friendly and helpful and couldn't do enough to ensure we had the perfect experience at Spread Eagle. The spa and leisure staff do a good job of regularly checking all areas are clean, they obviously care a lot about the spa and ensuring spa-goers have a good time, which adds to the experience. Customers definitely feel cared for.
Swimming and relaxing in natural light, in the gorgeously bubbly spa pool.
We didn't love:
The lack of a relaxation room. Fortunately, the spa can be quiet enough in the day to relax by the pool without being disturbed by loud noises or other spa-goers.
People looking for a quaint weekend escape. It would be nice to relax in the spa in afternoon after a morning discovering the history of Midhurst town or taking a country walk.
The Spread Eagle would be perfect for a family break. Children can use the pool at allotted times, and parents can alternate treatment slots.
We gave The Spread Eagle Spa a Good Spa Guide Rating of Five Bubbles. The Spread Eagle provides a clean and relaxing environment. There isn't a great deal in the way of facilities, and only three treatment rooms, but the spa has a nice small-town feel.
All of the staff are friends with the members, but make newcomers and day spa guests feel welcome. They are friendly and helpful, providing all the information needed about the facilities and treatment times.
The Spread Eagle has definitely made the most of what they have to provide a lovely spa experience in a quaint historical town.
Single Spy visited Spread Eagle Spa in April 2013
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South Street , Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9NH
The 2 AA rosette restaurant serves modern British cuisine.
39 rooms and six room types available, from Standard Rooms to the Queen’s Suite.
Monday to Sunday: 10am - 6pm